GO Outdoors store managers hit the mountains, marathon style.
Two store managers recently competed in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Simon (Manchester) and John (Wigan) took part in the event which requires you to navigate over a course in the Lake District for a weekend. They finished 60th out of 110 in their class and have reviewed some of the kit that they used:
JetBoil Flash Stove
Simon said: “Although it wasn’t the lightest stove to take with us it’s practicality more than makes up for any excess weight. A stove and pot all in one with room to store a gas cartridge inside, the Jetboil boils up very quickly with it’s super efficient heat exchange mechanism and is pretty compact in the pack. Both me and John have a Jetboil and absolutely love it.”
Brewers Cup Coffee
They also tried a new product to GO this year, Brewers Cup coffee, filtered coffee in a really clever, lightweight bag for a little bit of luxury after a hard day’s work. There is a smaller, lighter version called the Jetboil Zip for the weight conscious adventurers.
Terra Nova Laser Competition 2 Tent
Simon said: “A super lightweight backpacking/adventure tent which fitted nicely into my Osprey Talon 33 pack and weighed only 1.2kg, it was a cosy fit for the two of us but ideal for the one night as it was such a compact size and very lightweight. A single pole construction and silicone flysheet with enough space between the inner/outer to store our packs and shoes.”
Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoes
Simon used a pair of Salomon Trail shoes and John bought a new pair of the Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes, the ideal choice for such an event. With a sole unit perfect for mud and loose terrain and a really stable midsole John stayed on his feet throughout, Simon however had a few tumbles on the downhills! He says that the Speedcross are now on his shopping list!