OCR gear

(* or any other ob­sta­cle course race)

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Get ready to tackle mud, freez­ing wa­ter and tough ob­sta­cles with con­fi­dence

Plan­ning on tack­ling an OCR in reg­u­lar run­ning clob­ber? It’s time to re­assess your wardrobe


Heavy cot­ton T-shirts will soak up wa­ter and weigh you down. A com­pres­sion top, on the other hand, will dry quickly and al­low your skin to breathe. The Un­der Ar­mour Heat­gear Short Sleeve Com­pres­sion Shirt is per­fect for warm-weather events, with stretch-mesh panels that pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion for your pits (£20, un­der­ar­mour.co.uk)


While by no means com­pul­sory, a re­li­able pair of gloves will help pro­tect your hands from splin­ters, blis­ters, rope burns and numb fin­gers, while also im­prov­ing your grip – mak­ing muddy mon­key bars far more straight­for­ward to nav­i­gate. Fit­stream’s Cal­is­then­ics Gloves fea­ture a sil­i­cone-en­hanced palm for max­i­mum trac­tion, as well as a mesh back to stop your hands get­ting sweaty when you run (£14, fit­stream.com)


Look for a shoe that com­bines a chunky, firm- grip­ping tread with a min­i­mal, light­weight up­per that’ll keep you up­right but won’t see you get bogged down when things get wet. The Asics Gel-Fu­ji­tra­buco has an anti­gravel tongue and a rock-pro­tec­tion plate to keep your foot pro­tected and de­bris out (£105, asics.com/gb/en-gb)


The less your foot moves around in­side your shoe, the smaller the like­li­hood of you de­vel­op­ing whop­ping great blis­ters. Pick a thin, skin-tight sock, ideally made with mois­ture-wick­ing fab­ric to keep your feet cool. The Snow+Rock Ap­proach sock has a mois­ture-wick­ing sole and is cut slightly higher to give greater an­kle pro­tec­tion (£9, snowan­drock.com)


A pair of good-qual­ity com­pres­sion shorts will main­tain con­trolled pres­sure on your up­per leg mus­cles, help­ing to in­crease blood flow and re­duce the risk of in­jury. The Salomon S-Lab Twin short of­fers com­pres­sion and flex­i­bil­ity, plus its light­weight outer layer will help you to avoid lunch­box­ing (£130, salomon.com/uk)

Down among the mud and the blood and the tears… with the right kit, you can sur­vive t h e m e a n e st o f O C R s

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