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Gear Up and Conquer: Your Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Coastrek

March 08, 2023 4 min read

Gear Up and Conquer: Your Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Coastrek

Are you getting ready to tackle Coastrek? We know you’re not trying to qualify for the Olympics, but we asked our team of Outsiders how to prepare so you have fun and make it to the finish line without any unnecessary dramas. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps of getting ready for your event and help you choose the perfect gear. As a company who sells merino wool clothing, obviously we’re going to plug some of our own stuff, but even if you’re not up for trying some io, the advice still stands. (Remember, you can try our stuff for up to 60 days and return it if you don’t think it makes your time outside more comfortable and enjoyable!)

So, let's dive in and get event-ready!

Step 1: Usually step one is all about setting goals. In this instance, we’re going to assume you’re not trying to ‘win’, but get it done and have a good time. And that’s probably the best goal of all. Hopefully your goal also includes raising a billion dollars for such a great cause, but that bit’s up to you.

Once you have your goals in place, you’d usually create some sort of training plan suited to the event and distance. But let’s be honest, we all know your plan probably consists of lots of good intentions and lots of last minute panic at how you didn’t train anywhere near enough!

If you are going to train, and you have some time up your (merino) sleeve, one of the keys is to not do too much too soon. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself by going from zero to hero back to the couch before you’ve even started.

Step 2: Choose the Right Gear. Again, we’re going to be realistic, because we know how it goes. You’ll probably wear what you’ve already got. And maybe head off to the local sport's store the night before and get a pair of new shoes that will give you blisters on the day because you haven’t worn them before and honestly, what were you even thinking!

And sure we’re going to say choosing the right gear can make all the difference and that our gear is ’the right gear’, but hear us out. Outside, in the elements, is where natural merino wool clothing shines - especially when the sun isn't. Merino wool is a natural wonder, offering unbeatable comfort, moisture-wicking properties, temperature regulation, and odour resistance. Here's why our gear should be your top choice:

Optimal Comfort: Our merino wool garments are incredibly soft and gentle on your skin, ensuring maximum comfort throughout your adventure. No more itchy, coarse or irritating fabrics! (Even that comfy fabric can get real uncomfortable real fast in certain weather. Don’t do it!)
Moisture Management: Say goodbye to that sticky, sweaty feeling. Merino wool naturally wicks away moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable during intense physical activities.
Temperature Regulation: Merino wool acts as your personal thermostat, providing insulation in cool conditions and breathability in warmer weather. It adapts to your body's needs, keeping you comfortable in any climate.
Odour Control: Bid farewell to the pong. Merino wool's natural antimicrobial properties prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria, keeping you fresh even if you’re on the go for hours. Sounds like marketing hype. It's not. It’s just what merino does.

Step 3: Layering. Now, let's dive into layering for versatility and comfort:

Big, thick, warm jackets can be great, but not usually when you’re on the go. Because a big jacket is more like an on/off switch while layers give you more control over full temperature adjustment. Plus, big jackets are a hassle to carry if you take them off. So here’s what we recommend.
Base Layers: Start with a high-quality merino wool base layer. It acts as your second skin, providing warmth, breathability, and moisture management. Our merino-rich base layers will keep you comfortable throughout your entire adventure.
Mid Layers: Depending on the weather conditions, you may need an additional layer for extra insulation. Our merino wool mid layers offer excellent warmth while remaining lightweight and breathable. (And they’re easy to stash and carry if you take them off!)
Outer Layers: If there’s a chance of rain, you might want an outer ‘shell’. Literally just a waterproof outer layer - this isn’t here to keep you warm so much as dry. Merino will keep you comfortable even when it’s wet, but if you can stay dry, definitely do that.
Bottoms: Choose merino wool leggings that provide flexibility, moisture-wicking capabilities, and temperature regulation. Our compression leggings offer both support and comfort, ensuring optimal performance.
Accessories: Complete your gear ensemble with merino wool socks, gloves, and headwear. Our socks offer cushioning, moisture management, and blister prevention, while our gloves and headwear keep you warm and protected. And undies! Don’t muck up choosing all the right gear by wearing regular undies close to your skin. Let’s be honest, these are some of your most important and delicate bits, so merino undies for the win.

Step 4: Test and Train in Your Gear. Before the big day, make sure to train in the gear you've selected. Test how it feels during your training sessions. This will allow you to identify any potential issues and make necessary adjustments before the day, rather than half way when no amount of complaining and swearing is going to help!

Good luck! And don’t forget to have fun!