A Complete Guide on What to Wear to a Tough Mudder

You’ve signed up, been training hard, and are ready to tackle the course. You’ve arranged your last supper and crafted the perfect pre-event breakfast trifecta of carbs, protein, and fat - but what’re you supposed to wear? An old t-shirt? The beat up sneaks that have seen better days? Read on to find out exactly what gear will get you through 10 miles of mud and sweat.

Trail Running Shoes

The foundation of event day gear is a good pair of kicks. There are enough epic obstacles on the course – your footwear shouldn’t be one of them. Our Official Footwear Partner, Merrell, created the exclusive Tough Mudder All Out Crush 2 as a versatile trail runner shoe built with 4 specific needs of Mudders in mind.

Protection: More Cushioning and protection for varied terrains and long distances
Traction: Superior traction on muddy terrain. Improved grip on smooth surfaces
Drainage: Excellent drainage to keep your feet light
Washability: Clean easily for your next adventure

Shop the exclusive Tough Mudder All Out Crush 2 for men and women.

Apparel That’ll Help You Crush Every Obstacle


You’re going to want a top that is form-fitting, quick-drying and breathable. While loose, cotton tops are comfortable, once they’re dripping wet they’ll weigh you down - not to mention you’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a cold blanket if the temperature is less than favorable.

For even more protection, check out short sleeve and long sleeve Tough Mudder compression tops.


Show up on the course in something that dries quickly, offers protection and stretches to increase your full range of motion, like a lightweight pair of tights or shorts.

Step Up Your Sock Game

It’s all in the details. No one enjoys running with gnarly blisters, so step up your sock game with a pair that features anti-friction and quick dry technology to keep your feet feeling fresh no matter how many miles you’re logging. Check out these men’s and women’s styles.

Avoid Dehydration

The course is littered with hydration stations, but a hydration pack is a great way to carry water with you while you’re training or on event day.

Head Gear 101

Running with a hat isn’t a necessity but wearing one could make the difference between squinting through 10 miles of mud, and soaking in the epic vistas throughout the course. The lightweight and breathable Flexfit Hat makes for the perfect shield, rain or shine. Toss it to the side while completing water obstacles like Arctic Enema (no one wants to do that twice).

Gloves That’ll Help You Get a Grip

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - grip strength is key on a Tough Mudder course (read more on how to improve yours HERE). There’s nothing worse than getting halfway across Funky Monkey only to realize it’s not your strength that’s failing - it’s your slippery hands. Opting to wear gloves is a personal preference, but if you decide to give em a try, check out these men's and women's gloves for some extra traction.

Slather on the Sun Protection

To avoid a long-lasting farmer’s tan and/or annoying sunburn, pick a water-resistant sunscreen that'll stay on long after you emerge from the merky waters at King of the Swingers.