The Best Obstacle Racing Gear for 2013

Before we dive into the gear, let's cover the dos and don'ts of race-day gear.

DON'T: Wear cotton. It rips easily and gets waterlogged.
DO: Opt for form-fitting synthetic materials like Under Armour's HeatGear compression shirts and shorts (from $25).

DON'T:Wear shoes with Gore-Tex. They keep water out, but they also keep it in.
DO: Run in minimalist trail shoes with aggressive tread and a low profile, like Inov-8's X-Talon 190s. ($120)

DON'T: Race with your glasses or a hat on or your keys in your pocket. You will lose them in the muck.
DO: Use gloves like Mad Grip Pro Palm ($10) to protect your hands and enhance your grip. Cut off the fingertips for quicker drainage.
(Inga Hendrickson)
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Dress for Success

Before we dive into the gear, let's cover the dos and don'ts of race-day gear.

DON'T: Wear cotton. It rips easily and gets waterlogged.
DO: Opt for form-fitting synthetic materials like Under Armour's HeatGear compression shirts and shorts (from $25).

DON'T:Wear shoes with Gore-Tex. They keep water out, but they also keep it in.
DO: Run in minimalist trail shoes with aggressive tread and a low profile, like Inov-8's X-Talon 190s. ($120)

DON'T: Race with your glasses or a hat on or your keys in your pocket. You will lose them in the muck.
DO: Use gloves like Mad Grip Pro Palm ($10) to protect your hands and enhance your grip. Cut off the fingertips for quicker drainage.

Under Armour Charged Cotton Storm Transit Full Zip hoodie. ($65)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Petzl Vector 11mm static rope. ($175)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight crew. ($115)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Sklz weighted vest ($90) and New Balance Minimus 20v3 shoes ($100).

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Hyperwear SandBell free weights ($8).

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(Inga Hendrickson)


New Balance Momentum shorts ($25).

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(Inga Hendrickson)

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