Salomon S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra Review

Salomon recently reached out to us at ORM to see what shoes we would like to put to the test. When we did our Best Shoes for Obstacle Course Racing article a little while back this shoe was mentioned to us in comments, privately messaged, and emailed. After some careful consideration we decided on this shoe because it struck us possibly discovering a diamond in the rough. The Salomon S-Lab Sense 5 is a top of the line shoe that is built for performance and speed on the trail. Unfortunately some Read more [...]

Icebug Zeal RB9X 2 Preview

Here is the first look at the Icebug Zeal 2 RB9X® for 2016. The official name of this shoe is the Zeal 2 RB9X as opposed to last year's Zeal RB9X. They are commonly referred to by obstacle racers as Icebug Zeals or simply "Zeals". Icebug Zeal 2 Outsoles The RB9X class of Icebugs means the "outsoles" (the bottoms) are made of a rubber compound. As the OLX models come with rubber on the outsole plus carbide fixed studs. As you can see in the photo, these do not have the carbide studs. Icebug Read more [...]

Garmin Forerunner 235 Review

The Garmin 235 is the first of Garmin’s watches to introduce their own optical heart rate monitor rather than licensing Mio’s technology. After great success with the Garmin 235, they’ve now added a built in heart rate monitor the the FR635, Vivoactive HR, and Fenix3 HR. The updated technology now comes in a slimmer design and with improved accuracy to boot. Garmin 235 Features The Garmin 235 is for the most part just an upgraded version of the Garmin 225 (which was reviewed here). But Read more [...]

Reebok All-Terrain Thrill In-Depth Review

  Finding the right shoe is always a challenge. When obstacle racing first started there were a handful of go-to options available, a lot has changed since the early days. Now there are more options than we can often process. If you’re looking for a shoe with a little cushion, a lot of traction, and drainage, we’ve got a new one for you to try, the Reebok All-Terrain Thrill or AT Thrill, if you will. At the February Winter Agoge I was presented a pair of Reebok All Terrain Thrill, Read more [...]

Best Shoes For Obstacle Course Racing

We often get questions like: What are the best shoes for a Spartan Race?  What shoes are best for a Tough Mudder? What shoes are best for (insert almost any race name here)? At some point this is a question 99% of Obstacle Racers have asked. What we have done at ORM is round up the best shoes we have used, and other OCR Pro's have used, to give you a simple list of the top 5 Obstacle Racing Shoes from our experience. Reebok All-Terrain Super OR - This is a fresh new entry that will Read more [...]

Normatec Pulse Recovery System Review

It was a magical time of year with all of the holidays either happening or around the corner (December 2015). What better time to gift myself the updated compression recovery system from Normatec. Having previously owned the Normatec MVP and reviewed it here along with the other systems on the market, I was very excited to get my hands on a new version called the Normatec Pulse. It's kind of like every year or so when Apple comes out with a better iPhone and you can't wait for it. It's not Read more [...]