Saturday, September 02, 2006

Jim Benike clothing advice

Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 1:56 PM
Subject: AHU--for the blog

My prime concern through out my training was clothing. Would I have the right clothing to meet the demands of the race? After completing the race which included temperatures from 20 below to 20 about I felt my clothing was adequate for the race.

Montrail Susitna shoes a full size bigger which are made for this type of race. They worked well.

Two pairs of socks. One pair of coolmax double layer, the other pair wool.

Trail gators as well as snow gators from REI to keep my calves warm.

Two pairs of tights. One pair of fleece wind blocker and the other pair Dry fit.

Wicking underwear. I did keep a lightweight baklahava between my tights to keep my crotch warm.

Two light weight long sleeve performance tops.

The top layer was a heavy Patagonia fleece with a snap V neck. Dark grey to absorb any solar heat and to wick away moisture.

Black wool gloves. Two pairs of black wool liner gloves which I never used.

Heavy fleece gauntlet style mittens one size bigger to wear over the wool gloves.

Medium weight baklahava and heavy weight baklahava and a black wool stocking cap. The second night I wore all three and had an ice outline matching my headlamp.

Neoprene face mask which I wore 70% of the time. I cut a hole in the mouth for easy breathing and drinking.

When it got really cold I had a Mountain Hardware jacket with pit zips and expedition type full zipper pants. The jacket was really used as a windbreaker so one could use a lighter jacket as long as it had pit zips.

I also had a pair of expedition weight mittens which froze after I worn them a while and tried to put them on again later. The fleece mittens worked better at wicking the moisture away. I also had a pair of neoprene socks which I didn’t use but almost put them on.

Down jacket which I didn’t use but was good for safety.

I used trekking poles through out the second half of the race. They were necessary on the big uphills.

Happy trails,

Jim Benike


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