Best rucking sock? That’s what we aim to find out.
We’re out in the field , ruck marching relentlessly to find the best rucking sock.
Check back in a few weeks and we’ll have test results.
Here’s some of the styles were going to look at:
On to the socks!
Best Rucking Socks – Overview
What do we need in the best rucking sock?
That’s what we’ll discuss here.
(Stand by for details!)
Our field test will reveal what the key features are.
MudGear – Ruck Sock
We put these through some real mud – and they lived up to their name.
This was an 18 mile ruck march through swampy trails that varied from dry to calf deep water – and lots of mud, of course.
Darn Tough – Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Review
How do these do when wet?
I had these on for a 10 mile/30 lb ruck march after a stormy, rainy day.
A few places on the trail, I had to go full immersion.
While having wet socks isn’t fun – there were really no problems on the return trip back home (which was about 2 miles.)
Darn Tough – Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion Review
Here they are on a muddy ruck march. The socks did well.
Darn Tough – Hiker Boot Sock Midweight with Cushion Review
Best Rucking Socks – How About a Trail Running Sock?
During our testing for the best rucking sock we also tried various trail running socks.
Our findings were that trail running socks are fine – with trail running shoes.
They aren’t a stellar match for boots – and not in particular for the GORUCK MACV-1 – our preferred rucking boot.
Trail running socks assume you’ve got the tighter closer fit of a trail running shoe.
As such there is a little too much movement within the boot.
Trail running socks also don’t come up very high – although this isn’t a show stopper, as shown with the MudGear Trail Running Sock and MACV-1 boot here.
All things considered, Trail Running Socks pair up nicely with tighter fitting Trail Running Shoes – but weren’t a good match with boots.
Boots need more material on the top of the sock to ensure a closer fit.
Best Rucking Socks – How Did We Test?
I did a number of short to medium ruck marches.
Average distance was just slightly over 3 miles (and sometimes 4.5 miles), and using a 20 lb or 30 lb ruck plate – with a GORUCK 15L Bullet ruck, and GORUCK MACV-1 lightweight jungle rucking boots (both Coyote Suede 6″ and Black 6″.)
Times varied, but my best was 51 minutes.
I also did longer ruck marches up to 15 miles (with 30 lbs.)
These tests were conducted in July, August, and September 2020, in Florida (HOT and HUMID).
I also wore the MACV-1 with these socks for my review of the GORUCK SRT program. This program is more focused on PT-style exercises rather than long distance rucking.
(Tests are still underway)
Best Rucking Socks – Cheap Socks?
Did I only test premium, expensive socks?
No. Here’s the “Outdoor Vintage” sock from Walmart. Available in a 4-pack for about $24.
It looks like a hiking sock, but the performance was abysmal.
I wore these on a 10K ruck march with 30 lbs (2 hours time) and developed a hideous blister – that took 5 days to heal afterwards.
These socks immediately went into the trash can upon my return to home base.
Cheap socks ain’t worth it.
7 days after that fiasco I re-did that same march , with a Darn Tough boot sock.
I went 20% further (12,000 meters) faster, and with the same weight (30 lb ruck plate.)
Best Rucking Socks – In Summary
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