|Shoes & Gear|
Shoes and gear - a skyrunner's mini guide
In the mountains, speed means safety: the ability to move quickly in the face of an oncoming storm or to have to descend rapidly due to hypoxy can be decisive issues. Variable temperatures, terrain and altitude all require products that are technical, light, thermal, breathable and elastic that protect without restricting your movements and hence, speed. Skyrunning has helped to revolutionize this concept.
What to wear? In certain races, some items are compulsory: like full-length tights or long, microfibre pants, a long sleeved top or cyclist’s top with pockets in the rear for a lightweight windproof jacket. Sun glasses, a head band, or gloves may also be listed as compulsory accessories. Ski poles are usually an optional.
Ordinary road running gear – shorts and singlet - is acceptable in shorter races in warm climates without too much altitude.
Technical fabrics and lightweight trail running shoes are continuously evolving – the whole kit has lightened from 3 kg when skyrunning started in the early 90s - to less than 1 kg. Shoes and equipment are featherweight and functional.
The following shoes have been selected by the ISF Technical Committee as suitable for skyrunning. Rating: acceptable**, good***, very good****, excellent***** Weight: Based on men’s size 9 (US)
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