Here’s are our recommendations for obstacle racing kit based on experience and where possible tried and tested..
Worth investing in good quality as you will be wearing a top layer and less likely to snag or rip them. No guarantees! Plus you need good insulation in open water.
|Cold weather & open water
||Tribord Neo sleeveless 0.5mm TOP. This sleeveless vest with 0.5mm neoprene is designed for surfers & boarders and is perfect for cold weather events and in particular when you are submerged in open water throughout the year. It protects your chest and vital organs from the cold weather. It is a compression top but fine to run in. Just make sure your race event training includes testing it out.Tested at Tough Guy, Spartan Race Beast|
|Mild Weather||Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe T-Shirt. I have been using Helly Hansen base layers for years. Top quality, durable, fast wicking, warm and good fitting. Not compression but slim fitting recommended for good insulation.|
|Mild Weather||Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe Crew. I have been using Helly Hansen base layers for years. Top quality, durable, fast wicking, warm and good fitting. Not compression but slim fitting recommended for good insulation.|
||Tribord Thermal Shorts. These really add extra warmth. Do not feel heavy when wet. Neither did they rub!Tested at Tough Guy, Spartan Race Beast|
|Mild Weather & Summer
||2XU PWX Compression Baselayer Shorts. Do not feel heavy when wet. Neither did they rub!Tested at Tough Guy, Spartan Race Beast, Tough Mudder|
|Cold Weather, Mild Weather & Summer||2XU Calf protectors. These are really good to protect your calves from rope burns and cuts and bruising. Tested at Tough Guy, Spartan Race Beast, Nuts Challenge.|
|Cold Weather, Mild Weather & Summer||2XU Arm Warmers. For Obstacle Course racing you need to protect your arms from cuts, bruises and sharp objects. These are a bit more expensive then regular arm warmers but they are really tops and don not snag when tested.Tested at Tough Guy.|
|Cold Weather & leg protection||Karrimor Running Tights. For Obstacle Course racing you need to protect your legs from cuts, bruises and sharp objects. Just to say leg warmers/compressors are unlikely to stay up so running tights are much better. These are low budget but durable. Didn’t snag at when tested. Nice snug fitting. Not worth investing in too much as they could be a throw away item if lots of catches on obstacle course.Tested at Tough Guy.|
||Race Shorts – Coach Michael only uses kit that has been tried and tested by TEAM Wild Forest Gym to make sure it is fully functional. The shorts are totally robust, hard wearing, light weight and do not retain water/mud. Perfect race and training shorts second to none. We only use the best! £29.99. To purchase click here.|
||Nike Dri Fit t-shirt. Been using Nike Dri-Fit for years seem very durable and don’t smell. Good fast wicking and doesn’t feel like you are carrying water when you get submerged.|
Footwear & Accessories
||Inov-8 Racing Shoes are what the elite race in. You have amazing grip, and due to their natural running design you have great flexibility in the sole and better contact and feel. For the summer we recommend the Trail Roc & Roc Lite range for more compacted ground, where as the X-Talon, Mudclaw and Bare Grip ranges are more suitable for the winter when the ground is less compacted. NOTE – As the heal to toe ratio is lower you need to transition into them. Tested at Spartan Race Beast and Nuts Challenge.
For a more budget shoe check out the Karrimor Range.
||If you feel you need to wear gloves during the warmer months for grip then choose a fingerless glove which does not have leather or nubuck/suede palms as grip is compromised when wet and muddy.
Tribord Neoprene Gloves. These thermal gloves are a lifesaver for winter racing. Tested at Tough Guy, Spartan Race Beast.
|Cold Water||Speedo Swim Hat. It does the job of keeping your brain and ears warm when submerged.Tested at Tough Guy.|
|In the Dark
||Petzl Head Torches. Vital for night events. These are really good well made, durable range. Been using forever. Make sure you have a good lumens (brightness) level about 40 lumens and possibly much higher if Obstacle Course or night trails. My personal recommendation is the Petzl MYO RXP HeadtorchTested at Spartan Race Beast.|
||GU Gels. Our favourite flavour is Jet Blackberry which has caffeine. Very palatable and does the job. Plus they are compact in size.Tested at Tough Guy, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race Beast.|
||Karrimor Arm Pouches Perfect solution for carry gels and swimming hat. You can comfortably get 3-4 GU gels in each pouch. Or you can wear one on each arm over the bicep.Tested at Spartan Race Beast, Tough Guy, Tough Mudder.|
Wash your kit 2-3 times in the washing machine does the job using Method Fresh Air Liquid Laundry Detergent. For items that are handwashable might be best to use hand wash mode in washing machine, but check product suitability first. FOr hand wash use Ecover Natural Detergent.