Race Ready Bag

We’re delighted to announce that Blue Seventy are offering Braveheart entrants a massive 30 per cent discount on their fantastic range of products. The code BH30 will be available from Thursday 15th September until 30th November. And Curranz are offering Braveheart entrants a 20% OFF code, details below.

Nerves will start to jangle this week, but there’s nothing better than being prepared. We’ll have more tips for racers throughout the week – and please share your race tips and advice with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here’s some of the items we’ve selected to try out on the day. Reviews will be published on Tri Radar after the event.

Don’t forget to check out Sean MacFaralane’s kit bag advice and video over at Outdoor Fitness.

p.s. & pack your camera for your chance to win our Selfie competition

Blue Seventy Helix Thermal Wetsuit, now £409

The Helix wetsuit is the ideal suit for the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon, the secret to keeping warmth in is in the mid-weight zirconium jersey, a unique liner that dries fast and is light and flexible. It’s designed be worn at temperatures as low as 48°F (9°C). We’ll be testing it in the cold water of Loch Linnhe on Saturday but our first impressions are a feeling of comfort warmth and flexibility. You can read the reviews of this, and all the kit bag products, on Tri Radar. Don’t forget to pair up with some gloves, check out our review on Tri Radar.

Blue Seventy Transition Bag, £49

Blue Seventy’s Transition Bag features a large insulated bottom compartment that separates your wet gear from the large top load section. There are also two expandable side water bottle holders and four smaller zipped pockets for your essential items. It’s ideal for racers heading to Braveheart by train or plane, fully loaded this bag fits all airline carry on requirements. Top compartment is 32L / Bottom wetsuit compartment is 12L.

2XU Neoprene Swim Hat, £22

A neoprene swim hat is an essential in the 12 degree waters of the loch. The thin profile strap on the 2XU cap offers maximum comfort and a secure fit without being restrictive.

Blue Seventy Hydra Vision Open Water goggles, £19

The Blue Seventy Hydra-Vision uses the latest soft frame technology with emphasis on visibility and improved dynamics in the water. Further enhanced for 2015 with a polarized lens option. Polarization provides clarity by filtering out nearly all surface glare that causes eye fatigue. Polarized lens also allows you to see the buoys further away so that you can find the best possible line.  

dhb Rain Defence Arm Warmers, £22

One of the key bits of coping with the cold advice from race director Fraser Copeland is to get warm after the swim in time for the long bike ride ahead. dhb’s Aeron Rain Defence Arm Warmers provide shower protection, warmth and breathability to keep you riding in the Highlands!

Inov-8 XTalon 225, £100

Designed for running fast over extreme terrain, Inov-8s newest addition to the trusted X-Talon range is the perfect choice for the Ben, and will be tested on the day by runner turned triathlete, Fiona Bugler. There are so many features in this great little package including: a stud configuration for quick release of mud and debris; lightweight and breathable upper material; a reinforced toe box; water resistant coating; and precision fit (ideal for those with a narrow forefoot).

Saucony XODUS 6.0, £115

A solid ‘tank’ of a shoe with luxury cushioning inside, the Xodus 6.0 will be able to tackle the rigours of the Ben whilst offering midfoot support with the super grippy Vibram outsole and optimal traction with its aggressive lug design.

Merrell All Out Crush Light, £90

Already tried and tested, and to be worn on race day, by our very own Mark Kleanthous (review to follow on Tri Radar) the All Out Crush Light, offers a lightweight yet supportive upper, full-length heel-to-toe cushioning for added comfort, and superb grip and traction in the outsole.

The Marathoner™, £84.99

The Marathoner™ is the ideal race vest for the Ben. It carries two litres of water, and there are pockets for fuel, phone etc… Air mesh panels keep things light and breathable. A must for all the essentials to keep you going on the climb up (and run down) the Ben.

Curranz New Zealand Blackcurrant supplement, £29 for 30 capsules

Performance, recovery, energy and fat-burning – all in one product. Take two, two hours before the race. Curranz has been found to increase fat oxidation by almost 30 per cent and reduce fatigue during exercise. Take one tablet after the event for reduced muscle soreness after all that climbing and enhanced recovery. For non-race days take one capsule a day. Backed by double-blind, peer-reviewed research and a favourite of top Braveheart Athlete Chris Stirling.

Use the discount code BENNEVIS. Order by Thursday for Friday delivery (or Wednesday for Thursday).

Wiggle Nutrition Energy Gels, £9.99

These tasty, fruity carbohydrate gels give an instant energy boost whilst on the move. There’s a choice of seven flavours and Mark Kleanthous, has tried them all: “No need to suffer from flavour fatigue. My favourites are blackcurrant and orange throughout”.

32gi Sport Nutrition

32Gi utilises a blend of unique carbohydrates to ensure stability whether performing at a low or high intensity. 32Gi’s range is completely designed around the athlete’s unique needs while guiding them to their best fuelling strategy. The range includes great flavours including an espresso shot and intense orange Sports Gel.