Obstacle Racing Essentials: Shoes

Races like the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are exploding in popularity. We asked two of the sport's top athletes about the gear that helps them get onto the podium.

Jul 3, 2012
Outside Magazine
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Inov-8 X-Talon 212    Photo: Courtesy of Inov-8

Call does his workouts in Vibram FiveFingers, but for actual racing, he goes a little more traditional track-and-field. "Train in training shoes, race in racing shoes," he says, noting that ultraminimalist shoes "are not built for speed." On the course, he wears Nike's Zoom Waffle Racer 8, a cross-country running shoe that weighs a scant six ounces and has just enough tread for running fast. Schlachter prefers aggressive minimalist shoes like the X-Talon 212 from Inov-8.  Whatever kicks you choose, both athletes recommend pairing them with lightweight, synthetic running socks, like Darn Tough's Coolmax 1/4 Sock Mesh model.

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