The Gear it Takes to Win: TransRockies Run Edition

The TransRockies Run is a 6-day 120 mile ultra marathon with over 20,000 ft. elevation gain. For most runners, just finishing the race is an accomplishment in itself, but for others (like Sean), there is only one goal. And that is to win.¬†Wenger Blog regular, Sean McCoy, finished 2nd place overall at this year’s event. Here’s the gear he used to win.

Headsweats Race Hat This light hat is great for running. It is cool, blocks sun, absorbs sweat and stays locked on even while running into a strong wind.

Salomon Skin Pro 10+3 This is a snug fitting vest that easily carries up to two liters of water, fuel and mandatory emergency equipment (gloves, hat, emergency blanket and water resistant jacket).

Suunto Ambit 2s A high-end GPS watch perfect for tracking time, pace, distance and altitude.

La Sportiva Vertical K The softer La Sportiva's are extremely light and soft, perfect for the sandy, rolling terrain of the first stage.

Rab MeCo 120 Cocona-Merino Wool Tee Merino Wool is great for running in low humidity like Colorado. Merino and Cocona both have anti-microbial properties that fight odor.

Pearl Izumi Fly Short So short and light they are barely there. No chafe noted.

Point 6 Running Ultra Light Mini Crew Some people like light wool, others prefer synthetic. Both work just fine and help reduce blisters.

New Balance Minimus 1010v2 Trail I wore both pairs on different days - The New Balance are minimal with a rock plate and work well on hard, rough trail.

The Wenger Sport Glasses Blocks the sun, sticks to the face, and can change out lenses. Exactly what a pair of running sunglasses should do.



Sean McCoy, also an editor at The Gear Junkie and freelance writer, is pictured on the left side of the winner’s podium.