Dry Rub : Car Seat Covers for Athletes

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When you come to Obstacle Races, you always come by driving your huge vehicle that is built specifically for adventure. It’s lifted, which is awesome, but not needed because races almost always have these really fancy parking lots that barely get your car dirty at all. Races are also one of the best places out there for cleanliness- every race spends so much time and energy into building these glorious showers. The showers are built in a way where the ground doesn’t re-muddy up your feet or shoes when you’re done. The water is always warm, and of course, you’re always able to get completely clean the first time.

If you couldn’t tell, that entire paragraph was sarcastic. This is BARELY the case.

If you’re anything like me, you straight up dread the drive to races. I drive a Corolla, which, for those of you who aren’t familiar with cars, this car is pretty low to the ground. I always get stuck in the grassy lots. My car looks like a total disaster, and it makes me cringe. I feel like after I run, not only do I need to clean myself extensively, but my car too.

Of course, let’s talk about the actual race, too. In some races, the directors HOPE to get you as muddy as possible. Sometimes they don’t, and it still takes about 5 showers for you to feel normal again. Most races provide showers, but the water is usually freezing, and often just over more grass, so you’re just hosing yourself off in another mud puddle. Basically, the world’s least effective showering system. You can rinse off a hundred times over and still not feel great. Then you’re wet, and freezing too.

So, you get back to your car in the muddy lot. Since you may still be wet, you’re completely covered in grass again…sigh…

Once you’re there, you look at your seat cover. You remember what it used to look like when the car was still new while you put down your handy-dandy car seat towel, and hope for the best. When you get home, you remove said towel in sheer agony because you can see a big spot where your butt has been sitting, and your car is still wet. Not to mention, you may need to consider throwing away the towel.

My friends, these days are over.

Summary/ Purpose

I’d like to introduce to you Dry-Rub, a car seat cover for athletes.

I had the pleasure of talking with one of their employees throughout the duration of my purchase, and might I begin by saying that this person (whose name I don’t know) was very pleasant and easy to work with. I received quick responses that were polite and reasonable.

Might I start off my product review by saying, this product totally makes sense. Towels aren’t thick enough to do the job. They fall over, even if you tie them. Then, they get stinky and gross. So, the fact that someone has created a product specifically to deal with our muddy butts, well, to you, I say thank you.

Product Features

Dry Rub is sold in a few different colors: red, blue, grey, and pink. I got the “mild” version, which covers the seat, the back of the seat, and the head rest. It does not cover around the foot area, but some of the upgraded versions do. I was really surprised with how quickly the product shipped to my house. It was on my door step two days after I had discussed the order with them. It shipped neatly in a box, labeled dry rub.

The box itself comes with a little handle, and it’s very light weight and easy to transport. Inside the box cover is another box that opens easily. Inside of that is a list of directions to help show you how to put the product on your carseat, and a drawstring bag with the dry rub inside of it.

The head rest of the seat cover in cinched, so it stays on comfortably and doesn’t wiggle. The back of my seat was completely covered, and the bottom is patted for extra support.

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Product Usage

I recently did the Green Beret Challenge XII, and decided to test this product after this event. What would be the point of testing a product that claims it can keep your car clean while you are also clean? So, after the event, I went straight to my car. No shower, nothing. We had been swimming in a pond a lot before I got in the car, too. I had about a 45 minute drive to my next location.

I was really excited when I removed this and found no butt stain on my car! The picture below was taken immediately after I took this seat off. Granted, the seat was stained before from said “OCR butt.”

I have used this product when I train also. I do a lot of trail running and you just never know what you are going to find on your way home. You especially don’t want to find things while you’re driving. It’s something that I can use on a day-to-day training basis when I don’t have time to shower in between doing the fitness and doing real life.

Another thing? No smell. When I got up, there were a few things of grass that stuck to the cover, but I was able to just brush them off. No problem. It was awesome.

Pros/Cons

Pros: It’s light weight, easy to transport, doesn’t smell, and can save my car from whatever swim, mud, or sweat stains I bring to it. It also comes in a variety of side colors so you can still be unique. The extra padding on the bottom is extra efficient for making sure that your butt covers the seat. Ships fast, and customer service is pretty great.

Cons: It’s not as attractive as you would hope it would be, and if you buy the “mild” model, below the seat isn’t covered.

Conclusion

Thoughts? I like this product.  The biggest thing was the model that I had did not also have the portion that covered up the lower part of the seat. But, Dry Rub has already made improvements on this model available. If you’re looking to purchase, I would go ahead and get the Medium or more upgraded versions. But, a definite recommend for people who are looking to get out of the towel method.

 

 



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Top 5 Shoes For Obstacle Racing – 2018

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 Rugged Maniac, Warrior Dash (or 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. Here they are, not in order of one to five but, just the top 5.

 

Hoka One One Evo Jawz – Hoka’s first foray into creating a mud shoe is an instant success. The Jawz has a flyweight nylon upper, a surprisingly cushioned midsole, and a heavily lugged Vibram Megagrip outsole. To keep the weight down and keep the shoe flexible, Hoka made cutouts in the outsole which, unfortunately, drastically cuts down the durability of the shoe.The forefoot is a little bit wider than a standard trail shoe but once you get used to it you’ll love them. You’ll also get kudos from Steve Hammond, which makes it worth every penny.
The Evo line is Hoka’s Research and Development team in France working in conjunction with their athletes to quietly pump out some of the highest performing shoes out there.
See our in-depth review here.
(Drop:  3mm  Lugs: 6mm  Weight:  7.2 0z)

Salming OT Comp-They are fresh to the OCR world and have come on strong. Savage Race has made them the official shoe for their race series. They made this shoe just for mud runs and wicked terrain.  The Michelin soles and their extreme lugs hold their own to any shoe out there to the metal while maintaining traction through the mud.
See our in-depth review here.
(Drop:  4mm  Lugs: 7mm  Weight:  9.0 0z)

Merrell All Out Crush 2 –  Merrell really hasn’t pushed it very hard and created a better looking version with BOA. This shoe has decent lugs and it runs pretty well. Honestly it doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally but does everything reasonably well. If I was to get one shoe for training and racing everything between a sprint and a 24 hour race this would be it.
*The BOA version unfortunately has experienced issues with the BOA clogging up and loosening or no longer working altogether.
(Drop:  6mm  Lugs: 6mm  Weight: 8.5 0z)

Inov-8 X-Talon 200 –  This shoe was developed for obstacle course racing after inov-8 botched the update to the classic 190. This super heavily lugged shoe excels in shorter races with lots of mud and grass. It probably isn’t enough shoe for most people in races over an hour.
(Drop:  3mm  Lugs: 8mm  Weight:  7.1 0z)

Altra King MT – If you need a really (really) wide forefoot this is the shoe for you. With a velcro strap across the top of the foot this shoe looks a little funky but goes downhill better than the rest of Altra’s lineup. This shoe has a full length Vibram Megagrip outsole which makes it feel pretty firm and a little rigid.
See our in-depth review here.
(Drop:  0mm  Lugs: 6mm  Weight:  9.7 0z)

Honorable Mention

Inov-8 X-Claw 275 – The 275 is the longer distance version of the 200. More cushion, a little more durable, and a little wider toe box. This shoe would be better for someone looking for more of a traditional trail shoe with some OCR grip.
(Drop:  8mm  Lugs: 8mm  Weight:  9.7 0z)

Salomon S-Lab XA Amphib – Salomon designed this shoe for swim-run races in Scandinavia and accidentally created a phenomenal OCR shoe. A non-removable insole coupled with open mesh drainage ports this shoe drains better than any other shoe on the market. The midsole is on the firmer side and geared for slightly longer races. The outsole is Salomon’s Premium Wet Traction Contra-grip which is not quite as grippy on wet obstacles as Vibram Megagrip. The fit is a little bit on the snugger side in the forefoot and the shoe sports Kevlar Quick-lace to guarantee your laces won’t come untied. This shoe would hold up great for racing and training.
(Drop:  4mm  Lugs: 6mm  Weight:  7.8 0z)

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Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Review


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I was sent the Rehband 5mm knee sleeves to try about a month ago. They came in at the perfect time because I had just started to have some knee “stuff” happening. I wouldn’t call it pain, but hill runs, leg day, speed work, etc. had all become a little too much for my knees, particularly my right one. It just so happened that the Peachtree Road Race was just a few weeks away so my running volume was steady but I played it safe on runs so as to not exacerbate the problem. When I first slipped the Rehbands on, they fit like a glove and provided almost instant relief. These particular sleeves also were branded with the Spartan logo, which gave me even more motivation for my first Spartan Sprint in October here in Atlanta.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Features

Fit- The knee sleeves contour the leg and fit the knee better than any other sleeve or brace I have used. Once I slide them on, I don’t have to adjust them. The material isn’t as breathable as I would have liked particularly when paired with the Georgia heat, but in order to get the amount of support that these bad boys offer, it is an understandable compromise.

Compression – Just the right amount of compression to provide support without feeling like you have tourniquets on each leg. I was able to run, jump, squat, hip thrust, lunge, and carry heavy buckets without feeling any strain on my knees at all. While the compression is tight, I still had optimal range of motion and never noticed wearing them.

Versatility – Most of us don’t training for races by running alone. To train for an OCR, you are running, lifting, carrying, etc. These sleeves transitioned incredibly well from runs to gym and vice versa.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Usage

I used the sleeves during runs, Crossfit style WODS, traditional bodybuilding splits, and OCR workouts. Each time I used the sleeves I was impressed at how well they transitioned from one style of workout to the next. Unlike most sports specific gear, such as a lifting belt or wrist straps, I didn’t have to constant take them off and put them back on, and despite the compression I hardly noticed they were on. The only time they were slightly annoying was in the midday Georgia heat. They got a little sweaty but didn’t retain any moisture, they just made me a tad more hot.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Durability

The durability of these sleeves aregreat. I had them on throughout workouts where I was on the floor, on ropes, etc. and they still look brand new. They also haven’t stretched at all and I haven’t washed them yet (and no they don’t smell).

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Amazing compression
  • Fit anatomically around the knee for optimum comfort
  • Transitioned well between sports
  • Felt the benefit the first time I wore them

Cons

  • In 90+ temps, they were a little hot

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Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Conclusion

All in all, I loved how the Rehband Knee sleeves instantly relieved the pressure when running. I had a hard time recovering in between lifts and runs and wearing these made a huge difference in recovery. I was worried that running without them would be difficult since I had gotten so use to using them, but I ran and lifted without them for a week and while I had to work harder to stabilize, wearing the sleeves doesn’t leave you dependent on them. I ran without any nagging knee tension. The technology in the sleeves has me excited to try other Rehband products, particularly their compression pants when they come out. If the sleeves have this much support and contour, I imagine their pants will be well received. These sleeves are a staple in my workouts now for both OCR training and strength training.



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HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Review

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I first saw these blue beauties on an Instagram picture Ryan Kent. I thought I must get my hands on them. They are gorgeous, have giant lugs, and are made by a name that I trust in, Hoka.  

I have been hearing about ultra runners swear by Hokas for years and had a great experience with the last pair I reviewed in the Hoka Challenger ATR.  I was ready to try my next pair, this time with some that are made for grip, the Hoka Evo Jawz

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Features

Vibram outsole with multidirectional lugs.  – 6mm, multi directional mega grip outsole. These things are clearly made for some serious trail running and mudding.

Thin upper – This is a “stripped down” Hoka, rather than feeling like the massive bubble of protection like most of the “moon boot” line, these are super light at 7.2 oz (204 grams). It also drains water very fast while being breathable as well.

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Usage

I first tested them at the Red Bull 400 in Upper Michigan. As soon as my feet hit the long grass at the base of this event, I felt these shoes dig in. I ran around to get my legs warm and a smile was immediately brought to my face. Brand new shoes can feel like driving a brand new car (or even a rental car on the newer side) that you really enjoy. You can’t put your finger on it, but it just feels great. On this day, feeling my feet tear up the grass felt amazing.

While a 400 meter race straight up some grass and ski slope aren’t the ideal test, the trails and an OCR certainly are. Upon returning to my home town, I went out on the Sweetwater Trails, which are some of my favorite local technical running trails, and the shoes performed super well. Next up was the Jailbreak OCR. It has water crossings, various types of muds including some slippery hills, and all of the other accoutrements one needs to test out shoes at an obstacle race. The Evo Jawz performed well in every aspect.

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Durability

These shoes are brand new to the market, having been rolled out for the Spring 2018 line. So far, I have had no issues, nor have I read of any from other early reviews, or other OCR friends who have been running in them. There is a strange issue that I have encountered and that is bleeding of the blue color after any time in them. One downside is that the blue from the upper material did discolor the socks I was wearing and even all the way through to my feet.

Pros

  • Light weight
  • Killer lugs
  • Drain well

Cons

  • Smurf Feet
  • Very Little cushioning if you looking for that “Hoka feel”
  • non speed laces (which I prefer whenever possible)

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Conclusion

I love these shoes, easily my 2018 favorite. I give them a slight nod over the 2018 Merrell All Out Crush 2.0 and they definitely overtake the Reebok All Terrain, my previous favorite. I am a huge fan of aggressive lugs when done right, and they certainly did these right. I found these shoes to run true to size, unlike brands like Salomon and Icebug where I have to buy a size up, these worked great for me at an 11, which is my preferred trail shoe size.

People often cut out the toe boxes for Hoka as they run too narrow for them. I get that “hot spot” on the outer part of the right food regardless of shoe brand for any runs in the 20 plus mile range. I will update this article if these shoes become “must cut” above and beyond my normal hot spot.

The Hoka Evo Jawz is certainly a must buy for the 2018 obstacle racer.




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Human Octane Elite Sports Bra and Compression Shorts

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra
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Human Octane’s Women’s Elite Sports Bra and Compression Shorts definitely make you look and feel like a superhero. Immediately after trying on the sports bra and shorts, I snapped a photo to see if I indeed looked like I would be fighting crime or running like a bad ass but alas I looked a little more like a character from Kill Bill. The quality of the material made this brand stick out to me, unlike other shorts or bras that I have tried. The material felt durable and thick, but breathable. While they held up really well, I wasn’t ecstatic about the look. What they lacks in appearance, they more than make up for in durability, yet Human Octane still has work to do with regard to fit and features for women.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Features

Storage
The shorts provided a large rear pocket which was large and sturdy enough to hold my iPhone 8 plus with little bounce. If you run with a belt or vest, the pocket is just enough to store a little extra. If you run with a handheld, without a vest, or use these in a race, you will be limited to one compartment, but it was plenty large enough to store a phone and a small gel pack. There is no storage in the sports bra.

 

Dry Wick
On my quest for the holy grail of dry wicking shorts or pants, these shorts  came up short. The website boasts moisture wicking as well as anti-chaffing. Well, I got the chaffing and the moisture wicking didn’t exactly pan out either. In fact, it sort of soaked it up. To Human Octane’s credit, the material is high quality and the compression is great, but the material did not wick away sweat or water and was super slow to dry. As a female with a mom bladder, I have talked to countless female runners and now OCR athletes  who also have mom bladders, and trust me- dry wicking for females who have had kids is a HUGE deal. As embarrassing as it is for us moms to admit, there will be those of you out there reading this nodding your head or even virtually high fiving because you know exactly what I am talking about whether or not you admit it out loud. I was disappointed in the dry wicking ability on these because I was sweaty and wet well after an hour and a half after my run was over. The sports bra was made of the exact same material, so again, it didn’t dry quickly or wick away sweat.

Fit
The best part of the fit on the Human Octane Elite Compression Shorts is the mid-rise three inch waistband. It was super comfortable and didn’t feel too compressed at the top. The legs of the shorts fit well but unfortunately did not stay in place during any of the activities I did in them despite claims that the silicone gripper stops legs from riding up. They did indeed ride up, and a lot of riding up at that. The compression felt comfortable but the fact that the legs continued to ride up left me frustrated. I wore a size medium in the shorts and they fit true to size, even in the legs but they just didn’t fit comfortably and I hate to be the bearer of more bad news for the females out there, but these things give you a wicked camel toe! Just trying to keep it real. I was either pulling the legs down or trying to keep the material from embarrassing the hell out of me in public. The good news is that the sports bra fits better than the shorts as it’s nice and snug but stays put. I wore a small in the sports bra because I like my sports bra to fit tight which is particularly important to me when climbing over a wall in an OCR.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Usage

I wore the shorts and sports bra on multiple runs and climbs and on everything from trails to road, with different climates and altitude. One thing I noticed about both pieces is that they are ultra durable because of the material. After a lot of wear and wash over the past couple of months, they still look brand new. The material is definitely high quality but doesn’t provide much dry wicking as previously indicated. Additionally, the type of material used has a much more stiff feel that other brands. I still had plenty of movement but wonder if this contributed to them riding up so much.

The sports bra provides and opening in the back that looks super cool but was bothersome for me when wearing a chest strap for my heart rate monitor. The sports bra fits well on its own but wearing the chest strap under it made it feel extremely snug and I had some trouble taking deep breaths on my runs.

I kept wearing the compression shorts because I wanted to like them, yet each time I wore them the legs kept riding up and it was really frustrating. I spent a lot of time adjusting the shorts on runs and climbs and eventually ended up bringing an extra pair of shorts to change into to.

Each time I wore the shorts and got sweaty or got them wet, they stayed wet far longer than I anticipated from a dry wicking short. Ultimately the feature that makes this short remotely practical is the pocket in the back, which is big enough to hold my large iPhone 8 Plus.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Durability

As I alluded to, human octane has it down when it comes to durability. My watch face got dinged up pretty bad during some of the activity that I did wearing the compression shorts and bra and they still look new with zero scrapes and held up through the wash. However, the material just isn’t comfortable.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High quality material
  • Huge phone pocket in the back
  • Extremely durable

Cons

  • The design isn’t as appealing as other brands
  • The Elite Compression Shorts ride up during runs and climbs
  • It takes a long time for both the shorts and sports bra to dry

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Conclusion

I really wanted to love this gear but  the lack of ample dry wicking coupled with the fact that the legs rode up during each activity had me dreading putting them back on. If you’re concerned with durability and need some pocket storage, these may work out better for you. Comfort is a huge deal for me and having to constantly adjust my legs and crotch is a deal breaker.



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Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Review

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As a female athlete with a short torso, the Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 crushed the competition with regard to fit and comfort. It was released less than a year ago and sold out ahead of schedule. Having tested out its durability and functionality, I see why. This vest is so lightweight, yet packs tons of features and creative storage so you can run without feeling your gear. This pack is a must have for OCR due to its light-weight and ability to remain stable, without any bouncing or sloshing.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Features

Storage – Orange Mud’s ingenuity in designing this vest shines through its innovative, yet simple features. The Gear Vest’s front pockets fit 600ml soft flasks or a large phone. I fit my iPhone 8 Plus in the front pocket with no movement and still had room for additional gear in those pockets and the trash pockets.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Every single time that I wore my previous vest from another company, I could feel my phone bouncing around, but not with the Gear Vest. This vest also has shoulder pockets for nutrition or endurance gels and is secure enough to hold your id cards or cash in them as well.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

 

Bounce – The rear compartment holds a 1L Bladder but you can fit a bit more gear in the back without it feeling overly packed. The mesh layers keep the bladder stable with ZERO sloshing. There is a shock cord on the back where I was able to hold my jacket for rainy runs on the trail.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Accessibility – The best part about all of these features is that I didn’t have to take my pack off during my run to access anything. Everything was easy to reach, including my gear in the back pocket due to the higher positioning of the vest. On previous vests where my flasks were in the front, I would still have to stop to take a drink because the positioning of the flasks were never accessible likely because of my torso height.

Fit – The Orange Mud Gear Vest pack works phenomenally well for short torso females but scales up for larger frames. The adjustable elastic chest harness makes this pack easy to adjust for runners of varying height and width. I was able to fit into this pack and had my husband who is 3 feet taller than me and 45 lbs. heavier than me wear this to test out the adjustable harness and it fit him like a glove as well. This is something that I am not able to do with other packs I own that are designed for a female without versatility for all sizes, but especially for females. The vest itself was snug but not tight, and I felt like the higher positioning of the vest and the adjustability of the chest straps provided more room to breath during my runs, as opposed to other packs that fit so snugly that it makes it hard to breathe. The pack weighs 8.9oz without the bladder, and even with a full bladder and my gear and phone, it still felt so light that I didn’t even feel like I had it on during my runs.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Usage

I was able to use the Gear Vest on trail runs to test out how stable it was on hilly, rocky terrain. I was shocked when there was no bounce or sloshing of the bladder. Even when climbing over fallen trees or large rocks, I was able to move freely, without even noticing the pack. I was worried that the water in a 1L bladder wouldn’t be enough on some of my longer runs (12+ miles) but I was pleasantly surprised that it lasted. I also wore this vest on interval runs at the park while hopping on and off monkey bars, rock walls, and other equipment to test the bounce and how it would feel on obstacles. I never felt like I was wearing a pack while sprinting or climbing as it stays in place perfectly and didn’t snag on any equipment. My fuel packs all stayed in place and the hose to the bladder didn’t get caught up either.

In addition to typical trail runs, I took the vest on a work trip to test it out on the beach. It was hot and humid and I was worried about feeling the vest rub more due to the heat. Surprisingly, the vest didn’t rub at all, not even on the chest straps or shoulders. Another great surprise was the fact that after sweating like a beast while wearing this vest and having no way to wash it on a trip, it was completely breathable and didn’t smell after it dried.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Durability

While I haven’t ran an OCR with this vest just yet, I have put tons of miles and climbing in with this and it hasn’t shown any signs of wear at all. Despite being dragged in the mud (literally) on trails and obstacle training, it doesn’t even appear dirty. I anticipate that this vest will hold up very nicely over several race seasons.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Super light weight
  • Extremely comfortable fit with the ability to adjust size to fit smaller frame or larger frame individuals
  • Breathable material makes it feel like you aren’t even carrying a vest
  • Despite its size, it has a surprising amount of room for storage
  • Fits a large phone unlike other brands
  • Items stay secure in their spots and there is No bounce from the bladder

Cons

  • Not enough space for tons of gear if you are planning an endurance event but they have other options for that

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Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Conclusion

As you can see, I can’t provide a list of cons for the Orange Mud Gear Vest, 2.0 as it is hands down my favorite one I have owned. I wasn’t expecting much from such a small vest but going from a vest that weighed me down and was hard to drink from the front flasks without stopping to this light weight, easy to wear vest had been a complete game changer for me.  I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of gear it can store. I tried so hard to find flaws to make you aware of and I can say with 100% honesty that there really aren’t any. If you are looking for a light-weight vest that doesn’t bounce around, you need to get this vest. I plan on buying some other vests from the Orange Mud product line because their designs are perfectly simplistic yet efficient.



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Sarah Hetzel

Sarah is a special education teacher from Greenville, South Carolina. She has experience in running from cross country and track in high school and two years in college. It wasn't until her friend Janet introduced her to obstacle racing that she fell in love with doing the fitness. Now she has completed several trifectas and the Spartan Ultra Beast. She is currently looking to expand her OCR pallet while inspiring others to get out of their comfort zone!
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