MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: FAVOURITE KIT
Running 430 miles through the Yukon Arctic is no mean feat. Having clothing that is fit for purpose will make all the difference: warm yet breathable, light and packable yet tough enough to survive the temperatures. Simple, intuitive features are preferred to increase efficiency and usability when cold and fatigue takes hold.
Javed has tested and tweaked his clothing system over the course of months. In December 2018, he ran the 55-mile Montane Cheviot Goat Ultra twice back-to-back, in an attempt to replicate the levels of exhaustion he would be experiencing, and in as close to arctic conditions as the Cheviot Hills in winter could manage. His training incorporates towing tires and carrying heavy loads to make sure clothing is breathable enough to cope with the exertion required. His approach to the race – and clothing – is as meticulous and extreme as the man himself.
An ideal mid-layer for the MYAU. As dependable and bomb-proof as its predecessor, the Extreme Smock, but more breathable and easier to use. Its Polartec Alpha Direct fleece will stay warm when wet or compressed, and its side vents make temperature regulation easy.
In Javed’s words, an ‘Awesome bit of kit’. Javed has opted for a slightly larger size than he would normally use, allowing space for an additional lighter-weight insulation piece. He will only use this when temperatures drop below -30 degrees in conjunction with other layers.
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Versatile, warm, hard-wearing and with a bit of stretch, this series of hats, gloves, and headbands will keep the cold off, and be robust enough to handle the punishment of 430 miles in the arctic. Their low-profile also means additional layers can be added easily, and their stretch material will help retain dexterity.