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Adventure Racing – What to wear on race day by Quest Adventure

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What to wear on race day for a Quest Adventure Race

If you’re planning to do an adventure race, be it one of the Quest series or some other brand, there’s always someone who’s done it before and can give you some insider information on how best to prepare for the event and one of the most important thing that people forget, is what to wear on the day of the actual race. With that in mind, we are happy to share this blog from the good guys at Quest Adventure. Read on and enjoy, and maybe you might win yourself an entry for a Quest Adventure Race too.

“We all know the weather can be unpredictable in Ireland, any time of the year.

Pack sun cream and bug spray as it’s not uncommon to get 4 seasons in one day!

Always wear technical fabric tops, shorts and socks that are breathable and whisk sweat away from your body.

With that in mind, here is our wardrobe advice for adventure races;

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Quest adventure races start early in the morning and the mornings can be chilly in Ireland, as you may know. Wearing a hat/buff will help keep your core warm. A buff is ideal as it fits easily under your helmet and if you get warm it can be rolled up as a sweat band.


If you are doing the longer routes it is wise to carry a pair of light weight gloves to keep the fingers warm when you are up the top of the mountains.

Top Layer

Wear a long sleeve base layer top. This will pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you from getting too cold or too hot. Carry a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. (This is part of the mandatory kit).

Bottom layer

Your decision to wear cycle shorts or running shorts depends on the distance you are doing and the saddle on your bike. Most people can cycle up to 1hr-1hrs 30mins without cycle short. Cycle shorts are difficult to run in as the can cause blisters and chafing. Tri shorts/bib shorts are another alternative. These shorts aren’t as padded as cycling short but provide some cushioning. The biggest mistake people make is to wear cotton underwear, under their cycling shorts which is the main cause of blisters.

Foot Wear

The most important gear for adventure racing is footwear. Get a pair of trail running shoes that give support, grip, flexible and are light weight. They come in both waterproof and non-waterproof types, but the fit is the most important thing.


It’s a good idea to use a compact backpack or bum bag to carry your mandatory kit. The type of bag is a personal choice. They can be quite handy to carry water as part of your race hydration with an internal bladder always useful to have.

Mandatory Kit

All competitors must carry their mandatory kit on race day. Order your mandatory kit now and choose the Gleneagles as the delivery address and collect it at Killarney registration.”


In other news, Quest Achill on September 9th is sold out. Quest Killarney takes place on October 7th and is selling fast. Register today

If you’d rather chance your arm and win yourself some entries, we have 2 double entries plus gift cards to give away for Quest Killarney. See our competition below.


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Full terms and conditions
The following are the terms and conditions of the Great Outdoors Killarney Quest Adventure Series Giveaway October 2017
Your participation in the competition shall be deemed to be your complete acceptance of the terms and conditions herein.
•Entrants must be 18 years of age to participate and resident within Ireland. •Employees and relatives of employees of Great Outdoors and any entities affiliated or related to Great Outdoors shall not be eligible to enter. For the purposes herein, the term ‘relative’ shall mean spouse, partner, parent, child or sibling.
•All entrants will have their email address added to the mailing lists of Great Outdoors and Quest Adventure. To unsubscribe in the future, simply use the unsubscribe link in any of the emails you receive.
•Entrants can enter as often as they like but their will only be one prize per entrant.
•In the event that the Great Outdoors deem an entrant to have in any way acted in bad faith with respect to the competition, such entrant shall be excluded from the competition and consequently deemed ineligible to win.
•Prizes are neither transferable nor exchangeable and cannot be exchanged for money.
•The winner will be notified via email and gift card must be collected in-store within 28 days or that part of the prize will be considered forfeit and used in an alternative competition in the future.
•Great Outdoors’s decision is final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of the prizes and shall not be subject to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party.
•By entering the competition,each entrant unreservedly agrees to these terms and conditions which govern the competition and the awarding of the prizes.
•By entering the competition each entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless the Great Outdoors, their legal representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any damages whatsoever suffered, sustained or allegedly sustained in connection with the competition or the acceptance of the prize(s).
•Great Outdoors reserves the right to alter these terms and conditions at any time and at their sole discretion.
•Great Outdoors reserves the right, at any time, to cancel, modify or suspend the competition if, in their sole judgment, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified.
•The winners’ names will be disclosed to anyone who writes to the Great Outdoors at their physical addresses.
•These terms and conditions and any matters relating hereto shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Ireland and jurisdiction over any and all disputes shall be exclusive to the courts in Ireland.
•The winners will be announced via social media channels on September 17th.
•Closing date for all applications is midnight on September 16th.
•The prize cannot be transferred or refunded.

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