Don’t know what to wear for your next obstacle race or mud run? Try JEANS!


Doug Smith ran the Devil Dash in Boulder City, Nevada last month. The Devil Dash is a 5K course featuring mud, barbed wire, and other obstacles. He wore Levi’s jeans and found that they helped avoid rope burns, cuts, and scratches during the obstacles.

He wrote to Levi’s: I finished with only a few minor abrasions. With just exercise clothes or shorts, those abrasions would have been bleeding lacerations from sharp rocks and parts of the obstacles I came in contact with. The 510s™ are excellent because of the tight fit. And given the stretch they have, they didn’t impact my ability to run or go over/under/through the obstacles.

I have worn that pair of 510s™ about 800 days now, over three plus years. They weren’t even damaged during the event, even though I was crawling on hands and knees in rocky sand and mud and scraping across ropes.

And the mud did not penetrate the outer layer or the jeans. I was clean on the inside!

Follow Doug’s lead. Wear jeans for your next obstacle race or mud run. And, as always, send me pictures of your muddy, denim-wearing self.

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