Ranger Panties - the best running shorts ever?
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Ranger Panty Roundup

Ranger Panties – what are they? These are minimalist running shorts, with roots in the military. They are short (after all these aren’t “longs”). They are comfortable. They can be very revealing. But, it’s all about the comfort. By the way, these products contain some of the most entertaining questions and comments on all of Amazon. You are doing yourself a huge disservice if you don’t click through and check them out. Seriously. Here’s the products we are going to review. Let’s take a closer look at the best ranger panties. What can you do with these? Anything. Rucking, running, hiking, marching, squatting, PT – ranger panties do it all. As long as you aren’t too modest… We recommend OD Green. This gives you a legit look and military feel. Black is a versatile color – and it flies under the radar. Of course your brilliant white thighs will probably counter that… Hi viz options are available as well. You will inevitably see a pair of these at any 5K or distance run. So, you might as well grab a [Read more…]

Best Hydration Bladder for Rucking
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Best Hydration Bladder for Rucking

Hydration Bladders: The Ultimate Tool for Adventure Have you ever had a water bottle leak into your hiking rucksack, making the entire contents of the bag wet? Have you ever wished that you could have a water source available while running without having to tote around a heavy, sloshing water bottle? Wouldn’t it be simple to sip out of a straw while exploring rather than having to stop and mess with water bottle caps? If you are tired of these scenarios, then you are in luck. A device called a hydration bladder can eliminate all of these pesky situations while freeing up your hands for outdoor activities and providing you with ultimate hydration. What is a Hydration Bladder? Hydration bladders are simplified water reservoirs with a spout-like attachment that allows individuals to wear their source of water on their back while having easy access to hydration. As a system that functions like a backpack, the CamelBak was the original hydration pack and was often used by soldiers and avid outdoorsmen. Popular by demand, hydration bladders began to evolve and became [Read more…]

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Beginner Rucking Gear

Here we are going to explain a cheap, but complete basic rucking gear setup for a beginner. This would be a great setup for a GORUCK Light event, but would work for a Heavy or a Tough as well. This is a no-frills load out – no unnecessary bells and whistles, and using the most cost efficient gear possible. At the same time, this is a high quality setup – this is proven gear that will last for months or years. Get started with rucking on the cheap – you can always upgrade gear later. Here’s our recommendations. Read on for the full reasoning behind each choice. Looking for a rucking alternative to expensive GORUCK gear? Check out these items – and save tons of money. Cheap Beginner Rucksack GORUCK makes some great gear for rucking – but it is also very expensive. For a beginner we think the from 5.11 tactical is a better choice. Why lay out a lot of cash when you can get something else for 1/4th of the cost? Why do we think the Rush12 [Read more…]

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Cold Weather Rucking Tips

Rucking this winter? Be sure to stay warm. But, do it in a smart way. Here’s our tips for cold weather rucking. These top tips were gleaned from the experience of many ruckers. Best materials for cold weather rucking First of all, let’s review the best materials to use in the cold weather. Best Fabrics for Cold Weather Ruck March In general, wool is a superior material for cold weather as compared to cotton. It is also better than most synthetic materials that are not purposed designed for cold weather. Wool from a sheep is an amazing insulator. Nature made sure of that – the crimped nature of the individual wool fibers ensures that they form millions of tiny air pockets. These tiny pockets trap air, helping to provide a thermal barrier. And, wool outperforms cotton even more when it is wet. Cotton is NOT recommended for hiking in cold conditions. Why? Because when cotton gets wet it completely loses its insulating abilities. It also does not wick away perspiration. Base layer fabrics should be wicking (which transports moisture away [Read more…]

The GORUCK GR2 is a great backpack, but it's a premium backpack. Find out all the great features that make this an expensive, but outstanding rucksack for rucking.
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The Most Expensive Backpacks for Rucking

How’s this for a change of pace? Let’s skip the budget-friendly, low-cost backpacks for rucking. Instead, we’re going to look at the most expensive backpacks for rucking. Why? Well, because these very expensive tactical backpacks also happen to be outrageously good. What We Need in a Rucksack For Rucking Honestly the requirements for a rucking backpack are not too intense. We want a bag with somewhere between 20L (liters) and 30L in capacity. We need some volume to carry gear – but not too much and not too little. Secondly, the bag must be reasonably tough and durable. The chances of a failure due to overloading on a ruck march is pretty small – we’re not really going to be using that much weight (between 20 lbs and 45 lbs of extra weight is typical). But, we may need to use the ruck for PT – especially if we’re on a GORUCK challenge event. Bag swings, bear crawls, overhead press, and possibly more. There’s nothing worse than gear that fails when you need it the most. Lastly, we want MOLLE [Read more…]

Best Boot for Rucking 2019
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Best Boots For Rucking in 2019

If you use rucking for personal physical fitness or for military training, you need good boots. Footwear is hands down the most important piece of equipment for rucking (after that your rucksack is second most important). Let’s talk about what makes the best boots for rucking in 2019. First of all, if you are in the US military your footwear might have to be AR 670-1 compliant boots. That’s the US Army regulation that dictates what footwear (and other items) are allowed as part of the uniform. What does AR 670-1 compliant mean in practical terms? If your commander has authorized commercial design combat boots: Boot must be 8″ to 10″ high. Must be made from tan or coyote color cattle hide leather (flesh side out). Plain toe, not steel toe. Color matching sole – The sole of the boot must also be tan or coyote. Sole can’t be more than 2″ in height. The outsole must be rubber or pure polyether polyurethane. Boot upper has to be leather or non-mesh fabric. If it doesn’t look a lot like the [Read more…]

Best Budget Backpack for Rucking
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Best Budget Rucksacks for Rucking

Rucking (hiking or marching with a loaded backpack) is simple, cheap exercise. Throw some weight (20 lbs for beginners, 30 lbs for advanced) into a backpack and walk. There are many options for rucksacks, but the and the other bags in the Rush line are particularly budget friendly. We’ll take a look at the models they have available, and what makes them the best budget alternatives for the ruck march or ruck event. Let’s look at backpacks that are cheap, but good. These aren’t the premium brand (GORUCK bags) that will break the bank – but they will work fine. These are the best budget rucksacks for 2019. Want to jump right to the recommendations? Here they are: Read on for all the juicy details of the best budget backpacks. 5.11 Tactical Rush12 Backpack The is our budget pick for most affordable rucksack. This rucksack is typically offered for sale under $100. But, at the same time, it’s got the features we look for in the best rucking backpack. It’s got MOLLE (pronounced as “Molly”) webbing (known formally as PALS [Read more…]

Titan Fitness Ruck Plates
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Titan Fitness Ruck Plates for the Ruck March

We’re going to look at the best budget ruck plate available via Amazon: the . What is a Ruck Plate? Ruck Plates (also called Ruck Weights) let you add compact, heavy weight to your rucksack. They provide a significant weight in a compact form factor. Ruck plates fit conveniently in the laptop compartment, hydration pocket, or ruck plate sleeve (for rucksacks equipped as such) and ensure your other gear doesn’t get dinged up too much. What is a Ruck Plate For? The compact form factor ensures you aren’t wasting space for other items you really need on the ruck march. Why add weight to ruck march? For the training effect. Build up your stamina and endurance of your upper body in preparation for the real deal. Rucking is walking (or marching) with a loaded rucksack. Rucksack is military slang for a backpack. Carrying a heavy load for a long distance is a great endurance exercise – and when the load is high on your back, it’s even better. Because that really helps stress the upper back, traps, and more. Rucking [Read more…]