When Outdoor Fitness contributor Damian Hall took on the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, he used his own form of 21st century armour. Here’s the kit that worked for him

Previous Dragon’s Back competitors advised me to concentrate on recovery. So to try and ensure I slept well, I got a very comfy, Therm-A-Rest Evolite sleeping mat, a huge Therm-A-Rest Compressible pillow and a super-warm Rab Neutrino 600 sleeping bag. I couldn’t imagine being more comfortable.

A Salomon S-Lab ADV Skin3 12Set was a superb pack as I could access plenty without removing it and it never caused any problems. Salomon Speedcross 3 are my go-to trail shoe as I’ve never had a blister in them, though they didn’t always grip wet rock well. Injinji toesocks and the magical Camphor Spray help kept blisters away, too.

The Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock is the world’s lightest waterproof at just 75 grams and perfect for this sort of thing, while I found a Berghaus windshirt really useful as well. My Leki trail poles were also useful, although not this time for me, as I lent them to fellow competitor Konrad Rawlik who finished third. Impressively, a Braven BRV-Bank USB charger kept my Suunto and smartphone fully charged for five days. While Polar Frost soothed sore muscles.

I love 33Shake recovery shakes as they’re hugely healthy, with mostly organic ingredients. CLIF Shot Bloks and gels were great for when the going got tough in the mountains.

Berghaus Hyper Smock

Berghaus Hyper smock


£100, berghaus.com

Care Plus Campher Spray

Care Plus Campher

£4.95, careplus.eu

Leki Micro Trail Pro


£134.95, leki.com

Salomon Speedcross 4

Salomon Speedcross

£100, salomon.co.uk

33Shake recovery shakes


£6.99, 33shake.com

Braven BRV-Bank USB


£93.17, braven.com

Rab Neutrino 600


£400, rab.equipment

Therm-a-Rest Evolite


£70, cascadedesgins.com

Injinji socks


£11.99, betaclimbingdesigns.com

Clif Blocks

Clif Blocks

£2.70, clifbar.co.uk