The trend in OCR is bigger obstacles, more technical terrain, and most notably, longer distances. Spartan Race and OCRWC have recently launched 24 hour races, and Tough Mudder already features races like Toughest Mudder and World’s Toughest Mudder, which feature 8 and 24 hour time-focused races. Whether you’re exploring new and longer distances, or you just need something to keep you hydrated and free from cramping on the course, it helps to have the best hydration pack for OCR.
Pro Tip: when running an OCR event like Spartan Race or Tough Mudder, wear a good watch that is designed to take a beating. There are a lot of reasons you would want to have this little bit of technology on you while you’re conquering Spartan Race obstacles, or dashing toward the finish line at your local mud run. Watches are “must-have” items for anyone who trains with a watch, and wants to keep an eye on things like heart rate, pace, and elevation change.
Anyone who runs OCR races or Spartan Races knows that every race is different and requires different shoes and apparel. Flat races on summer days call for light treaded shoes and lightweight shorts and tops. Mountain races like the Spartan Beast at Killington, Vermont require studded Spartan Race shoes and something to protect your arms and legs.
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.
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).
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.