What are the Best Mud Run Shoes?
In anticipation of Reebok’s partnership with the Spartan Race Series in early 2013, Reebok has been hard at work developing its first shoe with the Obstacle Course Racer in mind. The result is the ATV19. There are 19 wide lugs on the bottom which give the shoes optimal traction whether you are in a mud pit, on a slippery log or a rocky trail. As its name suggests, Reebok designed the shoe with an ATV in mind: knobby tires, a wide and stable base and plenty of shock absorption.
New Balance Minimus Trail Shoe
If you’re looking for a classic and solid shoe that performs exceptionally well during a mud run, without the bells and whistles, check out the New Balance Minimus Trail Shoe. This shoe is the most popular with Mud Running HQ visitors for its value and its fantastic reviews.
As you probably already know, race designers enjoy planning races to include some of the most intense terrain available at the venue. Trail running shoes give you the support and traction you need, but some shoes are quite heavy and can be quite a burden when they get wet and muddy. The Minimus gives enough support, but it is lighter than other trail running shoes and has plenty of mesh so that it is breathable even when it gets caked with mud.
Vibram Five Fingers:
Vibram Five Finger KomodoSport aren’t for everyone, but if you haven’t given them a try, a mud run might just be reason enough to see if you can reap the benefits of minimalist running. Many obstacle course racers like Vibram Five Fingers because they give your feet and toes a little bit more agility, which can be very helpful when it comes to maneuvering over certain obstacles such as wall climbs. Plus Vibrams are light, will not fall off in mud pits, they don’t carry a lot of mud along, and are easier to clean than other running shoes. If you go this route, make sure to break them in before race day.
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