Highland Trail 550 Kit Check

People love a good kit list, and I am no different! So here is a more or less comprehensive one for the Highland Trail 550. Some might find it too much, some to little, but for me it’s perfect – especially for an event and terrain where I lack experience so I’m being cautious. I’ll be able to ride in all conditions and sleep comfortably. I won’t explain why I take every item, most should speak for themselves; it’s likely for comfort or personal need. I’ve added a few items here that I would not normally take racing. Scotland is a different beast, and it gives me a good chance to test stuff out. I’m not one to mess about, I only take what works and the best.

Note: Given we’re racing in Scotland I’ve been able to remove a few items ie. sunglasses, sun cream, sun lip balm!



  • Frame: Canyon Exceed SL
  • Fork: Rockshox
  • Bars: Jones H 710mm
  • Grips: Ergon GS1 (trying to prevent more nerve damage)
  • Crank: Power2max FSA Afterburner 32T
  • Groupset: SRAM GX/XX blend 1×12 10-50T
  • Tyres: Maxiss Ikon/Ardent Race 2.2
  • Handlebar bag: Rusjan
  • Frame bag: Rusjan
  • Saddle bag: Rusjan


Sleeping 1.5kg

  • Bivy: Rab Ascent Bivy  (eVent)
  • Sleeping Pad: Thermarest Neo Air Xlite Regular
  • Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardware Phantom 0 deg
  • Sleeping shorts: UNIQLO heatech (I need to take cycling clothes off)


Riding kit 2kg

  • Helmet: Giro Synthe
  • Glasses: Oakley Path EZ Zero photocromatic
  • Hat: Merino Beanie EDZ
  • Buff: Merino EDZ
  • Rain coat: Arc’teryx Alpha FL (Goretex Pro)
  • Jacket: Arc’teryx Atom
  • Long sleeve: Café Du Cycliste
  • Jersey: Café Du Cyclist Audax
  • Bib shorts: Café Du Cyclist Audax
  • Rain trousers: Berghaus (Goretex Paclite)
  • Socks: Café du Cyclist merino blend
  • Socks: Sealskinz waterproof
  • Gloves: Rab Phantom Grip
  • Gloves: Rab Xenon (not used before, taking to test)
  • Rain gloves: Outdoor Research Shuksan (Goretex Active)
  • Shoes: Giro VR90


Food 4kg

  • Bars: Veloforte (10,000 calories)
  • Nuts: Mixed (5,000 calories)


Equipment  3kg (all 3 below) 

  • Main light: Exposure Six Pack
  • Head light: Exposure Diablo
  • Backup light: Exposure Diablo
  • Rear light: Exposure Blasé
  • Power: Anker 10,000mah battery pack
  • Power: Anker 5,000mah battery pack
  • Anker charger – 4 port usb wall charger
  • Music: iPod Nano + headphones
  • Filming: Go Pro + 4 batteries & 4 64gb micro sd
  • Tracker: Spot Gen 3
  • Navigation: Garmin Etrex 30x
  • Data: Garmin 1000 (record power data) + backup navigation
  • Hydration: Platypus big zip 3L (framebag)
  • Ear plugs – 3M
  • Midge net: Sea2summit ultra light


  • Pump: Lezyne
  • Multi: Leatherman Skeletool CX
  • Multi: Lezyne Stainless Steel 12
  • Chain lube
  • Chain degreaser: Parafin fluid
  • Rag
  • Disc pads: SRAM TL
  • Chain quick link: x2 12spd
  • Gear Cable: x2 SRAM
  • Derailleur hanger
  • Cleat: 1x SPD & 2x bolts
  • Innertube: x2
  • Patches: lots
  • Patch glue
  • Tubeless worms
  • Super glue
  • Plastic gloves – keep hands clean
  • Cash: £70 – in case Scotland does not do contactless!

Hygiene/First Aid

  • Water sterilisation pills
  • Mouthwash: Colgate (no alcohol)
  • Lipbalm
  • Paracetamol
  • Codine – if paracetamol doesn’t work, last port of call.
  • Diarrhoea pills
  • Omega 3 pills
  • Lanoline cream
  • Dermol cream
  • Wet wipes – & zip lock to put them in when used
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Foot powder
  • Kinesio tape
  • Insect repellent: Sawyer with picaridin
  • Hand sanitiser