Spartan Race Shoes to Try

Get the Gear You Need for a Great Spartan Race Day

Shoes are one of the most important items when it comes to obstacle racing and mud runs. Many people use an old pair of shoes for their first event run, but doing so could make race day a disaster. Consider investing in proper footwear prior to your first event. If you're a seasoned veteran, you may also want a new set of Spartan race shoes or sneakers for another type of race. Learn more about the shoe choices out there for Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)

Inov-8 X-Talon 190

Inov-8 X-Talon 190

This shoe is the original in the world of OCR (Inov-8 is pronounced innovate). This shoe started to show up at races in 2011 and has been a favorite each year among many of the racers. It cuts through mud very well.

 

Inov-8 X-Talon 200

Inov-8 X-talon 200
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The Inov-8 X-Talon 200 is the first shoe designed by Inov-8 especially for the obstacle racer and mud runner. This shoe was built on the popular X-Talon 190 platform but offers a wider toe box and more rugged design for the demands of an obstacle race. 

 

Inov-8 Trailroc 245

Inov-8 Trailroc 245

The Trailroc 245 (236 for women) is the most durable shoe for all conditions Inov-8 makes. It can handle all types of terrain and is becoming popular among many racers.

 

Inov-8 Roclite 295

Inov-8 Roclite 295

The Roclite offers more protection for those not ready for a minimal shoe. The women's version is the Roclite 268 both can tackle all sorts of terrain as well as longer distances. 

 

Icebug

Icebug is a company out of Sweden and new to the OCR market. This shoe is made for muddy trails as well as swim/running conditions which is one of its best features.

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This is one of the most aggressive Minimus models to date. Large, sticky rubber lugs grip the trail, REVlite cushioning delivers supreme comfort and Toe Protect™ helps fend off debris.  More »

Salomon Speedcross 3

The Salomon Speedcross has been a staple on trails for years. This was a natural transition over to the obstacle racing world. Many who need more support will find this shoe also offers the grip needed to climb through the mud.

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Salomon Fellraiser

This shoe was made for the mud and most extreme conditions. It dries quickly and is made to repel mud and grit. The lugs will ensure that grip is not a problem in any muddy condition.

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Reebok All Terrain Sprints

The Reebok series of OCR shoes are one of the only shoes on the market specifically made for Spartan races and OCR. These shoes offer drainage ports for mud and water and are quickly making a dent in the market.

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Reebok All Terrain Supers

The Reebok All-Terrain Super offers more protection for those looking to tackle the longer races. The Super was made especially for Spartan Race and was designed with the athlete in mind. Drainage ports are a key feature of this shoe as well as a durable outer sole. 

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How to Select Shoes for Obstacle Racing and Mud Runs

No matter which shoe you take to your events, the most important thing is that it works for you. Be sure to take time and make sure that you know exactly what you need for your next pair of OCR shoes.
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