Let’s look at all the GORUCK Rucking Boots.
If you find exercising taxing and stressful, maybe you’ll enjoy rucking. Rucking doesn’t require you to do burpees and lifting. And if you especially enjoy outdoor activities and adventures, rucking is a great and natural way to get in shape. All you ever need is a superb rucksack with some weight and an excellent pair of rucking boots.
There was a time when GORUCK’s only ruck boot was the basic, black MACV-1 – but now they have many options. So let’s demystify all these and take a look.
Here are some of the styles we are going to look at:
GORUCK Rucking Boots – Overview
Rucking is a fun activity, but it can be hard on your feet, especially if you walk long distances at a fast pace with a heavy load on muddy, wet, and rough terrains. That is why it is necessary to have the right pair of boots with excellent performance. Boots that won’t get debris and rain inside while still allowing your feet to breathe is one of the good traits of an excellent pair of boots.
Because of the toughness of GORUCK Rucking Boots, they are also ideal for the demands of Special Forces soldiers who spend an occupation on their feet, all over the world, with heavy rucks on their backs. They are ergonomically created to support your feet and ankles and weigh about as much as a pair of trail running shoes. The insole adapts and supports the foot, the drain holes are very efficient, and break-in time is not needed.
MACV-1 Black Leather 6-inch
The new full-grain Challenge Leather used in MACV-1 Black Leather 6-inch is more robust, hard-wearing, and gets even better with time and usage. With its 1000D Cordura and 2″ Nylon webbing, your ankle has added support while warding off rain and debris and keeping your feet cool. It has a dual compound rubber outsole that delivers all-around performance in any condition, including enhanced traction on slippery and muddy ground. The outsole also wraps up at the toes for understated protection against hostile terrain or when doing push-ups. The forefoot rubber is developed for improved grip, while the heel area is formed for abrasion resistance and enhanced stability. The extra space on the forefoot decreases the irritation that can occur if your feet brush against the insides of your boot. Instead of having 5mm, the boot has 3mm speed laces that don’t collect mud and debris and dry faster.
It has a 13mm offset, which is the ideal heel-to-toe drop for rucking, reducing the strain on your Achilles (and by proxy your ankle, knees, and hips), and helps to provide a natural pace in an unnatural world of asphalt and artificial surfaces. The 2″ webbing is stitched into the heel counter. By design, the heel counter and the 2″ webbing does not pull forward when you lace your boots up with your ankle locked into the heel. It has a supportive injection-molded plastic heel counter that supports your heel as the suede leather hinders friction that creates hotspots and blisters. This boot doesn’t use a spacer mesh to avoid unnecessary weight, especially when you walk in the water. The custom insert utilizes a solid compression foam system that supports your entire foot from heel to toe, including contoured arch support throughout the duration of your foot strike.
Jedburgh Ruck Boots
The Jedburgh Ruck Boots custom insert uses a dense compression foam system that holds your whole foot from heel to toe, even the contoured arch support – throughout your foot strike. The boots use a new and advanced upper called the Deception Canvas, which is tougher and harder. They have a considerate forefoot area that allows your foot to breathe and lessen the friction when your feet rub on the interiors of your boot.
These boots are ideal for airborne operations and maintain stability and support on rough terrain. The 2″ webbing is tailored into the heel counter with no spacer mesh to avoid added weight when they get wet. They have a 13mm offset that lessens the strain on your Achilles and makes it easier to walk on rough and rugged roads. The EVA midsole of the boots is lightweight, making the boots easy and comfortable to wear, while the rubber outer sole makes the boots function well as they should. They are ready when you are, and no break-in time is needed.
MACV-1 Origin Editions 8-inch
The MACV-1 Origin Editions 8-inch is also called jungle boots with its black leather and green canvas. They went through several iterations since their origin – from using Panama Sole and adding steel plates, replacing the canvas tops to nylon, and replacing the regular insoles with removable ones to give sufficient ventilation. But GORUCK’s MACV-1 Origins Edition – 8″ is more comfortable, lighter, and more supportive than any of those versions. Like all MACV-1, the Origin Edition 8″ also has a more rigid full-grain Challenge Leather that is hard-wearing, and a dual compound rubber outsole delivers versatile performance in any environment. The forefoot rubber is devised for improved grip, while the heel area is devised for abrasion resistance and enhanced durability.
The forefoot area of this boot is huge, which lessens friction and allows your toes to breathe. It has 3mm speed laces that dry faster, and because there’s less bulk, they are also quicker to tie. The boot has an old-fashioned technology that repels moisture and pushes the water out of the side of the boot. It also has the ideal 13mm heel-to-toe drop for rucking, reducing the strain on your Achilles, and providing a natural movement. It has the perfect combination of lightweight EVA midsole and a rubber outer sole to produce outstanding performance and a comfortable ride. Spacer mesh is soft and comfortable, but when it gets wet, your boots get heavier. So to avoid unneeded load, these boots do not use Spacer mesh. Your entire foot from the heel to toe gets the support that it needs because of the custom compression insert.
MACV-1 Coyote Brown 6-inch
The MACV-1 Coyote Brown 6-inch is hard-wearing and tougher than before with its new full-grain Challenge Leather. Combining 1000D CORDURA and 2″ nylon webbing keeps rubble and rain away and provides added ankle support and breathability. Its forefoot has a wide toe box so your foot can still breathe and won’t swell no matter how long you ruck or travel. The forefoot rubber is developed for enhanced grip, while the heel area is developed for abrasion resistance and enhanced durability. The dual-compound rubber outsole renders functional performance in any setting, including enhanced traction on damp and muddy terrain. Standard speed lace is 5mm, but this boot uses 3mm not to collect mud and debris. The 3mm lace also dries fast and less bulky, making it faster to tie. With its old-fashioned technology, the water is expelled, and with every step, the water is pushed out the side of the boot.
The boot has a 13mm heel-to-toe drop that decreases the strain on your Achilles and helps provide a natural movement even on rugged grounds. The EVA midsole and the rubber outer sole have a good connection resulting in comfortable wear and good performance. The 2″ ankle webbing is sewn into the heel counter and suitable for airborne operations. When you tie your boots up with your ankle fastened into the heel, the heel counter and the 2″ webbing does not pull forward. The suede leather restricts the kind of abrasion that causes hotspots and blisters. It also has an injection-molded plastic heel counter that stabilizes your heel and has no spacer mesh for a lighter feeling. The custom insert utilizes a dense compression foam system that holds your entire foot from heel to toe.
GORUCK Rucking Boots Review – In Summary
That’s our look at all the latest styles of GORUCK Rucking Boots.
If you plan to go rucking to add to your existing workouts, investing in a good pair of rucking boots is necessary to enjoy it fully. GORUCK Rucking Boots use full-grain Challenge Leather and 1000D CORDURA with lightweight EVA midsole and workhorse insert that supports your entire foot from heel to toe. They have a high-traction rubber outsole with a 13mm heel-to-toe drop to reduce strain on your Achilles. Happy rucking!
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