The Great Outdoors (UK)
The gear that has gone the distance
I have been supported on all my journeys by outdoor gear brand Montane, which has proved to be a perfect fit for my fast-andlight style of travel. After 4500 kilometres of fastpacking, these items have come to be my favourites.
Fastpacking demands a waterproof which protects you from the elements, but is also breathable enough to work hard in. I took the excellent
Fleet jacket on a few of these runs, which was since been replaced by the lightweight, waterproof but supremely breathable Spine jacket, especially designed for runners.
The first pack designed for fastpacking, the Trailblazer is a gamechanger. Lightweight and efficient, it features a customisable fit to contour perfectly to your body.
For each of these journeys, I never took a spare set of clothes. I wore the same shirt every day, with the longest runs taking 25 days. I needed a shirt that could withstand the rubbing of a backpack, and also protect itself against my days of marathon sweat. I’m convinced the Dart is invincible!