GoRuck Launches MACV-1 Jungle Rucking Boot

A few years ago, GoRuck released a clothing line, designed for those who participate in their various events. The clothing was a great companion for their highly successful pack line. Now, they’ve introduced a boot.


GoRuck assembled a team of three Special Forces Veterans with experience spanning over five decades to create a boot worthy of the company’s name. Weighing in at 14 oz (per boot), these ankle height boots, like the GI Jungle Boots which inspired them, are not waterproof.


These boots are made for walking. Just take a gander at the construction features.


Offered in a wide variety of sizes from 4-14, the MACV-1 ships in October.


16 Responses to “GoRuck Launches MACV-1 Jungle Rucking Boot”

  1. rearmount says:

    Curious how these compare to the Saloman Jungles. The Salomans are a few ounces heavier, but I’m sure that’s because they’re a taller boot, too.

    • STEPAN1983 says:

      It has nothing to do with real jungle boots exept name and appearance, especially this hipster flat outsole

    • Jason says:

      Salomons have a really narrow toe box that over time causes a lot of friction and discomfort. That’s been my experience (and a lot of my buddies have had the same). MACV-1 has a wider toe box (and is lighter/simpler) which gives your toes more room to breathe under a ruck and on the move.

      • SSD says:

        Salomon widened the toe box this year. However, science tells us that American feet and European feet are the same width. Only Asians have a wider forefoot, but that comes with a shorter length foot. Americans are just used to a looser fit.

        Having said that, I like what you’ve done with this new boot.

        • Dev says:

          Duck-like feet has been a curse all my life. Finding soccer shoes, both indoors and outdoors was always a nightmare.

          I have to say though the six years as an infantryman it wasnt difficult finding footwear that fitted well and got the job done. Testament to the footwear companies’ good work in that field I guess.

  2. Richard says:

    I’m a fan of their backpacks and an avid attendee of their events. I submit that these boots are not ideal for your typical GORUCK event. The low uppers mean they will fill with sand and mud easily. Additionally, the complete absence of traction will mean these will only do well in urban environments. Rocky C5C’s remain the goto boots for GORUCK weirdos.

    • DERP says:

      You really need to look at diversifying your pack situation if you think their packs meet any sort of standard within the industry at the asking price.

      • John says:

        Yes, the goruck packs have some flaws, for example they ride so high up my back that when I go prone without armor it touches the back of my head. However, they are better made than my MR and Kifaru pack. Both of which have torn during daily non field use. Is the goruck expensive? Most definitely. Does it have limiting features? For me, yes. But is it a quality pack I can rely on to not tear or rip apart? Most definitely yes. I mostly use my GR2 for field trainings and travel. Its one of the few packs I own that I feel comfortable carrying all over the world as my main carry bag.

        • Luke says:

          Did your MR/Kifaru tear at a seam? because they are made from the same fabric as the goruck, likely from the same mill.

          • SSD says:

            In MR’s case, possibly manufactured in the same factory.

          • John says:

            Yup, at the bottom front. It was a MR 3DAP. My GR2 is a first generation, I got it about a year into when they started producing it, so I think they were still making them in house at the time.

      • Alpha2 says:

        They are a bit pricey, and no they are not great packs for “tactical” needs. That being said I have one of their small kit bags aka duffel bag, and although relatively simple I have used that bag for overnight bag, range bag, every day bag, etc. and it has stood up over 3 years of abuse, just about daily. I did get it on a sale plus LE discount so paid I alot less than their retail price, probably would not have purchased it if not for the huge savings, it has been a good bag though, and have most definitely got my $$$ worth.

  3. Thomas Madere says:

    No Panama sole, how can it be a jungle boot.

    • G says:

      Evidently because it isn’t waterproof, ergo it’s a jungle boot. Or because it’s “inspired” by a jungle boot. What’s in a name, anyway?!

  4. Clint says:

    A breathable, chukka height boot that can be worn at the office or walking the docks is something I have been looking for for years. It might not be a true jungle boot but I’m pretty sure it will fit the bill as a Gulf Coast swamp boot.

  5. Chris says:

    If these can take polish (which it looks like they can) these would be a viable addition to the uniform boot wearers (police, etc) that require polished footwear.

    One of my issues with some of the ultralight boots I got when I was still in patrol (Under Armor, Danner) was that they really couldn’t be spit shined, which my agency required if you weren’t going to wear coroframs.

    As to their backpacks, I’ve used them in GoRuck events and they make a decent general purpose bag, although mine is in the process of getting repurposed into a medic bag that fits somewhere between the M9 and larger bags like my MR RATS.