Western States 100 Gear Check

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 27, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM UTC

Kilian Jornet's Western States racing kit emphasized breathability to combat varying temperature changes.

A lot more than training goes into a successful run at the Western States 100.

There were some jokes that Kilian Jornet’s looser, darker outfit at this year’s Western States 100 was a disappointment to some of the admirers of his apparel choice from last year: an all-white skin-tight compression suit designed by his sponsor, Salomon.

At this year’s race he wore a much cooler prototype that emphasized breathability and featured some mystery “inserts” that, according to Salomon’s Global Outdoor Brand Manager, Jean-Yves Couput, “helped Kilian with the effort in the changing and hot temperatures of that race.”

The two-piece kit proved effective, as Jornet reported to have no problems dealing with the varying temperatures and accompanying dehydration he faced in finishing third at last year’s Western States race.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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