A day rolling about in the mud, clambering over obstacles and splashing into water is out of the ordinary for most people. So what on earth do you wear to a mud run like Tough Mudder? No stress Mudder-to-be we’ve got all of the information you need from the best kind of shoes that will get you up Everest to how to avoid any uncomfortable chafing (yes you read that right). So sit back, strap in and let’s get to it.
What Shoes Should I Wear to Tough Mudder?
Believe us when we say we’ve seen it all. From plimsoles to wellies and even the odd smart shoe, people can rock up on event day wearing all sorts. But if you want to crush the course and stay comfy at the same time all you need is an old pair of running trainers, or maybe some trail shoes if you’re feeling fancy. Old is really the key here. Whatever you wear will get covered in mud and will be difficult to rescue, so don’t wear anything you’d be sad to say goodbye to.
Ultimately, you want something that fits you well and that has good grip. But leave the cleats, studs and hiking boots at home – they’re a serious no-no when you’re climbing on other people.
What Clothing Should I Wear to Tough Mudder?
Again, we’ve seen some wild old outfits out on the course. We’re talking everything from giant fancy dress costumes to nothing but a mankini (enjoy that visual). For most participants though comfort is their top priority. We suggest leggings, shorts and t-shirts made from tight, moisture-wicking fabrics which won’t hold water or get snagged on barbed wire.
It’s important to check the weather before you decide on your event OOTD (that’s outfit of the day). Living in the UK means that although our events are primarily in the summer we experience all types of weather. You may want to bring extra layers if it’s set to be a cold day and if it’s going to be hot and sunny, yes it is possible, then sun cream and a hat are in order.
Top tip: Always bring a second set of warm, dry clothes in your bag because whatever the weather you’ll end up soaking wet and filthy.
Do I Need to Wear Gloves to Tough Mudder?
The age old debate. Some Mudder swear that gloves help them to swing across Funky Monkey like a…monkey. Others feel that they only get wet, dirty and in the way. What’s best for you? Only you can decide that.
How Can I Avoid Chafing?
It’s all glamour here in the mud. Yes chafing is possible once you’ve splashed through Block Ness Monster and run a few miles, but you can protect yourself. Firstly, leave the new kit at home, especially box-fresh trainers because they will rub and you will cry. Secondly, wear good, comfy socks like running socks, they won’t hold as much liquid. And thirdly, there are plenty of good anti-chafe lubricants available if you’re really worried.
Do I Need a Wetsuit for Tough Mudder?
Only if you’re taking on our overnight Endurance event Europe’s Toughest Mudder. Otherwise you’re gonna get real hot and sweaty in there.
What About Wearable Tech?
Running Tough Mudder isn’t about smashing a PB or burning calories. It’s about having a laugh with your team, trying something different and achieving something you thought you might not be able to. That being said, plenty of people don wearables and that’s cool too. Just be aware that as you climb, swing, slide and jump through the course if things aren’t strapped to you very tightly, you may lose them. Let’s just say that more GoPros have been lost to the mud than you’ve had hot dinners.
Do I Need to Wear My Headband to Tough Mudder?
Oh hey there legionnaire. Already got a Tough Mudder headband and thinking about bringing it to the event? Don’t do it. Or do it and know that it will get dirty, it will get wet and it will probably get lost. If you’re worried about how we’ll know which legoinnaire headband to give you, don’t. On arrival you’ll be asked if you’ve run Tough Mudder before and how many times, we’ll trust whatever you tell us and give you a wristband so you can collect the correct headband at the finish line.
Get your Tough Mudder wardrobe sorted with our Official Performance Apparel Partner Craft, they are on hand to solve all your performance wear needs, we’re talking shoes, base layers and technical bottoms. We would highly recommend duck taping your Craft shoes on, but we’ll leave that part up to you.