2018 USAOCR National Championships Coming to San Diego in December

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2018 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF OBSTACLE COURSE RACING COMING TO SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO, CA, July 3rd – USA Obstacle Course Racing (USAOCR) is excited to announce the 2018 US National Championships of Obstacle Course Racing from December 1-2. It will be held at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, an Official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site.
This race is open to the public with athletes of all backgrounds and experiences invited to participate in the Elite Men’s and Women’s, Age Group, Open or Para-Athlete Divisions.

Qualifying athletes who have competed at an elite level at popular OCR branded events such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Savage Race and the like will be invited to compete in the elite divisions of each event. The event will feature both a Standard Distance (6-9 miles, 18+ obstacles) and an International Distance (3-4 miles, 12+ obstacles) race open to all participants. The event will also include a spectator friendly, Track Distance race (1200 meter, 3-lap, 10+ obstacle course) only open to the Elites athletes.

We are excited to invite world-class obstacle and multi-sport athletes to compete in our national championship. Our partnership with the City of Chula Vista and the Elite Athlete Training Center is a perfect fit exposing our athletes to an official US Olympic Training site and the realm of future opportunities in this emerging sport.” States Jamie Monroe, Vice Chair of USA Obstacle Course Racing and event organizer.

The top 5 athletes in the elite division races will become members of Team USA and will have the opportunity to represent the United States in International Obstacle Course Racing Championship events in 2019.

This event is hosted by USAOCR- the National Governing Body for obstacle sports, disciplines and events in the United States of America. This race helps USA Obstacle Course Racing meet requirements specified by World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) to qualify athletes for future international competitions and to meet World OCR requirements as specified by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

OCR’s explosive growth has resulted in elite divisions and athletes traveling extensively to obstacle events across the country. This event represents our second US National Championships and has been under development for over a year. Our championship events are designed to showcase and honor the sport and its athletes” stated USAOCR executive director and Olympian Rob Stull.

Athletes can register at http://usaocrchamps.org or for more information please email info@usaocrchamps.org. General admission tickets will also be available for spectators to cheer on their athletes throughout the weekend at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.

About USAOCR
USA Obstacle Course Racing (USAOCR) is the National Governing Body for obstacle sports, disciplines and events in the United States of America. A member-based nonprofit that exists to represent the needs of the sport through athlete member representation and engagement whose mission is to promote Obstacle Course Racing and its related sports and disciplines throughout the United States, to lead the sport of OCR, and meet governance requirements as specified by the United States Olympic Committee and World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles. For more information visit https://usaocr.org/.

About Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVTC), a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, covers 155 acres of state-of-the-art sports venues for training, competition, and events. It originally opened in 1995 as a U.S. Olympic Training Center, a gift to the United States Olympic Committee from the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation. In 2017, ownership of the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center was transferred to the City of Chula Vista and the facility is now operated by Elite Athlete Services. For more information, visit https://trainatchulavista.com/.

Contact at USA Obstacle Course Racing:
• Jamie Monroe- Vice Chair- Jamie.Monroe@usaocr.org

Tough Mudder Bootcamp Studio Opening In Massachusetts

 

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TOUGH MUDDER BOOTCAMP TO CELEBRATE FLAGSHIP STUDIO GRAND OPENING

IN BURLINGTON ON SATURDAY, JUNE 2

 

 

Burlington, Mass., May 30, 2018 – In a milestone moment for the leading sports, active lifestyle and media brand, Tough Mudder Inc. is proud to announce the grand opening of Tough Mudder Bootcamp, a high-intensity functional fitness training studio designed to challenge and train all fitness levels. The flagship workout studio in Burlington’s Crossroads Plaza (34 Cambridge Street) will open to the public on Saturday, June 2 and offer free 45-minute and 20-minute full-body team workouts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day-long celebration will be packed with free and fun-filled activities including unique and challenging workout classes, live entertainment, food and refreshments for the entire family. Among the special elements of the Grand Opening celebration:

  • 45-minute fitness workout classes (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • 20-minute mini-group fitness workout classes (12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tough Mudder Bootcamp studio tours (all day)
  • A shot Tough Mudder’s signature Human Hamster Wheel obstacle, which tests upper body strength as they attempt to ring the bell on top of a giant wheel
  • Prize packages and Tough Mudder Boston event tickets. The first 200 guests at the Grand Opening to receive giveaways including Gift Bags, protein bars and workout beverages, tours and chances to win $130 Merrell Gift Cards
  • Guests can save up to 60% on memberships. Attendees who purchase a membership at the event will receive Burlington Bootcamp founding member T-shirts.
  • Commemorative ribbon cutting featuring Tough Mudder CEO/Founder Will Dean, Tough Mudder Bootcamp President Catrin Bowtell, Burlington Bootcamp Franchise Owner Henry Pott and Tough Mudder Bootcamp Creative Director Eric “ERock” Botsford.

 

Tough Mudder Bootcamp 45-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) training classes – priced as low as $10 – are built around four fitness pillars: Strength, Power, Agility, and Endurance. Each of the six unique classes is teamwork-based and leverage Tough Mudder’s proprietary technology platform to deliver highly effective, fun, motivational, customizable and safe workouts – regardless of fitness level. Plus, there are new workouts added daily, keeping classes fresh, diverse and challenging.

 

The studio’s smaller, intimate footprint (2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.) will act as a “community center” to motivate members to achieve their goals through realistic benchmarks and other Tough Mudder events. Based on the Tough Mudder company mission that centers on teamwork, camaraderie, courage, personal accomplishment and fun, Tough Mudder Bootcamp focuses on team-oriented training and community as it increases accountability and enjoyment.

 

“I am thrilled that Burlington will be home to the founding Tough Mudder Bootcamp and be on the cutting edge of this new fitness studio offering. We are eager to help so many in our community reach their fitness goals – no matter their athletic ability,” said Tough Mudder Bootcamp Burlington Owner, Henry Pott. “The Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, June 2 will offer folks of all ages the opportunity to experience how teamwork can make fitness so much more fun. Tough Mudder Bootcamp is all about uniting the current ‘Mudder Tribe’ while providing a supportive environment to newest members. This dynamic fitness challenge will be the buzz of the community.”

 

To register for a free one-week trial membership, please contact founderspack@toughmudder.com today through Friday, June 8. Additionally, a limited quantity of Founding Membership deals will be offered on-site at the event and by visiting here.

 

For the latest Tough Mudder Bootcamp Burlington information, follow the studio on Facebook and on Instagram.

 

Tough Mudder Bootcamp Burlington Grand Opening Schedule

Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 A.M.                    Doors open, and guests can try Tough Mudder’s world-class obstacle, Human Hamster Wheel. The first 200 will receive free Tough Mudder Gift Bags, protein bars and workout beverages, behind-the-scenes studio tours and chances to win $130 Merrell Gift Cards.

11 A.M.                    First free full 45-minute workout class begins. Participants are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the class to ensure spots.

 12 P.M.                    Commemorative ribbon cutting featuring Tough Mudder CEO/Founder Will Dean, Tough Mudder Bootcamp President Cathrin Bowtell, Burlington Bootcamp Franchise Owner Henry Pott and Tough Mudder Bootcamp Creative Director Eric “ERock” Botsford.

 12:30 P.M.               Mini-workout class providing the best elements of a full class conducted by Tough Mudder Bootcamp creative director and certified trainer “ERock.”

 1 P.M.                      Second free full 45-minute class.

 2:30 P.M.                 Second mini-workout class.

 3 P.M.                      Third free full 45-minute workout class.

 4 P.M.                      Event concludes, and prizes/giveaways distributed.

 

Tough Mudder Bootcamp:

Tough Mudder Bootcamp is the new brand expansion into the fitness studio sector by Tough Mudder, Inc., the leading sports, active lifestyle and media brand. Established in 2016, Tough Mudder Bootcamp is a 45-minute HIIT class that delivers a teamwork-oriented, full-body workout that is fun, customizable – to challenge all fitness levels – and highly motivating and social.  Six unique class types are all designed around the fitness pillars of Strength, Power, Agility and Endurance.  Workouts change every day.  Most importantly, all workouts are done working together with other Bootcamp goers – in partner teams, in groups or as a full class.  Workouts are run using Tough Mudder Bootcamp’s proprietary technology platform. Based on the Tough Mudder Mission that centers on teamwork, camaraderie, courage, personal accomplishment and fun, Tough Mudder Bootcamp focuses on team training and community as it increases accountability and enjoyment. A small footprint (2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.), each Bootcamp class will act as a “community center” to motivate members to achieve their fitness goals through realistic benchmarks and Tough Mudder events.

 

Media ContactAngela Alfano; Angela.Alfano@ToughMudder.com

Spartan Announces 2018 Team World Championship Obstacle Race

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Spartan Announces 2018 Team World Championship Obstacle Race with New Format, Qualifying Events and Expanded Field    
Teams from more than 20 Countries will Journey to the Spartan World Championship in North Lake Tahoe to Represent Their Nations; Qualifying Events Open to Racers of All Skill Levels

BOSTON, MA (May 21, 2018) – The 2018 Spartan Team World Championship returns to the mountains of North Lake Tahoe September 30, 2018. The event will see some of the best athletes in the world unite to form country specific teams of three, representing more than 20 nations as part of the Spartan World Championship Weekend, the premier event of the 2018 Obstacle Racing (OCR) season. This year’s team race features new qualifying standards, gender-specific teams and a larger field competing on a “Spartan Super” race course featuring more than eight-miles of terrain with 25 to 30 signature obstacles along with challenges specifically designed for the format.

“The display of athleticism, comradery and pure grit exemplified in the inaugural Spartan Team World Championship created an exciting competition that resonated with racers and fans across the globe.” said Spartan Vice President of Product David James Watson. “Bringing the event to the next level, we’ve expanded the format to create even more competition as the best athletes in OCR join together and descend on Tahoe to honor their nations.”

The inaugural Team World Championship saw co-ed teams of three representing more than 20 countries dominate the terrain at Squaw Valley, with Team USA, Czech Republic and Canada taking the podium spots. Upping the ante and following the spirit of Olympic-style competition, the 2018 event will feature gender-specific teams of three, who have earned a spot on the course at one of 16+ global qualifying events. The fastest three teams of each gender, from each country competing in qualifying events will earn the right to represent their country in Tahoe. With up to three male and three female teams from each nation eligible for the main event, the field will be larger than ever before.

The qualifying event for the U.S. National teams takes place in Utah July 29 during the U.S. National Series race weekend, Mexico’s plays out August 18 over its National Championship race weekend in Mexico City and Canada will offer three opportunities August 12 in Calgary, August 26 in Quebec City and September 9 in Duntroon, Ontario. While intense competition will unfold among elite racers at the team qualifying events, athletes of all abilities are invited to form teams and participate to put their skills to the test. For a complete list of qualifying events and to register visit Spartan.com.

The 2018 Team World Championship and qualifying events are part of Spartan’s Global Championship Series, which feature events on five continents – where National Series lead to Regional Championship events that qualify racers for the World Championship. To qualify for regional championships, competitors must place top 10 in any regular season or National Series event. To qualify for the World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, racers must finish top 10 in a National Series event or a Regional Championship.

The 2018 Spartan World Championship returns to North Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev., Sept. 29-30, drawing some of the world’s best endurance athletes to the rugged mountains of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows—host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The World Championship attracts qualifiers from more than 50 countries to stake their claim on more than $125,000 in prize money.

The Team World Championship and World Championship races will stream live exclusively on Facebook Watch via the Spartan Race LIVE Page.

Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles such as the Spear Throw, Bucket Brigade and Barbed Wire Crawl.

About Spartan 
Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Spartan World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Fine, 781.248.3963, jonathanf@spartan.com

Spartan Partners with Caterpy Laces – “Official Shoelace of Spartan”

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Caterpy Laces, the world’s top-selling no tie shoelaces, has entered a partnership with Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand, to become the “Official Shoelace of Spartan U.S.” This non-traditional shoelace will allow Spartan athletes’ to race through unpredictable terrain while tackling signature obstacles, without having to worry about losing a shoe or stopping to re-tie.

Popular among runners and triathletes, Caterpy Laces versatility will translate to the OCR, helping to improve the performance of Spartan athletes. The no tie laces allow athletes to customize the desired tension on their shoes, allowing for better circulation and mobility.

The drive and determination of OCR athletes have inspired Caterpy to create a lifestyle that will help athletes reach their fullest potential. As part of the partnership, Caterpy Laces is creating exclusive products including the “Caterpy Spartan” and “Caterpy Spartan Trifecta” edition laces. The special edition laces will be made with functionality, quality, and design in mind. and are scheduled to launch in selected stores, Spartan.com, CaterpyLaces.com and at select U.S. Spartan events in the summer of 2018.

About Caterpy Laces

Caterpy Laces are the world’s top-selling no tie shoelaces. They use elastic bump technology to hold customized tension throughout all eyelets. Invented in Japan by a marathon runner, Caterpy Laces strives to solve all shoelace issues. These issues range from the inconsistency of tension throughout the shoe, lack of adaptivity for different foot shapes and inconvenience of tying laces. Often times, people think foot pains develop from an improper shoe, when it may be from improper laces.

About Spartan Race, Inc

Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Spartan Race World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Spartan Race Launches Irish Debut

 

‘NOVICE HURDLERS’ SET TO SPRING SURPRISE ON PUNCHESTOWN GRANDSTANDERS

 


One of world’s biggest sporting series, Spartan Race, launches Irish debut

Dublin racecourse forecast: Going will be ‘Soft to Very Muddy’ 
Spartan Sprint welcomes all newcomers: Sunday, 27 May 2018

 

 Grandstand crowds at Punchestown Racecourse, the home of Irish National Hunt Racing, may rub their eyes in disbelief when ‘novice hurdlers’ romp home up the final furlong this spring.

Organisers announced today the famous Co. Kildare course, 18 miles south of Dublin, is to stage one extra thrilling day’s racing in May – but cheering spectators won’t spot a single horse or jockey in the parade ring.

Instead, only TWO-legged, human runners will feature on the racecard, with the special day’s adrenaline-fuelled sport being hosted by the world’s leading Obstacle Course Racing company, Spartan Race. Now staging races in over 30 countries, the company is proudly making its debut in Ireland this year.

The use of riding crops will be strictly forbidden, and the going will officially be declared ‘Soft to Very Muddy’ as Punchestown’s equestrian fences are swapped for even tougher cross-country challenges. Runners will have to wade through muddy bogs, scale slippery, 7-foot ramps, clamber up 25-foot-high cargo nets, lug 10kg sandbags up steep hills, climb 15-foot ropes, crawl under barbed wire on their tummies, then leap a ‘fire jump’ finale over blazing logs as their Grandstand finish.

Nobody needs to be a thoroughbred to take part though, as the ‘Spartan Sprint’ on Sunday, May 27 is an ‘entry-level’ race suitable for beginners and all levels of fitness. The Sprint, Spartan Race’s shortest event, 5km+ (3 miles) and 20+ obstacles, is a firm favourite with both new and experienced racers. Spartan hosts 250 races worldwide attracting more than 5 million runners in under 10 years, and the fixture at Punchestown, near the county town of Naas, is expected to draw participants and family spectators from across Ireland.

With Dublin now one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations, organisers also expect the event to draw a wider international audience, with other sporting enthusiasts flying in from across Europe and the US.

Spartan Race Regional Director Sean Meehan, (now available for interview), who lives in County Fermanagh and helped plan the Punchestown event, said: “Like the horses before them, our racers will discover a fast, exciting racecourse that’s both challenging and diverse – plus water, mud, forest and rolling hills. Runners will head off cross-country, then return to a rousing Grandstand finish up the famous Punchestown final furlong.

“Spartan is the world’s biggest endurance brand and we’re thrilled that our debut Irish event will open up a new market for Ireland, locally hosting obstacle course racing, which is now also the fastest-growing participation sport in the world. The timing of our Ireland race is perfect as it fits the current trend towards fitness, wellbeing and adventure sports. There’s a boom in adventure sports in Ireland, particularly along the West Coast, with trail running, kayaking and mountain biking. I hope they’ll all welcome Spartan with open arms.

 

“More than 1 million participants in over 30 countries ran a Spartan Race in 2017, and absolutely anybody can do one – people of all shapes and all sizes. There is no prior fitness required: you will get to the finish line.”

 

Meehan, an endurance athlete who helps stage Spartan races across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, added: “We also attract elite athletes, but beginners receive lots of helping hands and assistance on the course. The atmosphere and camaraderie are awesome. Crossing the fire jump in front of the famous Punchestown Grandstand, receiving your Spartan medal round your neck, and enjoying the buzz from the festival, will create a very special day out for racers and spectators alike.”

Obstacle course racing is now a worldwide craze, attracting millions of runners and keep-fit enthusiasts, including 5km and 10km racers, half marathoners and marathoners seeking a fresh challenge. Contrary to the misconception that the sport is dominated by testosterone-fuelled men, 40 per cent of Spartan Race runners are women. Obstacles are always kept top secret on race day on purpose to surprise racers. Failure to complete an obstacle incurs a compulsory set of 30 ‘burpees’, or squat-thrusts, meted out irrespective of gender.

A packed Spartan Race 2018 programme of 30 UK races will run until October – a fixture calendar increased by a record 50 per cent from 2017, reflecting booming British interest in the sport (now one of the UK’s fastest-growing). This year, around 30,000+ people are expected to run Spartan Races, which are named after the fearless Ancient Greek warriors. Punchestown has hosted major music festivals in the past, welcoming bands such as Kings of Leon, R.E.M., The Killers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but has never before hosted a Spartan Race.

There are three main types of Spartan Races, a Sprint (5km+), a Super (12km+) and a Beast (22km+). An average racer takes around 2 hours 40 minutes to complete a Sprint. Some elite racers can manage it in 40 minutes.

Spartan Race will also be hosting a Spartan Kids race at Punchestown. One of a record 11 Spartan events scheduled for junior competitors this year, it is open to children aged 4-13. They run a 1.5km course and youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian onsite.

To register for the Dublin event visit http://bit.ly/2DvIJv3

SPARTAN RACE SCHEDULE 2018: SPARTAN SPRINTS (5KM+ / 3 MILES; 20+ OBSTACLES)

Spartan Sprint South-east – Sunday, 8 April: St Clere, London Road (A20), Wrotham, Kent TN15 7NS

Spartan Sprint Dublin – Sunday, 27 May: Punchestown Racecourse, near Naas, Dublin, County Kildare

Spartan Sprint South-west – Sunday, 24 June: Aston Down, Aston Down Airfield, Gloucestershire GL6 8HR

Spartan Sprint Midlands – Sunday, 15 July: Marston Lodge, Marston Trussell, Market Harborough, Northamptonshire LE16 9TT

Spartan Sprint Scotland – Sunday, 16 September: Kinnoull Hill & Deuchny Woods, South Inch, Perth PH2 8AX

Spartan Sprint Windsor – Sunday, 7 October: Rapley Farm, Bracknell Road, Bagshot, Berkshire GU19 5PN

 

For full details of all UK Spartan Race events in 2018, visit www.spartanrace.uk

Follow Spartan Race UK on social media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SpartanRaceUK or https://www.facebook.com/SpartanRaceIreland/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanraceuk

Twitter: @spartanraceuk

Topo Athletic Hydroventure Review – Waterproof Shoes for Trail and OCR

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We recently got in touch with Topo Athletics to review the Top Athletic Hydroventure shoes. They were rated Gear of the Year by National Geographic Adventure, so we needed to find out if they lived up to the hype! 

They certainly live up to their waterproof claim, as discovered on some wet and muddy trails as winter turned into spring in Georgia! They are also, without a doubt, the lightest pair of trail shoes I’ve had the pleasure of beating to death on Kennesaw Mountain. While more geared toward trail running than OCR, these would certainly be great for certain courses that don’t require the deep lugs.

Topo Hydroventure Features

The Topo Hydroventures boast not only their lightweight waterproof membranes but also a full-length, flexible rock plate to prevent stone bruising. This is extremely important since you expect a shoe that protects your soles from stone-bruising to also be heavy laden. Thankfully, this is not the case with the Hydroventures. I found myself feeling that these were simultaneously delicate (so lightweight and comfortable) and unyielding. It’s much rarer to find applicable shoe reviews geared toward women, so when I found these shoes, I knew I needed to let all of our female readers know about these powerhouse shoes!

Other notable features are:

  • The Roomy Toe Box: These are noticeably boxier and wider in the toe box than other trail and OCR shoes like the All Out Crushes or Reebok All Terrains. This allows for your feet to freely form their proper strike position during a run.
  • Lug Rubber Outsole: The high-traction outsoles made the transition from sand to gravel to thick mud to puddles seamless with the design that allows the shoe to release the “crud” you would normally pick up from the trail which weighs down the shoes.

Topo Hydroventure Usage

I used the Hydroventures on some pretty technical trails around Georgia. The hills and mountains, covered in mud, sand, and rocks, provided a well-rounded picture of how these shoes hold up on various terrain. They also made their OCR debut during the Atlanta Warrior Dash!

I really enjoyed running in these due to their low drop. While they aren’t zero drop, they do have a low, 3 mm heel to toe drop which is important to me, and many other runners who prefer as minimal of a shoe as possible, while still being protective. The Hydroventures also have the lower stack height of Topo’s other trail shoes and is the only women’s trail shoe from Topo with a full-length rock plate.

These have taken a beating for weeks, being the only shoes I want to wear on the trails due to their extreme comfort. While they are the lowest cushioned of the Topo trail shoes, I can’t imagine needing any more cushion or support than the Hydroventures give. I would wear these around town if I wasn’t worried about wearing down the soles on concrete!

I didn’t have to “break them in” by doing those weird things we all do to break in trail shoes – wearing wet socks or bending them back and forth for hours. They felt extremely comfortable right out of the box, slipped on over thin, synthetic ankle running socks, and taken immediately out to the trails. I found them extremely flexible, and it was easy to forget I was wearing brand new shoes at all.

Topo Hydroventure Durability

Once I’m no longer carrying this extra weight in the front (I’m now far enough along in pregnancy to be front-heavy), I’ll be taking these on the bigger OCR courses to see how they do at races like Spartan, Savage, and Tough Mudder.

I have no doubts about the future durability of the Hydroventures, however, due to how well they’ve held up thus far through my long runs on technical terrain. They’ve already gone about 50 miles and still look brand new, in spite of all that I’ve put them through. Even the laces are holding up well compared to other trail shoes I’ve run in! The uppers feel very durable, and not thin like many of the other shoes on the market, with the waterproof coating helping to seal the durability of the upper material.

Topo Hydroventure Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Roomy toe box
  • Comfort and cushion
  • Mud-release outsole lugs
  • Low heel to toe drop (3 mm)
  • Waterproof
  • Fit true to size
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • I could do with more color options!
  • They could be a little more flexible from left to right, straight out of the box, but that will get better as they loosen up during continued use.
  • If only they had deeper lugs to make these the perfectly rounded OCR shoe – allowing for better grip on obstacles!
  • The drainage could be improved, for when you really need to submerge – they are very waterproof, but there are sometimes when the water is just going to get in the shoe, and the drainage took a little longer than I preferred.

 

Topo Hydroventure  Verdict

I will definitely be looking into more Topo shoes and if these ever happen to burn out on me, they will be replaced immediately. I would recommend these to the runners who spend most of their time training and running on trails over recommending using them for obstacle races. The Topo Hydroventures could certainly hold their own on some of the courses I’ve run in past seasons but are more suited for trail running.

The waterproof feature is also going to be appealing to other runners in wet climates such as the northwestern U.S. and our readers across the pond who put in hundreds of miles in the rainy climate of the U.K.

Should you add Topo Hydroventure to your collection of trail shoes? Without a doubt! You will find these to be lightweight, comfortable, and durable, nearly all that we can ask for from a trail/OCR shoe.



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