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  • Suggestion for shoes for Tough Mudder Race

    Hi all,

    I'm doing a Tough Mudder race in October this year. It's a 10 mile obstacle course through mud, water, and trails.

    I haven't tried Vibrams, but I'm not sure if those are the best shoe for this kind of race (maybe they are). I guess what I'm looking for is a good shoe for this kind of event -- let me know your thoughts.

    - Has to be able to drain water and mud
    - Should work fairly well wet
    - The tread should shed mud and muck

    If you all have any ideas, let me know.

    By the way . . . you all are an incredible site and community here.

  • #2
    my innov8 shoes were amazing in the mud through a wet UK winter. No idea if they're available over there..

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    • #3
      I did the Warrior Dash last year and used these cheap-o water shoes.
      I'll post the name when I get home.
      I hosed them off after the race & used them the rest of the summer. They are a meshy tenny kind of shoe with an elastic lacing. They have drain holes in the soles. For 20-25 bucks you can't beat 'em! I've been googling like mad to find them but can't at the moment

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      • #4
        My personal trainer and some clients did the race and I remembered this photo that they posted. So, looks like Vibrams might work.
        "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

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        • #5
          I did a Muddy Buddy race in Vibrams and worked well, I also trail run in Merrell Trail Glove shoes and I think they are even better as long as they fit well. I have run in Inov8 f195's and tried Inov8 190's, the 190's are very good in the mud...there is a new Inov8 model called the Baregrip that is even flatter with big time tread for mud...these are the best choices out there in a flatter kind of shoe.

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          • #6
            i ran tough mudder in austin in january. i wore vibram trek sports. they were great. i'll be wearing them for warrior dash both days this weekend. if you wear vibrams make sure they are the type with a strap so the mud doesn't eat them.

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            • #7
              Check out the Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200. I'd really like a pair of these myself for muddier/rougher terrain.

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              • #8
                I just ran the Rugged Maniac this past weekend and couldn't have been happier with the new trail version of the Minimus line from New Balance. They are by the far the greatest shoes I have ever owned for doing anything in. I own some vibrams and while I do love them, the minimus provides and ideal amount of protection and grip for mud races. My girlfriend wore her vibrams for the race and said they were way too slick on the bottom for the amount of mud you'll be dealing with. Just my two cents, I start training for the Tough Mudder in Oct. today and I can't wait!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nutritionator View Post
                  I just ran the Rugged Maniac this past weekend and couldn't have been happier with the new trail version of the Minimus line from New Balance. They are by the far the greatest shoes I have ever owned for doing anything in.
                  Agreed. I own and love these shoes as well. I question whether they'd provide enough traction for the Tough Mudder. They probably would. Something with deeper treads (like Inov-8's) might be better, I dunno. Then again, how many shoes can you really own.

                  +1. NB Trail Minimus are definitely incredible shoes.

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                  • #10
                    I ran the Warrior Dash in Florida this year in my VFF trek sports and they worked well.. no traction issues or anything... I had a friend run in KSOs and he was sliding a bit... I did almost lose one in a mud pit but I just slid the heel back on and kept going... the WD in IL in June I'm running and I'm planning on doing it barefoot. ...
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                    • #11
                      I don't love my vibrams for these types of courses, sand and what n ot gets inthrough the mesh - not fun. I bought a pair of super cheap sneakers with minimal arch support and no bells or whistles. $13 at payless I think. I use these exclusively for Jail Breaks, Mud Runs and Warrior Dashes (Warrior Dash NoTx on Sunday WOOT WOOT!).
                      Jillian
                      Strict Vegetarian going primal as of 3/2011. This is a tough row to hoe!

                      So far I am down:
                      • 6lbs
                      • 1% BMI
                      • 1" in my waist
                      • 2.5" at my belly button
                      • 1" in my hips

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                      • #12
                        *finally* I time to get on the computer & remembered to look on my shoes for the name...
                        Rocsocs! I've used them on rocky shorelines in Mexico, ran the Warrior Dash, & then I would wear them to work cooking in a restaurant (cooler in the summer in a hot kitchen)
                        here's the link: RocSoc Footwear | Water shoes and mesh aquatics shoes for water aerobics, pool, beach and more!
                        I got the "boys" size as those were wide enough to accomodate my bunions

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                        • #13
                          While I normally train in Nike Frees. I made the huge mistake of doing the Tough Mudder PA in April wearing my old, standard Asics running shoes. My thinking was that since I'd probably destroy them during the race, I didn't want to waste a good pair of shoes! Anyway, they were clunky and didn't have the grip I needed to run up a wet, muddy ski slope. Finished the race regardless and felt fine afterwards, but I took them off and threw them in the shoe pile and never looked back.

                          Like many others in this thread, I'm training with the New Balance Minimus trail and I am loving them. Extremely versatile and comfortable shoe.

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                          • #14
                            I should also mention, for the Five Finger enthusiasts, when I was doing the Mudder I saw a guy nearly lose a toe wearing a pair of standard Vibrams. It was absolutely disgusting.

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                            • #15
                              I just put my Vibrams through the wringer this weekend. Lots of scrambling, riverwalking, muddy climbing and they came out perfectly. I had good balance, excellent ground feel and I could cross a river anytime I wanted without worrying about feeling all gross on he other side. Bonus: no rocks in my shoes and no real internal mud issues.

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