Points for the People!

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Howdy OCR fanatics, we’ve got some cool news to share. We’ve been working on a few projects in the background for a while and today we’re excited to let you guys know about one of them, which we think is a very exciting update to OCR Gear.

We’re announcing a loyalty “points” program by which every dollar you spend earns you points. You then redeem those points for free stuff. It’s simple: buy stuff, get points, get more stuff.

Here’s the current breakdown* of how to snag points:

  • Get one point for every dollar spent
  • 100 points = $10 towards any purchase
  • Signing up for an OCR Gear account gets you 25 points
  • Leaving a product review for something you’ve bought gets you 5 points

We will also be giving out points through contests and generally whenever we’re in a good mood (read: when we have a good race). Follow us on facebook to know when all this stuff happens.

Lastly, because we want to do this the right way, we have RETROACTIVELY awarded points to everyone that’s purchased stuff since our opening. So yes, that means you may have free money right now. Log in to your account to check your points total. 🙂

So that’s about it from HQ. Stay speedy out there and as always…happy racing!


*subject to change (but hopefully not!)

OCR Gear Alpha Products


Hey, gang. Exciting news to share with you from the team here at OCR Gear HQ.

If you’ve been following us on facebook (or twitter for that matter), you know that we’ve been very vocal about building this company the “right way“. What exactly does that mean?

Well…for starters it means that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in every aspect of our business. This approach breeds certain behaviors like being open and transparent with our customers and fans, making sure our products are of the highest quality (read: not selling junk no matter how much other companies push us), taking feedback seriously (or else how would we ever get better?!), and most importantly delivering exceptional service so that we can gain your trust and respect.

With all of that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce OCR Gear Alpha Products.

Sounds cool right? Well, it is!

OCR Gear Alpha products are items that we are so insanely proud of that we will stand by them as long as we can (basically until our accountant throws up his hands in frustration and walks out). These are products that we think are so exceptional that we’re encouraging you to put them to the test.

Basically, that means that if one of these products fail you in any way in the first year you own it, we will replace it with the same or better or credit you with an OCR Gear Gift Card. If you rip up an OCR Gear Calf Sleeve in Tough Mudder’s Kiss of Mud or snag one of our Signature Performance Tees on some Spartan Race barbed wire at some point during your season, send it back to us and we will send you another. No questions asked. Quite simply, these are the products that we trust so much that we will do our darnedest to replace after you’ve destroyed them (queue accountant face palm) so that you can get back to racing in gear you trust.*

Over the coming weeks we will be “anointing” certain products as Alphas and soon enough you’ll start to see the nifty seal above in the product descriptions when sifting through our site. Though we hope that you trust ALL the products we sell, these are the ones that we think no obstacle racer should be without…and luckily we’re in a position to do something about it. 🙂

Happy Racing,

The OCR Gear Team

*Subject to change (stupid lawyers).

OCR Gear Ambassador Program

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Well, it’s been a bittersweet morning for us.

As you might have heard, about two weeks ago we began accepting applications for our OCR Gear Ambassador Program. And after combing through hundreds upon hundreds of applications, we finally whittled down the list to about 50 amazing athletes that we’ve asked to rep our brand (and OCR) in the marketplace.

These decisions were not taken lightly and to be honest, this has been one of the most difficult things we’ve done in our company’s short history. In each application, you could truly feel the passion that each person had for the sport and their desire to be involved. It’s heartbreaking that we can only carry so many athletes …but rest assured that as we grow so will this program. That’s a promise.

So…the bad news is that we couldn’t accept everyone that applied. But the good news is that we have a bunch of amazing athletes that we will partner with to help grow OCR Gear and the sport of obstacle racing.

So without further adieu, I give you the inaugural group of OCR Gear Ambassadors:

Edward Guyer
Joseph Farrar
Delaine Anderson
Oscar Salcedo
Wayne Lingle
Nathan Anderson
Ken Herzog
Michael Santore
Jameson Pew
Jeremy Board
Pete Greenfield
Mike Hardy
Keith Allen
Minna Urrey
Paul Mitas
David Criscola
William Wolfe
Scott Katzenstein
Andrew Ford
Elizabeth Walker
Michael Salmon
Paul Almanza
Vinnie Rubino
Rob Riddle
Kesha Harris
Michael Matter
Hope Epton
Cindy Hooper
Josh Chace
Ilene Boyar
Paul Dulin
Steven Olavarria
Scott MacKenzie
Eric Hansen
Carlos Lopez
Alex McKeown
Christina Babcock
Cody Wright
Heather Ostrander
Don Quaintance
Erica Pophal
Daniel Krueger
Tyler Barchek
Tony Middleton
Loren O’Brien
Mac Alaniz
James Driscoll
Steve Noviello
Clarence Heninger

Merrell shoes y’all!

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Another great announcement for OCR Gear…we now carry Merrell footwear! We’ve been racing in Merrell for some time now (since last February!) and have been loving them, so we’re particularly excited to carry these awesome kicks for our customers.

And in keeping with our hand-picked theme, we’ve put together a nice and tight lineup of our favorites. First on the men’s side is the Trail Glove 2, which offers a minimal ride and supreme connection to the course. Then there’s the Ascend Glove and the Mix Master Move which keeps you connected while also offering support without feeling bulky. Finally, the Mix Master Tuff is rugged enough for any course and offers all the protection your tootsies could ask for.

We’ve got a similar spread in the women’s lineup as well in the Pace Glove 2 and Ascend Glove, which offer varying levels of connection and support to match your preference.

So check out our starting lineup and let us know what you think. We’re always keen to get feedback from you guys on what you want and need. And if you’re looking for a great buyers guide, check out this article from Michael Mark of San Diego Obstacle Racing.

Happy Racing!



Compression Gear for Recovery

[text size=”14″ line_height=”22px” font=”Arial”]”You don’t get stronger when you work out, you get stronger when you recover from working out.” – Earl Walton, Endurance Racing Coach with TriLife Tailwind Endurance[/text]

The best endurance athletes know exactly what this quote means. They know that training and racing is only half the equation that leads to a stronger racer. They know that when you work hard, you need to recover just as hard. That means strategically resting your mind, body, and soul in preparation for another cycle of training/racing. For me personally, that means reconnecting with family and friends, tweaking the upcoming training schedule, and making sure my body is ready for what’s ahead which will surely be more intense than what’s already passed.

That last bit is the tricky part and it only gets harder as the season goes on. Maybe that slightly tweaked calf starts acting up a bit more often. Maybe that pesky IT band feels a bit tighter. But as any sidelined athlete can tell you, neglect those those nagging injuries now and soon enough they become an obstacle not even the best racer can conquer.

And that’s why we now stock CW-X Recovery Gear.

CW-X Recovery Gear is specifically designed to facilitate your body’s recovery efforts after grueling endurance events. They stabilize areas like IT bands, hip flexors, quads, knees, calves and Achilles, to reduce fatigue while the patented CW-X Support Web delivers targeted compression to increase circulation and minimize lactic acid buildup. The result: reduced muscle soreness and speedier recovery…meaning you can get back to back to doing what you love faster, with fewer maladies.

But don’t just take our word for it (though we think this stuff is a steal at the price!), do some homework and check out what Active and Competitor have to say. Then decide for yourself.

No Mud, No Glory

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mudders and Spartans, Maniacs and Dashers…welcome to OCR Gear!

My name is Adrian and I’m one of the minds and bodies behind OCR Gear, the world’s first online retail site dedicated solely to Obstacle Course Racing gear and apparel.

Over the past three years, the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) has grown exponentially. Races such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and Warrior Dash have enjoyed tremendous success and increased notoriety as alternatives to traditional endurance events. In 2013, it’s estimated that OCR races will attract over one million participants in 2013. OCR has also received significant coverage in media outlets such as 60 Minutes, The Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine, HBO’s Real Sports, Men’s Health, and the New York Times. Heck, Forbes even called Obstacle Racing the “next marathon“.

So what exactly are we doing to get involved?

Well, we’re trying to leverage everything we (some of the original team behind TRAVLETE) know about OCR to create a place for all your racing needs. In fact, we’d like to think that we possess a pretty darn good breadth of experience and knowledge across the entire Obstacle Course Racing market…we were even at the very first Tough Mudder at Bear Mountain, PA!

Our mission is a simple one:

[text size=”14″ line_height=”22px” font=”Arial”]We will provide OCR athletes, from beginner to pro, with a one-stop destination for all their Obstacle Course Racing gear needs.[/text]

Our lineup will include hand-picked products as chosen by a leadership team of fellow obstacle course racers, veteran endurance athletes, and experienced endurance coaches, along with a few nice touches along the way:

Quality: All products are hand-picked for OCR athletes by our team. We will never endorse a product we wouldn’t use ourselves.

Custom Outfitting: Based on one’s race experience, event and location, consumers can receive customized recommendations in anticipation of their next adventure via our “Ask a Pro” feature.

Satisfaction Guarantee: Because we only carry products we trust, we are able to stand behind our offerings with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Charity of the Month Program: We have made a pledge to support numerous charitable organizations by donating a portion of its profits every month to organizations that embody the spirit of OCR. Learn more about this promise here.

100/100 Line: OCR Gear will offer its own line of apparel that is entirely American made from 100% recycled materials, making it one of the most domestic labor AND environmentally friendly products you can buy.

We’ve also enlisted the help of a few friends, who will serve as trusted advisors and let us know about cool new stuff…or when something just isn’t cutting it. And there’s also a ton of other exciting things happening, so be sure to follow us on “the facebook” (some people will get this) and twitter.

Lastly, we owe a huge THANK YOU (even Bill!) to everyone that has helped us get to this metaphorical starting line. Whether you offered creative help, product suggestions, or even random snacks (love me some string cheese!), while we toiled away in front of a computer, your support hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Oh, and here’s a random picture of us taking product shots in Central Park (the greatest place in the world). Thanks for Kristine, Kaley, George, Joanna, Erin, and Cav for the fun day. You’re now famous…at least to the tourists that walked by. 🙂

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