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    Mens Obstacle Course Racing & Tough Mudder Wetsuits [OCR]

    Obstacle Course Racing [OCR] racing, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan and Muddy Hell races, are exploding here in Australia and as we have more races in different seasons the need to ensure optimum operating core...

    Obstacle Course Racing [OCR] racing, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan and Muddy Hell races, are exploding here in Australia and as we have more races in different seasons the need to ensure optimum operating core body temperatures with a wetsuit or thermal becomes a serious factor.  If your body is cold it'll engage a system called thermogenisis which is the body's mechanism that burns energy for the sake of increasing body temperature, a key function to all warm blooded mammals.  This is a problem in OCR as it increases your metabolic rate [energy used over time] up to 5 fold, that means you're going to burnout substantially quicker and not hit your targets.  Don't let yourself down because of poor apparel choice!

    We've written an extensive guide to understanding the demands of wetsuits and thermals in OCR over on our blog so make sure to check that out if you're unsure of what you need or why you need it.

    Key Elements of an Obstacle Course Racing Wetsuit

    • Core Insulation: Warm vitals means warm blood and less energy consumed to maintain core body temperature.  Shivering increases energy use 5 fold, so don't waste energy on keeping your body warm and you don't need to shiver to drastically increase your energy-consumption/metabolic rate [non-shivering thermogenesis for those that are interested...]
    • High Stretch: Stretch of a wetsuit is important because it defines the amount of additional work created by the neoprene itself, a low stretch suit creates more work.  Neoprene is highly stretchy but pails in comparison to human bodies/skin therefore a wetsuit makes all forms of movement more energy consuming. 
    • Durability: Mud, gravel and dirt are all substantially more abrasive than water, therefore the demands of OCR apparel is different to that of surfing or diving wetsuits.  In our collection of OCR gear we have ensured these items have key durability features like Supratex knee panels, flat-lock seams and medium-density neoprene. [The lower the density, the more stretch but less durability]
    • Wind-Chill Resistance: Being that you're rarely under-water the most important consideration is resisting wind-chill. All neoprene materials, except for 'smooth-skin coated neoprene' will hold a certain amount of water in the external weave. However smooth-skins are hydrophobic and actually repel water, that means water won't stick and hold to the outside of your suit, therefore drastically reducing wind chill.  Generally smooth-skin coats are fragile but we've included only the most durable smooth-skins.


    Materials in Obstacle Course Racing Wetsuits

    • Neoprene: This is the standard wetsuit material and ranges in thickness from 0.5mm to 4mm [in the case of OCR wetsuits for Australians].  Neoprene is essentially rubber, making it very warm and a great insulator but can be quite 'stiff' and will resist your movement, in-turn having a negative impact on your power and stamina. It's the warmest but also the stiffest material so typically we recommend a john style wetsuit whereby there is no neoprene around your shoulders, just your torso and legs.
    • PolyfleecePolyfleece is a new-age technical fibre with high-stretch and hydrophobic properties. A polyfleece top will be both breathable and insulative but will not provide the same thermal protection that neoprene provides. From experience, a combination of polyfleece and neoprene will provide the best results, one that has neoprene around your torso and polyfleece on the sleeves.
    • Lycra: Many of us are familiar with a rashie or a sunshirt which are typically made of Lycra of Elastane. Lycra has very limited thermal qualities and in certain conditions, where wind-chill factor is high, will actually cool you down more than being naked! 

    Always test your gear before using it in a race!
    If you're interested in getting involved in OCR we suggest heading over to OCR Australia.
    Shop our range of carefully considered Obstacle Course Racing & Tough Mudder wetsuits, wetsuit/neoprene tops, booties, gloves and hoods.
    Mens Obstacle Course Racing & Tough Mudder Wetsuits [OCR]

    Xcel

    Mens GCS 3/2mm Back Zip Steamer

    Our Price $199.99

    Adrenalin

    Mens Hardass 1mm Back Zip Steamer

    Our Price $119.99

    8% Off RRP ($10.01 Off)

    Peak

    Mens Energy 3/2mm GBS Sealed Back Zip Steamer

    Our Price $99.00

    51% Off RRP ($100.99 Off)

    Jet Pilot

    Matrix Pro Race Long John

    Our Price $209.99

    Xcel

    Mens Axis 2mm Long John Wetsuit

    Our Price $189.99

    Xcel

    Mens Axis 2mm Back Zip Long Sleeve Spring Suit

    Our Price $125.00

    31% Off RRP ($54.99 Off)

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Spring Suit

    Our Price $149.99

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Spring Suit

    Our Price $105.00

    30% Off RRP ($44.99 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Axis 2mm Short John Wetsuit

    Our Price $129.99

    Billabong

    Mens Hooded Towel

    Our Price $69.00

    24% Off RRP ($20.99 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Mens Fiord L/S Thermal Top

    Our Price $199.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Tundra Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $179.00

    11% Off RRP ($20.99 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Infiniti Smooth 2mm L/S Neoprene Top

    Our Price $89.00

    48% Off RRP ($80.99 Off)

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Long Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $119.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Nekton Hooded Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $189.00

    10% Off RRP ($20.99 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Mens Atoll Hooded Thermal Vest

    Our Price $159.99

    Xcel

    Mens Drylock Smart Fibre Hooded Vest

    Our Price $49.00

    46% Off RRP ($40.99 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Mens Meridian Thermal Vest

    Our Price $119.99

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - Twin Pack

    Adreno

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - Twin Pack

    Our Price $29.99

    38% Off RRP ($18.01 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Glacier Hooded Long Sleeve Rash Guard

    Our Price $99.00

    18% Off RRP ($20.99 Off)

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - 12 Pack

    Adreno

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - 12 Pack

    Our Price $144.99

    50% Off RRP ($143.01 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Mens Bombora Long Sleeve Polyfleece Rash Guard

    Our Price $109.99

    Xcel

    Mens 2/1mm Neoprene Vest

    Our Price $69.99

    Dakine

    Mens Storm 2mm Long Sleeve Snug Neoprene/Lycra Top

    Our Price $99.00

    30% Off RRP ($40.99 Off)

    Adrenalin

    2P Thermal Zip Long Sleeve Rash Guard

    Our Price $54.99

    9% Off RRP ($5.01 Off)

    Aropec

    Mens Thermal Full Zip L/S Jacket

    Our Price $39.00

    70% Off RRP ($90.00 Off)

    Aropec

    Mens 3mm Neoprene Vest

    Our Price $29.95

    39% Off RRP ($19.05 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Aveiro Thermal Long Pant

    Our Price $169.99

    Aropec

    Mens 2mm Full Zip Neoprene Vest

    Our Price $59.95

    21% Off RRP ($15.05 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Drylock 3mm Bootie

    Our Price $119.99

    Xcel

    Mens Pacific Ventx Hooded Long Sleeve Rash Guard

    Our Price $99.99

    Xcel

    Mens Drylock 3/2mm Chest Zip Steamer

    Our Price $409.00

    26% Off RRP ($140.99 Off)

    Peak

    Mens Energy 1.5mm Short Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $59.00

    16% Off RRP ($10.99 Off)

    Oneill

    ONeill Mens Hammer 2mm L/S Spring Suit

    Our Price $139.00

    31% Off RRP ($60.99 Off)

    Enth Degree

    Aveiro Thermal Short

    Our Price $119.99

    Xcel

    Mens Ventiprene Boot

    Our Price $29.00

    52% Off RRP ($30.99 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Ventiprene 3/1mm Wetsuit Shorts

    Our Price $69.99

    Billabong

    Mens Absolute Comp 2mm S/S Neoprene Top

    Our Price $109.99

    Billabong

    Mens Absolute Comp 2mm Long Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $129.99

    Billabong

    Absolute Comp 2mm Back Zip Spring Suit

    Our Price $119.00

    26% Off RRP ($40.99 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Infiniti 3mm Bootie

    Our Price $59.00

    27% Off RRP ($20.99 Off)

    Rip Curl

    Mens Flashbomb 3mm Bootie

    Our Price $99.99

    Xcel

    Drylock TDC 3mm Gloves

    Our Price $89.99

    Problue

    Tiara Pro Kevlar 2.5mm Gloves

    Our Price $44.99

    Probe

    'Insulator' Long Sleeve Hooded Vest - Mens

    Our Price $109.99

    9% Off RRP ($10.01 Off)

    Probe

    'Insulator' Long Swim Pants - Unisex

    Our Price $114.99

    9% Off RRP ($10.01 Off)

    Probe

    Insulator Vest

    Our Price $74.99

    12% Off RRP ($10.01 Off)

    Enth Degree

    F3 Thermal Socks

    Our Price $54.99