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Old 12th Aug 16, 05:55 PM
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Waterproof jacket and pants for ultra

A waterproof jacket and pants, both with taped seams is part of the mandatory kit list for an ultra I'm running later this year.
I don't mind spending a little more on a jacket as that'll benefit me through winter but I doubt I'll wear the pants. Can anybody recommend something cheap that would satisfy the organisers?

The jacket I'm drawn to is an Inov8 Race Elite half zip. It's priced around 90 and seems to be reviewed quite well.
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Old 12th Aug 16, 09:23 PM
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Waterproof jackets usually a rating of HH10000 or higher. I've for a Salomon Bonatti jacket but as long as you meeting the rating you'll be fine with most things. Smocks are often cheaper but I opted for a proper zipped jacket that I can get over me and my racing vest to keep my pack dry.

Decathlon, Ronhill, inov-8 all have their own versions
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Old 17th Mar 17, 08:58 PM
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I have a Berghaus Hyper HydroShell Waterproof Jacket which is amazing and weighs nothing, I have a size small which comes in at under 70g, it performs superbly and packs down to nothing, Berghaus make awesome lightweight running gear for ultras and fell races, especially since they started sponsoring races such as the Dragons Back race.

My jacket prior to that was a Montane Minimus, I would highly recommend Montane for any lightweight running clothing, the quality, design and lightness is outstanding. My trousers are Montane Minimus too, they're superb and a really good athletic fit with minimal zips so you can only put them on with running shoes, they won't fit over hiking boots, and they have Velcro calf straps too so no flapping fabric!

If I needed a new pair of trousers tomorrow I'd probably buy some of those ultralight Inov8 ones that are so thin they are see through, weight is a big deal in a long race.

I'd say always buy a jacket with a full zip never a smock, as in a race you can undo the zip and redo it behind you if there is a break in the rain and you don't want to take the jacket off yet, it can really help keep you cool and comfortable when racing in harsh conditions.
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Old 17th Mar 17, 09:15 PM
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I did it on the cheap.....about 10 quid from decathlon for a horrendous red smock type thing with taped seams. Ugly and rustly but surprisingly waterproof and does have taped seams. Trousers were (I think) 4 and also do the job fine.
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Old 18th Mar 17, 08:43 AM
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In the end I opted for a Inov-8 Race Elite 150 stormshell which extremely light, wind and waterproof. Absolutely love it. Also got Inov-8 Race Ultra pants which I've worn a few times now when the weather is really bad and I can hardly tell I'm wearing anything.
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Old 19th Mar 17, 08:58 PM
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Ran an ultra today (and won it, woo hoo) and the weather was horrendous. Heavy rain and strong winds with large amounts of standing water. Well my omm kamleika smock was superb, stopped the rain coming in and let the sweat out. For a notorious cheapskate like me, well when it comes to running kit, it was vindication for the high cost.

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Old 20th Mar 17, 09:03 AM
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Ran an ultra today (and won it, woo hoo) and the weather was horrendous. Heavy rain and strong winds with large amounts of standing water. Well my omm kamleika smock was superb, stopped the rain coming in and let the sweat out. For a notorious cheapskate like me, well when it comes to running kit, it was vindication for the high cost.
Have you tried a cheapy one like those from decathlon in similar conditions? I'm just curious how they compare in actual use.
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Old 20th Mar 17, 09:07 PM
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Have you tried a cheapy one like those from decathlon in similar conditions? I'm just curious how they compare in actual use.
I only ended up with my new OMM jacket as my old faithful cheapy got ripped on a fence, luckily it was at the end of a long run not the start. I also have a Montane ultra light weight jacket and have worn this with the cheapy at times but the protection was just not great. They didn't keep all of the water out and I got sweaty then cold. But with the Kamleika fabric you just don't get wet or sweaty. The start of the event was in very heavy rain and the final 4 miles was in dry conditions getting slightly warm and I was comfortable all the time. It should be a good investment, providing I keep away from fences!

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Old 20th Mar 17, 09:56 PM
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I only ended up with my new OMM jacket as my old faithful cheapy got ripped on a fence, luckily it was at the end of a long run not the start. I also have a Montane ultra light weight jacket and have worn this with the cheapy at times but the protection was just not great. They didn't keep all of the water out and I got sweaty then cold. But with the Kamleika fabric you just don't get wet or sweaty. The start of the event was in very heavy rain and the final 4 miles was in dry conditions getting slightly warm and I was comfortable all the time. It should be a good investment, providing I keep away from fences!
Thanks. I keep coming back to decent wet weather gear for longer runs but then I look at the prices and go which is what just happened again I guess I'm just to much of a cheapskate
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Old 21st Mar 17, 04:40 AM
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Thanks. I keep coming back to decent wet weather gear for longer runs but then I look at the prices and go which is what just happened again I guess I'm just to much of a cheapskate
My old jacket was 14 years old. If the new one lasts half as long it will be good value. That's how I justified to my inner Scrouge.

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