Training at home, fuelling for runs, new La Sportiva ultralight jackets, and more.

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Hang in there, Victorians – fingers crossed that it won't be long before we can get back out into the bush, mountains or crags... wherever your happy place is.

In the meantime, our staff have been busily putting fingers to keyboard and writing up some useful advice, ideas and information on our Bogong Blog to help get you through this tough period. Will talks climbing training at home, Sam explains how to fuel yourself during an ultra and Adele shares tips on women's outdoor gear she wishes someone told her earlier.

Also, a handy breakdown of our face masks – how they differ from one another, to help you pick one – as well as a quick look at our new La Sportiva rain jackets, and a recap on the recent Navigation Workshop on Zoom.

Our shopfront my be closed, but we still have new gear being delivered: this issue we spotlight new gear from Ultimate Direction, Outdoor Research, Red Chili, BUFF®, Juncture and Edelrid.

See you on the other side.

—The Bogong Team

New Stuff on the Bogong Blog

Staff scribbles

Will bouldering

Climbing: Training in Lockdown
by Will
Our staff member Will talks about how he's gone about training in lockdown and what his home setup is. This is also a great article if you're just getting started with structured training for climbing. Will lists the exercises he does, as well as sources for training tips and advice.

Read the article >>

Sam holding sachets

How to Fuel Yourself During Endurance Events
by Sam
Our resident trail runner (and academic, as you'll gather from the very nerdy – but excellent – reference list!) Sam has written an article on how to fuel yourself for endurance events like ultramarathons or long runs. In his article, Sam starts with some basic rules of thumb, then offers examples of how you might fuel yourself with different products.

Read the article >>

Adele in the mountains

10 Tips About Outdoor Gear for Women
I Wish Someone Told Me Earlier

by Adele
Adele's article is a must-read for women heading out into the outdoors. Adele gives tips and advice on topics people don't like to discuss, as well as useful things to look out for when you're selecting gear (things you mightn't have thought of otherwise!).

Read the article >>

Which Facemask?

How to choose


At Bogong we've been bringing in facemasks – something we don't usually stock, obviously (aside from our technical neckwarmers and balaclavas, which we've had for a while).

We have a few options now to choose from. So, you may be wondering, which do you get? Here are the choices, and how they're different from one another.

This was our first offering and it's still a pre-order item (expected around end September, give or take). Outdoor Research is a technical outdoor brand, so it makes sense that their facemasks aren't run-of-the-mill cotton offerings. They're made from durable polyester that, importantly, is treated with HEIQ V-BLOCK® – a treatment that has antimicrobial properties. The Outdoor Research mask is two layers of fabric, plus a replaceable filter. (The pack comes with three filters, and we'll be stocking refills.)

The thing that sets the Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask apart from many other cloth masks is the stiffened nose bridge area, which allows it to contour to the shape of your face. As well as making the mask a more customised fit, it also means less fogging if you're a wearer of glasses/spectacles.

Pre-order here >>

PS We're now offering it in grey too >>

These are different from others because they fit really snugly. Also, BUFF® facemasks don't hook over your ears – they're held in place by two wide, elastic straps that wrap around the back of your head. They're the most likely to stay put when you're active. Also, the straps are adjustable.

BUFF® facemasks are also two layers of fabric, plus one layer a replaceable filter (comes with five filters) and have HEIQ V-BLOCK® microbial fabric treatment.

See Filter Mask BUFF® colours here >>

Another three-layer offering. This Craghoppers offering is a good option for several reasons. First, it's affordable. Second, it's a good fit. Also, it's a three-layer mask that – unlike the others mentioned above – are three fabric layers. So, if you don't want to mess around with a filter, this mask is for you. The Craghoppers ViroBlock Face Mask is also treated with HeiQ Viroblock.

See Craghoppers ViroBlock Face Mask >>

Craghoppers also makes a tubular bandana that is also treated with HeiQ Viroblock. See the Craghoppers Viroblock Bandana >>

By the way, if you're after an old-fashioned, regular, tubular face covering, the original BUFF® is back in stock. See them here >>

New: La Sportiva Odyssey and Iliad

Ultralight Gore-Tex® Rain Jackets

La Sportiva Odyssey Jacket

The La Sportiva Odyssey (men's) and La Sportiva Iliad (women's) rain jackets are new items for us here at Bogong Equipment. These shell jackets are ultralight – made from the lightest Gore-Tex® Active fabric.

For the runners amongst you, it might be handy for you to know that these are mandatory gear eligible.

See men's La Sportiva Odyssey >>

See women's La Sportiva Iliad >>

New In

Ultimate Direction
All Mountain

30L all-weather pack

Outdoor Research
Bitterblaze Gloves

women's iceclimbing

Red Chili

climbing shoes

heaps of

new colours

Liquid Chalk

80ml tube

Edelrid Skimmer
Eco Dry 7.1mm 60m

thin light halfrope

Recap: Navigation Workshop

on Zoom

Our annual Navigation Workshop that usually runs in-store hasn't taken place upstairs at Bogong Equipment this year, obviously. However, the good people at the Victorian Rogaining Association ran an online version via Zoom. We sent out an email notification and spots filled up super fast! Apologies to anyone who missed out. The session lasted for about two hours and 45 minutes, with lots of post-presentation questions as well as questions during the presentation via the chat mode.

A big thank you to the Victorian Rogaining Association for making this happen.

Our shopfront is still closed for the duration of Stage 4 lockdown. However, we are still able to answer your questions via phone (03 9600 0599) during these business hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

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Did you know that Bogong Equipment is on Facebook and Instagram? We're keeping you guys updated with events, community updates and cool new stuff as it arrives in the store. To stay in the loop, follow our Facebook page and on Instagram at @bogongequipment

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About Us

Bogong Equipment was founded in 1989. Everyone who works at Bogong Equipment is a climber, hiker, mountaineer or runner. We have first-hand experience in cragging, multiday bushwalking, alpine climbing and trail running. We use the gear we sell. That means, we can tell you how a product truly performs in the field. That's how we only select the best gear to stock our shelves.

Our stock room in our brick-and-mortar store on Little Bourke Street, in Melbourne, is filled with purpose-designed, technical equipment. With our vast selection of gear, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's why we employ knowledgeable, experienced staff. We can help you get equipped for your remote trekking expedition, your ice-cap crossing, climbing your first peak or simply your next wander in the hills.

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374 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: 03 9600 0599 | Fax: 03 9602 1997