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Tough Mudder vs Apple Watch

MUWarrior10

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I am going to be participating in my first ever Tough Mudder event in a week. I want to wear my AW to track calories and activity, but am unsure on the extremes the watch can withstand. Any thoughts?
 

zhenya

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I don't run obstacle course races like that, but I do compete in trail and ultra runs that are often muddy and sometimes require climbing even hand over foot. It's not something I would personally wear my AW through. My dedicated Garmin watches seem much more suited to this kind of activity.
 
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zhenya

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Unless you buy one of those protective covers for it, I wouldn't risk it.

Even with a protective cover, in a race like that, the watch is likely to get submerged multiple times, and be prone to getting caught on all manner of obstacles.

 
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exxxviii

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I am going to be participating in my first ever Tough Mudder event in a week. I want to wear my AW to track calories and activity, but am unsure on the extremes the watch can withstand. Any thoughts?
I would not wear any watch in an event like that. I would go totally lean with nothing on my body that could catch or drag in anything.
 
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I agree with pretty much everyone here. I would not wear my AW during a Tough Mudder event. If you were running a marathon? Sure. I would have your AW sit this event out.
 
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Even with a protective cover, in a race like that, the watch is likely to get submerged multiple times, and be prone to getting caught on all manner of obstacles.


How in the heck do you even get in your car after all that? LOL
 
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maflynn

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The above picture is why I stick to 5/10k road races. No mud for me thanks.
The same here, I've been tempted to do one of those type of challanges but as I thought about it, I'm like nah. that's not my cup of tea.

OP, I think you're asking for trouble subjecting your watch to a lot of the abuses that come with that type of race. What about that section of the tough mudder where they hang electrical probes down and shock you - I think that might damage the watch as well.
 
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BarracksSi

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Why "track" an event like this anyway? It's not like you'd be able to compare your performance to another identical obstacle race later.

The best reason I can think of to wear a watch at all is to make sure I get to the starting line on time. Even then, though, if I'm with the herd, I must be in the right place at the right time; if I'm by myself, I must be lost.
 
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OneMike

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I've done those before. A friend broke a rib the last time they did it.

I didn't have my watch yet when I did my last one. I wouldn't have worn it though.

The potential to lose, break or damage it outweigh the calorie tracking.
 
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