The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event and in the Snowy Mountains’s unpredictable weather systems. If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.
MANDATORY GEAR LISTS
Runners at Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB will be required to carry a set of mandatory gear throughout their race.
The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event and in the Snowy Mountains’ unpredictable weather systems. If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.
The course passes through remote trails, where protection from the elements and medical/support services could be some time/distance from athletes needing assistance. It is therefore imperative that the mandatory gear is carried at all times.
In order to reduce waste, we are a cup-less event. Athletes are strongly advised to carry their own drinking cup, bottle or hydration vest that they can use at aid stations for the selection of drinks. We recommend you also carry water between aid stations.
Gear check stores perform an early gear check until 6 December at one of the stores listed here in NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, WA or TAS. This is the best option to save you time and effort during race weekend.
WEATHER DEPENDENT RULINGS
A weather dependent ruling, regarding which "weather dependant" items are mandatory, will be made at 9:00am on Wednesday. Notification will be provided by the Event App, Event Facebook page, and on the event website. You can view the rulings below when they are live.
KosciMiler + Kosci100:
- Long Leg Waterproof Pants: Not mandatory
- 100-Weight (Minimum) Long Sleeve Synthetic Fleece Top: Not mandatory but recommended overnight
MANDATORY GEAR CHECK FOR KOSCIMILER & KOSCI100
All runners in KosciMiler & Kosci100 need to have their mandatory gear checked before they can collect their race pack at race check-In. There are two options for getting your gear checked:
Gear Check Store - Perform an early gear check at one of the gear check stores in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA or TAS. This is the best option to save you time and effort during race weekend.
Gear Check at race check-In - Have your gear checked at Race Check-In immediately prior to collecting your race pack. This is the least preferable option as it can make your Race Check-In take much longer.
If you fail the gear check at race check-in, you will need to find a replacement item before you can collect your race number.
If you completed an early gear check but forget to bring your certificate to race check-in our team will be able to look you up in the database and issue you with a new certificate.
Athletes must carry the mandatory gear at all times during the race. No mandatory gear = no start! All athletes should be prepared for random spot checks, and if you are missing any item you will not be allowed to continue until the item can be replaced. You will also receive a time penalty.
MANDATORY GEAR DESCRIPTIONS
The mandatory thermal items must be made of either a high performance synthetic material that is made up of fibres which are hydrophobic (ie they do not hold water) or they can be made of lightweight wool (wool does absorb water but it remains warm to wear when wet due to warm air being trapped in lots of tiny air pockets). Garments made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene, polyester and chlorofibre (PVC) are perfect as the fibres do not hold moisture. Garments made from these materials can feel slightly damp in wet conditions but that is because moisture is held in the tiny spaces between the fibres. As the fibres do not get wet these garments will actually dry out from your body heat while you are wearing them and there is no evaporative cooling effect as the moisture evaporates from the spaces between the fibres. Modern thermal materials may use a small amount of spandex, elastane or Lycra to provide greater shape retention, tighter fit and therefore greater warmth. Garments made of a material that is 94% polyester and 6% spandex are perfect.
Garments made mostly of synthetic materials such as lycra (a polyester-polyurethane copolymer) and coolmax (which is polyester with fibres amended so they do absorb moisture) are not suitable for this event as they hold moisture against your skin and they also wick moisture away very well thus causing substantial evaporative cooling. All compression garments are made of mostly lycra so they are not suitable as your mandatory thermals in this event. Cotton is also unsuitable as it absorbs water and holds the moisture against the wearer's skin. Unlike wool, cotton has no bulk to trap warm air so the wearer remains cold. In search and rescue circles cotton is called "The Fatal Fabric" and "Killer Cotton" for good reason - people die every year when caught out in the elements wearing cotton garments. Other people also caught out in the same conditions who are wearing synthetic and/or wool survive – it’s a very clear cut issue.
Must have fully taped (not critically taped) waterproof seams and hood.
That complies with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4602:1999 or AS/NZS 4602:2010 or AS/NZS 4602: 2011 as well as Class D/N for day and night time wear.
In working order with fully charged battery and working SIM card that can be used to make calls in Australia.
Minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched.
This will have participant emergency instructions on the back of the bib.