Macpac Motatapu Essential Gear List

So, you’ve entered the Macpac Motatapu… but are you race-ready? There’s so much more to preparing for a race than training – you need to be ready for every scenario, and that’s where your gear can make the difference. With that in mind, we’ve put together a Macpac Motatapu essential gear list! Conditions around Queenstown in March are generally pleasant, but they can be unpredictable. This is an alpine environment, after all, and both freezing and sweltering temperatures are not unheard of in the Autumn months. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our years of competing in some of the toughest races in New Zealand and beyond, it’s that conditions can quickly turn nasty, and you should always be confident that your gear will not only keep you comfortable, but safe too. Check out the Motatapu gear list below.

There is an official mandatory Motatapu gear list – but treat it as the bare minimum you’ll need for safety. You can never be too prepared. Make sure you check out the full list of mandatory gear for each event before you start to build out your kit. There are different gear requirements for each event, so scan the list for your event carefully. If you don’t tick everything off at the gear check on Motatapu weekend, you won’t be allowed to race.

Macpac Motatapu 2018 – Legend Awaits.

Škoda Mountain Bike

MTB Pack
Our MTB Pack is built tough with 210D Cordura® nylon, but it’s also light and supportive and won’t throw you off balance on the trail. It features a padded removable hipbelt and an adjustable harness, allowing it to be worn high or low on your back according to personal comfort and your desired centre of gravity. The main compartment is roomy, with plenty of organised space for your bike tools, mid-race snacks and extra layers. There’s also a dedicated sleeve at the back for a 2L hydration bladder. This pack won’t move around on your back, with side and front compression straps keeping it as secure as possible.

Transition Rain Jacket – Men’s & Women’s 

In competitive multi sport, we know how a good fast-and-light rain jacket can make all the difference when the weather turns sour. That’s why we engineered the Transition Jacket to meet the demands of weight and durability in competition, making it ideal for highly active adventure racers. To minimise weight and maximise performance, we used careful body mapping to determine specific fabric performance requirements. Many multi sport events require hooded jackets — which can be a nuisance. The Transition Jacket features a roll-away hood, and packs into it’s own internal mesh pocket for portability.

Stretch Mountain Bike Shorts – Men’s & Women’s
On high-paced rides, you need gear that’ll keep you comfortable and offer protection from the elements. These Mountain Bike Shorts do exactly that. With Pertex Equilibrium® construction, they move moisture away from your skin to keep you dry on high intensity rides. They’re also optimised for freedom of movement, with a generous four-way stretch so you’re not restricted on tough sections of the race.

Macpac | Motatapu 2017

Macpac Motatapu 2018 – Legend Awaits.

Off-Road Marathon

Visor
Be sun smart while you race, and keep the sun off your face with a visor. This 100% polyester visor fits securely around your head with an adjustable Velcro strap at the back. It’s lightweight, so you’ll barely notice it’s there.

Performance 7/8 Tights for Women
Made for high intensity movement, our Performance Tights are a staple for distance runners, and are now available in a comfortably cropped 7/8 length. Made with an exceptionally lightweight blend of polyester and spandex, these tights are the perfect combination of durability and stretch, allowing unrestricted movement and maximum comfort in an event as rough and tough as the Off-Road Marathon.

Fast Track shorts for Men

Named for the fast-intensity adventures they’re designed to thrive on, our Fast Track Shorts are an ideal choice for triathletes. Made with a lightweight blend of nylon and elastane, these shorts are tough and optimised for freedom of movement. The fabric is also quick-drying, so Fast Track Shorts are perfect for sweaty runs, or drying out any residual moisture after the swim leg. These running shorts feature zipped pockets with reflective detailing for safety and visibility, and have a comfortable regular fit.

Merino 150 Beanie
Merino truly is the wonder-wool. It keeps you comfortable in the heat, and warm when it’s cool with its natural temperature regulating properties. This beanie is made from superfine merino wool, so it is a light weight addition to your dome on race day. It’s 100% itch free, anti-odour and super soft on skin. You may think you won’t need a beanie in March, but never underestimate the unpredictability of the elements.

Miners Trail & Sawpit Trail Run

Hiker Cap
The most versatile hat in our range, the Hiker Cap is perfect for all outdoor activities. The sun can be very harsh at this time of year, so the Hiker Cap’s UPF50+ rating will offer some much needed protection when the sun is beating down. It features eyelet mesh in the sweatband, which will help prevent your head from overheating.

Take a Hike Tee – Men’s & Women’s

Crafted specifically for comfort, breathability and moisture management, the Take a Hike range is ideal for when you’re working up a sweat on the trails.

Light Trail Run Socks
Your feet will be doing most of the work, so don’t overlook a good pair of socks. These Light Trail Run socks are a real treat for the feet. Made from a luxurious Microlon® nylon blend, they feel super soft, with light sole and toe cushioning for extra comfort. They’re constructed with a mesh upper, allowing your feet to breathe during high intensity use.

Macpac Motatapu 2018 – Legend Awaits.

XTERRA Triathlon

Fast Track Shorts – Men’s & Women’s
Named for the fast-intensity adventures they’re designed to thrive on, our Fast Track Shorts are an ideal choice for triathletes. Made with a lightweight blend of nylon and elastane, these shorts are tough and optimised for freedom of movement. The fabric is also quick-drying, so Fast Track Shorts are perfect for sweaty runs, or drying out any residual moisture after the swim leg. These running shorts feature zipped pockets with reflective detailing for safety and visibility, and have a comfortable regular fit.

Take a Hike tees – Men’s tee & Women’s tee

Crafted specifically for comfort, breathability and moisture management, the Take a Hike range is ideal for when you’re working up a sweat on the trails.

Sport Towel
Get out of the water, dry off, and keep going!

Ultra Run

Transition Rain Jacket – Men’s & Women’s
In competitive multi sport, we know how a good fast-and-light rain jacket can make all the difference when the weather turns sour. That’s why we engineered the Transition Jacket to meet the demands of weight and durability in competition, making it ideal for highly active adventure racers. To minimise weight and maximise performance, we used careful body mapping to determine specific fabric performance requirements. Many multi sport events require hooded jackets — which can be a nuisance. The Transition Jacket features a roll-away hood, and packs into it’s own internal mesh pocket for portability.

Geothermal Base Layer Top – Men’s & Women’s
Thermals are a race-day essential. Comfortable, quick-drying and lightweight, they’re perfect to wear on their own, or as a layer if conditions are a little cooler.