Running & Fastpacking links

In places as “far flung” as New Zealand, it can be hard to know what to get and where to get it from. The big box retailers never have what you really want. Here’s a list of pieces of gear that I love and some stores that have great staff and a great selection of gear.

Gear I'm currently enjoying


  • Topo Pursuit

Sleep system

  • Katabatic Flex 22 quilt
  • Nemo tensor regular sleeping pad
  • Macpac silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sea to summit aeros lightweight pillow

Packs (depending on trip and running vs hiking)

  • Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Set
  • Gossamer Gear Kumo Fast 36 
  • Ultimate Direction Fastpack 45
  • Aarn Featherlite 55


  • Toaks titanium 650ml pot
  • Soto windmaster stove

New Zealand

MD Outdoors

Online, Nelson, NZ
A neat Nelson, NZ based store. Focused on hiking and stocking brands like RAB, Nemo, Injinji. Super nice and helpful staff. 

Pack Gear Go

Online, Nelson, NZ
One of the only places in New Zealand that you can buy ultra light gear from US based cottage brands like Enlightened Equipement.

The Gear Shop

Online, Nelson, NZ
Another great retailer based in Nelson (the mecca that it is), stocking all sorts of useful gear. 

Further Faster

Online, Christchurch, NZ
Carries a wide range of gear including Montaine and Topo. Great supporters of trail running in New Zealand. 


Wildfire Sports

Online, Brisbane, Australia 
Great range of gear and usually excelent prices. Especially worth looking at them for trail shoes of all sorts. 


Garage Grown Gear

Online, USA
Huge selection of ultralight hiking gear from brands around the world. Fast and efficient shipping even to NZ.