Must Have Mountain Running Gear

Wide open spaces high in the Victorian Alps

Entered a long distance Trail or Mountain running event?

So you’ve just entered a long distance Trail Running event and found out turning up in shorts and a singlet isn’t going to cut it! Mountain Running events often have a Mandatory Gear List and this is subject to a pre-race check. We prefer to run trails with the minimum amount of necessary equipment, however there are times mandatory equipment may save your life if you are caught out in bad conditions, become lost, disorientated or injured during an event or even out on a training run in the bush. The gear required does vary for each event: often the location, distance and time of the year does determine the gear.

Bogong has sourced the best gear available to keep you moving light and fast but give you the safety, warmth and protection should the situation demand it. Do remember that this is a general guide as your race could require less or more equipment, but this should help you to get the gear you need.

Download our Printable PDF Gear Checklist.

Common Mandatory Gear

Item Example Image
Waterproof jacket with hood  

This is the go to jacket for trail runners. Full weather protection at only 180 grams
Outdoor Research Helium jacket
OR Helium
Waterproof pants*       

These highly effective waterproof overpants weigh in at a measly 160 grams and are super compressible to pack down small.
Outdoor Research Helium Pants – Men's and Women's
Outdoor Research Helium Pants
Thermal top & Pants (synthetic)

Need to be quick drying wicking type such as these excellent Mont powerdry garments
Mont PowerDry
Beanie & Sun hat    

Lightweight, quick drying and very breathable with it's mesh side panels the Outdoor Research Swift Cap is ideal for keeping the sun out of your eyes.
OR Swift Cap
OR Swift Cap
Warm Hat. Beanie or Neck Tube  

The weather can get cold in the mountains so something to keep your noggin warm is a must
Neck Tube
Neck Tube
Gloves (waterproof*)  

Light, thermo-regulating, touchscreen-compatible fleece gloves such as the Outdoor Research Vigor Sensor Lightweight Gloves are best. Some events require waterproof gloves in which case the Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts are ideal.
Outdoor Research Vigor Lightweight Sensor Gloves – Men's and Women's
Outdoor Research Vigor Lightweight Sensor Gloves

This simple, warm pullover is made from Polartec Classic Micro 100-weight fleece.
Mont Micro Bush Shirt
Mont Micro Bush Shirt
Headtorch (backup torch*)

A good LED head torch is essential such as ones from our Petzl or Led Lenser ranges. Some events require a secondary lighting source such as the Petzl e+Lite ultra-compact emergency headlamp.
Petzl Swift RL Rechargeable Headtorch
Petzl Swift RL Rechargeable Headtorch
Map of area & map case
LifeVenture Dristore Loctop Bag
LifeVenture Dristore Loctop Bag

Many packs are fitted with a whistle these days, but if yours isn't, you will need one.
Orange safety whistle
 Compass Suunto Clipper Compass
Suunto Clipper Compass
 First Aid kit

A basic kit is required to be carried by many events
Equip First aid kits
First Aid Kit
 Snake Bandage*
Equip Premium Snake Bite Bandage with Indicator
Equip Premium Snake Bite Bandage with Indicator
 Space blanket     
Life Systems thermal blanket
Thermal Blanket


Other gear you might need

XTM Sunscreen

Many remote race routes are not marked or closely supervised – an emergency satellite beacon may be a good idea.
RescueME PLB
Suunto Watch
 Heat pack*  
For alpine events and freezing early starts hand warmers can be handy
XTM Hand Warmer
XTM Hand Warmers
 Pack to put it all in

Bogong has specialist running packs by Salomon, Ultimate Directions and Camelbak
Ultimate Direction Adventure Vest 5.0 Ultimate Direction Running Pack
Socks with toes! * Injinji Trail Running Socks Injinji Trail Running Socks

* Optional depending on events


Other Stuff from Bogong:
Trail Running Shoes – La Sportiva & Salomon
Trail Running packs – Camelbak, Ultimate Direction and Salomon
Trail Running Socks – Mund Trail running
Trail Sunnies – Julbo Ultra trail + others
Bladders – Camelbak

Wide open spaces high in the Victorian Alps

Mandatory Gear for Mountain Running