Monday, October 06, 2014

Trail and Road Running Kits, v2.0

There's a thread over at edcforums.com that I wanted to contribute to: Your EDC in the woods. I was thinking I'd post my Trail Running Kit (v1.0) as it's the minimum amount of gear I take into the woods (add a water bottle and some snacks, and I'm good for nearly all the hiking I do). However, it occurred to me that the photo there was a bit out of date. So here it is, an update to my running gear.

First off, I'm now using two belt packs for running. No, you'll be happy to know, they don't get worn at the same time. One is for road running and one is for trail running. The trail kit inspired me to carry a few essentials while road running, and to date both kits have come in handy on a number of occasions.

First, here's the trail kit:

This includes:

  • Keychain which includes: compass, Derma-safe razor blade, Photon X-Light, House Key, Pill container with a Bendryl and Migraine medication, Nitecore NWS10 whistle, safety-pin, USB thumb drive / Micro SD Card Holder / Micro SD Card, P-51 Can-opener with paper clip to keep it closed
  • Heatsheet mylar blanket
  • Athletic tape
  • KT Tape
  • Handkerchief
  • Bic Lighter
  • Galaxy S5 Android Phone

Note, the keychain is the standard one I carry around. I just drop it into the pack, and it gives me most of the outdoorsy stuff I could need. The tape has been useful on a number of occasions as has the hanky. The Bic Lighter is strictly a Boy Scout item; there's something about going into the woods that makes me think I should have a way to start a fire. The setup fits nicely in the Amphipod AirFlow Microstretch Belt pack, which stretches to fit everything. There's even room to squeeze in extra goodies, if need be.

The road running kit is similar but exchanges the emergency blanket and Bic Lighter with more city-friendly items:

  • Keychain (the same one as above)
  • Athletic tape
  • KT Tape
  • Handkerchief
  • $20 bill
  • Credit Card
  • Galaxy S5 Android Phone

I actually called up my credit card company and ordered a second card which lives permanently in this kit. They were glad to send me one, and I don't have to worry about forgetting to replace the one in my wallet. This kit is smaller and fits well in a waterproof SPIbelt.

When going on a run, I grab the appropriate kit for the terrain, and I've got all my bases covered.

3 comments:

  1. Ben, I just switched from an old iphone to the galaxy s4 world, and was wondering what your fave apps were.

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  2. Always wondered why you block/fuzz the image of keys in these pics. Would love to find out. Thanks.

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  3. It's me attempting to be security conscious. See here and here.

    The reality is that my little X's probably wouldn't slow anyone down. On the other hand, we use a non-standard house key, so even a photo probably wouldn't be enough to get in.

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