Gear Recommendations (& swap)

The best gear for a rando race is . . . rando race gear!
Here's a thorough guide:

More briefly:
Even if you don't want to go all-out on race-specific gear, a race-specific ski pack allows you to attach & remove your skis for bootpack segments without taking your pack on & off.
(And these packs are great for shorter ski tours plus off-season hiking, biking, etc.)

You must wear a helmet at all times during the race, and that helmet must be certified for either skiing or climbing (or both).

For those too modest to appear in public wearing a one-piece lycra race suit (women-specific models too), a race top/jacket combined with any reasonable soft shell pant/tight (women's here & here) offers almost all the same benefits as a full suit (especially climbing skin stowage).
And click HERE for the new NE Rando custom racewear!

Plus check out the gear swaps at Facebook and also right here.

Finally, although you can't buy fitness, you can buy skimo-specific training materials from our sponsors Skintrack.comUphill Athlete, and Skimo Monthly.