What is Gear List?
Gear List is a website for discovering gear, clothing, and nutrition used by elite athletes. On it, you can read articles about athletes and the gear they use. In each article, we provide descriptions and purchase links to buy the mentioned gear. Here's a recent article to get a better idea.
Who runs Gear List?
Hey! My name is Kurt McIntire, @kurtmcintire, and I run Gear List. I'm an elite obstacle course racer and trail runner. You can find me at most Western United States Spartan Races and San Francisco-Bay Area trail races. A lifelong athlete, I'm passionate about bringing fans, athletes, and brands together.
Where can I find you on social media?
Where's my favorite athlete?
If you'd like an athlete to be featured on Gear List, direct message me on Instagram @kurtmcintire.
What's your race day Gear List?
Shoes: Brooks Pure Grit 6
I've run in Brooks Pure Grit 6s for my last two trail shoes cycles. I wear these in elite Spartan Races, where technical trails, rocky surfaces, mud, and 4-ft deep water crossings are common. Of all these conditions, the Brooks Pure Grit 6s perform best on hard trails and gravel. In these shoes, I don't experience hot spots and blisters -- even on steep downhills. They have a 4mm heel drop, which plays nicely with my stride. I like them so much that I didn't upgrade to the Pure Grit 7s this season, and instead, bought another pair of 6s. The only downside I can call out is the lack of grip for muddy and wet conditions. They simply don't have hefty enough treads for cutting through mud.
Shorts: 2XU MCS Run Compression Short
For the 2018 and 2019 Spartan Race seasons, I've run in the 2XU MCS Compression Shorts. They fit great and have a slick design. I wasn't previously aware of the 2XU brand, but started seeing top OCR athletes wearing these. I gave them a try, loved them, and continued racing with them since. After two seasons, my two pairs don't have any snags or tears.
Watch: Garmin Forerunner 235
During obstacle course races, I've been afraid to compete with expensive watches like Apple Watch or Garmin Fenix. Instead, I go with the lower-end Garmin Forerunner 235. This watch comes with Bluetooth many of the modern features of a smart watch (Bluetooth syncing, heart rate, cadence, push notifications) but also holds up remarkably well. After a dozen Spartan Races, the watch face has a few scratches, but works just fine.