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Mandatory Equipment

The mandatory gear list below is the MINIMUM required while racing. Please adapt what you carry according to the conditions. Food, drink and other supplies are deliberately excluded from the Equipment list as they are best left to individual athletes to decide. However, it is worth pointing out that teams should prepare for providing all their own food and water throughout the event. There may be some supplies at the Transition Areas but nothing should be expected during a stage – meaning all fluid and food requirements should be carried. Mandatory equipment will be checked and signed off at race registration on Friday the 27th of March. Please use the table below to establish which specific items of mandatory equipment must be brought to gear check. All equipment must be in excellent working condition, show no visible signs of excessive wear and tear and be correctly sized for the competitor. The mandatory gear list is focused on your survival should you get into difficulties. It is not about comfort. It is YOUR responsibility to add extra clothes and supplies if the weather or your expected times on the course require it.

Mandatory Gear Description Must Be Carried On Bring to Gear Check?
Race Bib
Provided by Organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
NO
GPS Tracking Device
Provided by Organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
NO
Backpack/Drybag
At least 1.5L capacity. Must be large enough to carry all Mandatory Gear
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Waterproof Jacket
Seam sealed, made of durable material that is less than 5 years old. Must include a hood
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Waterproof Pants
Seam sealed, made of durable material that is less than 5 years old
Stage 2, 3
YES
Base Layer Top
No specific weight requirement.
Must be appropriate size for competitor. This is your next to skin layer
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Long Sleeved Top
Must be appropriate size for competitor. This is your mid layer.
Can be heavy weight thermal, lightweight fleece or similar.
Insulation properties approx. 220gms or greater
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Full Length Thermal Pants
No specific weight requirement.
Must be appropriate size for competitor. This is your next to skin layer
Stage 1, 2, 3
YES
Mobile Phone (1 per team)
Fully charged at start. Spark or Vodafone network
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
NO
Drink Bottle or Bladder
Must be capable of carrying all fluid requirements for stage
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
NO
Survival Bag
Foil/silver bag. No foil blankets
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
First Aid Kit (1 per team)
- Crepe bandage 1.5m x 5cm
- Strapping tape 5m x 2cm
- Band Aid strips x10
- Triangular bandage + 2 safety pins
- Small scissors
- Wound dressing 20cm x 20cm
- Pain relief tablets x4
- Any personal specific medication
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Whistle
Can be on chest strap of backpack or Race Bib
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
YES
Headtorch
At least 200lumens and 3hrs of battery life
Stage 3
YES
Thermal Gloves
No specific weight requirement - must be appropriately sized for competitors
Stage 2, 3
YES
Thermal Hat/Balaclava
No specific weight requirement - must be appropriately sized for competitors
Stage 2, 3
YES
Mountain Bike
Will be safety checked at registration. No e-bikes!
Stage 2, 4, 7
YES
Bike Helmet
Must be NZ / AUS Standards approved
Stage 2, 4, 7
YES
Bike Front Light
Bike or helmet mounted. Must be on when dark
Stage 4
NO
Bike Rear Light
Red rear light fixed to bike or helmet.
Flashing or constant. Must be visible from at least 100m
Stage 4
NO
Bike Repair Kit (per team)
- Spare tubes or patch kit
- Chain breaker and multi tool
- Spare chain link
- Pump, CO2, or both
Stage 2, 4, 7
NO
Long Fingered Gloves
Padded palm and fingers, leather or equivalent for abseil protection
Stage 6
NO
Whitewater Helmet
See below
Stage 1, 4
YES
Buoyancy Aid/PFD
See below
Stage 1, 4
YES

Important Notes: Competitors must be self-sufficient on all stages for water and nutrition. Some nutrition and drink will be available in transition areas but do not plan race fuel strategy around that. The Race Bib must be worn on all stages, at all times, and as the outermost layer. Competitors must include any specific medical information in entry details. Long Fingered Gloves are an abseil requirement for X1 and X2 teams only. X4 teams do NOT abseil on Stage 6 and complete another activity instead. Paddles, kayaks, canoes and spraydecks are not required for gear check.

WATER ACTIVITIES - DAY 1/STAGE 1 (Clutha River Paddle: Grade I/II)

Information X1 (solo) X2 (Tandem) X4 (Team)
Kayak
Bring your own. Must be suitable for level of paddler. Kayak must have structural foam pillars and two floatation / air bags (20 litre minimum each) or extensive watertight sealed compartments that are drainable
AR Duo double kayak supplied by organisers
N/A
Spraydeck
Bring your own. Neoprene / waterproof and correctly sized for kayak being paddled
Neoprene decks supplied by organisers
N/A
Double Bladed Paddle
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Canoe
N/A
N/A
Hyside Paddilac II two person inflatable canoe supplied by organisers
Whitewater Helmet
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Buoyancy Aid/PFD
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Whistle
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib

Important Notes: Competitors must wear race bibs over the top of Buoyancy Aid/PFD. X1 teams KAYAK on Day 1 and their support crews are responsible for transporting kayaks to the start and from the finish of Stage 1. X2 competitors KAYAK on Day 1 using AR Duos supplied and transported to the start and from finish of Stage 1 by the organisers. X4 competitors CANOE on Day 1 using Hyside Canoes supplied and transported to the start and from finish of Stage 1 by the organisers.

WATER ACTIVITIES - DAY 2/STAGE 4 (Matukituki River Paddle: Grade I/II)

Information X1 (solo) X2 (tandem) X4 (team)
Kayak
Bring your own. Must be suitable for level of paddler. Kayak must have structural foam pillars and two floatation / air bags (20 litre minimum each) or extensive watertight sealed compartments that are drainable
N/A
AR Duo double kayak supplied by organisers
Spraydeck
Bring your own. Neoprene / waterproof and correctly sized for kayak being paddled
N/A
Neoprene decks supplied by organisers
Double Bladed Paddle
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Bring your own. Wing, whitewater or touring paddles accepted
Canoe
N/A
Hyside Paddilac II two person inflatable canoe supplied by organisers
N/A
Whitewater Helmet
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Must be designed for paddle sports - bike or climbing helmets not acceptable
Buoyancy Aid/PFD
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Secure fitting, free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS Standard) - must have a webbing cinch strap below ribcage
Whistle
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib
Attached to outside of PFD or race bib

Important Notes: Competitors must wear race bibs over the top of Buoyancy Aid/PFD. X1 teams KAYAK on Day 2 and their support crews are responsible for transporting kayaks to the start and from the finish of Stage 4. X2 competitors CANOE on Day 2 using Hyside Canoes supplied and transported to the start and from finish of Stage 4 by the organisers. X4 competitors KAYAK on Day 2 using AR Duos supplied and transported to the start and from finish of Stage 4 by the organisers.

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