GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Cross Training Shoe

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GORUCK isn’t exclusively about rucking – they make a great cross training shoe too – here’s the GORUCK Ballistic Trainers.

Take your workout outside of the gym with the Ballistic Trainer. It is a versatile and functional training shoe to face the real world of weighted ruck activities, sandbag workouts in dirty settings, even conditions where you need better traction, and surroundings where you need more support.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn by an athlete 2
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn by an athlete. Lift heavier, sprint faster, and ruck harder while looking cool with the Ballistic Trainer. The Ballistic stability puts less stress on the Achilles tendon during lifts, with added heel stability to support your entire range of motion when running, moving, and living. It has the support and stability that you need to push past your limits wherever your workout takes you.

This is a great shoe for CrossFit style workouts (F45, etc.):

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Our Review

Hey! We’ve reviewed the GORUCK ballistic trainer.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Shoe Review - Front To Back 1
This is GORUCK’s first attempt at a CrossFit style training shoe – and they did their homework.
GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Shoe Review - Side Profile Left
Subdued style – it’s nice to have that option.
GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Shoe Review - Spearhead Logo
The tongue is thin. That’s the GORUCK spearhead logo. Laces are laces – and they work just fine. You’ve got the extra set of eyelets to do a lace lock or runner’s loop if desired.
GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Shoe Review Versus Reebok Nano X Side by Side
Which shoe looks better to you? Some find the Nano X’s styling over-done.

Overall, it’s a competent – if somewhat boring looking- CrossFit shoe.

But, not everybody wants flashy shoes – so these are great for that.

Find out more in our GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Review.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainer Shoe Review Versus Nike Metcon 6 - another view
As mentioned, the Ballistic Trainer fits me better than the Nike – that’s largely due to the forefoot width but also the high collar and great heel counter in the Ballistic Trainer.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Overview

The best feature of the Ballistic Trainer is its 3X support™ and 3X stability for all three of your arches. The dense PU foam insert is custom-made to fit the outlines of the foot and support all the arches. Three different rubber compounds form a single, seamless rubber outsole. The forefoot rubber is devised for improved grip, while the heel area is solid and won’t wear down after miles of running or rucking. The midfoot is designed from a rock climbing compound and hardened for superior abrasion resistance, ideal for rope climbs.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn

The forefoot is built utilizing an engineered warp-knit technology which provides a consistent, one-piece vamp and toe cap while offering reinforced strength, breathability, and flexibility. Two different types of EVA merged in a smooth slope from forefoot to heel, as the high rebound, high flexibility EVA in the forefoot provides cushion and support for explosive movement. The robust, reliable EVA in the heel maintains a steady platform to keep you grounded when lifting or squatting. When doing dynamic, load-bearing exercises, anchor your foot with a supportive, injection-molded heel counter that stabilizes your heel.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn by an athlete
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn by an athlete

When lifting heavy loads or moving more than 400 meters, the 8mm heel-to-toe drop in the Ballistic Trainers™ creates the best biomechanical advantage compared to other training shoes. The lace area, midfoot, and heel is made from two panels of 1680D CORDURA® Ballistic Nylon — offering the toughest Special Forces grade abrasion resistance against the stresses of rope climbs. This 1680D CORDURA® also provides superior midfoot and heel support during dynamic movements. Extra top eyelets can produce a tight heel lock, typically called a runner’s loop or lock lace, to prevent heel slippage and needless movement around the ankle.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn by an athlete
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn by an athlete

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – In Summary

That’s our close-up look at GORUCK Ballistic Trainers.

Lift heavier, sprint faster, and ruck harder while looking cool with the Ballistic Trainer. The Ballistic stability puts less stress on the Achilles tendon during lifts, with added heel stability to support your entire range of motion when running, moving, and living. It has the support and stability that you need to push past your limits wherever your workout takes you.

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GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn

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GORUCK Ballistic Trainers - Low Top worn by an athlete 2
GORUCK Ballistic Trainers – Low Top worn by an athlete 2

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