Gobi March 2010 - Gear Survey Results

At every RacingThePlanet event, we take a survey of the competitors to find out what equipment, apparel, accessories and nutritional supplements etc they are using.


At the Gobi March 2010, we surveyed 138 of the 153 competitors -- here are the Top 6 brands in each of the categories:


Shoes (16 brands used in total)

1. Asics 24%

2. Salomon 20%

3. Montrail 10%

4. Inov-8 7%

5. New Balance 7%

6. Brooks 5%


Backpack (29 brands used in total)

1. OMM 27%

2. Raidlight 18%

3. Osprey 11%

4. Inov-8 9%

5. Salomon 9%

6. Camel 2%


Sleeping Bag (39 brands used in total)

1. Mountain Hardwear 22%

1. Marmot 22%

3. Decathlon 10%

4. Montbell 4%

5. PHD 4%

6. Vaude 3%


Sleeping Pad (24 brands used in total)

1. Thermarest 40%

2. Decathlon 9%

3. OMM 8%

4. Pacific Outdoor Equipment 6%

5. Big Agnes 4%

5. Montbell 4%


Shorts (40 brands used in total)

1. CWX 17%

2. Nike 12%

3. Skins 11%

4. 2XU 7%

5. adidas 6%

5. Salomon 6%


Watch (26 brands used in total)

1. Polar 18%

2. Casio 17%

3. Timex 15%

4. Garmin 14%

5. Suunto 7%

6. Nike 3%


Sunglasses (44 brands used in total)

1. Oakley 35%

2. adidas 6%

3. Maui Jim 5%

4. Decathlon 4%

5. Bolle 3%

5. Nike 3%


Sunscreen (28 brands used in total)

1. Coppertone 14%

1. Dermatone 14%

3. Nivea 13%

4. Banana Boat 8%

5. Shiseido 6%

6. Boots 4%


Energy Bars & Gels (28 brands used in total)

1. Clif 30%

2. Powerbar 18%

3. GU 17%

4. Hammer Nutrition 9%

5. OSM 4%

6. Hi5 3%


It's definitely noteworthy that the number of people wearing lower-body compression garments continues to rise. Over 50% of competitors were wearing some kind of compression gear either during their racing or when in recovery at camp.There are also a growing number of competitors using more specialist sport watches, and Thermarest continues to be the brand of choice for sleeping pads.

It will be interesting to see how gear choices differ at the next race as it's RacingThePlanet's inaugural 100km single-stage race the Taklamakan Ultramarathon

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