5 Essential Clothes and Gear for Tough Mudder

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One of the most incredible sport challenges you can take part of today is a Tough Mudder and Obstacle Course Races. This activity tests your ability to complete a 10-12 mile activity course filled with different activities meant to test your biggest fears and make your adrenaline rush like it never has before.

More than a half million people have competed in the event since 2010.

When you compete in the activity, there are many essential tools you need to keep yourself comfortable and safe during your event.

Gear for Tough Mudder

There are tons of options when it comes to clothes, shoes, socks, gear, and alike. Many have race day clothes, but what about training for your first tough mudder?

Below you see some possible solutions.

Obstacle Racing Shoes

Basic running shoes are heavier than minimalist running shoes and they also retain more water.

This means when you run through the muddy obstacles, not only will you have more water weight added to your feet, they will retain the water longer. The minimalist shoes are made of lighter material that is meant to not retain as much water.

Some consider the five finger shoes that have slots for each toe, to be their ideal shoe for Tough Mudder.

However, these shoes will allow mud to become absorbed into the toe area, which will inhibit your ability to run at full speed. If you are sure you want to try them, be ready to not be able to remove the mud from the toe slots.

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Want to know what shorts and shirts to wear for an obstacle course race? Nothing to it, you should consider your best option to be anything that is made of lighter materials that don’t absorb water. Just SAY NO TO BASKETBALL SHORTS!! Seriously, don’t be that guy, your ass will thank you after.

You may want to wear running shorts and dry-fit shirt. Again, be careful of basketball shorts because these shorts are not made to take on water and the muddier they get, the likelier they will continually fall – which will surely slow you down.

For girls, your best bet might be to compete with just a sports bra and running shorts. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to prevent the fact that mud will get inside your clothes.

It is going to be uncomfortable no matter what you are wearing, so you might as well wear the least amount of clothes as possible so you are not weighted down by the mud.

Mud Run Socks

One of the best pairs of socks you can use at the Tough Mudder competition would be the Darn Tough Micro Crew Mesh Ultra-Light 1700. While this may change over-time, having a solid pair of socks for tough mudder is what can make or break your race. You want to ensure your socks are tight and don’t absorb moisture.

These socks are made to protect your feet, keep them warm, and they are made to help eliminate any blisters from forming on your toes with its seamless knitting. This sock is made of Merino wool, nylon, and spandex, giving you the best feel for your long trek on the course.

Other Accessories

The one other accessory that people seem to be torn between are gloves.

Some feel that gloves are helpful to grip on the wet surfaces like the Berlin Wall or Funky Monkey, but in reality, these gloves are getting just as wet as the rest of your body during the event and as anyone who has ever worked in a machine shop or auto mechanic shop, wet gloves are difficult to grip with.