The Goods: Adventure Racing

Go-fast gear for your next adrenaline-fueled run-climb-bike-hike-paddle through the woods

May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine
Adventure Racing

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. HYDRAULICS RACE PRO // A slim profile, hands-free drinking system, and accessible snack pockets make this PFD race ready. $195;

2. LEKI ULTRALITE TI ERGOMETRIC AS // These trekking poles are comfortable in the palms for hours on end and collapse to a compact 27 inches for easy stowing. $110; Small hands? Check KOMPERDELL's superlight CARBON AIRSHOCK WOMEN poles (not pictured). $160;

3. PETZL METEOR III // Smart cutouts make this climbing helmet cool and light. The 7.7-ounce brain bucket adjusts precisely, and the integrated clip holds a headlamp in place. $89;

4. THE SUMMER BUFF // Beanie, sun protector (up to UPF 50), neck warmer, wrist sweatband, tourniquet . . . This Coolmax swath of fabric is an adventure racer's most versatile piece of gear. $20;

5. GOLITE MULTI-SPORT PACK // Can't stop to refuel? Stow two hydration bladders and plenty of instant-access Snickers in this 1,900-cubic-inch pack. $100;

6. C.A.M.P. XLH 95 // You'll carry a harness much more than you'll wear it, so choose the world's lightest, at three ounces. $40;

7. SALOMON KARMA // Instant draining, reliable traction, and one-pull lacing help these shoes ace canyon, river, and coast terrain. $90;

8. PEARL IZUMI KAWAIHAE RACE SHORT // Eliminate chafed skin with these bike shorts and their perfectly thin chamois. $75;