Tuesday 21st August 2018

The Stuff On My Enduro Africa Kit List

Published: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Enduro OutfitI’ve been rather busy recently, frantically searching on my computer for the all the stuff I’ll need to take with me on my Enduro Africa trip.

In some respects it’s quite good fun buying lots of shiny new kit and it certainly helps to build both a sense of purpose and anticipation for the event.

On the other hand, as my wardrobe starts to swell with the proceeds of several forays through eBay and ‘Google Shopping’,  it’s slowly dawning on me that I’m going to look less like the cool motocross dude I’d imagined and more like a middle-aged ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’.

Oh well, I’ve always enjoyed a good fancy dress party!

Just take a look at the kit list I received from Enduro HQ…

Kit list:
Apart from those items listed as essential, please use this list as a guideline only; you really do not need to bring excess clothing unless you are planning to stay in africa after the trip. Do not bring clothing, baggage or any equipment that you are worried about ruining, facilities are basic throughout the event and all luggage will be carried on a truck.

HYDRATION PACK (ESSENTIAL – 3 LITRE CAPACITY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)  This is the best way to carry drinking water; the pack is carried in a purpose-made rucksack and the water fed through a drinking tube. This enables the rider to keep hydrated without the need to remove the helmet. The rucksack can also be used to carry small items of kit.

HELMET (ESSENTIAL)  A full face helmet is essential however we strongly recommend a Motocross or Enduro style as they are specifically designed for off road use and have particular features that you won’t find on a full face road helmet. The lighter weight and ventilation features offer more comfort for off road riding. Goggles are essential with a Motocross or Enduro helmet.

GOGGLES (ESSENTIAL  There are many dusty and sandy trails along the route, and purpose made mx or enduro goggles are the only effective solution to protect your eyes. There may also be rain during the rally. A clear lens is definitely required, but most goggles have interchangeable lenses so a tinted lens could be carried for particularly bright days.

UPPER BODY ARMOUR (ESSENTIAL)  There are a few different styles of body armour available; the hard plastic ‘rooster-tail deflector’ or tabard style, the ‘all-in-one’ mesh jacket (which includes hard armour in all the vulnerable areas and a kidney belt) or separate pieces of hard armour fitted into a jacket. It is down to personal choice as to which is most comfortable. It is important that elbows, back, shoulders and chest are as well protected as possible.

PROTECTIVE TROUSERS (ESSENTIAL)  Hard wearing and breathable are the important features. Motocross or enduro pants are ideal. It is essential that adequate knee protection is worn, the hard type being recommended.

MOTORCYCLE BOOTS (ESSENTIAL)  Off road boots are strongly recommended as they offer far better protection than road or race boots. The main sub types are Trials, Enduro and Motocross. Trials are lighter and more flexible, motocross offer more protection but are the heavier. Enduro boots may be the best compromise, but it’s really down to personal choice.

GLOVES (ESSENTIAL)  Very much down to personal choice. Off road style gloves, usually synthetic in construction, are ideal as they purpose made, comfortable and cope well with the conditions en route. There are numerous river crossings and also the possibility of rain, and therefore leather is not recommended as water can weaken it considerably.

WATERPROOFS (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)  The changeable conditions on Africa’s wild coast mean that there is the possibility of rain during the rally. A lightweight waterproof suit serves a dual purpose, it keeps the rain out but also acts as an insulator against wind and cold. Suits are available as either one or two piece, which both have advantages over the other. The one piece is more watertight, whereas the two piece can be worn as separate items and is easier to put on.

BASIC FIRST AID KIT (ESSENTIAL)  To include a sufficient supply of any personal medication. Items that may be very useful include rehydration salt sachets, paracetamol, ibuprofen, antiseptic cream and sticking plasters.

ANTISEPTIC ALCOHOL-BASED HANDWASH (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
SUN BLOCK (ESSENTIAL)  
A high factor is strongly recommended.
ROLL MAT 
SLEEPING BAG – CHECK WITH ORGANISERS
SUNGLASSES
MOSQUITO REPELLENT
TORCH
WASH BAG
TOWEL

SCARF / BANDANA (TO PROTECT NECK)
FLEECE / PULLOVER
TRAINERS OR SANDALS
T-SHIRTS
CASUAL TROUSERS
SWIMWEAR
EAR PLUGS
 To protect against snoring room mates! 

So… they know about my snoring then!

 

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