Hoka One One Challenger ATR 2 Review

For years, I have been hearing about the love for Hokas by my ultra-running friends. I have to admit I was at first frightened by the whole "moon shoe" concept, but I later realized Hokas come in a few shapes and sizes. This meant there was a way for me to give them a try without going "Full (Hoka) Retard". It was suggested to me by my local Hoka rep that the Hoka One One Challenger ART 2 would be great for both road and trail. Hoka One One Challenger ATR 2 Features Tons of cushioning - Shock Read more [...]

Best Wetsuit For World’s Toughest Mudder

Editor's Note: We asked ORM contributor Keith Allen to answer some FAQ about the best options for wetsuits for World's Toughest Mudder. Keith completed 50 miles at the 2014 WTM, and 55 miles at the 2015 WTM (putting him in the top 12% of all males). Greetings! If you are reading this you are most likely interested in being a participant at World's Toughest Mudder. Congratulations! This is a big decision, but I've got some unfortunate news for you, if you thought the entry ticket was expensive, Read more [...]

Altra Golden Spike Review

Well known for their line of foot-shaped shoes with roomy toe boxes and a natural fit, Altra has become increasingly popular over the last few years, especially among ultra distance trail runners. Despite their growing popularity, they have yet to tap into the short distance market, let alone the world of obstacle racing. With the addition of the Altra Golden Spike to the lineup, that may change. While it's only their first shoe to cater to high speed racers, they did a fantastic job with it Read more [...]

Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Review

How does Suunto's Ambit3 Vertical compare to other premium watches like the Garmin Fenix 3? Ever since my review of the Garmin Fenix 3, I’ve been getting requests to do a review and comparison with the Suunto Ambit3. Well, I finally got my hands on their latest and greatest edition, the Ambit3 Vertical, or Ambit3V for short. Like pretty much every watch over $400, it boasts an incredible battery life and supreme durability, but Suunto claims this watch is a must have for high altitude enthusiasts Read more [...]

Salomon Speedtrak Review

  The Salomon Speedtrak is Salomon's latest entry into the trail and obstacle course racing shoe category. Back in the Fall of 2013, Salomon were eager to get their new deep lugged shoes into the hands of obstacle racers. So everyone (and their mom) got a pair Salomon Fellraisers to review. The feedback was very similar across the board. Great in the mud, but a little on the heavy side, and they don't drain. Oh, and like most Salomon's, they run a little narrow. Since then, Read more [...]

Parkour Strength Training – Book Review

Parkour Strength Training: Overcome Obstacles for Fun and Fitness  is a book about training to improve the muscles and skills commonly associated with parkour movements. What is a review of a book about parkour doing on a site about obstacle course racing? The outcome of the two endeavors is different, but it turns out there is plenty of overlap in the training. Agility and strength make a huge difference when trying to get through the obstacles at a race, from climbing over walls at a Spartan Read more [...]