Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight .5 Review
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There are times when a medical kit is recommended and there are times where a medical kit is required. I recently ran the Gore-Tex Trans Rockies Run which is a 6 day stage race through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. For the race, it was required that runners carry a few things, one of them being a small medical kit. The reason for this is because we were averaging 20 miles of trail running a day and we had many steep ascents and descents to overcome.
Since trail running can be a dangerous sport, I found it appropriate for runners to carry a medical kit. On every stage of the run, there were people that had fallen and received big and small cuts and bruises. Another common injury was blisters on the feet, something that can be detrimental for a runner since they are on their feet for a long time.
When I found out I needed a medical kit, I knew that I liked my old ultra light medical kit by AMK and that a smaller version would be appropriate for the run. That said, I had a .5 medical kit shipped to me for my race. I used the .5 because it didn’t take up too much room in my compact running pack, but it had most of the supplies I would need if something were to happen on my run. Luckily for me, I didn’t have any falls and I was able to escape with no blisters. I was definitely in the minority. One of the features I like with Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight med kits is that the casing is super light and flexible. This way, I could shove it in my running pack without taking a lot of room or adding a lot of weight.
The .5 medical kit is meant for a one or two day excursion for 1 or 2 people. That said, I would not recommend using this for an extended trip unless you are able to restock on supplies along the way if needed. This is ideal for longer trail runs, hikes, and overnight backpacking trips. The kit includes; bandages, molskin, tweezers, products used to clean a wound, and a few common medications such as aspirin and Ibuprofen.
And while I didn’t have to use this medical kit on my journey, I was glad to have the peace of mind in case something did happen. For more information on the ultralight medical kits and other med kits by Adventure Medical Kits, please visit www.rei.com.