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My World’s Toughest Mudder gear list

When I first signed up for World’s Toughest Mudder I was really confused about what to use for this grueling 24h race (you can read about my experience here). As this race is equally about gear as it is about training (you can check out my post about WTM training here), I decided to publish my World’s Toughest Mudder gear list here on my blog and keep it updated regularly. You can also find some great ressources about the World’s Toughest Mudder equipment on the WTM Community Facebook group. Please bear in mind that a lot of the gear also depends on individual preferences.

Depending on where you are traveling from you might be restricted with luggage. So all the items marked with * on my World’s Toughest Mudder equipment list are the ones I will buy directly in the US.

Another big bonus of the World’s Toughest Mudder coummunity is that somebody generally acts as a shipping depot, and people can ship stuff to their place and pick it up before the race. You can search for that on the Facebook group.

World's Toughest Mudder training
Photocredit: Tough Mudder

World’s Toughest Mudder equipment for pre race prep

  • Vaseline / Guerney Goo / Body Glide
  • Immodium
  • Voltaren gel (I put it on my joints 2x a day a few days before the race)
  • Probiotics and activated charcoal
  • Bib clips
  • Black waterproof marker for my bib nickname
  • Sunscreen*

World’s Toughest Mudder gear for the Pit (which will be mostly donated to charity afterwards)

  • Tarp*
  • Tent*
  • Camping chair*
  • Thermal mat*
  • Camping Table*
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Lamp / Christmas lights to light up my tent
  • Trolley

World’s Toughest Mudder gear for the sprint lap

  • Salomon Speed Cross (I will bring 3 pairs to rotate during the race)
  • CEP compression socks
  • Team Shirt
  • Hat/visor
  • Sunglasses
  • tube scarf (Buff)
  • Water bottles* filled with Tailwind to take out on course
  • Running shorts by Adidas
  • Runderwear underwear

World’s Toughest Mudder equipment for laps before sunset

  • Long/medium compression running tights
  • Long compression top
  • Hydration pack
  • Gloves

World’s Toughest Mudder gear for night ops laps

I will gradually switch into more layers as the nights get colder. At around midnight I will try to change into my 5mm winter wetsuit.

Toughest Mudder fuel

I try to take one bottle of water with tailwind with me each lap, drink it and toss it at the first obstacle. Also as the laps get longer you want to bring nutrition out on course, preferably bars/gels that you can eat easily. In the pit I try to keep warm and have hot food and drinks if possible. I try to bring as much variety as possible as last year everything tasted horribly by the end of the race. Who knows what I will be able to eat this year?

  • GU gels (Peanut Butter Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Salty Watermelon) and GU Stroop wafles
  • Small Waterbottles* filled with Tailwind (to grab and take out on course)
  • Baby food / apple sauce (squeezable)*
  • Bananas*
  • Hot Water 4x 1L in Thermos Bottles* (new!)
  • Instant Coffee*
  • Instant Hot Chocolate* (new!)
  • Chicken Soup*
  • Snickers Bars*
  • Oatcakes*
  • Clif Bars* / Granola Bars
  • Nutella*
  • Peanut Butter*
  • Something salty/savory (not sure what exactly)
  • Salt Tablets

After World’s Toughest Mudder

  • Dry and comfy clothes
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Bikini
  • Dryrobe

Various World’s Toughest Mudder equipment

  • Paper Towels*
  • Trash bags*
  • Power Bank
  • Phone
  • Wet wipes*
  • Foil Blanket*
  • Liquid Hand Warmers (large)*
  • Medication

I hope this blogpost is helpful when preparing for World’s Toughest Mudder. Let me know in the comments what you think I should add or delete from the list.

Hitting 50 Miles at World’s Toughest Mudder 2017. Photocredit: Bob Mulholland for Mud Run Guide

3 thoughts on “My World’s Toughest Mudder gear list”

  1. Would love to pick your brain about the fuel aspect of your list!

    For Toughest Midwest almost all I ate was PB&J Uncrustables and energy gummies! (obviously there was more to it, but I can list it all later!)

    1. You definitely need some more for WTM, in both quantity and variety. Try to have everything, from sweet to sour to salty. you neve rknwo what you will be craving. also try to mix solids with liquid foods. ALWAYS bring food with you on course (after the sprint lap). You need to keep eating on the go. I personally love Snickers bars for that.
      But hey, maybe I should write a blog post about it 😉

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