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02/12/2011 at 08:14
age 12 is fine for me
02/12/2011 at 09:11

I have inov8 milsitepants as waterproof bottoms. Never really needed to use them.  I think they are around 150-200g and pack tight.

Like Debra's 50g mac.  I might buy something like that to satisfy race organisors despite it being a warm day/unlikely to be required.  always on look out for weight savings

02/12/2011 at 14:31
i dont want to carry anything really!!...can i bring a KEZ to carry the stuff?....still want a Kez of my own
02/12/2011 at 17:34
I bought cheap kids waterproof bottoms, am quite short. Figure that for the ultras I have done/will be doing in the future they would only be used in an emergency not everyday like if for some reason got injured and couldn't run. If I was doing mountain events would invest in a better pair(unlikely). Splashed out on a montaine atomic jacket which I use in poor weather all the time and it's great.
Edited: 02/12/2011 at 17:34
02/12/2011 at 18:01
which make of kids trousers elspeth?
02/12/2011 at 23:48
I have the Minimus Jacket and it is very good bit of kit. For a slightly cheaper option, but still v v breathable and fully waterproof you could try the Marmot Mica or Super Mica which won a few awards when it first came out.
My Montane Marathon jacket and a good baselayer and t-shirt see me through 95% of the year, but always good to have fully waterproof available, and as others have said it 's mandatory kit for some events. Decide what you can afford and how much use it will get and go from there. 
03/12/2011 at 12:01

People doing the NDW races in August should be more interested in a running cap than a waterproof. 

If it is the hottest August on record, then you are all in for a tough day. 

03/12/2011 at 13:53
Well I have ordered a Montane Atomic Jacket. jacket for £91.   Figure if I buy some kit once a month not too bad.
03/12/2011 at 14:12
Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)

People doing the NDW races in August should be more interested in a running cap than a waterproof. 

If it is the hottest August on record, then you are all in for a tough day. 

duly noted Ben. Ive got a feeling too that if this year is anything to go by i wont be needing the wet gear...but a LOT of suncream and hydration....(will still check out the kids trousers though)
03/12/2011 at 17:16

Spen - where did you get it from, that's a good price and thinking of one as a pressie for OH?

Ben - I do most of my running in Scotland so the waterproof jacket gets good use, if not in events certainly in training.

LLB - I think my trousers were Peter Storm ones. They look quite nice for the money but have yet to use them.

03/12/2011 at 20:55
Elspeth -
03/12/2011 at 21:19

I have been hearing a lot of good things about the Led Lenser H& head torch recently. 

So much so that I am thinking about dropping a few hints that I would like one for Xmas. 

04/12/2011 at 06:31


Buy it and hand over the receipt for reimbursement - only way to make sure you get the right model

04/12/2011 at 08:50
What size pack should you be looking at?  I have a OMM 10l at moment and in the next year I expect to do a 50m ultra.
04/12/2011 at 11:49

 i have asked for a 10l pack for xmas spen, so hoping that'll be big enough for 50miles....

04/12/2011 at 12:48

yes you are right cragc,being prepared is kit good, but if you can avoid carrying unnecessary thn thats better too. like you say, checking weather over and over until last minute is good practice to get into. i always seem to obsessed with checking, even just for training runs! but i like to know what i may need  with me lol...

today was a good run, chilly and i had on right number of layers, needed it a bit of cram by mile 18 , but not too bad...nice calm weather. hope it stays good tomorrow for you cragc

04/12/2011 at 13:35
ben, am i right in saying that from your post any waterproofs , jacket or trousers need to have the fully sealed seams? ..i have found jacket and trousers that are light weight and easy to fold/pack from the little trekkers website for kids tht seren the sale i can get a jacket for £17 (fully wind and waterproof) and trousers for £11 or £6..again waterproof and seam sealed.bargain?
04/12/2011 at 17:53


If these garments are marketed as being waterproof, then they should have fully taped seams. 

The low cost reflects the fact that VAT is not charged on children's clothing. 

Since you are ordering the product online, your statutory rights allow you to return it for a cash refund if it is not what you thought. 

Edited: 04/12/2011 at 17:54
04/12/2011 at 17:57

ben, the description says fully waterproof and taped seams yes

do you work for trading standards lol

05/12/2011 at 16:13
yes do !! there are some easy pack jackets and trews cragc, im going to grab the jacket i think. goes up to age 12 so should be fine for me and you....may have to opt for barbie pink of course
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