What pack are you opting for now? I am about to buy mine and I am unsure what to go for.
Sorry for the late reply. Works kept me from the site for a while.
I use S-LAB ADV SKIN HYDRO 5 SET – http://www.salomon.com/uk/product/s-lab-adv-skin-hydro-5-set.html
Its a great pack. Light, yet big enough to carry all I need for an ultra. Can’t fault it at all to be honest. Definately one to look at. I got mine from Chain reaction Cycles in the sale for about £90, down from £140 – bargain
Would you recommend using this bag for man vs lake?
Absolutely, I’ve used that bag on ultras for 18 months now and its great. You can put it on and forget about it. It’s very comfortable and you can carry all your kit.
Is it vital that you have trail running shoes rather than purely running shoes and do you have any advice for an amateur runner on where to start looking for these?
Yes you need trail running shoes rather than road shoes. The climb up Snowdon is tough and the descent is pretty tricky too so you need that extra grip and stability that you get from trail shoes. You could do it in road shoes but I really wouldn’t recommend it.
Its a route for a trail shoes rather than a full on fell shoe so you need something like Scott Kinabalu Enduro, The North Face Ultra Trail Endurance, Brooks Cascadia or New Balance Leadville 1210’s would be ideal.
Have you got any running shops close to you where you can go and try them on as fit is a very personal thing?