Prepare and test your equipment
The choice of suitable equipment is a key factor in the success of your race. Ultra-endurance requires thorough preparation, including the choice of the equipment that you take with you.
The month of August in the Mont-Blanc area can be very hot (more than 30°C), but it can also be very cold (up to -10°C experienced above 2000m), with rain, hail or even snow. Your equipment must be suitable for confronting all types of conditions and enable you to spend one or two nights on the race route, according to the speed of your progression. In the case of an incident, your equipment must enable you to await help in sufficiently safe conditions.
The UTMB® imposes obligatory equipment which all runners must have with them permanently to avoid risk of penalty. Checks are carried out during the races. We can only encourage runners to also take with them the equipment which is highly recommended, as well as the equipment that we advise them to have.It is essential to be able to adapt your equipment to your reality, test it during training sessions in varying conditions and take everything that will be useful and necessary. Weight is a concern, but don't be too minimalist. Optimise your chances of success and your performance through judicious choice.
The IDEAL trail-running sole, powered by Vibram
A good trail-running sole offers light weight, grip and traction. An excellent trail-running sole offers the same features, but over all types of terrain and under all weather conditions.
Requisite features for each TYPE OF TERRAIN
|Uphill: flexibility and traction
|Downhill: cushioning and grip|
|Flat terrain: easy "rolling" of the shoe with the foot|
Requisite features for each TYPE OF WEATHER
|Rain: grip and self-cleaning
|Snow: traction and self-cleaning|
|Dry conditions: cushioning and flexibility|
Main characteristics of a shoe for mountain racing
- PERFORMANCE thanks to effective transfer of the runner's propulsive force to the ground, with minimum energy loss during each stride.
- PROTECTION through effective cushioning, both to protect the arch against the irregularities of the terrain and to reduce the detrimental effects of the constant impacts on the muscular and skeletal systems.
- COMFORT thanks to precise distribution of the pressures impacting on the foot, achieved through a sole profile adapted to the terrain and the race.
In a trail-running shoe, 70% of the total value resides in the sole. In "long-distance" races, the priorities are protection and comfort. That is why Vibram soles comprise functional zones designed with human anatomy and the needs of active feet in mind. This approach ensures the best solutions for trail runners over all types of terrain and all distances.
The functional zones of a Vibram® trail-running sole
[A] FRONT SECTION - TIP OF THE SHOE