- Fell/ultra runners – shell legwear advice
I’m doing a run in June and the rules state that I need, at a minimum, complete wind/showerproof body covering with me at all times. I have a good waterproof upper shell (Gore AS goretex), but have never traditionally bothered covering up my legs whilst running except when it’s cold. However, I have to play the game and so I ned a pair of trousers that are, at a minimum windproof and, at a maximum, waterproof.
Requirements are that, whatever they are, they have to be light, as light as possible really. My issue goretex is just not going to cut it. They also need to pack up small and I have to be able to run in them without overly large amounts of chafing.
I know a lot of the FRA forum people swear by the Inov-8 Mistlites and a suggestion was made for the Montance Featherlites, but I would like to ask for personal experience from the longer distance runners on here on what _they_ would go for. Water or windproof only?
Also, I have a long leg, so anything that will cover up more of me than a regular leg is appreciated (if that’s necessary).
Edit: Also, I’m not made of money and, although I want something that will last in case I do something like this again, I can’t be spending shed-loads on something that I will only wear for running once.Posted 5 years ago
Willard – L100 by any chance? If so, good luck it’s a mega challenge and normally coincided with dreadful weather (at least when I have done it!)
My choice is Montane atomic top and bottom. I bought as a package for Hellvelyn tri many years ago as Montane were a sponsor. Very light, surprisingly good in the downpour in the first years race and pack down nicely. I have never worn the bottoms in an event even if torrential rain as I am happy to get my legs wet (and fording streams in L100!!!). But you have to abide by the rules!
My top and bottom are still going strong several years later and I do actually use the leggings now and again. But never to run in!
Don’t forget, Lycra, sudocreme and Vaseline work well in combo!!!Posted 5 years ago
If its the L100, trust me the weather can be truly abysmal even in June. Never go unprepared. I have also been nearly caught out by sleet in June in the Lakes on another occassion.
Is not what happens while you are moving, think how cold you will be if you are injured/lost etc. Try not to compromise (too much!)Posted 5 years ago
THM – Nice try, but not quite… It’s the Carlisle to Newcastle run along Hadian’s Wall. Last year it tipped it down, so I’m thinking of playing it safe. Who knows where/when I might have to stop and take a break?!
There seems to be a big number of trousers in the “around 40 quid” category that fit the bill. Inov-8, Ronhill, Montane, you name it. Montane seem to have a bit more of a running focus than some, I just wish that there was somewhere local that had stock of the lot of them.
Already planning on wearing compression shorts under normal shorts to help out with chafing…Posted 5 years agoconvertSubscriber
They are not for running in so wouldn’t both too much on that score. The organisers just want to ensure you are able to covered up if it goes tits up and the weather comes in or you have to stop because you are injured or come across someone else who is injured.
In that regard don’t get too fussed about breathability or chaffing- just the lightest smallest you can find you would be happy to stand around in in gopping weather.Posted 5 years agonoseminebMember
Spent many a happy hour in my inov8 mistlite until recently when i lost them.. After looking around i opted for another pair at 20 pound in the pete bland sale. Bargain!Posted 5 years ago
Im 31 waist and 34 leg and wear a large if that helps.
Also agree they will spend most of their life in a bum bag so no need to go mad. However i will happily spend shed loads on a good waterproof jacket. 😀
Ace! I won’t be alone in my pain then! What are you doing, the two day or one day event? I decided I could not cope with sleeping in a tent half way so went for the one day.
I’m now regretting not getting the pair of Montane Firelite trousers I saw in Go Outdoors the other week. Weighed almost nothing, taped seams, goretex, 42 quid. They were a little short in the leg (I’m 6′ 5″) but would have done the job.
Off now to try and decide…Posted 5 years agodavetraveSubscriber
Slightly more than absolute minimalist here:
Montane Minimus jacket and Atomic kecks.
Still pack down very small (into a 3l bumbag along with energy bar, thin gloves/hat, mobile, car keys, cut down map, compass and whistle) and light but bit more robust/protective than Mistlite and equivalents so I can use them for lightweight walking as well.Posted 5 years agocolonel waxMember
I’ve worn Montane Featherlites over tights when running (OMM in Galloway, Brecon Beacons etc)and they’re OK, keep the wind off, don’t take up much space and are cheap.
I also had a pair of waterproof trousers from Primark or somewhere, fold up small but not in the slightest bit breathable. Really only to meet the rules and I figured if it was that bad that I needed to wear them I wouldn’t be running coz I was injured or whatever, so breathability wasn’t an issue.Posted 5 years ago
That was my feeling on prices too. I am a bit of a kit whore, so would like to buy decent/good rather than tat, but the prices of decent breathable shells is mind boggling.
Col. Wax does bring up a damn good point though. I’m unlikely to wear them whilst actually running and so getting something that is going to keep me alive if injured/stuck somewhere may be worth sacrificing some weight. I could also potentially use them for dog walking, etc. That said, the Rab ones I looked at were… mind bogglingly expensive.
Maybe I should look at TNF? Nope, expensive. Berghaus? Pricey.Posted 5 years agodavetraveSubscriber
The Atomic DT pants have been superseded by the Atomic kecks, difference is fabric – the Atomic DTs used Entrant DT fabric, the new Atomic ones use a slightly heavier weight Pertex Powershield to the Minimus kit.
Nowt wrong with the older Atomic DTs – still pack light and small, see my comments above – but you can pick them up for around 40-45 quid online.
That said, the Powershield is incredibly breathable, much more so than Gore, eVent or anything else; I’ve done short sharp sweaty runs while wearing a Minimus jacket and had none of the clamminess issues of the other breathables.Posted 5 years agoaracerSubscriber
I also had a pair of waterproof trousers from Primark or somewhere, fold up small but not in the slightest bit breathable. Really only to meet the rules and I figured if it was that bad that I needed to wear them I wouldn’t be running coz I was injured or whatever, so breathability wasn’t an issue.
I was going to suggest something similar. I now have Montane Featherlites (and also some Montane eVent bottoms), but when I first needed waterproof bottoms for an event I bought some cheapy ones which were pretty light. They actually got used on quite a few different events after that – they were fine for hanging around camp in at Polaris/KIMM. I did even use them to ride/run in occasionally.Posted 5 years ago
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