The Ultimate Shoes to Pack for Tough Mudder
What Clothes Should You Pack for the Event?
During Tough Mudder or any other mud run you’re going to get wet, muddy and subsequently there’s a good chance you’re get cold even if it’s a pretty warm day. The temptation might be to add extra layers to combat this but the reality is that the more you wear the longer it will take for the items to dry and you’ll subsequently spend more time feeling cold.
The most practical and arguably best option for race day clothing is anything the is lightweight and quick-drying. Lycra is relatively good in that sense and so are compression tops.
If you’re running with a group who choose to turn up in cotton t-shirts you should seriously consider whether wearing one of these is the best option for you. As soon as you get a cotton T-shirt wet it will likely remain so for the duration of the event which in the case of Tough Mudder could be in excess of 3-4 hours.
Should I Pick Gloves For Tough Mudder?
Wearing gloves for Tough Mudder, Spartan Race or any other mud run is something of fierce debate. One one hand gloves will help to protect your hands but on the other hand they may not be able to cope with the conditions faced when the going gets muddy and wet.
If you’re looking at gloves for grip it’s best gel insoles for hiking boots to consider that you’ll rarely see one of the elite racers using gloves. Over time calluses are developed which help to grip the bars.
If you are considering gloves you’re going to need something that will provide grip on cold, wet metal for obstacles like Funky Monkey. One of the best gloves to offer grip in these circumstances is the Mad Grip Pro Palm which whilst originally made for workmen offers fantastic cross-over. Mad Grip even produce an official Tough Mudder glove.
Garden Refuse Sacks
A roll of garden refuse sacks are a must pack for Tough Mudder or any other mud run. Chances are that you’re going to finish your event caked in mud, wet and if you’re unfortunate with a few scars.
Heavy duty plastic bags will provide you a convenient place to store muddy kit and shoes while travelling home. Supermarket plastic bags can rip easily and allow the mud to seep into car seats or bags and leave a real mess.
Plastic bags are also great to sit on whilst driving or in car or bus to protect interiors.
A Couple of Lightweight Towels
If you want to clean off after your event you’re going to need to dry off too. A couple of towels gives you versatility and one can always be used to sit on for the way home too to protect car seats.
A Pair of Flip-Flops
If you’re going to shower off after your event there’s a good possibility you’ll be standing in dirty water from everyone else who’s had a shower. A simple pair Havianas style beach flip flops will raise your feet off the dirty floor whilst showering.
Money- And Plenty of it!
Did anyone tell you just how expensive it is to park up for a Tough Mudder or other Mud Run event. Entry is expensive but it doesn’t include such a luxury as parking. In the UK you’ll be expected to part with a clean, crisp £10 note before you can get your car into the local farmers field and at Spartan Race events you’ll be expected to part with at least £5 for something in reality should be part of what you pay for entry.