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Women - Please note that most, if not all, of these shoes are designed using a "unisex", i.e. male, last - the form used to shape the footbed. Women's feet are anatomically different than men's and shaped differently, and we have different biomechanical patterns, which can and do lead to injuries when wearing poorly-fitted footwear. Industry's approach has always been "shrink it and pink it", but we are not small men. I did a lot of rucking in my Army days in tiny combat boots meant for men and am still dealing with orthopedic injuries from it. Please consider wearing a shoe designed on a women's last.

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I recently found the Naglev boot and have been rucking in it for a few weeks. It's quite stiff at first but broke in quickly but gives me plenty of support without much weight. a size 42 weighs in at 420g so no weight penalty for the stiffness which I believe comes from kevlar.

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I have tried two pair (different sizes) of the MACV-1s and haven’t been able to nail the sizing. The highspeed version with no heel cup may be the answer. Interested to try the Mackalls as well. For years now I’ve just worn my regular running shoes for lighter / shorter rucks. For longer / heavier ones I have a pair of light hikers from Danner that have worked well for me for years.

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I just got my first pair of the goruck mackalls and tried them out on a short ruck. So far so good! I normally wear zero heel drop shoes (altra, xero) but have been doing the goruck ballistic trainers more frequently as of late. Def understand the need for something besides minimalist shoes for rucking.

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Is there any difference in gate between rucking and hiking with a pack?

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I love the Goruck for training and rucking... great shoes!!!!

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Great post, thanks for the info! Questions and advice needed. I pushed myself a little too hard over the past three months and ended up with a mild case of Achilles tendinitis (classic overuse). I'm dealing with it through stretching and just being smarter about my activities and things are slowly improving. Footwear-wise, I switched to GORUCK MACV-2 - MID TOPs. I ended up switching out the inserts to something more cushy (Timberland PRO inserts) and a pair of Orthotic Heel Cups, the thought being I'd add more cushion to take the strain off my tendons. Overall I'm really please with these boots; very comfortable on longer rucks. Am I over-thinking all this? Is the stock insert fine or a better choice than all the padding I've added? As for alternate footwear, I've always been a Vasque guy, so I've got shoes similar to the Moab you recommended and Sundowners. Should I be wearing the same boots all the time or switching up based on surface and/or distance?

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