Kit: Ultimate Mountain Challenge 极限山地挑战赛装备选购
BoardWorks Surf Badfish MCIT SUP Board
The Badfish lineup is designed from the deck to the fins for one purpose: staying afloat in heavy rapids. A three-chamber inflation system is the main weapon in ensuring stability and portability. Read our full review here.
Body Glove Fusion 3/2 Wetsuit
The water in Gore Creek on race day never topped 40 degrees. We preferred not to dislodge our teeth through shivering, so we opted for a full-length wetsuit. The Fusion suit from Body Glove features a unique stretch panel system in the chest and shoulders. It wasn’t constrictive while we paddled in heavy water and kept us
warm somewhat comfortable even after a few dips in the river.
Bell Volt Helmet
The time trial was not the typical battle of aerodynamic bikes and gear: with 1,500 feet of climbing in under nine miles it was a brutal test on our climbing legs. The heavily-vented Volt helmet kept us much more cool (and therefore race ready) than a typical aero helmet. The TAG fit system dials in the perfect fit, and the antimicrobial padding kept us from smelling too terrible after long training rides and on race day.
Louis Garneau Mondo Gloves
Long training days in the saddle of a road or mountain bike take a surprising toll on the hands and wrists. The specially designed gel padding of the Mondo Gloves take the direct pressure off of your ulnar and medial nerves and distributes it throughout the palm. Pick up a pair of these for that next century ride and numb fingers will be a thing of the past.
Louis Garneau Tri-Lite Shoes
We’ve been riding in Tri-Lites for a couple seasons now and have no intention giving them up. The minimalist mesh uppers and carbon composite sole enable unreal amounts of power transfer for a triathlon-specific shoe (not that you’re pushing 500 watts like a pro… but you could), while maintaining comfort. The Velcro closure is a nice touch if you’re going to be in and out of them a lot. If a BOA fit system is more your style, then check out the Course 2LS shoes.
Some people can head out on a trail run and turn their brains off for a couple of hours. For those with shorter attention spans who need a little motivation on grueling climbs — the UMC course had 2,000 feet of vertical in a 10k course — music is a must. Yurbuds’s Focus earbuds are one of few workout-specific headphones that not only stay in your ear and are impervious to sweat but also have great sound. Our soundtrack of choice while knocking out mile after mile of trails? Led Zeppelin. You could just as easily run to modern electronic or pop music, but if running to “Ramble On” with excellent sound quality doesn’t put a smile on your face, we don’t know what will.
Smartwool PhD Toe Sock Mini
We know what you’re thinking, and no, toe socks are no longer just for middle school girls and that really weird guy in your bikram yoga class. Smartwool merino means two things. First, forget about stinky feet. Merino is naturally antimicrobial, so your once-funky shoes won’t have to be left in the garage anymore. Second, the isolated toes of these socks will keep you blister free no matter how far you run. Maybe that weird yoga dude was on to something.
Newton Terra Momentum
Like all Newton shoes, the Terra Momentum features an Action/Reaction sole design. A set of lugs line the midfoot and heel, encouraging an efficient stride and fast turnover; the aggressive tread and protective upper tackle technical trails just as easily as pavement; an anti-friction liner rounds it all out. You could invest in a pair of racing flats, but after training in these for the big day you won’t want to.
Under Armour Escape 7-inch Running Shorts
There’s always a lone runner at every race that refuses to give up his comically short running shorts from the 1970s. Under Armour’s updated take is just as comfortable as those “barely there” versions, and you won’t be blinding everyone with your pasty white thighs on every training run. Most importantly, they do their job without you having to fuss about the details.
If a six thousand dollar race machine is a little out of your price range, the LOOK 566 is as close as you can come to riding a pro level bike without suffering from sticker shock. High modulus carbon, twisted chain stays and a flattened top tube all contribute to a ride that is smooth at any speed, but more importantly, as responsive on climbs and sprints as any bike on the road.
The SB95 is the ultimate trail bike. 29-inch wheels and five inches of travel on both ends ensure that this beast will roll through any obstacle thrown at it. Shock lockout systems make sure you don’t lose any climbing ability during your race. Check out our full review here.
Louis Garneau T-Flex LS-100 Shoes
Much like their road biking counterparts, LG’s T-Flexes are easily the most comfortable mountain biking shoes out there, and they don’t sacrifice performance and power transfer a bit. A hybrid carbon composite sole can be tuned with a hex wrench; Need a stiffer ride for your cross country race? Done. A couple extra cleats would help keep your footing on a muddy enduro course? Screw them on when you need them. The BOA laces and completely customizable fit round out this excellent shoe for a day of bombing single track and climbing steep fire roads.
Look Ultra Jersey and Bib Shorts
The Ultra line simplifies your search for a decent jersey and shorts, and not just so you can turn heads — they’ll help keep you at the front of the peloton. A combination of tightly woven microfiber and mesh provides a degree of compression in crucial areas; flat seams, a waterproof cell phone pocket and a 4-way stretch gel pad all work to keep you in the saddle for long hours of training and racing throughout the summer.
KT Tape Pro
We’ve all dealt with little aches and pains while training; the hope is that they stay that way. KT Tape’s Pro line of athletic tape increases stability to help out your muscles and joints as you punish your body. It’s the only 100% synthetic tape on the market and has a stronger adhesive than any competing brand. We wore the same strips on our knees and shoulders for two days of racing in all conditions, and they’ve become constant training gear ever since.
POC Trabec Race MIPS
After seeing more than a few crashes on the mountain biking course, we were all too happy we’d given our head the POC treatment. Featuring the specially designed MIPS suspension and impact system, the Trabec reduces not only blunt force trauma, but also rotational forces (whiplash and other neck injuries) suffered during a crash. Sitting lower on the head adds comfort, and there’s no way it’s slipping around once you’ve got the fit right. It doesn’t hurt that it looks more like a combat ready helmet than your average mountain biking brain bucket. Go ahead and hit that boulder jump you’ve been working up the courage to try.
Geigerrig Rig 1600
A multi-race event demands a decent pack for hauling your gear. The Rig 1600 from Geigerrig is about as comfortable an option as you’ll find. With 1,600 cubic inches of space for gear, cameras (hey, even mountain bikers take cheesy selfies now and then) and Geigerrig’s unique dual chamber hydration bladder, you’ll be able to stay on the trail as long as your body can hold up. We loved all the organization that each pouch and the main compartment offered, a huge step up from a cavernous, messy duffel or transition bag.