Spring is here and it’s time to get out into the Wicklow Hills. Whether you’re a trail runner, hiker or family explorer, we’ve got the gear for your adventures. Trail runners ourselves, we love Inov8 for their reliability and ability to perform well on and off the trail.
1. Inov8 Trail Talon 275
Run with comfort and protection on hard-packed trails with this trail running shoe. The TRAIL TALON 275 offers the ultimate balance of speed and cushioning. Debris-free trail running with integrated gusset tongue as well as gaiter options (gaiter sold separately). Perfect for long miles on hard-packed trails, the TRAIL TALON 275 delivers the perfect fit and unrivalled comfort with next generation ADAPTERFIT technology. A two-piece Powerflow midsole delivers optimum levels of shock absorption and energy return. Buy Inov8 Trail Talon 275
2. Inov8 Roclite 290 for Women
Run with confidence in Inov8’s lightest, most flexible women’s trail running shoe. The Inov-8 ROCLITE 290 is designed for running quickly over multi terrains. Delivering a responsive ride and high levels of durability, it’s perfect for moving fast over everything from wet mountain rock to muddy grass, hard-packed trails and roads. Find out more about the Roclite 290.
3. Odlo Baselayer
From €45 – for men and women
Mark and Enda go trail running every week in Carrick, Glenealy. They wouldn’t be without the Odlo baselayer. Lightweight, these are designed to regulate body temperature. The Odlo Evolution Hi-tech Seamless allows them to move freely and thermoregulation keeps them dry. All they need with these is a good lightweight jacket.
4.Inov-8 Softshell Pro Windproof Jacket
Stay warm and protected when running in cold, windy conditions with this men’s windproof running jacket. Also available for women. The Inov-8 AT/C SOFTSHELL PRO FZ is constructed with Pertex Equilibrium for warmth. We like the fact that it’s zoned Pertex Quantum to protect vital body organs. This is for serious trail runners who brave all the elements. Find out more.
5. Inov-8 Lightweight Shortsleeve Half Zipped Base Layer
Trail runners and ultra trail runners, run in comfort with this Short Sleeve Half-zipped Base Layer. The AT/C BASE SSZ front zip adds versatility to a short sleeve base layer that wicks moisture away from the upper body, ensuring excellent levels of dryness and comfort. Check out the baselayer in our online shop.
Choose between a midboot or a shoe. Whichever your preference, Merrell’s versatile, reliable traction grips both laterally and aggressively over rough terrain in all conditions, wet or dry, with durable specialised lugs designed to release dirt and last longer. We like the Merrell Chameleon Midboot for men and the Merrell Grassbow sport for women.
7. UP Stuff Sacks
Use these to organise your backpack so you can easily find food, extra clothing etc. These stuff sacks keep your bits clean, dry and dust-free, whatever the weather. Roll top closures compress everything and give a watertight seal. The sacks pack away to almost nothing when empty. Lightweight and compact waterproof storage.
8. Mac in Sac Jacket & Overtrousers
It’s Ireland, so inevitably, it’s going to rain! Keep a waterproof jacket and overtrousers in your rucksack. The Mac in a Sac jackets keep you dry during those downpours or misty showers. They pack up in their own little sack so you can easily stow them in your backpack. Lightweight and breathable, they come in lots of bright colours too. The overtrousers keep your legs dry. With an elasticated waistband and adjustable tab at the leg, they are easy to put on over your hiking shoes or boots.
9. Nathan Flex Shot
Stay hydrated outdoors with this soft, squeezable, and indestructible 750ml silicone bottle that packs down easily for transport when empty, and has insulated properties that keep water cooler, longer. Buy now.
10.Inov8 Race Elite Vest
A great introductory hydration vest, this pack can carry three litres of fluid or four litres of kit. Easy to use and adjust, the RACE ELITE VEST is an all-mesh construction with stretch pockets and no zips for cold and numb fingers to deal with. (excludes bottles).
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES / TRAIL RACES / WALKS IN WICKLOW
We’ve put together a list of some of the outdoor events in the Wicklow area in 2017 – a chance for you to put your new outdoor gear to good use!
Rathdrum Walking Festival
25th March 2017 – 26th March 2017
For more information, visit http://visitwicklow.ie/event/rathdrum-tidy-towns-walking-festival-rathdrum/
Walk The Line
25th March 2017
A dusk to dawn 14km route to raise funds for the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. For more info visit www.walktheline.ie
Bray 10km Cliff Run
1st April 2017
Run from Greystones to Bray along the stunning cliff walk. For more info visit www.gaelforceevents.com
8th April 2107
This epic adventure involves racers running and cycling through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley as well as kayaking across the spectacular Upper Lake and finishing the race in the shadows of the monastic round tower which epitomises the Glendalough area. There’s something in this race for all fitness levels, for more information, visit http://www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-glendalough/
Dublin Mountains Challenge
28th May 2017
Bordering the Wicklow Mountains, this 24 km or 42km trek is through the Dublin Mountains – more info
18 June 2017
Located around the Blessington Lakes, this race has a few different swim, bike, run options. For more info, visit www.triathlonireland.com
Women’s Adventure Race, Wicklow and Adventure Duathlon
19 August 2017
Women only event run by Gaelforce and based in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. For more info visit www.gaelforceevents.com
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