X4 – EQUIPMENT

Mandatory Gear

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The mandatory gear list below is the MINIMUM required while racing. Please adapt what you carry according to the conditions. Even though the event is run at the height of summer, athletes should be aware that snow, wind and rain are possible at any time in the high mountains. If in doubt, check out the gallery of images at the 2017 event! Food, drink and other supplies are deliberately excluded from the Equipment list as they are best left to individual athletes to decide. However, it is worth pointing out that teams should prepare for providing all their own food and water throughout the event. There may be some supplies at the Transition Areas but nothing should be expected during a stage – meaning all fluid and food requirements should be carried. Off the kayak sections, there is very little water available on the run and bike stages so plan with that in mind. 

Mandatory equipment, including bikes, will be checked and signed off at race registration on Friday the 18th of January. Teams are not required to bring their paddles to gear check. All equipment must be in excellent working condition, show no visible signs of excessive wear and tear and be correctly sized for the competitor. Note that the equipment below indicates what is required for each stage. If you are part of a team doing X4 and have no intention of completing a bike stage, there is no need for you to bring a bike. Only those out on the course require the mandatory gear. However, it is worth keeping in mind that you may be required to ‘sub’ in for someone else so a few spare pieces of equipment might be a good idea.

X4 competitors should note that the organisers will transport their two bikes to the barge for the Day 1 start. No drop offs at Camp Creek are permitted due to a lack of parking space and road safety. 

Athletes are not permitted to alter, cut or adapt any race collateral provided by the organisers – for example, do not cut down bike numbers, do not stick sponsor stickers on kayaks, etc. 

Two very important things to remember;

1) Your race bib must be worn as your outermost garment at all times. Please remember to wear your backpack and PFD UNDER your race bib. Teams must remember to hand over the bib to the pair taking on the next stage. 

2) You must remember to carry your YB Tracker at all times. It is your responsibility to move it between the different stages – do not forget it! Teams must remember to hand over the YB Tracker the pair taking on the next stage.  

GEAR
DESCRIPTION
MUST BE CARRIED
BRING TO GEAR CHECK?
Race bib
Provided by organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
YB Tracker (1 per team)
Provided by organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Backpack
At least 1.5L capacity
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Waterproof jacket
Seam sealed and durable material
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Waterproof pants
Seam sealed and durable material
Stage 5, 6
Thermal/merino long sleeve top
Must have insulating properties
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Thermal/merino long pant bottoms
Must have insulating properties
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mobile phone (full charge at start)
Spark network has best coverage
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Survival bag
Foil/silver bag, no foil blankets
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
First aid kit
- Crepe bandage 1.5m x 5cm
- Strapping tape 5m x 2cm
- Band Aid strips (various sizes) x10
- Triangular bandage + 2 safety pins
- Small scissors
- Wound dressing 20cm x 20cm
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mountain bike
Will be safety checked at registration
Stage 1, 5
Bike helmet
Must meet AS/NZS 2063 standard
Stage 1, 5
White water helmet
Water specific, no bike helmets
Stage 4
Buoyancy aid/PFD
Secure fit, minimum 55N buoyancy
Stage 3, 4
Paddle
Double blade
Stage 3, 4
Extra Buoyancy aid/PFD
For barge crossing only
Stage 1
Kayak (1x double or 2x single for team)
A double or two single kayaks suitable for the ability of the kayakers. Teams are responsible for transporting kayaks around the course. See notes below
Stage 3
Spray skirt
Tight fighting and appropriate for kayaks used with no signs of excessive wear and tear
Stage 3
Inflatable canoe
2 person provided by organisers
Stage 4

Notes to Mandatory Gear

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The mandatory gear list is focused on your survival should you get into difficulties. It is not about comfort. It is YOUR responsibility to add extra clothes and supplies if the weather or your expected times on the course require it.

With this in mind, bike spares and tools are not a mandatory requirement. However, we recommend that all teams carry items to fix a puncture, mend a broken chain and perform any fixes required between Stages 1 & 5. There will be no assistance on the course to deal with ‘mechanicals’. 

The YB Tracker and Survival Bag must be carried in the Buoyancy aid/PFD on kayak/canoe Stages 3 and 4. If you capsize and get separated from your kayak/canoe, they will only be available if you are carrying them on your person. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you transfer the tracker and survival bag to your backpack or team mates when you change from kayak to bike on Day 2.  

Teams may use a double or two single kayaks and should use designs appropriate for their ability. Lake Wanaka can get quite rough when the wind blows and teams should keep safety at the forefront of their minds when choosing boats. Any type of kayak is permitted on Stage 3 except waveriders and inflatables. Pods are not allowed on kayaks. All kayaks must have pillars and two commercially manufactured floatation/air bags or extensive sealed compartments that are drainable. X4 teams are reminded that they are responsible for transporting their double or two singles around the Red Bull Defiance course and should have racks as appropriate.

Please keep in mind water temperatures, especially in sit on top or surf ski style kayaks. We highly recommend warming clothing or outerwear for use on the inflatable canoes for Stage 4.