There is a scene in Forrest Gump where Forrest meets Lieutenant Dan for the first time in Vietnam, and Lieutenant Dan tells Forrest that the one item of G.I. gear that is the difference between life or death is socks. While the stakes aren’t quite as high in obstacle course racing, having the best socks for Spartan Race can really make or break your experience.
For some, the idea of running through the mud and hopping over walls is fun, but the idea of running through 13 miles of mud and “hopping” over 10 foot walls is a bit too much to take on (at least for now anyway). There are obstacle course race events like Tough Mudder that you really need steady and determined training to complete. The good news for those who aren’t ready for the ultra-serious events is that there is another batch of obstacle course races for beginners.
If you’re going into battle, you wouldn’t do so without the right equipment — ammo for your gun and something to protect your head are key for success on the battlefield. Likewise in Spartan Race, you need the right gear. Spartan Race shoes, Spartan Race gloves, and proper Spartan Race apparel are all important if you want to make it out alive (or at least with a medal and a smile at the end of it).
When you compete in a Spartan Race, you put your body through some things it isn’t used to doing. For instance, chances are you don’t have to climb a 30-foot A-frame wall at the office, nor would you have to carry a 70 pound bucket of rocks between your daughter’s soccer game and family dinner. With that said, it’s not uncommon to come across a few spartan race injuries that range from cramps and strains, to freak accidents that can be much more serious. In Spartan, much like in life, you can be as careful as can be, and something could still go wrong. All you can do is attack the course with confidence and caution, and you should set yourself up for success.
To be successful in OCR races like Tough Mudder, it starts from the ground up. To power yourself over obstacles, you need a strong base, and to have a strong base, you want to make sure you have the best shoes for obstacle races. Tough Mudder has some of the most epic conditions because there are some many obstacles that involve water. The last thing you want is to have your shoes holding you back. For that reason, we came up with our list of the five best tough mudder shoes, complete with links and our review of what makes them the best mud run shoes on the market. Because everyone’s preference is different (some like more traction, other like more comfort), we listed our top five brands and link to a few of their best shoes for you to choose from.
If you want to perform like a Spartan and scale Spartan Race obstacles like Ryan Atkins or Hunter McIntyre, you’ll want to look the part. Having the right Spartan Race apparel will give you the confidence to get out there and compete, and the right technical fabrics in your clothes will keep you light and dry. While there are plenty of choices you need to make from shoes and socks, to gloves and sleeves, one of the most overlooked pieces of clothing are shorts. Below, we review some of our top picks for best shorts for Spartan Race. We’ve field tested each of these and have given them all the OCR Insight stamp of approval to get you ready for your upcoming obstacle course r