This gear list is meant to help anybody who signed up for the MLAU or is interested in participating. It will help you getting an idea of what is needed.

Products that have been tried, tested and really work well in a Swedish Lapland winter get 6 stars (******). For obvious reasons I am listing a lot of Montane products. But I am not just doing it because they are our sponsor. They really do make great products and I have been selling their range a long time before they came on board as a supporter of the race. If you prefer other brands or can’t get your hands on Montane product, the features, fabric, fill and weight info can be guidance to find something similar.

Prices often change with every season. So, my apologies if the recommended retail prices sometimes are not up to date.

Please keep in mind that a list or other input can never cater to the needs of every racer. What may work wonders for one athlete may be absolutely useless for the next. It remains your responsibility to have the gear that is right for you.

Last but not least, the below list is not complete. There will be kit, clothing or other items you need/want that are not on this list.

Clothing – 1st layer

Montane Primino 220 Zip Neck
  • 50% merino wool yarns, 25% PrimaLoft® and 25% polyester
  • warm, highly wicking, fast drying and a soft handle
  • combines advantages of merino with those of synthetic fibres
  • also available as a women’s version
  • also available in a crew neck version and with a lighter 140 g version
280 g (size M) € 99.95 ******
Montane Primino 140 Long Johns
  • advantages of thes Long Johns just as above but it is only available in a 140 g version (no 220 g available)
  • also available as a women’s version
148 g (size M) € 74.95
Woolpower Crewneck 200
  • an absolute classic from Sweden
  • mixture of 60% merino with synthetic fibres
  • circular knit fabric
  • long back
  • also available with zip neck
202 g (size M) € 84.90 ******
Woolpower Long Johns 200
  • as above
178 g (size M) € 79.95 ******
Montane Power Up Pro Pants
  • great next to skin insulation
  • very comfortable
  • gets moisture away from your skin like no other fabric
  • also available as a women’s version
206 g (size M) € 84.95 ******

Advice on clothing 1st layer:

  • You have plenty of options for your first layer. It needs to be comfortable and should not restrict you in your movements. You will try not to sweat but sometimes it will be difficult to avoid. In those cases it is interesting if your underwear transprorts moisture away from your skin and dries quickly.
  • There are very thin and also thicker first layers. Obviously, the right choice depends on the temperatures, the impact cold temperatures have on you and your overall layering system.
  • If you have a decent percentage of merino in your underwear it will help against odor and you won’t need to change as often.
  • Not listed above are winter running tights. These can work well as a first layer, too. And if you are lucky and temperature are not too low during the day it may be all you need for your legs. But be careful with cold winds. You may not feel it as much on your legs but cold wind on a non-windproof tight can easily cause frostbite.
  • Other things to consider are: Does the shirt have a colar with a zip? If so, does it touch skin? Does my first layer work well in conjunction with my other layers? How will I make use of the drop bag, i.e. what layers do I have with me and what will be deposited further down the trail.

Clothing – 2nd layer

Montane Wolf Hoodie
  • POLARTEC® Thermal High Loft combined with POLARTEC® Power Grid™
  • super comfortable
  • great warmth to weight ratio
  • also available as a women’s version and a men’s jacket version (without hood)
441 g (size M) € 159.95
Montane Iridium Hybrid Pull-ON
  • PONTETORTO® Tecnostretch fleece with a durable hard-face main body
  • DRYACTIV Lite stretch fleece side and underarm panels
271 g (size M) € 74.95
Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On
  • FEATHERLITE® Air nylon stretch on one side, PrimaLoft® GOLD ACTIVE+ 40 g (fill) and FEATHERLITE® Mini Rip-stop 20D on the other side
  • great warmth to weight ratio
  • small pack size
  • dries quickly
  • reversible windproofness and breathability
238 g (size M) € 179.95
Montane Extreme Smock
  • PERTEX® Classic 6 (outer), POLARDRI® Mini-Rip (reinforcements), DRYAKTIV 3000® (inside)
  • 3 layers in 1
  • THE best winter expedition smock
  • very robust
  • many interesting featues
  • also available as a jacket
1,050 g (size M) € 199.95 ******
Montane Flux Jacket 
  • 100% recycled PERTEX® QUANTUM ECO fabric that is completely windproof, showerproof and fast drying
  • PEAQ Synthetic ECO lining that is supremely comfortable next to the skin, highly breathable and fast drying
  • 100 g PrimaLoft® SILVER ECO in the body and 60 g PrimaLoft® SILVER ECO in the arms and hood
  • Extra layer of 60 g PrimaLoft® SILVER ECO in front of hand pockets
  • Same advantages as Fireball Verso Pull-On, just more fill and thus warmer, plus a great hood
594 g (size M) € 179.95 ******

Advice on clothing 2nd layer:

  • Again, there are many options, including thinner fleeces than the above (e.g. Montane Allez Micro Hoodie). Some of the above like the Montane Flux Jacket may actually be worn on top of underwear and a second layer and thus be turned into a third layer.
  • The main focus of your second layer will likely be additional warmth. Windproofness may not be relevant, yet. However, there are plenty of second layers which already keep the wind out, like the Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On.
  • Breathability is still very important and you want something that transports moisture on to the next layer. Synthetic fills like PrimaLoft® are becoming more and more popular as they are warm, pack down well, are light, robust and easy to handle (there is no down that can clump) and no pilling of any surfaces.
  • Thin down jackets are an option for those who have an absolute focus on ligth weight. No synthetic fill can beat down on warmth to weight ratio. All Montane down products feature super high quality treated down from Allied Feather & Down which can handle moisture a lot better. The Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is a great example.
  • If you like natural fibres, merino is an option, too. Woolpowers 400 and 600 g ranges are pretty amazing. Just pack size and weight are not as good.

Clothing – 3rd layer

Montane Minimus Pants
  • wind and waterproof PERTEX® Shield pants
  • breathable and designed for runners
  • short side zip (will not go over larger footwear)
  • also available as a women’s version
  • if you wanted a more robust solution you could go for the Montane Alpine Pro Pants or the Ajax Pants
147 g (size M) € 114.95
Montane Alpine Resolve Jacket
  • using the GORE-TEX Pro Most Breathable Technology with a 100% recycled nylon face
  • two-way pit zips
  • perfect hood
  • designed to accommodate warm layers underneath
480 g (size M) € 419.95
Montane Minimus Jacket
  • extremely light shell jacket
  • great fit and great hood
  • also available as a women’s version
188 g (size M) € 179.95 ******
Montane Dyno XT Jacket
  • winter softshell jacket from GRANITE STRETCH Thermal nylon with DWR
  • 4 large pockets
  • great hood
695 g (size M) € 149.95

Advice on clothing 3rd layer

  • The third layer has to protect you in the harshest of conditions when you are still on the move and your body generates heat. Normally this means you are looking for something that keeps the wind and snow out.
  • The more breathable the layer, the better. Jackets with less breathability usually feature pit zips which help with temperature regulation.
  • If you can put on and take off your third layer pants without taking your shoes off it will be a lot more convenient for you.
  • As always keep in mind how your layers work together and think about the options you have. Sometimes your third layer can of course also be used above your first layer, e.g. you are perfectly fine with your first layer (winter running tight and thin fleece) but on a lake crossing it gets a bit windy and cold. Here you may just opt for putting on your windproof pants and jacket.
  • The lighter you go, the less robust your clothing will be. And lightweight may result in better breathability but it may also be the total opposite. Check out the water column und breathability (so called MVTR) if the manufacturer states these values.
  • Never forget: no matter how many layers you wear, try to avoid sweating! And if your third layer is wind- and waterproof it may not be as breathable. Then you need to take it off in time. Otherwise, your clothing will freeze on you as temperatures drop and you will be in big trouble before you know it. This is even more so important if you don’t carry any more spare clothing in your sled or on your bike.

Clothing – extra insulation

Montane Prism Pants
  • warm pants with PERTEX® Microlight Rip-stop outer and PrimaLoft® Silver Eco 40 g fill
  • super small pack size and very light
295 g (size M) €149.95 ******
Cumulus Basic Down Pants
  • 100% Nylon (Toray™ Airtastic, 19 g/m²) outer
  • Insulation from 102 g Polish hydrophobic down with 850 Cuin
  • Stitched throughconstruction
  • Packed size: 14 x 9 cm (0.8 litres volume)
185 g (size M) €149.95 ******
Montane Alpine 850 Down Jacket
  • DIAMOND LITE nylon outer with tough ‘liquid crystal’ technology and DWR finish
  • 350 g (size M) of 90/10 water-resistant fluorocarbon-free HyperDRY™ goose down at 850+ fill
  • Boxwall construction throughout for optimum thermal efficiency
  • Two internal stretch-mesh drop pockets
735 g (size M) € 434.95 ******
Montane Apex 8000 Down Jacket The Apex 8000 Down Jacket is more than you need for the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra. The reason why it is still intersting to consider it, is that you may want to do the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra or another race or expedition with more extreme temperatures afterwards (down to the – 50° Celsius). Then you do need the Apex 8000 and might as well already use it in Sweden.

  • PERTEX® QUANTUM PRO with a highly water-resistant internal coating and DWR
  • PERTEX® QUANTUM PRO rip-stop reinforced areas with a highly water-resistant internal coating and DWR
  • 500 g (size M) of 90/10 water-resistant fluorocarbon-free HyperDRY™ goose down at 850+ fill
  • Additional 60 g/m² PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation with Cross Core™ technology across the back and shoulders
1,380 g (size M) € 574.95

Advice on extra insulation:

  • Extra Insulation you will need when you stop to melt snow, prepare a meal, need to repair something, etc. You are not moving, your body does not generate heat and you need this clothing to stay warm. This also means that there is potential trouble if you are moving and you already are wearing your warmest jacket and pants.
  • When chosing your warmest clothing please also keep in mind that with fatigue and exhaustion your body will need more insulation than it normally would.
  • You may also need this equipment when temperatures go down to extremes in order to get a bit more insulation in your sleeping system.
  • Do not underestimate emergencies. You may plan to avoid staying out in the cold without moving. However, circumstances may force you to do it. You may encounter another athlete you need to help, you may not find the trail due to fresh snow or may have a problem yourself.

Clothing – gloves

Montane Alpine 850 Down Mitt
  • Super warm mitt
  • PERTEX® QUANTUM outer and 70 g (size M) of (90/10) water resistant fluorocarbon-free HyperDry™ Allied Feather & Down goose down at 850+ fill
  • 80 g/m2 PrimaLoft® Gold insulation
  • Reinforced palm
  • Box wall construction
  • Internal heat pad wrist pocket
  • Elasticated wrist and leash strap
236 g (size M) € 99.95 ******
Montane Extreme Mitt 
  • same principle as the other products from Extreme range: very warm, great moisture transport and great value for money
  • also available in a glove version
130 g (size M) € 54.95 ******
Montane Windjammer Glove
  • GORE WINDSTOPPER® softshell stretch fabric
  • microfleece backer offers warmth and comfort
  • goat leather palm and underside of fingers and thumb for tough yet supple abrasion resistance
  • if temperatures are not too cold
  • also available as a women’s version
84 g (size M) € 54.95
Montane Prism Glove
  • extremely light emergency/back-up glove
  • also works as a layer
  • available as a mitt and women’s version
62 g (size M) € 54.95
Montane Power Dry Glove 21 g (size M) € 29.95

 Advice on gloves

  • In order to survive in extremely cold conditions you need warm, functioning hands. This goes especially for emergencies. If you need to build a fire and or light your stove and your fingers are frozen your chances to get through the situation without major problems are very slim.
  • Rather one glove or mitt too many than not enough!
  • Even with really good mitts it may happen that your fingers get cold. Chemical heat pads may help. But be careful if too hot these heat pads may cause other problems.
  • Always know where your gloves are. Secure your warmest mitts with a string to your jacket. After a bivouac or other breaks, make sure you do not leave behind your gloves.
  • If you bivvy take the gloves with you inside the sleeping bag.
  • Be careful when you are trying to dry your gloves (or any clothing for that matter) over an open fire.

Clothing – gaiters

Montane Tornado Gaiter
  • lightweight, packable gaiter constructed form PERTEX® SHIELD
  • offering breathability and full waterproof protection.
158 g (size M) € 44.95
Montane Endurance Pro Gaiter
  • very technical alpine gaiters with many features
  • constructed from GORE-TEX PRO 70D fabric
  • this gaiter offers protection and durability in extreme environments
  • with the VIA Trail Gaiter Montane also offers a shorter gaiter
172 g (size M) € 59.95 ******

 Advice on gaiters:

  • Gaiters are not a must as we should never get massive amounts of fresh snow. But even with a bit of fresh snow and drifting snow on lakes or rivers it can be nice to keep the snow out of your shoes that way. Or maybe you want to bivvy off the trail and the snow is deeper there.
  • In extreme conditions gaiters also bring a bit of insulation.
  • Breathability is useful and make sure you test the gaiters with your (trail running) shoes. Maybe your gaiters work great on boots but they do not really work with the shoes you use in the Yukon.

Clothing head/neck

Montane Featherlite Mountain Cap
  • windproof, very light and packable
  • thanks to PrimaLoft fill surprisingly warm
42 g (one size) € 34.95 ******
Montane Plume Mountain Cap
  • it does not get much warmer than this
  • nylon outer and insulation from 18 g 90/10 Allied Feather & Down HyperDry™ Down with 650 fill power
47 g (size M) € 34.95 ******
Montane Windjammer Halo Beanie
  • if it’s not so cold and windy
  • mid-weight Merino wool blend knitted beanie with Gore WINDSTOPPER® headband
  • also available with a full GORE WINDSTOPPER® lining (Windjammer Beanie)
67 g (one size) € 29.95
Montane Punk Balaclava
  • interesting combination of DRYACTIV Stretch fleece fabric and windproof PERTEX® QUANTUM
  • Enhanced nose ventilation
  • Mesh panel around the mouth
  • Mini peak
  • Visor slit
62 g (one size) € 34.95 ******

Advice on head/neck:

  • What’s missing here are neck gaiter, sun glasses and ski goggles. The latter you will need if the weather is so cold/bad that all of your facial skin needs to be covered.
  • The head is important for the temperature regulation of your body. So, be careful not to lose your hat(s).
  • You need a functioning solution for the worst conditions and the real cold. Which is a challenge because as soon as you cover your mouth and nose with fabric you will start creating an ice mask, even if there are holes for breathing in the fabric. And there is not much you can do against it apart from taking the ice off or in case of the neck gaiter to keep turning it.
  • If you wear glasses things become even more difficult. These fog up really easily when using a neck gaiter or balaclava. Day lenses may be a solution.
  • Problem areas are nose and cheek. You may not feel too cold but your nose and cheek already have a frostbite. And frostbite means your race is over even though you otherwise feel great. There is special tape on the market (Frost Tape) and some people even just use duct tape. Not sure what dermatologists would say about that though …
  • ColdAvenger masks also seem to work quite well for some people.

Clothing – socks

injinji® Performance Liner Crew
  • very breathable contact socks
  • toe socks help reduce friction and moisture between toes
€ 11.00 ******
Woolpower Socks 200
  • socks with merino – warm and keep the bad smell away
  • also available in a warmer 400 quality 


€ 15.90 ******
SealSkinz Thick Mid Length
  • waterproof 3-layer socks with merino inside
  • please note that breathability is limited – which is great if it is extremely cold as your feet do not get cold. But when it warms up your feet may start sweating, eventually causing bad blisters. Therefore, only use when you otherwise can’t keep your feet warm
  • different levels of insulation available (also “Thin” or “Mid Weight”)
128 g (size 43-46) € 49.95 ******

Advice on socks:

  • No matter what socks you go for, make sure you test as much as possible.
  • While moving and in “normal” temperatures a warm running sock (no examples above) may be all you need.
  • When it gets really cold or when you stop moving you will likely need more warmth.
  • The waterproof SealSkinz are not a must but these sure have worked well for a lot of participants. If you get some test as much as you can. The fit is good but not comparable to that of a regular sports sock. So, you may want to wear running or liner socks underneath. In any case it’s a thick layer and may even influence your choice of shoe size.

First Aid

LiFESYSTEMS Light and Dry Pro First Aid Kit
  • light, comprehensive
  • packed waterproof
156 g € 24.95
Spenco Blister Kit
  • for blister prevention and treatment
20 g € 14.95 ******
ACME Pfeife Tornado 2000
  • probably the world’s loudest whistle
10 g € 5.25

 Advise on first aid

  • Instead of buying a complete first aid kit which contains things you do not want you can of course also go by your experience and get what you really need.
  • You should spend some time and think about what it is you really need or how the cold impacts the contents. Maybe certain things need to be close to your body heat or warmed up to work? If in doubt as your doctor or a pharmacist.
  • Like in most ultras blisters are a problem at the MLAU. Ideally you do something about it before it gets bad. If you do not know it already, find out how to prevent and treat blisters.
  • We do have a medical team at the MLAU and they are happy to help. But they may be busy dealing with an emergency and have no time to treat every little blister. So, please be prepared to deal with less compliated medical problems (and blisters are in that category) yourself. That goes even more so for when you are between checkpoints.
  • It makes sense to have your first aid kit in a waterproof bag.
  • First aid may also mean that you need to build a wood fire really quickly. Therefore, you should have different fire starters and means to light a fire with you. And it makes sense to pack these in different places.

Skin Care

  • easy to use skin protection (will of course only work if not frozen solid …)
69 g € 13.95 ******
mawaii WinterCare Face SPF 30
  • sun protection lotion especially for winter sports
50 g € 11.90
mawaii WinterCare Lips SPF 20
  • in the cold your lips will suffer. This may help
25 g € 5.95
Care PLUS® Foot Powder
  • absorbs moisture and dries feet
66 g € 3.95

 Advice on skin care:

  • If you have the right clothing you have already done a lot for your skin care. But as is the case with any ultra, there are bound to be problems, e.g. with your feet or the harness of your sled. No matter what skin problem it’s good if you have what it takes to prevent or solve it. Or at least control it.
  • Lotions can help but beware that if you leave it in your sled it will freeze on you.


SOTO Stormbreaker
  • super high quality
  • light multi fuel stove
  • reliable, robust and fuel efficient
517 g (stove incl. accessories) € 229.90 ******
SOTO Fuel Bottles
  • available in 3 different sizes (400, 700 and 1,000 ml)
from 400 ml = 131 g from € 19.45
Evernew Ultralight Titanium Pot 900
  • 0.9 litres of volume (larger sizes available)
  • incredibly light
  • awesome quality
115 g € 59.95
Evernew Ultralight Titanium Double Wall Mug
  • the double wall helps keep your hot chocolate and coffee warm for longer
107 g € 54,95
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spoon
  • extra long spoon which is great for eating expedition meals straight out of the bag
12 g € 7.95 ******

 Advice on cooking:

  • Some try to avoid using a stove whilst others really enjoy the break and getting something hot to drink in between. But even if you do not plan on using your stove you need to know how to handle it and possibly repair it.
  • If you have not used your liquid fuel stove in a while please test it before you leave for the Yukon. It may need some cleaning or maintenance.
  • Keep in mind that ideally you can keep on a thin glove while lighting your stove. If you can’t have a glove on, you have to be super quick when it’s really cold out.
  • While gas stoves are easier to handle these will not work reliably below – 20° degrees. Therefore, according to the rules these are not allowed.
  • Alcohol stoves fairly easy to light and pretty reliable. However, they are not efficient when it comes to melting larger volumes of water. Therefore, just like the gas stoves, these are only allowed as a back-up solution.
  • It’s hard to say if transporting a multi-fuel stove will get you in trouble at the airport. Of course you have to clean it really well. The slightest smell of gasoline and they won’t let you take it. But I have heard so many stories of how it was no problem for some and others were allowed to take the bottle but not the stove and vice versa.
  • You do not need titanium pots and cups which are the most expensive. I just like them because they are light. But for functionality other materials are just as fine.
  • At the MLAU we rent out the SOTO Stormbreaker if you don’t want to worry about transport or buy a stove.


Snowsled Pulka Ice Blue
  • plastic sled which has been made for our kind of race
  • robust enough for at least one YAU, light and still affordable
2.2 kg € 90.00 ******
Snowsled Harness
  • special sled harness
  • well cushioned and robust
600 g € 155.00 ******
Snowsled Hauling Shafts
  • great for stability
  • light and small in packing size
1.8 kg € 177.00 ******
Snowsled Pulk Bag
  • waterproof at the bottom, robust on the upper
  • easy to open and close
  • great for organising your sled and keeping your gear safe
1 kg € 139,95 ******
Snowsled Straps
  •  to tighten the bag to the sled
285 g € 26.00 ******

Advice on sleds:

  • For those not on MTB the sleds is a vital part of your kit. If you want to save some money you can of course improvise and build your own hauling shafts and harness, use our own duffle bags, etc. Just make sure you really test your set-up back home. It can become a bit stressful having to deal with sled problems last mintute.
  • Every now and then participants prefer rope for pulling the sled. It’s really up to the individual. I personally prefer hauling shafts because of stability and the easier handling on downhills.
  • Be prepared for repairs. Your sled or parts of it may break or come apart. Think about possible problems and make plans how you would solve them. Do you need special tools? Spare parts? Screws and bolts?
  • If you take a duffle bag or some other kind of bag to store your equipment on the sled, keep in mind that the snow in your sled may melt and get things wet from underneath. Also, if the bag has a zip it should be a good one as small or bad zips in the cold may not work for long. And of course it were great if the bag is as light as possible.
  • Organise your sled really well. It can be very frustrating if you always have to look for 10 minutes before you find what you are looking for. Use smaller bags in the big bag. Color code these.
  • Don’t load your sled to high and keep the heavy stuff at the bottom. If you don’t have the snowsled straps, get some other straps to keep your gear in place.
  • Participants of the MLAU can rent sleds and accessories. That saves money and also the trouble of getting the sled to Sweden and back home again. Check with your airline before booking how much they charge for bulky or sports luggage.

Sleeping System

Carinthia D1200X
  • perfect for the MYAU
  • also availalbe for rent (at EUR 250)
2,100 g (size L) € 1,199.90 (size L) ******

 Advice on sleeping system

  • Some type of foam mat and a bivvy bag also are part of a sleeping system. Apart from that you should also use a liner or a vapour barrier liner (VBL).
  • The foam mat actually plays a very important role as your body weight will compress the fill of your sleeping bag. So the only thing between you and the cold ground is the mat. There are many different options on the market. I prefer the easy to handle foam mat. Self inflating mats or hi-tech air mats may not work well for the entire duration of the race due to the humidity that gets inside.
  • As for the sleeping, synthetic bags are getting better. But I still think for packing size and warmth to weight ration down is unbeatable. If it were not for the price …
  • If you borrow a bag from a friend make sure it still has got its full loft. If the bag was stored in the stuff sack for a long time you will likely not be able to use it.
  • We do use the extreme temperature rating to determine what sleeping bag you can use (see rules). However, keep in mind that at this temperature you may already have a horrible night. That is why not only your sleeping bag needs to work. And of course you can use your down jacket and other clothing to get some more insulation.
  • It also matters where you sleep and how you set up the place. How and where you build your fire, etc. Avoid cold spots (like lakes or rivers to rest), stay out of the wind. A fire is a good idea but be careful that you sleeping bag does not get too close to the heat. Flying sparks can also be a problem.
  • Some people like to have a tent. And it can work fine. However, at – 40 putting up and taking down a tent can be pretty difficult. Not every tent pole can handle these kind of temperatures. So, if you get a tent make sure it’s easy to handle and made for such cold temperatures. Should you decide to use your stove inside the tent beware that most manufacturers will tell you not to do so. It can be very dangerous.


Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2
  • very light trail running shoe with breathable eVent membrane
  • wide toe box
289 g (size EU 42) SALE:

€ 139.95

Altra Lone Peak NeoShell
  • very wide last with plenty of space
  • zero drop
  • extremely breathable NeoShell membrane
337 g (size UK 8) € 169.95
Atlas Race Snowshoes
  • very light and robust snowshoes
  • allow also for running if you want to
  • work well with light hiking and trail running shoes
986 g (pair) € 299.95 ******

Advice on shoes

  • I would say most shoes I have seen in the Yukon have been trail running shoes with a waterproof membrane. The choice of shoe is a very individual thing. If you easily get blisters you may want to try it without a Gore-Tex shoe but take waterproof socks. Also, there has been feedback that if temperature changes dramatically every day (in the Yukon) membranes can break. Not sure if this could happen in Sweden, too. In any case, think about how you may repair your shoes. Possibly take a back-up pair into your drop bag.
  • One thing is for sure, warm winter hiking boots, like some companies offer them, normally are not the best choice. When walking in them your feet will get so hot that within hours you will have the first blisters.
  • Whatever shoes you get, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to train in them.
  • When buying your shoes for the MLAU keep in mind that you may have several layers of socks and/or very thick socks. And as in any ultra your feet will likely swell up.
  • A useful product, certainly for the 500 km are the Neos Overshoes. You can wear these over your running shoes. They are wind- and waterproof and do not breathe. So, they also act as a vapour barrier liner keeping back body heat when it gets really cold. And the waterproofness is great when you get to a place with overflow. These Overshoes are not easy to get in Europe. Alternatively, there are the Alfa Overtrekk that are also very interesting.


Silva Trail Speed
  • very light and comfortable headlamp
  • enough power (400 Lumen up to 85 m)
  • separate battery pack
47 g (headlamp), 162 g (batteries), 27 g (headband) € 179.95 ******
Black Diamond Icon Polar
  • affordable alternative with also separate battery pack
  • 320 Lumen and up to 100 m
300 g (incl. batteries) € 89.95
Petzl e+LITE
  • back-up headlamp for emergencies
  • also has a red blinking light
  • tiny and super light
27 g € 26.95 ******

Advice on headlamps

  • Under normal circumstance you will be spending a lot of time on the trail at night. Especially when you do the 300 and 430 miles. So, really you do not want to compromise too much on your headlamp.
  • Have a close look at the range of the light and the battery life. You do not need the most powerful headlamps on the market but a certain light range is good as it will help you pick up the reflective tape on the Quest markers. The longer the battery life the less batteries you will have to take along. Thus saving weight.
  • I would say a very compact back-up headlamp is a must. You never know and the smaller headlamps usually are not that expensive.
  • Keep in mind that we want you to use your headlamp even if the moon would actually allow you to move without it. Dog teams and our guides and other people on ski-doo need to see you. Otherwise there may be accidents.
  • A separate battery pack definitely makes sense. You can have the batteries close to body heat. Which will give you a much longer battery life.
  • Lithium batteries will last a lot longer and most headlamps are compatible with them. But do check compatibility.

Trekking Poles

Leki Micro Vario Carbon
  • nothing beats leki poles when it comes to reliabilty
  • extended grip zone
  • small pack size
444 g/pair € 149.95

 Advice on trekking poles

  • Trekking poles for all those on foot are a great help. Especially up and downhill but also simply when you get very tired.
  • They are also useful when signaling the ski-doo crew that you are bivvying next to the trail.


CamelBak Stoaway 100
  • insulated 3 Liter waterbladder
  • can be integrated into your backpack
150 g € 54.95 ******
Primus Trailbreak Vacuum Bottle
  • tapered shape for great handling, even with gloves
  • double wall cup
694 g (1 Liter) € 42.95
Nalgene Bottle with insulation
  • very light but of course can’t keep beverages hot for as long
183 g (bottle)

110 g (insulation)

€ 9.95 (bottle)

€ 16.25 (insulation)


 Advice on hydration

  • If you carry a hydration bladder have it as close to your body heat as possible, e.g. over your 1st layer but under your 2nd layer. Even if it is insulated.
  • Very often the mouthpiece or tube freeze. So, both should be insulated. Have the tube under your arm. Keep the mouthpiece inside if possible. Blowing the water out of the mouthpiece and tube can help keeping it from freezing.
  • Nothing beats a thermos when it comes to keeping your water hot/warm.
  • You can put chemical heatpads on to plastic bottles. Coke can stay liquid for quite a while that way. But it won’t last forever.
  • Do not underestimate your need for hydration in the cold. If you do not drink enough the risk of frostbike and hypothermia increases a lot. Not to mention all other problems that go along with lack of hydration.
  • If it is part of your strategy to stop and melt snow, keep in mind that this can be pretty time consuming. Melting ice is more efficient but you may not always have ice near you …


Expedition Food There are many different brands available. The basic idea is of course always the same. You add boiling water to the freez dried meal, wait some time and haver your lunch or dinner. Ideally you try your meals first at home as you may not like. The problem is that it may be difficult to bring your meals with you to Canada. Some people have had no problems and others had to leave their meals with customs. depending on size from about 100 g per package


stars at about € 5.00 for a main meal


Energy OatSnacks
  • great snack
  • very filling and easy on the stomach
65 g € 1.60 ******
  • originally developped for Roberto Peroni’s unsupported Greenland crossing
  • light, small in pack size and efficient
  • especially interesting for those who can’t eat when under physical stress
100 g € 4.95 ******

 Advice on food

  • Try your food at home / in training first. You may love the real food and be really disappointed from the expedition meal version.
  • If you know that you need plenty of food during a race, take enough extra food for between checkpoints. We do serve good size portions but these can’t replace the calories you will burn. And distances between checkpoints are loooong.
  • Some athletes make the mistake of eating too many energy bars and drinking too many gels. This may cause stomach issues. So plan for a good variation of snacks.
  • If your food has got a certain size, i.e. you need to take a bite, make sure you pre-cut it or have it close to body heat before you eat it. Otherwise it may be frozen rock solid and challenging to get it into you.
  • Don’t just take sweet stuff. Salty food can be a nice change every now and then.


Energizer Lithium-Batteries
  • very light and last a lot longer than regular alkaline batteries
  • if you use them for your headlamp please check if your headlamp is compatible
depending on size ******
Suunto MC2-Global
  • great compass for MYAU and any other adventure worldwide
74 g € 75.00 ******
Gerber Multitool
  • very good quality and pretty light
  • many useful tools for repairs, etc.
193 g approx. € 65.00 ******
Packtowl UltraLite
  • for your drop bag at a checkpoint with a shower (Carmacks)
from 21 g from € 12.95 ******
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
  • very light waterproof pack sacks
  • for organising yourself (especially if you have a large sled bag)
from 20 g (1 litre) from € 9.95 ******
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Packsack
  • if your pack sack does not need to be waterproof
from 10 g from 8.95 €
Kahtoola MicroSpikes
  • light chains with spikes for running shoes
  • easy to put on and take off
  • very robust
312 g/pair (size M) 59.95 € ******

Advice on other gear:

  • As you noticed the focus on the above list is on the athletes on foot. It does not contain info on bike or xc-ski specific gear like bike, bike accessories, xc-ski, etc. But hopefully also our bikers and xc-skiers will find some useful info
  • Many athletes like listening to music while on the trail. Please keep in mind that you may not hear ski-doos or dog teams approaching. So, if the trail is very winding maybe rather not listen to music or at least keep your eyes open.
  • Don’t get your pack sacks too big. Otherwise, you will not improve your organisation. As always what you want will be at the bottom …
  • Not listed above but by now mandatory: a decent saw for cutting wood, when there only trees around but no branches to burn.

I am more than happy about any feedback or advice from race veterans. Almost all of the above items can be purchased through the MYAU. Right now I do not have an English speaking online-shop anymore. But still exists and I have good stock of almost anything needed for the race. So, if you would like to buy something, please get in touch and I will make you an offer.