Don’t Buy The Best Boots for Rucking Until You Read These Facts
Rucking or rucksack marching is not the easiest thing to do and having all of that weight pulling down on your joints is not as comfortable, but rucking is the ideal form of exercise. It is not as tough as running and the army does use this as a measure of testing the resistance of the soldiers before they do get deployed with those immense backpacks.
Since you joints and legs will take the bulk of the punishment, it is important to have them supported and the boots can be the ideal way to keep you on your feet and reaching your goal. We have set out to find the best boots for rucking. These boots will help alleviate some of the strain put on your joints and legs and this will certainly help you to hold out longer when performing the exercises.
Ask any military professional how important the right boots are and they will tell you, but sometimes the choices can be daunting with all of the boots available on the market today. After the reviews, we have included a detailed buying guide that will show you how we rated these boots and also reveal the criterion you can use to ensure that you do get the right boots and the best value for your money before you need to go rucking.
Top 5 Best Boots For Rucking
1. Rocky Men's 8 Inch S2v 101 Work Boot
The Rocky brand has been notorious and well-known for their hiking shoes and boots and since rucking does require you to be on your feet and trek through various different terrains, the Men’s 8 inch S2v 101 work boot will be ideal.
The boot is constructed from suede leather and this is the ideal materials for durability as well as the added flexibility to allow you to have a more comfortable fit.
The boot is also quite high cut and this will keep your joints and your ankles perfectly protected from falls and twitches and the addition Vibram sole provides great grip that will keep you from slipping over uneven surfaces.
These boots are also quite light and this should be ideal for reducing the strain on your feet whilst walking, which should also reduce fatigue.
One additional element this boot offers is the ability to resist almost any environment. The boot is flame and water resistant and this will make it ideal for military use. Aside from the colors, you will be able to use these boots as a fireman or in the military, but we are not quite fond of the light color.
This boot does offer almost everything you need for military or police endeavors, but it is also one of the most expensive boots you will find. We do highly recommend it as the pros will certainly outweigh the cons and once you have them, you should have them for a long period of time.
- Extremely durable
- Water and fire resistant
- Keeps the ankles and joints protected
- Reduces strain on the feet
- Really expensive
2. Garmont T8 Bifida Tactical Boot
The garment T8 Bifida Tactical boot is more of a stylish rucking boot compared to the previous one and it is made from suede materials. This ensures the durability of the boot is quite high and you will have optimal protection from the elements.
Nylon has been added to the upper layer of the boot and this will certainly promote more breathability and allow you to get ventilation on those hot rucking days.
This boot might not be fully waterproof, but it is still one of the top boots that you will be wearing in wetter climates. Since the materials are very lightweight and most of it is synthetic, you will find that it does dry out quite swiftly when it gets wet.
The boot is naturally also quite wide on the inside and this should be great for people with wider feet. You will still get this boot in a medium with if you have smaller feet, but if you are looking for spaciousness and flexibility, this will be the ideal boot to give you all of that.
The boot is in the middle of the range when it comes to pricing and we also like the mid-cut design. This design might not be the best choice for military use, but it will be ideal for keeping your ankles protected. We highly recommend this boot as the cheaper alternative to the aforementioned Rocky boot and you will also have quite similar results.
- Stylish design
- Excellent durability
- Promotes excellent ventilation
- Dries out extremely fast
- Lace fittings do lack durability
3. Danner Men’s Tachyon 8” Duty Boots
Danner always produces great tactical combat boots that military professionals have grown accustomed to and the Men’s Tachyon 8 inch Duty boot certainly continues this tactical combat aspect.
The boots are made from various durable fabrics and this will give you a more comfortable fit than you might find in leather boots.
The boot is also extremely lightweight and Danner has incorporated the pentagonal lugs in the outer sole to make walking more comfortable. These lugs will reduce the impact your feet takes whilst walking and the additional toe cap will keep you from getting any abrasions while walking.
Finally, this boot offers an open cell polyurethane footbed and this footbed is the ideal addition to people looking for a softer walking surface. The insole will perfectly mold to the shape of your feet and maintain this shape forever. Ventilation is also key on those long and strenuous rucking sessions and this boot will give you optimal ventilation to cool your feet down.
While Danner boots are notoriously expensive, this is one of the cheaper boots on our list and we certainly do recommend it for the value it provides. The boot is light and will offer the ideal ankle and joint protection with the high-cut style as well.
- Stylish and lightweight
- Molds to the shape of your feet
- Provides good ventilation
- Impact resistant
- Narrow design
4. Reebok Work Duty Men's Rapid Response RB RB8694 6" Tactical Boot
You might not have expected a Reebok boot as part of our selection, but the men’s Rapid Response RB 8694 6” tactical boot is quite the ideal boot for rucking. This boot is designed from leather and textile materials and while it still does not feature a high-cut design like many of the other boots, it will definitely keep your ankles protected and stable.
This boot also features the inclusion of a side zipper and this will give you that ideal fit, it also makes the boots much easier to slip on when in a rush and you will have the removable foot force F2A polyurethane cushioning system at your disposal.
This should make it one of the most comfortable boots on the market and you will also be able to have it mold to the shape of your feet for even more comfort.
The boot also features an additional toe cap and this toe cap is ideal when it comes to resisting any abrasions and also offers that added protection from stubs to rocks. The boot might not be ideal under watery conditions, but should you be working in electrical conditions, this boot is capable of resisting electrical hazards, but please do not mix electricity with water.
This boot is also really affordable, but unfortunately, it is only available in a light color, which means that you will be cleaning them quite often and they might not be the ideal choice for every uniform. We still highly recommend them if they fit your uniform and the durability will make up for the color problems.
- Extremely durable
- Offers ankle protection
- Electrical hazard resistant
- Abrasion resistant
- Not waterproof
5. Rocky Men's C4T Tactical Boot
Last but certainly not least, we have the Rocky men’s C4T tactical boot and when you take a look at the Danner boot in our list, you will find quite a lot of similarities between these two. This boot is made from leather and textile fabrics and the leather does offer a little more durability, while the textile fabrics will give you the added flexibility needed for walking longer distances.
This boot is waterproof as well and it does dry out extremely fast, while the addition of the polyurethane outer sole will provide you with much-needed comfort whilst walking and rucking. The boot is quite high-cut and this will certainly keep your joints and ankles protected from any damage, while the speed eyelids, and make lacing an easy and swift process.
Finally, the boot is available in multiple different colors for you to choose from and this will be ideal depending on your wardrobe. Since the boots are not all that expensive, you might even like to consider having two pairs and they can be alternated depending on the conditions and the environment.
This boot is highly rated as a tactical boot and the Rocky brand has incorporated all of their knowledge from years of hiking shoes to make this boot very comfortable for rucking.
- Stylish design
- Extremely durable
- Comfortable inner sole
- Water resistant
- Strenuous and long break in period
Key Features to Consider When Purchasing Rucking Boots
We believe that the boots in our list are the best and we also believe that the list is quite complete, but should you be looking for a different brand, we have decided to list the criterion that we have used to compile this list. If you use this criterion, you will definitely get good value for your money and perhaps even a different rucking boot. Here are our key features that you should look out for:
Durability is the first aspect you look for in any boot and the quality of the materials, will directly relate to the durability. The leather is ideal, but for rucking, you will be looking for something lighter, but still durable. We recommend suede for this type of endeavor and you will also find that it does provide added flexibility for the feet.
In most cases, walking boots must have a comfortable inner sole and a polyurethane based cushioning system is ideal. These cushioning systems will help to absorb some of the impacts and keep your feet comfortable for longer periods of time. This should also help to reduce the impact your feet sustains.
3. Element Resistant
We believe that the top rucking boots can survive in any condition and we do recommend that you look for a water and fire resistant boot. You might not be taking on fires, but having that, will add another layer of durability to the boot.
Rucking is normally done in warm condition and having good ventilation will keep your feet from heating up too much. We recommend looking at the materials and doing some research to find out if the boot does have good ventilation. Sometimes when looking for ventilation, you might need to give up water resistance, but this is all up to you and the location you plan on rucking.
A heavy boot will certainly make you fatigue much faster and we highly recommend looking at the weight. Finding the ideal weight is important and since the weight on your back is already tough, you could potentially save some weight in your boots.
These are the top 5 features that we usually recommend and when you consider these features as your judging criteria, the chances are that you will be getting the best possible value for your money. We highly recommend keeping this list with you on your boot seeking endeavor.
Once again it is time for our verdict and once again it is a tough choice to make. This time we have decided to go with the Danner Men’s Tachyon 8” Duty Boots for the combination of durability and affordability it provides. We really believe that these boots will give you multiple years of endurance and usage.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and we hope you did find the ideal boot for your rucking outing.