X-WARRIOR with tips and tricks for the right equipment
The 2022 season is calling and for many die-hard OCR fans it is hopefully a year back to normality with great events, a great community, incredible scenery, and challenging obstacles.
For some, it may also be the first step back into the outdoors after two years without a clear goal in mind. That’s why we want to give beginners as well as experienced OCR athletes a few tips and tricks for the perfect equipment with the X-WARRIOR Equipment Guide.
For some, it might also be the first step back into the outdoors after two years without a clear purpose in mind. That’s why we want to give beginners as well as experienced OCR athletes a few tips and tricks for the perfect equipment with the X-WARRIOR Equipment Guide.
By far the most important piece of equipment in an obstacle race is the shoe. Why? It carries you safely over obstacles, provides grip on wet stones or obstacles and gets you safely through mud and slush. And X-WARRIOR races are right in the middle of nature and trail running shoes are in demand here. The shoe should fit perfectly, ideally already be broken in before your start and fit tightly so that you don’t have to search for it in the mud or water. It should also have a very good outsole for extreme grip.
What is the perfect outfit? A really difficult question, because the outfit depends on so many individual factors: What’s the weather like on the course? Will you get wet? How warm or cold is it? How do you feel about the cold? Where do you feel comfortable?
In the end, however, there are probably two very simple rules that apply:
- Less is more. You won’t get cold on the X-WARRIOR. You will run and conquer extremely challenging obstacles in between. You will be warm because you will give everything. So, you better have one layer less on at the start and don’t have to carry it around later. After crossing the finish line, you can change anyway and prevent catching a cold or something similar.
- The two-layer look: If you really need several layers, then you should go for the two-layer look. Several tight layers on top of each other provide warmth and keep it on your body for some time. Avoid materials such as cotton, as these do not release water quickly and cool your body down over time. So go for functional materials instead.
Whether you choose long, or short trousers is up to you. You should feel comfortable and be able to move without restrictions. Many female runners swear by running or compression tights from brands like 2XU, Skins, Salomon, or SCOTT to protect themselves from small scratches.
If you really want or need to take a jacket with you on the run, then this hard-shell jacket should be as light as possible and have elasticated cuffs and waist. This way you can protect yourself ve ry quickly in the worst case (e.g., when a bad weather front is approaching) and at the same time protect yourself from hypothermia due to the tight-fitting shape. You can find jackets like this at SCOTT, GORE, Dynafit or Salomon.
What else you take with you on the trail is up to you. A GPS tracker, be it a sports watch or simply a transmitter, which you can evaluate later, is certainly exciting. Ideally, you can then look at your run afterwards and optimise your training – or you can simply be proud of what you have just achieved.
For the long distances, you can pack a power gel if you want to be on the safe side. However, you should not dare to experiment and take a product that you have already tested under stress and that you tolerate well – otherwise you will have completely different problems during the run 😉 And it’s better to have a reserve with you and not need it than the other way round.
So much for the small tips for your next X-WARRIOR, have fun!