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NEXT ROVING RACE: MADAGASCAR 2014

Equipment

Competitors must carry certain "mandatory" equipment which is required to be with a competitor at all times during the event. Failure to have all the mandatory items at Competitor Check-In may result in a time penalty or the competitor not being able to start the event.

Review the photos of each item below to make sure you know what is required. You can see recommended products available in RacingThePlanet, The Outdoor Store. You can also download the full equipment list.
Capable of carrying all of the Mandatory and Optional Equipment you choose. Approximately 30L backpack is optimal. Note: There is no one backpack model that works for everyone.
The minimum requirement combination of sleeping bag plus bag liner is 0C/32F. Note: See the optional equipment list for details on Bag Liners which can add up to 6C/10F to the rating of your sleeping bag. Note that synthetic sleeping bags keep dryer in wet weather conditions than down sleeping bags. Make sure your sleeping bag stays dry.
Competitors are required to carry both a headlamp and a back-up light source during the event. The back-up light must be of equal strength to the primary headlamp - it can be either another headlamp or a handheld torch.
4 of 37Compass
Any model will be adequate. Note: There is no navigation in the event; this is to be carried as part of your emergency gear.
Used for attaching your bib number and event patch to your clothing and backpack, as well as during the event for other uses. Heavy duty, large safety pins are best.
A small knife or multi-tool has multiple uses during the event. A pair of scissors is not a multi-tool.
7 of 37Whistle
To attract attention in case of an emergency. Note that many backpacks include a whistle on the buckle – this is NOT sufficient for this item of equipment. You must have an emergency whistle. If you do not have one of the brands below then it must be equivalent.
8 of 37Mirror
To attract attention in case of emergency. Reflect the sun of the mirror to draw attention to yourself.
Must be made of reflective material and a closed bag (not a blanket). You should have a thicker bivvy bag that you can repack easily as you may want to use it over your sleeping bag in wet weather conditions.
10 of 37SUNSCREEN
30 ml / 1 fl oz minimum
Choose a high SPF brand which is waterproof, sweat proof and non-greasy. It is recommended to bring the required amount in two separate containers in case one is lost or difficult to find.
12 of 37Blister Kit
The following is a minimum requirement, but you may need more supplies based on your experience and prior history of foot blisters. You should try to anticipate the amount of supplies you might need. Note that if you do not bring enough supplies, you could be at risk of developing more severe blisters that could jeopardise your ability to finish the race.
  • 10 alcohol wipes
  • 2 hypodermic needles or safety pins
  • 1 roll of paper tape (i.e., micorpore)
  • 1 roll of elastic tape (i.e., Elastikon)
  • 5 second skin or Compede pads
* Hydropel is also highly recommended.
* Foot powder is also recommended for feet that sweat a lot.
13 of 37Medication
You should seek advice from your doctor about any medication that you plan to take during the race, including any form of painkillers. If you take painkillers, Tylenol / Paracetamol / Acetaminophen are preferred over anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen / Neurofen / Advil / Motrin / Naprosyn and others. It is NOT advised to take anti-inflammatory medication on the course. Please read the expert article called Painkillers Used during Ultramarathons, for more details.
Bring enough so that you are not dependent on medication from the event medical team. Note that using other competitor’s medication and consuming heavy quantities of painkillers can be extremely dangerous.
14 of 37ALCOHOL GEL
60 ml / 2 fl oz minimum
Alcohol wipes CANNOT replace alcohol gel, but you may choose to carry both.
Any brand will work (at least 1 pack per day). A must for toilet use. No tissues will be provided by Event Staff.
This red flashing light is required IN ADDITION to your headlamp and back-up light. This is to be worn on the rear of your backpack and to be switched on when you are on the course in the dark.
This forms part of your emergency equipment. It must be carried at all times on the course.
18 of 37WATERPROOF JACKET
Must be fully waterproof to keep you dry if it rains. Jacket with breathable material and with a hood is recommended.
19 of 37WARM FLEECE JACKET / WARM TOP
Many brands are appropriate, but make sure that the fleece jacket will keep you warm during day and at night when it can get cold. Alternative is to have a thin insulated jacket.
20 of 37LONG SLEEVE / SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRT
For sun and sweat protection. Should be made of a quick dry material. It can be a technical running shirt or a baselayer. One shirt must have long sleeves.
21 of 37SHOES
Competitors wear trail or running shoes:
* Remember to buy your shoes 1 to 2 sizes larger than you would normally wear to account for swelling and tape for blisters. This is very important. Consider Goretex shoes which are water resistant.
22 of 37Socks
6-7 pairs are recommended to allow a fresh pair for each day but only 5 pairs are compulsory. Many competitors wear SmartWool or Teko. Consider that your feet will get wet in river crossings and damp ground.
23 of 37HEADGEAR / CAPS
It is required that you wear a cap with a neck cover such as legionnaire design.
24 of 37Sunglasses
Any pair of UV protection sunglasses. Only 1 pair is mandatory but it is recommended to take 2 pairs as they are often lost or broken.
You must wear nationality patches on both sleeves of all tops (including jackets) throughout the event. These are in addition to the RacingThePlanet patches which are provided by RacingThePlanet.
26 of 37RacingThePlanet Patches
RacingThePlanet will send you these patches approximately 6 weeks before the event.
27 of 37FOOD / COOKING
Ideally bring more than one fork/spoon in case you lose one. Titanium products are the lightest option but are more expensive.
29 of 37ELECTROLYTES / SALT TABLETS
  • Enough for 7 days
Use fluid replacement electrolytes with water to maintain proper hydration throughout the day. A constant supply will help the body’s systems to operate properly when under stress.
It is strongly recommended to bring tablets in addition to electrolyte drink powders. You need to bring a minimum of:
  • enough powder to make a minimum of 30 liters of drink, or
  • enough salt tablets / Endurolytes for 30 hours on the course (usually, the minimum is 1.5 tablets per hour = 45 tablets), or
  • a combo of both (e.g., powder for 15 liters of water and tablets for 15 hours on the course). If you expect to spend more than 30 hours on the course then you should increase this accordingly.
It is recommended that you test these supplements during your training and follow the recommended amounts.
30 of 37HYDRATION SYSTEM You must be able to carry 2.5 litres of water at one time.
Use a combination of hydration bladder and water bottles. Bottles allow for more flexibility, as bladder can be hard to refill at checkpoints. Many prefer the SmarTube or similar models.
31 of 37Warm Hat
For warmth. A Buff CANNOT substitute the warm hat.
32 of 37Gloves
For warmth. Full finger gloves required.
You may come across and some flies and small mosquitos which is why insect repellent is required. Many brands will work.
There is a high chance of rain. It is vital that you keep the contents of your backpack, in particular your sleeping bag and your camp clothes, dry. 25 liter minimum is the minimum size recommended.
35 of 37WATERPROOF PANTS / TROUSERS
Must be fully waterproof. Breathable lightweight material is recommended.
36 of 37WATERPROOF PANTS / TROUSERS
TIGHTS / SHORTS
One pair of full length tights / pants is required. The second pair can be either tights or shorts.
37 of 37DROP BAG
Additional warm gear MUST be brought in a waterproof drop bag which may be given to you at Camp if there are severe weather conditions. The Event Director will make this decision.
It is important that the items fit into a bag with the following dimensions: 35cm x 35cm x 20cm / 14in x 14 x 8in.
Drop bag must include following items, in addition to the mandatory items that you will carry on the course:

1) Warm Fleece / Warm Top
2) Warm Long Pants
3) Warm Socks
4) Warm Hat
5) Waterproof Bag
38 of 37WARM FLEECE / BASELAYER SHIRT
Men's Fleece Jackets
Women's Fleece Jackets
39 of 37WARM LONG PANTS
Men’s Pants
Women’s Pants
Any kind of warm long pants are sufficient. Warm but lightweight materials recommended.
40 of 37WARM SOCKS
Woollen socks recommended for providing warmth and keeping your feet dry.
41 of 37WARM HAT
You must bring this in addition to the waterproof bag that you have on the course. This is to keep the items of the drop bag dry.
43 of 37SLEEPING PAD
Select a small size to save weight or a regular size for added comfort and warmth. A self-inflating half-size pad that provides padding in all the essential areas can also be light; however, it is very difficult to eliminate the air each morning for packing. Tents provided in the event do not have any ground padding. Recommended for insulation against cold ground at nights.
44 of 37BAG LINER
Bag liners are a great way to add additional warmth to lightweight sleeping bags. Most bag liners add approximately 6°C/10°F.
Useful if you intend to walk the majority of the course.
Pack your food and small items in zip-lock bags. For more expensive items (i.e., cameras & passports), you may consider waterproof / sand-proof bags.
47 of 37TOWEL
For cleaning off at camp.
Any brand will do. A small-sized travel toothbrush is recommended.
Any brand will do. An electronic compass, alarms and timer can be useful. Speed and distance monitor (pedometer), barometer and heart rate monitor provide interesting feedback.
50 of 37GPS
Choose a model that uses changeable batteries, not rechargeable batteries. Competitors will not have access to recharge their batteries. The course is marked every 25 meters. GPS coordinates are not provided. A GPS is most useful for tracking distance.
A way to charge your iPod, camera and other powered devices.
52 of 37CAMERA
Any small digital camera will do. If your camera is not waterproof, place it in double zip lock bags.
53 of 37BOOK / MAGAZINE
Tear out pages you plan to read.
Materials to prepare for the event.
55 of 37FLAGS
Handmade, high quality flags. One for each event.
A Buff® is ideal as it can be used for multiple purposes - scarf, headgear, sweatband, etc. Highly recommended.
57 of 37GAITERS
This is a personal choice - some wear gaiters, others do not. Ankle gaiters keep debris out of your shoes.
58 of 37SPORTS BRA
Women-only
Useful for cooking at the camp fire. Titanium products are the lightest but very expensive. Many people cut the top off of the plastic bottles provided at the event to use as cups.
A list of useful items that will help with your recovery process at the end of each day


Inov-8 Race Elite 32 An elite, functional lightweight hydration-compatible pack.
Inov-8 Race Elite 25 An extreme lightweight pack ideal for mountain marathons and longer runs.
Inov-8 Racepac 25 An elite, functional lightweight hydration-compatible pack.
OMM Jirishanca 35RL MSC Lightweight, tough and rugged pack with plenty of room
OMM Classic Marathon 32L The definitive lightweight pack for those who want to carry more equipment.
OMM Classic Marathon 25L The definitive lightweight pack for those who want to travel super light.
Osprey Exos 34 Pack Lightweight, functional backpack
Osprey Hornet 32 A super light highly ventilated hydration-compatible pack for those who carry more.
Osprey Talon 33 A lightweight but hardcore backpack.
RaidLight Runner R-Light – 30L Ultra-light & multifunctional. 30 litres (backpack) + 1 bottle.
Pack Accessories
Osprey Hi-Vis Raincover Waterproof material that protects the contents of a backpack from the front side.
Inov-8 Racepac 2 Compact chest pouch adds versatility and additional storage options
OMM Waist Pouch 3L Use with a pack with shorter back; Adventure Light or Classic 25.
RaidLight Endurance Pouch Small zipped independent pouch
RaidLight Equilibre Front-Pack 4L Enhances gear accessibility and balance.
Raidlight Trail Front Pack Compact pack mostly made of mesh for a complete breathability.
Salomon Custom Front Pocket Customizable chest bag system with two water bottle holders.
Salomon Custom Zipped Pocket Customizable waist belt bag system.


Marmot Plasma Marmot Plasma (40F/4C & 30F/-1C models) Incredibly lightweight Pertex fabric that is water-resistant and breathable. Temperature rated down to -1°C/30°F.
Marmot Arroyo Light-weight goose down sleeping bag with temperature rating of -1°C/30°F.
Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 (women’s specific available) Light, warm, & compact. Offers versatility.
Temperature rated down to 0°C/32°F.
Mountain Hardwear Women's Lamina 20 Sleeping Bag Comfortable, roomy, mummy cut bag. Excellent choice for damp, cold conditions. Comfort rating of -5°C/23°F.
Western Mountaineering Summerlite Light-weight, fully-baffled bag with a full zipper and insulation. Temperature rated down to 0°C/32°F.
Western Mountaineering Highlight Light-weight and low bulk. Temperature rated down to 2°C/35°F.
Big Agnes Pitchpine with Air Core Mummy Pad (regular and long available) Light-weight, high-thread count and mummy-shaped bag down to 5°C/40°F. Integrated pad sleeve.
Marmot Atom Light-weight with high-quality down. Temperature rated
Marmot Axiom 45 Sleeping Bag Synthetic Thermal R high loft insulation provides durable warmth. Temperature rated down to 7°C/45°F.
Marmot NanoWave Sleeping Bag DWR-treated polyester taffeta fabric sheds moisture. Temperature rated down to 7°C/45°F.


Black Diamond Spot LED A great primary light source. Shines for 34-70 meters.
Black Diamond Cosmo LED A primary light source that shines up to 28 meters.
Black Diamond Gizmo LED A quality back-up light source. Shines for 25 meters but has a low number of lumens.
Princeton Tec EOS Headlamp A great primary light source with 50 lumens and light distance of 50 meters.
Princeton Tec Scout Headlamp A quality back-up light source with 10 lumens and light distance of 8-15 meters.
Petzl Tikka 2 Plus A great primary light source. Shines for 13-35 meters.
Petzl Tikka 2 A great primary light source. Shines for 13-29 meters.
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp Should only be considered as a back-up light source. Shines for 11-19 meters but has a low number of lumens.


Silva 40 Watch Compass Fits nicely on a watch strap.
Silva Thermometer Compass A handy compass with integrated thermometer.
Silva 1 Explorer Compass 1S360 Luminous points for night navigation.
Silva Compass Carabiner 9 A handy compass with integrated carabiner.




Coghlan’s Safety Whistle Four features in one compact package.
Jetscream Safety Whistle Flat enough to fit in your pocket.
Coghlan's Featherweight Mirror Made of strong, unbreakable acrylic material


Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy Ultralight, ultra-warm full protection shelter. 105 grams / 3.7 ounces.
Adventure Medical Kits ThermoLite Provides warmth. 195 grams / 6.9 ounces bivvy sack.
Space Brand Emergency Bag Protection in a lightweight, compact bag.


Dermatone Sunblock Lotion with Z-Cote - SPF 36 Waterproof & moisturizing. Z-cote adds essential protection against UVA rays.
Dermatone No-Touch Sunblock Lotion - SPF 30 Fragrance free, waterproof and sweat proof.
Dermatone Sun & Bug Combo, SPF 25 with Insect Repellent Insect repellent for 3 hours, UVA & UVB protection; water proof and sweat proof.
SmartShield SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion with Avobenzone A light, oil-free formula that is waterproof and sweat proof.
Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Sport Cream SPF 30 Breathable and non-greasy. Free of PABA, fragrances, wheat, gluten, glycol and nut oils.
Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Titanium Dioxide SPF 50 Moisturizing and non-greasy with titanium dioxide. Free of PABA, fragrance, wheat, gluten, glycol and nut oils.
Bushman Plus Dry Gel Sunscreen plus lasting protection from bloodseeking insects.


Dermatone Medicated Lip Balm Protects and conditions lips.
Dermatone Spot Protection Stick Protects lips against sun, wind and cold.
Dermatone Lip ‘n Face Protection Crème with Z-Cote, SPF 30 Great for skin that is super sensitive to the sun. (Highly recommended by dermatologists to prevent skin cancer.)
Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF30 PABA free and contains aloe vera and Vitamin B


RacingThePlanet® Blister Kit (highly recommended) Basic Kit or Kit with Hydropel. Includes an instruction sheet.
Blist-o-Ban Highly recommended. Prevent blisters from forming, because the easiest way to treat blisters is to not get them in the first place.
Spenco 2nd Skin Jar 48 - 3 Circles (non-sterile)




Wet Ones Moist Towelette with Vitamin E & Aloe Clean-up anytime. Thick and soft.
Kleenex Deluxe Tissues Pockets Pack Soft, gentle Kleenex® tissues.
4 Deserts Tablet Towels Durable and full-sized 10" x 10”. Nine towels per pack. Compacted in a convenient tablet size; add water to use.


Flashing LED Safety Light Flashing LED Safety Light


Flashing LED Safety Light Flashing LED Safety Light


2XU X Lite Membrane Jacket
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket,
Marmot Silverton Jacket, Zion Jacket, Speed Light Jacket, Super Mica Jacket, Nano
Montane Minimus Jacket
Mountain Hardware Quark Jacket Men, Epic Jacket, Typhoon Jacket
Orca Men's Lite Jacket
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, Mentor Jacket, Alibi Jacket
Columbia Mission Air II Shell
OMM Kamleika Race Jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket


2XU 2XU Women's Fleece Jacket, Micro Hooded Fleece, 3/4 Zip Thru Top
Arc'teryx Women's Covert Hoody
CW-X Insulator Web Top
Icebreaker 320 Nomad, Sports 320 Rock Zip, Bodyfit 260 Altitude Zip, Bodyfit 260 Midweight Women's Long Sleeve Crewe
ExOfficio Women's Alpental Long Sleeve Fleece Zip Hoody
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Jacket, Effucion Power Jacket, Butter-Man 1/2 Zip T, Transition Zip T
Marmot Vars Hoody, Power Stretch Jacket, Alpinist Tech Jacket, Zion Jacket, Solar Flair Jacket, Christy Jacket, Lightweight Zip Neck LS
Mammut Trail Jacket, Snow Zip Longsleeve
OMM Radian Top
Patagonia Better Sweater Hoody, Classic Retro-X Jacket, Plush Synchilla Hoody
Raidlight Microfleece Trail Raider


2XU PWX Men's Compression Long Sleeve Top, 2XU Thermal L/S Base Layer, PWX Compression L/S Top, Raven Base Thermal, Velocity S/S Run Top, Elite Run Singlet, Comp S/S Run Top
CW-X Ventilator Web Top, Versatx Web Top
ExOfficio Neptune Short Sleeve Tee
Icebreaker Icebreaker Superfine 150 Anaconda V, Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Contour, Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Atlas, Icebreaker GT 200 Sprint Zip
Marmot Performance shirts made of DriClime® UpCycle® and fabric.
Mammut Longsleeve Warm-Quality
Mountain Hardware Several models. Koolknit™ moisture wicking shirts that keep you dry and cool.
OMM Vector Tee, Rapid Zip Top, Vector Zip Top
Orca Core Lite shirts made of natural merino wool.
Patagonia Capilene® signature base-layer fabric.
Raidlight Performance Shirt for Women, Performer Jersey MC, Performer Long Shirt, R-Dry Short Sleeves Shirt
Skins Sport and She Tops
Salomon XR 1/2 Zip Tech Tee, XT softshell LS 1/2 Zip Tee (male)


Asics (Trail and Road) Lightweight and with great GEL cushioning system
Columbia (trail) Lightweight and durable trail running shoes.
Inov-8 (trail) Lightweight and with great grip.
Montrail (trail) Durable, lightweight trail running shoes.
Newton (trail) Breathable and lightweight, made to mimic the advantages of barefoot running.
New Balance (Trail and Road) Versatile, lightweight trail running shoes.
Raidlight (trail) Innovative shoe that is designed to be versatile and dynamic
Salomon (trail) Versatile, lightweight trail running shoes.
Vasque (Trail) Low profile anatomically-moulded midsole that uses contouring and smart cushioning to get runners physically closer to the trail.


2XU Recovery Sock / Calf Guard
Compressport Ultra light technical socks
CW-X Compression Socks
DryMax Run Crew Socks Padded socks designed with a Dual Layer Moisture Removal System.
DryMax Trail Run ¼ Crew High Socks Comes with extra foot protection for the trails and an anti-blister system.
Injinji Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Injinji Mini-Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Skins Sport Powersox Compression socks increase circulation to the calves, increasing performance and facilitating faster recovery.
SmartWool Adrenalin Mini Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
SmartWool Adrenaline Light Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
Teko Socks Lightweight, quick-drying comfort.
Highly recommended by numerous 4 Deserts competitors.
Thyo Trek Compostelle High Sock Contains synthetic fibers which, in contact with moisture, will be evacuated to the Gore-Tex of the shoe
Toe Toe Socks Thin-Liner toe socks are finely knitted with Coolmax material.


2XU Run Cap Quick-drying cap with a mesh liner.
4 Deserts Cap A baseball-style cap.
Columbia Freezer Ball Cap A baseball-style cap with Omni-Freeze® technology to keep your head cool.
Inov-8 Hot Peak 60 Breathable stretch mesh, fast wicking.
Outdoor Research Helios Sun Cap 50+ UPF rating with a brim.
Outdoor Research Swift Cap Quick-drying cap with a mesh liner.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Cap A breathable, lightweight soft shell cap.
RacingThePlanet Cap A baseball-style cap.
Raidlight Sahara Cap Lightweight cap designed for running and walking in hot climates
Sea-To-Summit The Mullet Cap With a multi-position, removable neck flap.


Numa Sport Optics
Smith Optics
Julbo
Bobster
Oakley


7-DAY FOOD SUPPLY Pre-event: One (1) meal During the event: food totalling a minimum of 14,000 calories
You are responsible for your own food for the entire event. You need a dried meal for the night before the race, as well as a minimum of 2000 calories/day during the race (7 days).
Dried Meals We recommend using dried meals as your main food source. Hot water will be available at all campsites.
Expedition Foods (Freeze dried) High calorie (800 per meal) and freeze dried meals. Note: Freeze dried is typically better tasting than “dried mix” meals.
Mountain House (Freeze dried) Numerous freeze dried dinner and breakfast meals. Note: “freeze dried” is typically better tasting than “dried mix” meals
Energy Bars / Gels Various brands from which to choose. To avoid an upset stomach, be sure to test your bars and gels during training.
Clif Bar Whole, all-natural and organic ingredients.
Em's Power Cookies Unique Cookies and Cookie-Bars made with All Natural Ingredients.
GU Delivers high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes.
Hammer Bars Easy to digest and gluten-free.
Hammer Gels Perfect for a quick energy boost.
Jelly Belly Sport Beans Contains carbohydrates, electrolytes and vitamins.
MuleBar Energy Bar Natural, tasty energy bars available in different sizes: mega bite, refuel and bar and a variety of flavours including summer pudding, mango tango and pina colada.
MuleBar Kicks Fast acting, natural organic energy with electrolytes.
PowerBar C2MAX carb mix contains a special ratio.
PowerGel Delivers a fast energy boost.
SIS Go Bar Nutritious snack for an active lifestyle.
Nutrition Supplements These nutrition products were recommended by those who have completed the 4 Deserts series.
PowerBar Recovery Take after the stage for muscle recovery.
PowerBar Energize Take during the stage for energy.
Perpetuem by Hammer Take during the stage to fuel your body.
Recoverite by Hammer Take after the stage to aid muscle recover.
Sustained Energy by Hammer Endurance fuel; reduces muscle fatigue.
HEED by Hammer Sports drink; prevents cramps.
Race Caps Supreme Enhances energy and endurance.
Whey Protein supplement; helps repair muscles.
Premium Insurance Caps Daily supplement, overall health support.
Other drink mixes Bring your favourite drink mixes for mornings and nights around camp.
Coffee or Tea
Hot Chocolate
Snacks An important part of your food supply. We recommended bringing a good variety of your favourite snacks.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Individual packets offer a quick and nutritious breakfast or afternoon snack.
Cup Noodles Quick, easy and light.
Beef Jerky An essential snack with much-needed protein. Slim Jims are a quality brand.
Strawberries Organic Fruit Snack Made from fresh, quality fruit.
Made in Nature Dried Fruit Made in Nature selects the freshest ingredients.
Potato Chips High in calories and taste; recommended to crush them up and carry in a zip-lock bag.
Parmesan Cheese High in calories and easy to pack.


Sea-To-Summit AlphaLight Spork Durable and ultra lightweight.
Light My Fire Spork Polycarbonate and titanium versions.
Brunton Flip Sticks Folding Chopsticks Convenient and durable.
Snow Peak Spoon and Fork Durable, lightweight and compact.


Endurolytes by Hammer Nutrition Provides superior cramp prevention.
Nuun (no sugar) Light flavour drink enhancement.
Saltstick Caps Minimises cramping and fatigue.
SIS Electrolytes A carbohydrate energy fuel with electrolytes


RaidLight Bretelle Bottle-Holder Attaches to shoulder of backpack.
Raidlight Bottle with Flexible Valve A soft plastic bottle with a screw top and flexible valve.
SmarTube (for 1.5L bottle) Convenient water bottle adapter.
SmarTube Cap (for 63mm bottle) For wide-mouth bottles.
Hydrapak GelBot Bottle Delivers two performance essentials - fluid and gel - in one bottle.
Hydrapak Reversible Reservoir II Hydration System 3L bladder that is backpack compatible.
Platypus Platy Bottle Light-weight, collapsible and versatile.
Platypus SoftBottle with Closure Cap Ultra-reusable, light-weight and flexible. Rolls up when not being used.
Platypus Hoser
Platypus Big Zip SL
Nathan Hydration Bottle Soft, squeezable and low-density.
Inov-8 Bottle Holder


Salomon Stripe Beanie This beanie is meant for temperate regulation, ready to wear.
Icebreaker Pocket 200 Soft and comfortable (for men and women)
Mountain Hardwear Micro Dome Lightweight and snug (for men and women)
Patagonia Alpine Beanie Lightweight, stretchy, and quick-drying.


Icebreaker Glove Liner Soft and lightweight (for men and women)
Patagonia Lightweight Glove Wicks moisture from skin to keep hands dry


Bushman Heavy Duty Dry Gel Quick-drying gel that protects you from insects.
EG Mosquito Repellent Bracelet Waterproof, convenient and stylish.
SmartShield Insect repellent in spray or towelette form, with SPF 30.
Dermatone Herbal Insect Repellent with Bite Blocker Protects against mosquitoes and flies.
Dermatone Sun & Bug Combo, SPF 25 with Insect Repellent Insect repellent for 3 hours, UVA & UVB protection; water proof and sweat proof.


Coghlan's Lightweight Dry Bag Made from a high quality Rip-Stop material with fully taped sealed seams to keep moisture out.
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Gobi Durable, abrasion resistant 420D Thermal Welded Nylon with easy fastening Duraflex buckles.
Outdoor Research Ultralight Dry Sack The fully seam taped silnyl fabric keeps the weight down and helps protect your gear.
Outdoor Research Durable Dry Sack Antron nylon with a durable, waterproof Hydroseal® coating.
Sea-To-Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sack Ultra-lightweight dry sack with handy release buckle and a thinner roll top closure.
Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack The new Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil™ Dry Sacks are more than 50% lighter than most Dry Sacks.


Marmot PreCip Pant, Precip Full Zip Pant, Minimalist Pants, Essence Pant, Torrey Pant, Marmot Minimalist Pants
Montane Atomic DT Pants, Prism Pants, Super Fly Pants
Mountain Hardware Chockstone Pant, Epic Pant
Outdoor Research Foray Pants, Revel Pants, Women’s Aspire Pants, Women's Reflexa Pants
Patagonia Torrentshell Pants
Raidlight Vertical Shelter Pant XP, Vertical Shelter Pant Ultra Light


2XU Tights and Shorts Performance compression tights.
CW-X Tights and Shorts
(Stabilyx, Pro, Expert, Ventilator)
Compression gear that provides support to key muscle groups and joints.
Icebreaker GT 200 Men's Sprint Legging, GT 200 Women's Pace Legless
Marmot Lightweight Bottom
Montane Sonic Shorts Lightweight multi-activity shorts.
Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Tights (men), Solano Shorts (women), Canyon Shorts (men).
Orca Tights and Shorts Performance compression tights.
OMM OMM Flash Tights (1,0.75 and 0.5)
Salomon Shorts and compression tights including Exo II Wings TW Short, Exo IV 3/4 Collant, Exo IV 3/4 Tight W, XR Short W
SKINS Tights and Shorts (Sport, She, or ICE Series) Body-moulded compression gear aimed at providing support and muscle alignment.
Zenzah High Compression Tight, Long Compression Tights, Compression Shorts, Compression Capri Tight


2XU 2XU Women's Fleece Jacket, Micro Hooded Fleece, 3/4 Zip Thru Top
Arc'teryx Women's Covert Hoody
CW-X Insulator Web Top
Icebreaker 320 Nomad, Sports 320 Rock Zip, Bodyfit 260 Altitude Zip, Bodyfit 260 Midweight Women's Long Sleeve Crewe
ExOfficio Women's Alpental Long Sleeve Fleece Zip Hoody
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Jacket, Effucion Power Jacket, Butter-Man 1/2 Zip T, Transition Zip T
Marmot Vars Hoody, Power Stretch Jacket, Alpinist Tech Jacket, Zion Jacket, Solar Flair Jacket, Christy Jacket, Lightweight Zip Neck LS
Mammut Trail Jacket, Snow Zip Longsleeve
OMM Radian Top
Patagonia Better Sweater Hoody, Classic Retro-X Jacket, Plush Synchilla Hoody
Raidlight Microfleece Trail Raider
2XU Recovery Sock / Calf Guard
Compressport Ultra light technical socks
CW-X Compression Socks
DryMax Run Crew Socks Padded socks designed with a Dual Layer Moisture Removal System.
DryMax Trail Run ¼ Crew High Socks Comes with extra foot protection for the trails and an anti-blister system.
Injinji Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Injinji Mini-Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Skins Sport Powersox Compression socks increase circulation to the calves, increasing performance and facilitating faster recovery.
SmartWool Adrenalin Mini Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
SmartWool Adrenaline Light Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
Teko Socks Lightweight, quick-drying comfort.
Highly recommended by numerous 4 Deserts competitors.
Thyo Trek Compostelle High Sock Contains synthetic fibers which, in contact with moisture, will be evacuated to the Gore-Tex of the shoe
Toe Toe Socks Thin-Liner toe socks are finely knitted with Coolmax material.
Salomon Stripe Beanie This beanie is meant for temperate regulation, ready to wear.
Icebreaker Pocket 200 Soft and comfortable (for men and women)
Mountain Hardwear Micro Dome Lightweight and snug (for men and women)
Patagonia Alpine Beanie Lightweight, stretchy, and quick-drying.


2XU 2XU Women's Fleece Jacket, Micro Hooded Fleece, 3/4 Zip Thru Top
Arc'teryx Women's Covert Hoody
CW-X Insulator Web Top
Icebreaker 320 Nomad, Sports 320 Rock Zip, Bodyfit 260 Altitude Zip, Bodyfit 260 Midweight Women's Long Sleeve Crewe
ExOfficio Women's Alpental Long Sleeve Fleece Zip Hoody
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Jacket, Effucion Power Jacket, Butter-Man 1/2 Zip T, Transition Zip T
Marmot Vars Hoody, Power Stretch Jacket, Alpinist Tech Jacket, Zion Jacket, Solar Flair Jacket, Christy Jacket, Lightweight Zip Neck LS
Mammut Trail Jacket, Snow Zip Longsleeve
OMM Radian Top
Patagonia Better Sweater Hoody, Classic Retro-X Jacket, Plush Synchilla Hoody
Raidlight Microfleece Trail Raider




2XU Recovery Sock / Calf Guard
Compressport Ultra light technical socks
CW-X Compression Socks
DryMax Run Crew Socks Padded socks designed with a Dual Layer Moisture Removal System.
DryMax Trail Run ¼ Crew High Socks Comes with extra foot protection for the trails and an anti-blister system.
Injinji Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Injinji Mini-Crew Toe Toe-fit socks, superb performance.
Skins Sport Powersox Compression socks increase circulation to the calves, increasing performance and facilitating faster recovery.
SmartWool Adrenalin Mini Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
SmartWool Adrenaline Light Crew Durable, sweat-wicking socks.
Teko Socks Lightweight, quick-drying comfort.
Highly recommended by numerous 4 Deserts competitors.
Thyo Trek Compostelle High Sock Contains synthetic fibers which, in contact with moisture, will be evacuated to the Gore-Tex of the shoe
Toe Toe Socks Thin-Liner toe socks are finely knitted with Coolmax material.


Salomon Stripe Beanie This beanie is meant for temperate regulation, ready to wear.
Icebreaker Pocket 200 Soft and comfortable (for men and women)
Mountain Hardwear Micro Dome Lightweight and snug (for men and women)
Patagonia Alpine Beanie Lightweight, stretchy, and quick-drying.




POE Peak Series Ultra-light self-inflating pad with great thermal performance.
POE Adventurer Series Light, versatile and comfortable
POE Uber High Mountain Light, durable and comfortable.
POE SL Basic Classic all season pad.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Ultra-light inflatable pad.
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Ultra-light mattress with accordion-style design.
Additional Comfort
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow A compressible pillow for travel.
Sea-To-Summit Travel Pillow A compressible pillow for travel.
POE Base Extended Comfort Chair Multi-function capabilities.


Sea-to-Summit CoolMax Liner A climate control travel liner.
Sea-to-Summit Premium Silk Liner Adds up to 6°C/10°F of warmth.


Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork, Trail, Z Poles, First Strike
Fizan Altitude, Compact, Classic, Promenade
Komperdell Women’s C2 Carbon, Men’s C3 Duolock, Men's Contour Titanal Power Lock, Women's C3 Duolock, Women's Compact Titanal Power Lock
Leki Carbon Ti, Carbonlite XL, Cressida Women's, MIcro Stick, Thermolite XL
RaidLight Foldable Trail


Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks Light and tough waterproof bags.
Sea-to-Summit SN240 Compression Sacks: XS - 5.5” x 14” Small - 7” x 16” Medium - 8” x 18” Large - 9” x 20” XS – good for clothing. Small, Medium, Large – fits most bags.
Aloksak Durable Film Bags Ideal for film or other sensitive items.
Aloksak Clear Map Case Clear map case, certified waterproof in excess of 60 meters (~200 feet).
Osprey Hi-Vis Raincover Waterproof material that protects the contents of a backpack from the front side.


4 Deserts Tablet Towels Durable and biodegradable tablets that unroll with water for instant use.
Sea-To-Summit Pocket Towel Quick-drying, lightweight and compact.


Toob Brush A compact, refillable toothpaste tube.
Toob Replacement Heads Made with soft end rounded bristles.


Suunto Excellent multi-functional sport watches.
Luminox (excellent for use at night)
Garmin Excellent, with a lot of functions in addition to a GPS
Timex
Polar Excellent multi-functional sport watches.


Garmin GPS Various models, the best brand among GPS units
iPod iPods work well, but you should keep the music player in a waterproof / sand-proof bag. In addition, you will need a charging device to keep it charged. Competitors will not have access to outlets to recharge iPods.


Classic Solio Hybrid Charger Lightweight and versatile.
Powertraveller Powermonkey A portable power charger.
Powertraveller Powerchimp A portable power charger.






Aloksak Clear Map Case Clear map case, certified waterproof in excess of 60 meters (~200 feet).
Fixing Your Feet (5th ed.) by John Vonhof Learn to proactively prevent foot problems using various techniques.
Maps of course locations Vietnam, India, China, Silk Road, etc.
Runaway Success: Life Lessons from Ultra Endurance Racing" by Thaddeus Lawrence About the extraordinary life and journeys that ordinary people from all corners of the world undertake when competing in the 4 Deserts series
The Power of Team by Peter Wortham Learn what it takes to complete an endurance race.


RacingThePlanet: Iceland Buff® Coming soon!
4 Deserts Buff®


RaidLight Stop-Run Gaiters Good for small stones. Adaptable to all running shoes.
Outdoor Research Salamander Gaiters Waterproof gaiters
Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters Ultra light, water resistant gaiters that provide protection, stretch, breathability


CW-X Firm Support Bra Supplies support and comfort.
CW-X Xtra Support Bra Supplies an extra level of support.
Patagonia Active Sport 24-7 Bra Seamless, lightweight, active bra.
Patagonia Active Sport High Impact Bra Lightweight, highly breathable bra.
Zensah Seamless Running Bra Comfortable, offers compression and support


Guyodesigns Squishy Bowl & Cup Flexible, versatile and durable.
GSI Ultralite Nesting Bowl + Mug Ultra-light and efficient.
Snow Peak Titanium Cups Durable and ultra-light.
Sea-To-Summit X-Mug Collapses flat for compact packing.
Sea-To-Summit X-Bowl Collapses flat for compact packing.


2XU PWX Compression Recovery Sock Reduced muscle fatigue + damage in lower legs
CW-X Compression Support Socks Provides variable compression to increase circulation in the feet and lower legs and reduce lactic acid build-up
2XU PWX Compression Recovery Tights Provides greater pressure and recovery benefits by improving blood circulation + removal of blood lactates for faster muscle repair
Skins RY400 Compression Long Tights for Recovery Helps reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and improve your muscle recovery time.
Flex-Power Performance and Recovery Pain Relief Cream Utilizes a unique technology to deliver active ingredients for pain relief through the skin
Crocs Release your feet from your race shoes, they will certainly enjoy a welcome break.

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