Ten of the best

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Despite being a microadventure and taking only 24 hours, Alastair’s Skye triathlon required a range of specialised equipment that would enable him to cycle, climb and kayak his way around the island. Among his most valued pieces of kit were an Osprey rucksack, a Mountain Equipment down vest and an Arc’teryx climbing harness

1. Mountain bike

Trek X-Caliber8

800/14 [pounds sterling] kilograms

The X-Caliber 8 is a reasonably light, responsive ‘hardtaii’ (it has no rear suspension) bike. The 29-inch wheels improve momentum and cornering, and help the rider cope with tricky terrain. Ideal for the committed amateur

2. Rucksack

Osprey Talon 33

85/900 [pounds sterling] grams

A well-ventilated, snug-fitting and lightweight pack with a quick-access hydration sleeve that’s handy for storing drinking water. The adjustable torso length allows you to fine-tune the fit.

3. Sea kayak

2,400/28.2 [pounds sterling] kilograms

A fast expedition boat capable of carrying a heavy load. The handy fourth hatch is easy to open while paddling, making it ideal for storing cameras, snacks and water. The wide hull gives excellent stability. The latest version has extra knee room for taller people

4. Down vest

120/285 [pounds sterling] grams

The most versatile and most-used piece of outdoor clothing I own. The Arete is lightweight, comfortable and very warm, with 95 grams of down filling. The zipped pockets are usefully large. A dedicated women’s version is also available

5. Trail shoes

90/315 [pounds sterling] grams

A durable and versatile off-road trail-running shoe that worked well during my Skye microadventure on the bike, in the packraft and along the ridge. The Roclite 315’s synthetic upper and mesh lining dried very quickly. The outsole provided excellent grip on the technical parts of the climb.

6. Climbing harness

100/310 [pounds sterling] grams

Lightweight and functional, the R-300 features unidirectional mesh that provides bridging support in one direction and flexibility in the other. Conical leg loops provide added comfort

7. Tripod

80/454 [pounds sterling] grams

A flexible, compact tripod that can cope with rough terrain. The aluminium construction can support a DSLR or a video camera. Add Joby’s Ballhead X to give the Focus a quick-release plate, as well as precise pan and tilt controls

8. Trousers

60/370 [pounds sterling] grams

Loose and comfortable when cycling, quick drying in the boat, and durable on the mountains, these softshell trousers offer great climate control and have a UPF rating of 30+. Crampon patches show they’re designed for serious use

9. Waterproof jacket

230/320 [pounds sterling] grams

A lightweight shell made from Gore-Tex fabric that’s specifically designed for fast-moving activities. The fully adjustable hood fits snugly over a helmet. The mesh-backed pockets and underarm pit zips allow you to ventilate effectively while on the move

10. Energy food

14.99/50 [pounds sterling] grams

A tasty, gluten-free flapjack with ten grams of protein per bar. It’s made by a British company that’s focused on creating genuinely healthy food. Available in six flavours–including coconut, berry and raisin–if you’re not a fan of bananas

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