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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.

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…]

The 5.11 Tactical Rush12 backpack is our budget choice for a rucking rucksack. It's got all the features we'd look for in a rucking backpack, in a budget friendly package.

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 rucksacks 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… 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 webbing), and lots of it. [Read more…]

30 lb ruck weight from Titan Fitness - compact, efficient shape for adding weight to your rucksack

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…]