Spartan, the obstacle course event company, and Craft Sportswear partnered up to build the ideal shoe for mud pits, watering holes and all the crazy obstacles typically found in a Spartan race. Obstacle course shoes usually fall apart after a few uses due to the lack of drainage, abrasion against the climbing walls and rocks — plus the sheer amount of shock delivered with each step, whether you’re doing burpees or running.

The RD Pro OCR shoe, featuring quick drainage and an equally fast-drying nylon mesh upper, brings a new level of toughness to the category. A speed-lacing system means they’re easy to tighten, and the rubber outsole provides enough grip strength to climb ropes and carry weights on your back over rocks without slipping. Best of all, Spartan is so confident in the durability that, if they are damaged or destroyed, customers may return them within one year of purchase for an exchange. The Spartan by Craft RD Pro OCR shoe is on pre-sale now through mid-June for $140.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Merrell All Out Crush 2 ($65)
Altra Superior 3.5 ($110 $82)
Salomon S/Lab Speed 2 ($180)
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