We love mud, obstacles, and mayhem just like you. Whether you’re an expert of first-timer, we’re happy to recommend the gear we’ve tested and found to be the best! Below are some of the gear and nutrition we choose for training and racing, with discounts for you to try for yourself!

If you’re looking for insight on what you should wear on race day and why, check out our Comprehensive OCR Gear Guide!
If you’re looking for equipment to buy (i.e. rigs, monkey bars, etc), check out our Equipment For Sale!

Got a question on any of these products or a suggestion for one we should add? Feel free to comment below or email [email protected] to submit your gear for testing and possible inclusion here.


Say hello to the best shirt you’ll ever buy. Seriously. (Actually, you might buy two*)

We’ve tested the heck out of the Hammer Strength Apparel’s Performance Series, and are extremely impressed with the results with both the loose-fit and compression tops* – that’s why we selected Hammer Strength Apparel as the official apparel partner of Mud Run Guide.

Race Day Compression: This form fitting tee acts as a comfortable base layer and can be worn by itself for racing, training, or everyday use.

Training Day Semi-Fit: The performance semi fit short sleeve will remove moisture like no other t-shirt you have ever worn. Utilizing bilayer Transpor® fabric technology, athletes can stay dry in even the most demanding conditions!

Use code MRG10 for 10% OFF at hammerstrengthapparel.com


NO SAFETY PINS. EVER. XRacewear is an athletic apparel company focused on racing events; marathon to mudrun. XRacewear apparel features the ultimate and only race bib protector pocket. Brett’s Note: Tested & Verified! Wicked comfortable tops & shorts for OCR’s and the bib stays put with NO safety pins needed!

Use code MUDRUNGUIDE for 10% OFF at xracewear.com


  • Tested by hundreds of elite obstacle course racers
  • Ideal compression strength for competitive racing
  • Protective backing for rope climbs and traverses
  • Over 250 5-star reviews online

The full length MudGear Compression Obstacle Race sock is a tribute to the nasty gashes suffered by OCR racers at the hands of long rope traverses and painful slides across rusty metal poles.  This is the only compression sock we know about that is built with a layer of padding on the lower leg and calf that protects from rope burn and other injuries.  We think they are simply the world’s best mud run socks.

Brett’s Note: I’ve been abusing my test pair of MudGear Compression socks for a few months now, and they keep coming back for more! Quick-drying and really comfy fit on the toes and forefoot make these socks my go-to for OCR’s and trail runs. TIP: I actually get mine a little wet before I put ’em on, they stretch easier and fit perfectly!

Save 10% using code MRGUIDE by clicking here!


From gloves to padded shin guards, arm sleeves to kneepads – Original WarriorPak was founded to provide obstacle course racers the gear they need to compete and complete any challenge! Designed & developed with all athletes in mind, WarriorPak also features bundle deals to get the gear for your next event at the best price possible, with a free bag to keep it all in!

Save 10% off Original WarriorPak gear with code mrg10


Icebug is all about traction. Extremely well-crafted shoes that just beg to be run hard on any conditions, the Acceleritas4 and Zeal (check our review) are suited for the most extreme terrain where traction is required (OCR anyone?) and the Mist RB9X are one of the most competent all-around shoes we’ve ever tested on & off the trail.

Can’t decide? We break down which model is right for each type of conditions you’ll find training and racing right here.

Use code MRG10, and click the following link, for 10% OFF Icebug at ocrgear.com


OCR Gear features a selection of hand-picked gear, perfect for the sport of Obstacle Course Racing. By only stocking a limited amount of inventory, we can focus on featuring only the best gear suited for OCR athletes. We ONLY sell products we believe in and use. Period.MRG Tested & Approved: Let’s be honest, as the premiere gear supplier in the sport of OCR, we’ve tested and continue to use a bunch of their stuff!

Use code MRG10, and click the following link, for 10% OFF at ocrgear.com




More Bullseyes = Less Burpees.  Grab a Dirt In Your Skirt Spear Kit (or a few) to get your Spartan Race spear throw practice at home! Each spear kit comes with everything you need to have your very own piece of Spartan lore from the original creator of the DIYS Spear kit, and get your training to spare yourself the humiliation 30 burpees at the spear throw!

Use code MRG for 10% OFF everything at shop.dirtinyourskirt.com


Ideal for changing sports clothing or wetsuits outdoors. The dryrobe® has a waterproof & windproof exterior shell fabric & a lining that dries you & keeps you warm. The design allows plenty of room to pull your arms in through the sleeves & get changed inside it. You can get in or out of your muddy, wet gear easily, while staying warm, dry & fully protected from the elements. Other features include, soft lined external pockets, large internal storage pocket & MP3 player pocket – Stay warm & dry in your dryrobe®!

Use code MRG2016DR for 10% OFF and FREE SHIPPING at dryrobeusa.com



One Body. One Goal. One Tool. Available in 4 weights (25#, 35#, 40# and 50#) Wreck Bags are the ultimate durable – yet flexible – weight for all sorts of training. Ruck with it, throw it, squats, clean & presses… you name it. Best of all, throw it (stomp, slam, whatever) and don’t worry about it breaking. There’s no sand in this “sand bag” – it’s filled with rubber pellets that never absorb water to end up heavier than they started. Extremely versatile tool for full-body functional training.

Save 5% OFF Wreck Bag w/code MRG5 at wreckbag.com


3 Ball Climbing are the guys behind OCR Warrior’s #skullvalley obstacle, custom-made “jug-style” climbing holds, and the most badass (and challenging) hanging skulls you’ve ever tried to swing from. Whether you’re a wannabe ninja or training grip strength, 3 Ball Climbing features all the best new & innovative stuff that’s incredibly well-built by a bunch of dudes who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about climbing.


Athletics8 helps fight off muscle cramps and reduce that “heavy” feeling in your muscles during your workout, so you can perform at a higher level. Athletics8 garments provides medical-grade compression that holds your muscles in the ideal position, movement after movement, improving the body’s circulatory system.

Learn More and get 15% OFF w/code MRG15 at athletics8.com

Muscle Ropes are the down and dirty, no BS, blood-sweat-and-tears approach to total fitness.
Whether you’re looking to slim down, bulk up, or be a first round draft pick, these first quality ropes are a great place to start. All you need is a Muscle Rope and a tree or a pole, and you’re ready to tear it up. Ditch the hi-tech equipment at the gym and get back to good old push/pull strength training.

Use code MUDRUN10 for 10% OFF at muscleropes.com

Storelli Body Shield incorporates proprietary, patent-pending technologies and sleek, intelligent design to better absorb impact; minimize and prevent abrasions, cuts and bruises; and take the pain out of the game to enhance performance and enjoyment.

Use code MRG15 for 15% OFF at storelli.com




Designed by Navy SEALs, Predator Warpaint is the most effective camo face paint, period. Once you put it on, it stays on. The high quality formula is water resistant, sweat resistant, non-migrating, and durable during high perspiration activities, like mud runs and obstacle courses. Made with SPF 50, Predator Warpaint also protects your skin from harmful UV rays.

Use discount code MRG10 for 10% off all Predator Warpaint merchandise


Finally an energy bar made specifically for the endurance athlete – focusing on sustained energy, clean digestibility, and quality of ingredients without sacrificing taste. All the grrr you need is right here!

Beard™ Bars are available in Dark Chocolate & Toasted Coconut and Toasted Almond Fruit & Honey.