Equipment advice

Prepare and test your equipment

The choice of suitable equipment is a key factor in the success of your race. Ultra-endurance requires thorough preparation, including the choice of the equipment that you take with you.

The month of August in the Mont-Blanc area can be very hot (more than 30°C), but it can also be very cold (up to -10°C experienced above 2000m), with rain, hail or even snow. Your equipment must be suitable for confronting all types of conditions and enable you to spend one or two nights on the race route, according to the speed of your progression. In the case of an incident, your equipment must enable you to await help in sufficiently safe conditions.

The UTMB® imposes obligatory equipment which all runners must have with them permanently to avoid risk of penalty. Checks are carried out during the races. We can only encourage runners to also take with them the equipment which is highly recommended, as well as the equipment that we advise them to have.It is essential to be able to adapt your equipment to your reality, test it during training sessions in varying conditions and take everything that will be useful and necessary. Weight is a concern, but don't be too minimalist. Optimise your chances of success and your performance through judicious choice.

Obligatory equipment

Obligatory equipment

UTMB - Safety and obligatory equipment (english) par UltraTrailMontBlanc

UTMB® mandatory kit - obligatory material par UltraTrailMontBlanc

In the mountains, whatever the season, the weather can change very fast from the worst to the best and vice-versa. It may snow, hail; be -10 degrees above 2000m… it may also be more than 30 degrees!
So whether you are there « playing to win » or « trying to finish », you are not protected from injury, or illness, which may necessitate a wait for assistance. In a situation where the conditions are bad, your security will therefore depend upon the quality of what you have in your pack.

(Extract of Regulations)


Obligatory material :

mobile phone with option enabling its use in the three countries
(put in one’s repertoire the security numbers of the organisation, keep it switched on, do not hide one’s number and do not forget to set off with recharged batteries)
personal portable cup 15cl. minimum (water-bottles or flasks with lids are not acceptable) OBLIGATORY
stock of water minimum 1 litre OBLIGATORY
two torches in good working condition with replacement batteries for each torch

2 torches

1 torch
survival blanket 1.40m x 2m minimum OBLIGATORY
adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 100cm x 6 cm) OBLIGATORY
food reserve OBLIGATORY
Jacket, with a hood, capable of withstanding the bad mountain weather and made with a waterproof (minimum recommended: 10 000 Schmerber) and breathable (RET recommended less than 13) membrane * OBLIGATORY
long running trousers or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely OBLIGATORY
cap or bandana OBLIGATORY
Additional warm midlayer top: One single midlayer long sleeve top for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 180g (Men, size M)
OR a two piece clothing combination of a long sleeve baselayer/midlayer for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 110g (Men, size M) and a windproof jacket** with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) protection
in the case
of bad
warm and waterproof gloves OBLIGATORY
waterproof over-trousers OBLIGATORY

* - the jacket must, imperatively, have an integral hood  or one which is attachable by a  system made for that effect by the manufacturer.
- all seams must be taped/sealed.
- the jacket must not have sections composed of fabric which is not waterproof, but the air vents (under the arm, across the back), which do not appear to affect the waterproof-ness of the garment are accepted.
It is the runner's responsibility, according to these criteria, whether their jacket fits the regulations and therefore bad weather in the mountains, but, when controlled, the judgement will be made by the person responsible for the control or the race steward.

* The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood

Required by the frontier police forces :

  • identity papers

Very strongly recommended :

  • Knife or scissors with which to cut the self-adhesive elasticised bandage
  • walking poles for security on slippery ground in case of rain or snow
  • a change of warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather, rain or injury
  • the sum of 20 € minimum (in order to cover the unexpected....)

Advised (list not definitive) :

Telescopic sticks, change of clothing, compass, knife, string, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream, needle and thread,...

All clothing must be the runner’s size and without alteration since leaving the factory.
You will carry this material in a pack which must be tagged at the race-bib distribution and is not exchangeable during the race.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.
No poles will be allowed in the spare’s bags.

For all your questions concerning obligatory equipment consult the FAQs

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