Best Running Shoes Tough Mudder in 2021
ASICS Men's Frequent Trail Running Shoes, Carbon/Red Alert, 9.5
Merrell All Out Crush Tough Mudder Women's Trail Running Shoes - SS17-7 - Black
- Synthetic Upper - Lightweight and comfortable.
- Drainage Ports - Prevents puddles from occurring within the shoe.
- Abrasion-Resistant TPU Film - Provides lightweight protection.
- Protective Toe Cap - Added to provide that bit of protection whilst attempting the bigger obstacles.
- Reflective Detailing - Provides enhanced visibility.
ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe, Indigo Blue/Black/Energy Green, 11 Medium US
- Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
- Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
- Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
- Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
- AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.
Inov-8 Mens Roclite 300 | Trail Running Shoes | Perfect Entry Shoe for Runners Seeking Comfort & Protection | Blue/Yellow M11.5/ W13
- Sticky rubber provides optimal grip on all trail conditions.
- 8mm drop and more cushioning, allowing you to go further.
- Highly breathable lightweight upper delivers protection, comfort and durability.
- Lightweight, flexible rock plate provides increased comfort with underfoot impact protection.
- ✅ Size note: The shoes come up a 3 on our fit scale (1 narrow - 5 wide)
Inov-8 Unisex X-Talon 200 | Super Lightweight OCR Trail Running Shoe | Wide Fit | Perfect for Mud and Obstacle Races | Red/Black M4.5/ W6
- Aggressive 8mm sticky rubber studs deliver ultimate traction across soft muddy terrain
- Super lightweight flexible design, allows the shoe to move naturally with the foot
- Rubber toe bumper protects obstacles, whilst rubber outsole delivers traction and durability on rope climbs
- 3mm heel to toe drop and EVA midsole delivers superb comfort without compromising on ground feel
- ✅ Size note: The shoes come up a 4 on our fit scale (1 narrow - 5 wide)
Merrell Men's Trail Glove 4 Runner, Molten Lava, 11 M US
- Mesh & TPU upper. Vegan friendly
- Trailprotect pad for underfoot protection
- Breathable mesh lining, Vibram TC5 outsole
- Insole: 3mm, 3mm lugs
- Stack heel or toe height is 0.45 inch. Trail protect pad offers underfoot protection
Merrell Women's Trail Glove 4 Hiking Shoe, Persian Red, 10
Inov-8 Mens X-Talon 255 - Wide OCR Trail Running Shoes Blue Green
- ➤ WIDE TOE BOX - A roomy toe box accommodates wider feet and allows space for the toes to move when turning sharply and stopping suddenly.
- ➤ STICKY GRIP - Aggressive 8mm studs claw through soft muddy terrain to provide solid grip when climbing over obstacles, mud hills and running downhill.
- ➤ QUICK DRAINING - Constructed from lightweight, non water absorbing materials allows any water taken on board to be expelled quickly. The perfect shoe for wet and muddy, Spartan and Tough Mudder races.
- ➤ HIGHLY DURABLE - Highly durable upper made from hard wearing ballistic nylon, with TPU overlays and a rubber printed rand over the forefoot delivers additional protection.
- ➤ SIZE NOTE - The shoes come up a 4 on our fit scale (1 narrow - 5 wide).
Salomon Women's XR Mission Trail Running Shoe (8 B(M) US, Magnent/Black/Purple)
- Colorful mesh upper for breathability and visibility
- Quick-lace vamp for secure fit
- Padded collar for comfort
- Gripping outsole for traction
Inov-8 Womens X-Talon 230 - Lightweight OCR Trail Running Shoes - for Spartan, Obstacle Races and Mud Run - Grey/Teal 7 W US
- ➤ STICKY GRIP - The industry leading outsole rubber compound is softer and stickier than previous outsoles. Combined with the classic 8mm lugs, the shoe delivers better traction than its predecessor over both wet and dry underfoot conditions.
- ➤ NARROW FIT - A grade 1 precision fit holds the foot securely without being super narrow, whilst allowing some room for toe splay.
- ➤ ADDED PROTECTION - A flexible rock plate sits between the outsole and midsole of the shoe, providing enhanced underfoot protection against rocks and other obstacles.
- ➤ LIGHTWEIGHT - The flexible upper materials, protective rand and gusseted tongue are all non water absorbing, meaning the shoe remains at its light weight best.
- ➤ SIZE NOTE - The shoes come up a 1 on our fit scale (1 narrow - 5 wide).
Ski Walking to Total Fitness
Incorporating ski walking poles to your daily fitness routine will increase calories burned by 40%, add to your upper body strength, and have a positive effect on your other sports activities.
I was a runner for many years (and even a co-owner of Michigan Runner Magazine) so I know all about the benefits of running. Many years ago an injury unrelated to the sport forced me to give up running. I continued to ski, golf, and bike but until a few years ago something was missing in my overall fitness program. Nothing could quite replace running.
Then I discovered ski walking. Pete Edwards and I had been friends for a long time. I was the editor of Michigan Skier Magazine and Pete was involved in the ski industry as one of Michigan 's top ski coaches. He clued me in to a new company he had formed, SkiWalking.com, and a new product he was promoting - fitness poles.
We connected at a ski walking clinic Pete held and I was hooked after the first hundred feet. Upon getting a few minutes of coaching from Pete, I could already see how my approach to walking had changed in terms of posture and tempo. I could only imagine, at that point, what the cardio-vascular and strength training benefits would be.
You can find all the factual information about the benefits of ski walking at skiwalking.com, but let me tell you what I've found.
First of all, the stats tell you that you burn 40% more calories walking with fitness poles than you do walking without them. I've found this to be absolutely true, maybe even a low estimate. The fact is that when you use the poles you generate a walking tempo that is just naturally faster than usual. I think this is because a properly-fitted pole forces you to stand more upright and that leads to a lengthened stride. Add in the fact that moving your arms in a rhythmical conjunction with your stride leads to a more uniform gait and you naturally have better form.
I coached football for many years at Cadillac High School . We had our players practice what we called "form running" every day. Basically, we'd have them pay attention to stride, arm movement, and consistency in their forward path. They say you can't teach speed, but we actually did. Players who ran with the correct form just naturally moved faster.
The same is true when you walk with fitness poles. A consistent tempo in a straight line means you go faster and hence have a better workout.
The second point of emphasis, that works hand-in-hand with tempo, is posture. Walking with poles of the proper length makes you stand upright with your shoulders back. Your balance is enhanced because you're centered as you walk.
I've attended clinics where Pete has had elderly seniors and even Parkinson's patients "see the light" after a few minutes using poles. People who have been walking bent over canes and walkers are suddenly upright with four points of balance and the result is amazing. Seeing this makes you realize how important proper posture can be.
While my tempo and posture improved dramatically with fitness poles, I wasn't expecting a third benefit - upper body strength. Now, no one will accuse me of having a weight lifter's body, but my overall body tone has been affected by the use of my poles.
Think about it. If you walk an hour using fitness walking poles your arms/shoulders/abs get a tremendous repetitive workout. This does not happen when you're biking or when you walk without poles. Of course, the assumption is that there will be an obvious training correlation to cross country skiing and there is. When winter comes around poling on an XC trail is easier.
However, I was amazed at the impact using fitness poles had on my golf game. Imagine how many times you "swing" poles during a one-hour walk. For me, the upshot has been that I'm no longer tired on the back nine because I'm used to the repetition of "swinging." I'm also convinced that the better upper body toning has increased my hitting distances by 10-15 yards for every club.
With all of this said, it's pretty obvious that I'm a fan of ski walking and fitness poles. In our little town of Cadillac , I'm happy to report that dozens of people have taken the hint and we now have a dedicated crew of ski walkers. It's great fun to see groups of people walking with poles.
Now, here are some suggestions if you want to experience ski walking. The number one thing you want to do is get a top quality pole that is properly fitted. Do not (I repeat - do not) get snookered into buying some cheapo pole at a big box store. If you want to enjoy ski walking then you need poles that are properly balanced and are the right length. If you walk any distance at all, good poles make a huge difference.
I've encountered people trying to get collapsible poles to stay locked; I've seen people struggle with poles that are so unbalanced they actually shudder when planted; I've even seen a guy who stuck tennis balls on the ends of downhill ski poles in an attempt to save a few bucks. Take my advice and get good poles.
I have two pairs of ski walking poles from SkiWalking.com. I have a set of the SWIX Nordic Walking VIP poles which are the best selling poles in the U.S. I also have a set of the EXEL Urban Skier Nordic Walking poles. Both are the specific length suited to me, have specially designed hand straps, and come with rubber tips for walking on pavement or hard surfaces. They are light, perfectly balanced, and a joy to use.
Now, my wife and I walk with our poles year-round. We find fitness walking is a good option when we're not skiing. If you do this my advice is to augment your walking gear with a pair of ice spikes. You can find these online at places like campmor.com and at outdoors stores (look in the ice fishing department). These stretch along the bottom of your running shoes. Get the kind with tungsten spikes, not the ones with springs on the bottom. Take the rubber tips off your poles and you have a rock solid combination - poles that bite into ice and snow and spikes that prevent slipping. (We just put the spikes on an older set of running shoes and leave them on all winter.)
Ski Walking with fitness poles has become a way of life for me. I never head out on a walk without them. Support a Michigan business by visiting www.skiwalking.com or calling 877-SKIWALKING (754-9255) for more information, testimonials, lessons, and a selection of the finest ski walking poles.