Packed with cutting edge tech with the power to keep you dry and warm even in the coldest and wettest conditions, Under Armour’s new Storm and CGI are the ideal training gear for when Britain’s bruising winter hits. Or if you’re about to run one of Europe’s toughest obstacle courses.
To prove just how well adapted this innovative new sportswear technology is to beating the elements, T3’s resident ultra runner and Under Armour ambassador Fabrice Essomba hit Tough Mudder London South and put the kit through its paces.
1. ColdGear® Infrared Baselayer Crew
A baselayer you’ll never want to take off, the ColdGear baselayer feels like your favourite T-shirt, only because it’s packing Under Armour’s clever infrared technology, it’s much, much warmer. The patented ColdGear® Infrared smarts hold just the right amount of extra heat without adding any weight or bulk. The science is built right into the soft, thermo-conductive inner coating. The right warmth even when you’re crawling through Tough Mudder’s tough obstacles.
2. ColdGear® Infrared Thermo Legging
Two new Under Armour innovations make this one ridiculously warm baselayer. ColdGear® Thermo’s winter-proof power lies in the unique hex-patterned design that traps pockets of warm air giving you optimum warmth for the weight. But that’s not all. The ColdGear® Infrared technology - built right into the print - holds in heat so your baselayer warms up faster and, importantly when you’re out on the Tough Mudder course for three hours, stays that way longer.
3. Armour® Fleece Storm Big Logo Hoodie
Super light and shockingly warm, the Armour® Fleece pairs performance with the comfort and style of a cool old-school sweatshirt. But when you’re swinging across the hoops of Tough Mudder’s Hang Tough, you need more than just good looks. Thankfully it’s also even stretchier and more breathable, and it comes with added UA Storm to keep off the rain, snow and what ever else the British climate chucks at you.
4. Men's Charged Cotton® Storm Rival Hoodie
It’s lighter, at just 230g, but just like the Under Armour Charged Cotton® Storm fleece, the Rival Hoodie features the same Storm technology, that means water rolls right off making it ideal for the ever-changing challenges of an 11-mile obstacle course. The signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away from the body while you’re pushing it hard up the hills, while the quick-drying cotton speeds you back to being happy and dry should the worst happen and you take a dunking.
5. Men's Charged Cotton® Storm Transit Trousers
Keeping your top half warm is only half the battle when you’re busting it around the hills and trails of a wind-battered obstacle course. That’s where the Charged Cotton® Storm fleece bottoms come in. They’re light enough to race in and warm enough to be the ideal post-race protection, stopping the cold and stiffness setting in. They feature the same quick-drying cotton, the same great feel, and the same UA Storm technology, you get in the Storm Transit Hoodie so water can forget getting in.
6. Men's UA SpeedForm™ XC Trail Running Shoes
Finding the perfect shoes for a course that combines long stretches of cross country running with obstacles that need superb grip like the Everest, isn’t east. But the UA Speedform handle both with surprising ease. Each shoe is crafted in a clothing factory to create the precision feel, fit and comfort. The midsole has cutting-edge full-length Micro G™ foam that turns cushioned landings into explosive take-offs while a moulded 4D Foam® footbed hugs your foot’s exact shape, eliminating slippage reducing the risk of pesky blisters. Throw in traction lugs for amazing off-road grip and you get racing comfort that more than copes with the obstacle course.
7. Men's UA Undeniable Crew Socks
Don’t underestimate the important of socks. Pick the wrong pair and you could still be lancing blisters days after the race. These crew socks have UA’s Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away from the body for vital anti-chaffing dryness over long distance. Tough Mudder isn’t the kind of place you worry too much about being smelly but for an added bonus ArmourBlock® Anti-Odour technology also prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes.