Q&A with #RSP – Waterproof Jackets for IMRA races?

I was recently invited to host a Questions & Answers evening on the Runners Support Page on Facebook. I was following in the footsteps of some esteemed hosts with Gerry Duffy, Gary O’Hanlon and Hannah Nolan having set the bar height already. I had a lot of fun preparing answers to some great questions so without further ado I am adapting the questions and answers to Blog Posts.

Here’s one for the #TrailTuesday fans!

Question – Is there such a thing as a waterproof running jacket? Can you recommend a lightweight one for trail running (as required for imra races) that won’t cost the earth?

My thoughts –

Excellent question and there has been quite a bit of confusion and debate around the IMRA mandatory kit. (Check out the forum on IMRA.ie for up-to-date information on this.)

Personally I would refer to the mandatory kit for Adventure Racing as a guide and leave absolutely nothing to chance with personal safety on the hills. I use a Ronhill Trail Tempest jacket and pants combination for Adventure Racing and these are waterproof and windproof to a high extent (10,000mg) They are expensive though but Ronhill also do a Trail Microlight, packable jacket which is good for protection against the elements, though if you are thinking of scaling up to full on mountain running definitely look at the Tempest or Typhoon Smock.

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Ronhill Trail Tempest Jacket
Ronhill Trail Typhoon Smock
Ronhill Trail Typhoon Smock

I was recently well impressed by the Mac-in-A Sac range which gives you 5,000mg of waterproofing for around €40. I haven’t gotten to test this out yet but I think it represents excellent value to help anyone that is looking to get started (or tick the required kit box) with IMRA style races.

If you would like to know more about any of these products simply drop me a message:

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