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    Obstacle Course Racing, Adventure Racing & Tough Mudder Wetsuits [OCR]

    Obstacle Course Racing [OCR] racing and Adventure Racing are becoming popular here in Aus and the chills can be real!  In races like Tough Mudder, Muddy Hell and Spartan racing it's important to maintain core body temperature, especially when you're running around in 10 degrees, caked in mud! 

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    Obstacle Course Racing [OCR] racing and Adventure Racing are becoming popular here in Aus and the chills can be real!  In races like Tough Mudder, Muddy Hell and Spartan racing it's important to maintain core body temperature, especially when you're running around in 10 degrees, caked in mud! 

    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 maintaining body temperature, a key function to all warm blooded mammals.  This is a problem in OCR, all water sports for that matter, 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 a Womens 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 Women's 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.

    Obstacle Course Racing, Adventure Racing & Tough Mudder Wetsuits [OCR]

    Ocean Ramsey

    Xcel Neo-Stretch Reversible Sport Top

    Our Price $59.99

    Ocean Ramsey

    Xcel 1mm Reversible Neo Bottom

    Our Price $49.99

    Adrenalin

    2P Thermal Hoodie

    Our Price $69.99

    Adrenalin

    2P Thermal Shield Hood

    Our Price $12.99

    Adrenalin

    2P Thermo Shield Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $44.99

    10% Off RRP ($4.96 Off)

    Adrenalin

    Mens Fuzion 2mm Zipperless Spring Suit Wetsuit

    Our Price $149.99

    7% Off RRP ($9.96 Off)

    Adrenalin

    Superflex 1.5mm Nudie Steamer Wetsuit

    Our Price $149.99

    7% Off RRP ($9.96 Off)

    Adrenalin

    Mens 3mm Wetsuit Short

    Our Price $39.99

    Adrenalin

    1.5mm Neoprene Hot Top

    Our Price $84.99

    6% Off RRP ($4.96 Off)

    Jet Pilot

    Mens RX 2mm Race Jacket

    Our Price $139.99

    Jet Pilot

    Mens Venture 2mm John and Jacket

    Our Price $269.99

    Enth Degree

    Womens Barrier Thermal Suit

    Our Price $299.99

    Enth Degree Mens Nekton Hooded Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Enth Degree

    Mens Nekton Hooded Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $209.99

    Enth Degree Womens Nekton Hooded Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Enth Degree

    Womens Nekton Hooded Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $209.99

    Enth Degree

    Womens Assana Long Sleeve Thermal Springsuit

    Our Price $199.99

    Enth Degree

    F3 Thermal Socks

    Our Price $54.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Meridian Thermal Vest

    Our Price $119.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Atoll Hooded Thermal Vest

    Our Price $159.99

    Enth Degree

    Aveiro Thermal Long Pant

    Our Price $169.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Fiord Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $199.99

    Enth Degree

    Womens Fiord Long Sleeve Thermal Top

    Our Price $199.99

    Enth Degree

    Womens Cirrus Long Sleeve Thermal Springsuit

    Our Price $219.99

    Enth Degree

    Womens Bombora Long Sleeve Polyfleece Rash Guard

    Our Price $109.99

    Enth Degree

    Mens Bombora Long Sleeve Polyfleece Rash Guard

    Our Price $109.99

    Enth Degree

    Aveiro Thermal Short

    Our Price $119.99

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Short Sleeve Neoprene Wetsuit Top

    Our Price $99.99

    Peak

    Womens Energy 1.5mm Long Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $79.99

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - 12 Pack

    Adreno

    ADRENO Wetsuit Wash - 1L - 12 Pack

    Our Price $144.99

    50% Off RRP ($143.01 Off)

    Jet Pilot

    Womens Bec Ascent 2mm Flight Jacket

    Our Price $129.99

    Billabong

    Mens Pro 2mm Split Toe Reef Bootie

    Our Price $69.99

    Billabong

    Mens Absolute 2mm Back Zip Spring Suit Wetsuit

    Our Price $159.99

    ONeill

    O'Neill Mens Reactor II 2mm Spring Suit Wetsuit

    Our Price $149.99

    Jet Pilot

    Matrix Pro Race Long John Wetsuit

    Our Price $209.99

    Adrenalin

    2P Thermal Zip Long Sleeve Rash Guard

    Our Price $54.99

    9% Off RRP ($5.01 Off)

    Rip Curl

    Mens Flashbomb 3mm Bootie

    Our Price $99.99

    Xcel

    Mens GCS 3/2mm Back Zip Steamer Wetsuit

    Our Price $199.99

    Dakine

    Mens Inlet Long Sleeve Loose Fit Rash Guard

    Our Price $69.99

    Aropec

    Mens 2mm Full Zip Neoprene Vest

    Our Price $59.99

    21% Off RRP ($15.01 Off)

    Aropec

    Mens 3mm Neoprene Vest

    Our Price $44.99

    9% Off RRP ($4.01 Off)

    Aropec

    Mens Thermal Full Zip Long Sleeve Jacket

    Our Price $99.99

    23% Off RRP ($29.01 Off)

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Spring Suit Wetsuit

    Our Price $149.99

    Rip Curl

    Mens Omega 1.5mm Spring Suit Wetsuit

    Our Price $149.99

    Xcel

    Mens Pacific Ventx Hooded Long Sleeve Rash Guard

    Our Price $99.99

    Xcel

    Mens Infiniti 3mm Bootie

    Our Price $79.99

    Peak

    Mens Energy 1.5mm Short Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $79.99

    Billabong

    Mens Absolute Comp 2mm Short Sleeve Neoprene Top

    Our Price $109.99

    Adrenalin

    Mens Hardass 1mm Back Zip Steamer Wetsuit

    Our Price $119.99

    8% Off RRP ($10.01 Off)

    Xcel

    Mens Axis 2mm Long John Wetsuit

    Our Price $189.99

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