WeatherWool for Running
[Please click here for the Runner product page.]
On this page we'll have information about WeatherWool for running, speed-walking and hard hiking. This page is a sort of overflow from the page on the Runner, our garment (under development) for those activities.
WeatherWool Advisor Jesse Manuta made for himself the first version (and inspiration) of the Runner:
Jesse designed and sewed this garment from our MidWeight Fabric. He also dyed the Fabric himself and hand-carved the mesquite collar buttons. Jesse's comments on his work: "The shirt I sewed is technically a pull-over, that has three wooden mesquite slot buttons (that I carved), an extended storm flap over the chest and a high double fabric collar. I just wish it had the arm pit vents!"
Jesse wore his Runner to train for, and complete (on March 4-5, 2020) the Grand Canyon Triple Rimmer via the Bright Angel Trail. The "Triple Rimmer" is a run (or hike) from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other, and back. And it seems there is an expectation that the route be completed within 24 hours.
Here is some info from Jesse on his Triple Rimmer and his Runner:
We did 50 miles in 21 hours (left at 11pm on Thursday and got back up 8 pm Friday). The Midweight fabric performed even better than I could have imagined without any base layer. From the top of the South Rim it was below freezing to just before noon I had the Original Runner on, taking it off just as the temps rose to 80 degrees. Despite all the pounds of sweat that came off of me, the shirt was always comfortable and maintained an enjoyable body temperature the whole time. A great long distance fabric. And of course the Watch Cap was on my head and only came off well after the temps were above 65 degrees. I felt fortunate to have WeatherWool along. And being in that canyon, there is nothing like being in a tropical desert.
Jesse also described his pre-run and his meal at the half-way point:
When we arrive tomorrow early afternoon, we will build a fire and feast! The meal will consist of lentils (fermented and cooked with garlic, leeks, carrots, and a variety of greens all grown on the [Jesse's own] farm), with farm eggs, and fermented brown rice. We will rest on the North Rim for about 30 minutes and have a small meal consisting of the above lentils and rice, with raw coconut oil mixed in. Other than that, lots of almond butter!
7 April 2020