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Essential fell running gear

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MF's Damian Hall recently dipped his toes ino the muddy, rocky, and very hilly world of fell running. He soon found out that having the right kit is vital if you don't want to get injured, or just left behind. Here, Hall picks his favourite bits of fell running apparel.


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Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3

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£280
Salomon’s Fellcross is designed specifically for fell races and fitted me like a glove straight from the box, feeling deliciously light and fast. Think old-school gym shoe with aggressive tractor tyres underneath.
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Inov-8 Mudclaw 300

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£78
This popular, all-terrain beast has marginally better grip than the Fellcross and feels more durable. But it’s heavier and took time to adapt to my feet. The Mudclaw repels mud and water rather than letting it in and out, as the Salomon shoe does, and also has more cushioning – plus it’s a fair bit cheaper. Preferred for longer races.
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Salomon S-Lab Exo Tank

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£70
Yo’ll be working hard on the uphills so ventilation is key. Most fell runners wear club vests but alternatively, this highly breathable top provides clever postural support that makes you feel strong.
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Berghaus VapourLight Stretch Windshirt

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£100
As well as map and compass, mandatory kit will often include a windproof or waterproof layer. Weighing just 118g, with water resistance and allowing full-body movement, this is ideal. In fact it feels too light to keep you warm – but it works.
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Salomon S-Lab Advanced Skin 3 Belt Set

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£60
A bumbag, yes, but what a bumbag! You could just about fit the mandatory kit for an ultra in here and it shares weight around cleverly with its ‘form fitting’ hold, meaning there’s no annoying bounce. It also includes a soft flask.
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