INTERMEDIATE BUNDLE £97
All the essentials to get you started on the trails. Mix and match your choice of race vest, soft flasks. Have peace of mind you have the safety basics.
With this bundle you will get:
Choice of Harrier Race Vest
2 x Soft Flasks (or Water Bladder) (any colour or style)
Choice of Dry Bag
Mini First Aid Kit
Emergency Survival Bag
Hot Eco Cup
Cold Eco Cup
Our intermediate collection has all the essentials you need whether you are challenging yourself or happy just enjoying the trails!
Scroll down to see our guidance on how to choose a race vest, hydration and safety options that are right for you.
UPPING YOUR GAME OR JUST ENJOYING THE TRAILS
TRAIL RUNNING FOR INTERMEDIATES
If you have been trail running for a while you may be at the stage where you want to up your distances, improve your speed or take on trickier terrain.
You might be asking questions like: Should I use poles? What’s the lightest gear? How do I give my performance the edge? How to improve my navigation? Do I need a mountain skills course? There are a few key things that can help you get to the next level which we will share with you here!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT RACE VEST
The Harrier 5L Curbar race vest is perfect for carrying the basics. Including 2 x 500ml Harrier Soft Flasks, snacks, lightweight waterproof jacket, spare layer, first aid kit and an emergency survival bag.
The Harrier 10L Kinder or *Stanage race vest will provide you with the extra capacity for more remote or colder runs when you want to carry the above plus additional spare clothing and waterproof trousers.
*The 10L Stanage race vest has the same features as the 10L Kinder but is specifically designed for XL and XXL sizing.
It's important to consider your race vest to match your training, not just the race you are aiming for. During races and events you have multiple checkpoints and support.
Leading up to your event, your training runs will increase in distance and time spent out. No checkpoints available on these days!
Choose your race vest to match your hardest training runs. If you are aiming for a spring marathon distance, you will need to do hard training runs in the winter. This means that a 10L will be much better for you during these runs as you will need to carry warm layers, additional water, lots of snacks, waterproofs, etc. On race day you will probably carry less water and food as you will be able to restock at regular check points.
See your event details for what support they offer. Futureproof yourself and buy the vest that covers you for everything.
"The most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own." Charlotte, Re-Run Clothing.
Rather than buy new gear every year, look after your existing kit. Not only are they very much more environmentally friendly, but it will save you money to upgrade to lighter kit and enter more exciting races.
Sew up small holes before they get bigger, wash and re-waterproof your kit according to its instructions, dry it properly after every wash, and sell your old but well-cared-for kit on eBay to raise funds for more.
At Harrier we have lots of spare parts for repairs. So please contact us if you need to repair your item.
TAKING ON THE HILLS
SAY YES TO POLES
Poles are fantastic for:
Hilly and / or long distance trails
Improving walking and running efficiency
Reducing impact on leg joints
Improving upright posture for maximum lung capacity
Using poles spreads the muscular load from mostly legs to the whole body.
Our Helvellyn Carbon Z Poles are ideal for beginners and experienced ultra runners alike. They are light, strong and simple to use.
Cheat sticks? More like win sticks!
Photo credit - Gary House, RunStrong. Testing out the Helvellyn Poles in North Wales.
WHICH HYDRATION TO CHOOSE
For Harrier race vests and most other brands - Regular 500ml or 300ml
For other brand race vests that require tall, slim soft flasks - Slim 500ml
Slim are also excellent for in the back of any race vests,. Their shape is great for resting between the shoulder blades. Great if you want to take extra water but not use a bladder.
If you are not sure which is right for you please contact us.
You will see three straw options with the regular (not slim) soft flasks.
1. Short tops
Keeps bottle out of the way in front vest pocket.
Easy to hold in hand on shorter runs.
Easy to stash in back of vest.
Possible con - Can mean more neck reaching over on longer runs.
2. Long straws
Means straw closer to mouth when running.
Easier to drink on the go with no hands.
Has on / off function to prevent leaks.
Possible con - Can be annoying if you do not like the idea of it close to your face when running.
When you choose a long straw you will also get a short top to mix and match.
3. Extra long straws
Extra long straws are not for Harrier race vests.
These are for other brands where the soft flasks sit very low in the vest.
When you choose an XL straw you will also get a short top to mix and match.
If you are not sure which to choose contact us.
Larger water holders to take weight of liquid on your back in your race vest.
Tube comes around the front for you to drink from.
Bladders are great for long distance runs when you know you’ll be out for several hours without any water available on route.
Note - be careful to monitor how much liquid you have left so you don't run out by accident.
RUN PLASTIC FREE
If you’re into trail running you’re hopefully also keen to protect the beautiful environments we run in. Now it’s even easier to do your part in the drive against single-use plastics with the Harrier Hot and Cold Eco-Cups.
These are brilliantly eco-friendly for races and events . You can grab a hot or cold drink quickly at aid stations without wasting any single-use plastic cups. They are super light and squash down to fit in a pocket or race vest - you won’t notice you are carrying one, or even both.
We could save thousands of single-use plastic cups in our lifetime by using reusable cups rather than taking the single use option.
Having a Mini Runner First Aid Kit to hand is great in case you or anyone else needs some medical assistance. A few plasters, micro-pore tape and bandage can go a long way. This one is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can be dropped in your race vest.
An Emergency Survival Bag is better than a foil blanket. If you were to have a trip or fall somewhere remote you need to keep warm. When you stop running it is amazing how quickly you can get cold even on a warm day. A blanket will not keep you fully protected.
A tube scarf is also a really versatile piece of kit because you can use it as a scarf, a hat, bandanna or headband.
Our Safety Bundle provides all three for £15. Each item is lightweight and fits in the palm of your hand so you won't even notice you are carrying them in your race vest or bumbag.
A Dry Bag is a useful extra to put all of your kit inside your race vest in case it rains. It gives 100% waterproof protection to all of your items. Because no one wants soggy kit on a rainy British day!
There are a few simple things you can do to be prepared if anything goes wrong during your trail run.
1. Run with a friend, group or a club if you are not confident going out by yourself. They will take the pressure off finding nice routes, getting lost and knowing what’s within your comfort zone.
2. Let someone know what route you are running and when you expect to be home.
3. Have a fully charged mobile phone for security.
4. Carry a Harrier Mini Runner First Aid Kit in case of any trips or falls.
5. An emergency survival bag will offer you better protection against the elements compared to a foil blanket. Our bivvy also comes with printed signal information in case of an emergency.
6. Carry your spare warm kit in a dry bag. You can never be sure when the weather will change and the last thing you want is damp, cold kit if you need some warm clothes during your run. We have 2 litre or 5 litre options depending how much you need to carry in your race vest.
ROB, HIGHLAND TREKKER'S
BEGINNER MOUNTAIN SKILLS
"Running in the hills can be massively rewarding, and if you’re thinking of taking your running to the next level then there are a few things that you should consider before you go.
Below are my five top tips for taking your running into the hills."
Read more from Rob at Highland Trekker below and on his website here.
Probably the most important thing is footwear. A good fitting pair of trail shoes will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable and safer. A trail shoe is as light as a road running shoe but as grippy as a walking shoe. Get yourself to a ‘good’ running shop and get a pair.
You will also need to take extra layers such as waterproofs and insulation, it gets very cold in the hills even in summer.
You should also consider an emergency shelter of some sort and a first aid kit, such as the Harrier Mini Runner First Aid Kit.
Route planning – Planning a route is essential for working out how long you will be out, the distance you will cover and the ascent you will do. It can seem very daunting if you’ve never done it before, so you might want to check out websites such as Walkhighlands to get ideas. Eventually you will get an idea of how quickly you can move over various terrain.
Knowing how to use a map and compass is essential if you intend going off trail. Phone apps and gps units can break down so don’t rely on them. If you can’t navigate get yourself on a course. There are plenty of companies that offer them.
You burn a lot of calories running, especially uphill. On longer days you will need to eat a lot of calories. Really doesn’t matter what it is, though little and often is best. You will also need water, in more remote places water can be taken from streams & burns to save you carrying a lot.
The hills can be dangerous and should be taken seriously. Check the weather before you go, let people know your route and remember, if you do need help, call 999 and ask for Police – Mountain Rescue. But the hills can also be lots of fun and should be enjoyed. Take your time, take a break, enjoy the view, walk up the hills and run down them, don’t concern yourself with pb’s and split times. Just enjoy it....
For a more thorough guide check my blog.
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