Ruck-wear isn't just about looking the part. The right gear is functional and allows you to improve with every step. Here is some of the gear we're using on our own rucking adventures.
If you're new to rucking, get ready for some sticker shock. You're going to be tempted to use some random $20 backpack you have around the house. We tried that, and it was a bust. Zippers broke, pouches tore; it wasn't pretty. Even if thrift shop everything else make sure you have a dependable pack.
Many consider it the best ruck sack accessible to civilians. Known for its comfort and durability, the only downfall with this bag is GORUCK's struggle to keep it in stock. More at GORUCK.com
5.11 TACTICAL BACKPACK
Compartments galore. All 5.11 gear is built to last and designed with functionality. Easily adjust straps for the perfect fit. More at Amazon.com
Honestly, there's no wrong way to add weight to your backpack. These however were designed with the ruck in mind and are conveniently compact so that you can store other things in your pack as well.
TITAN FITNESS CAST IRON RUCK WEIGHTS
Can't wait to add some weight? Here's a simple 20, but their thin enough to easily add more to your ruck sack. Handles on both ends takes the guesswork out of installation. More at Amazon.com
FRINGE SPORT SKULL RUCK WEIGHT PLATES
Don't you dare hide this in a ruck sack. This is the kind of design you want to show off while doing some hands on weight workouts. It's durable and easy to handle. Most importantly, this skull just looks awesome! More at Amazon.com
You can ruck in blue jeans with your buds, but it's going to get sweaty. Prepare to be nicknamed the Soggy Bottom Boys...OR take our word for it that true tac pants are the way to go.
TBMPOY MEN'S QUICK-DRY HIKING PANTS
These pants were made for adventure. They're light enough to move freely but tough enough to brush against the toughest terrain - protecting against wind, weather, and wilderness. More at Amazon.com
CQR MEN'S CARGO
No more super wide cargo pants. CQR are a relaxed fit with a hint of military and law enforcement performance design with anti-snag material tough enough to go wherever you're tough enough to wear them. More at Amazon.com
We wouldn't say it if it wasn't true. You won't find better shirts for rucking than MudGear performance and lifestyle shirts.
MUDGEAR MEN'S LOOSE TECH TEE
It's one of those rare shirts in which everyone looks great. The MudGear Loose Tee features the same functionally strong, advanced wicking fabric found in our fitted race jersey in a comfortably breathable loose cut. More at MudGear.com
MUDGEAR RUCK STAR TRI-BLEND TEE
Ruckers move weight, but Ruck Stars go heavier for longer. Compliment your prowess with a shirt that calls it like it is. Printed on the softest tri-blend combination (poly, cotton, rayon) that you've ever worn. Meet your new favorite tee. More at MudGear.com
With a pack on your back, the last thing you want to worry about is keeping your drawers up. Plus, a good belt gives you something to which you can attach more gear.
NYLON MILITARY TACTICAL BELT - 2 PACK
Not 1 but 2 high quality nylon belts with backup plastic buckles. The military inspired tactical belt uses lightweight and wear-resisting nylon material that dries easily and is strong enough to withstand 500Kg weight. More at Amazon.com
JUMBOFIT TACTICAL BELT, MOLLE POUCH & CLIP
It's the traditional, super sturdy nylon belt with a unique but thorough clasp. The coolest part is, instead a second belt, score a molle pouch carry your essentials. More at Amazon.com
Rucking doesn't impact the knees like running, but your feet are still supporting all of that weight. You need something comfortable but tough enough for every ground covered.
SALOMON CROSS HIKE MID GTX HIKING BOOTS
These mid height hiking shoes with rubber soles are designed for any conditions, anywhere in the world; Agile and very grippy, the Cross Hike Mid GTX cushions your ankle and keeps you on track. More at Amazon
RAX MEN'S WILD WOLF HIKING BOOT
We love the look and feel of these waterproof hiking boot featuring suede leather upper with breathable LYCRA® material and adjustable lace-up vamp. The rubber outsole has antiskid multi-directional traction. More at Amazon
As important as a good pair of shoes may me, your socks are in actual contact with your feet and need to be up to the challenge. Fortunately, socks are what we do best!
MUDGEAR RUCK SOCK BLACK/GRAY
These are the first sock built by ruckers for ruckers and even says RUCK across the back. Enjoy the dry performance of merino wool for comfortable durability during military, tactical, rucking, hunting, and all day work; ruck-ready for more weighted miles. More at MudGear.com
MUDGEAR RUCK SOCK GRAY/BLACK
When you can't improve on perfection, you at least offer it in a new color. Now you can alternate between your home and away socks; maybe 1 pair for training and the other for ruck challenges. These are every bit as durable as the originals but in a classy new color. More at MudGear.com
Defend the dome with something sturdy but breathable. Here are two of our favorite hats.
MUDGEAR TAC HAT
The MudGear Tac Hat's durable canvas construction weathers nicely and actually improves with dirt, sweat, and age. It comes with an orange on black MudGear patch that you can switch out with patches from your favorite challenge events. More at MudGear.com
KBETHOS TACTICAL OPERATOR CAP
The camo flag is always a clutch move at ruck events. This flag is actually Velcro and can be alternated with your MudGear patch or patches collected from ruck challenges. More at Amazon