Tough Mudder Gear – The Best Gear for Obstacle Races

Clothes Tough Mudder Obstacle Runs

Overview

  1. Tough Mudder gear – What are the most important features?
  2. The right Tough Mudder shirts
  3. The right Tough Mudder shorts
  4. The right Tough Mudder underwear
  5. The right Tough Mudder running socks
  6. Conclusion

1. Tough Mudder gear – What are the most important features?

Aside from the right shoes, you’ll need proper running gear for Tough Mudder.

Otherwise, you could be in real trouble at Arctic Enema 2.0 and other water obstacles!

But what are proper clothes?

If we buy Tough Mudder gear, our decision is based on the following five criterias.

5 Tips for your perfect Tough Mudder gear

Tough Mudder running gear features

  1. Tough Mudder clothes should transport water away from your skin, and dry as fast as possible.
  2. Your running gear should ideally fit tightly. Otherwise, it’ll soak up too much water and mud.
  3. Clothes for Tough Mudder should be made from breathable material.
  4. The running gear should be sturdy and easy to clean so you can use it for many more obstacle races.
  5. At the end of the day we all want to look good. So you shouldn't look like a bum if you wear your gear 😉

By now we conquered many Tough Mudders, and by following these five rules, we weren't disappointed.

Aside from these general points, we wrote down a few tips on how to choose the right shirt, shorts and socks in the sections below.

In our Mudder Stuff section, you can find links to products you can trust. This will shorten your search tremendously.

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2. The right Tough Mudder shirts

If you want to feel as less mud as possible on your skin, and avoid little scratches at all cost, we strongly recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt!

But don't be surprised if you sweat like a pig if it's a really warm day 😉

However, if you're no sissy, you should definitely base your decision on the temperature.

On a warm day (15 °C and above) we recommend wearing a tank top or a short-sleeve shirt. Those will dry the quickest, and they are very comfortable – you’ll hardly feel them. After washing the shirt, it’ll be as good as new.

Should the weather gods have a bad day and you have to run when it’s below 15 °C and/or rainy, then you should go with a long sleeve shirt that will keep your body warm.

You can find proper shirts for men and women in the sections below.

Tough Mudder Gear for Men

Tough Mudder Gear for Women

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3. The right Tough Mudder shorts

In moderate to warm temperatures, we recommend wearing shorts. They provide more comfort, and long pants would be too warm. Some Mudders prefer to wear shorts that are a little longer and protect the knees.

If you have to run your Tough Mudder in cold weather, long pants might be an alternative, too. The cold is an enemy you mustn’t underestimate, and you should prevent your body from hypothermia.

Of course, you should wear functional clothing, not something people wear in Siberia 😉

You can find proper pants for men and women in the sections below.

Tough Mudder Gear for Men

Tough Mudder Gear for Women

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4. The right Tough Mudder underwear

Now to a point many fail to consider: What good can your quick-drying running shorts do, if you’re wearing cotton underwear? Not much! There are definitely more pleasant things than wet underwear…

We recommend wearing bathing trunks or a bikini bottom underneath your running equipment. In combination with your running shorts, long modern bathing shorts will scratch heavily.

Therefore, we recommend staying with the tight old-fashioned version – nobody will notice anyway 😉

Women should remember to wear a sports bra that suits the criteria we mentioned in the beginning of this article.

As always, you can find a selection of proper underwear for men and women in the sections below.

Tough Mudder Gear for Men

Tough Mudder Gear for Women

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5. The right Tough Mudder running socks

When running 12 miles, don’t cheap out on running socks.

A triathlete told us to wear two pairs of socks to prevent blisters and use the created friction to automatically dry the socks faster. We can’t tell you for sure whether it actually helped or not, but it didn’t hurt 😉

Try both options during your preparation phase and go with the one you like most.

Whether you should pick long or short socks depends on your personal preference. Even though long socks increase blood flow, most runners wear short socks.

You can find a selection of good socks in our Mudder Stuff section.

Mudder Stuff Shoes, Running Socks & Gloves

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6. Conclusion

Hopefully, this article helped you to find the right running gear for Tough Mudder.

If you have any questions, want to tell us your opinion, or disagree with us on something – why don’t you write us an email? We’d be happy to hear from you!

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