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GORUCK MACV-1 Review | Lightweight Combat Boot For Urban & Outdoor Travel

The GORUCK MACV-1 is a well-designed, lightweight combat boot that’s durable and extra-breathable for urban exploring or outdoor adventures. View Our Full Review:

0:42 – Material & Aesthetic
2:47 – Components & Features
5:09 – Durability & Testing
7:03 – Pros & Cons
7:28 – The Verdict

When you’re on the road, high-quality and lightweight footwear is essential. GORUCK is out to meet that need with its MACV-1, a lightweight combat boot made for travel with lots of breathability, nice craftsmanship and a solid appearance. (And yes, you read that right—a lightweight combat boot.)

Described as a “jungle rucking boot” that’s “proudly not waterproof,” the MACV-1 is GORUCK’s first shot at creating footwear—so naturally, we couldn’t wait to try them out. Our team has been testing the black and coyote version of these boots for a cumulative five months and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know.

All things considered, the lighter weight of the GORUCK MACV-1 makes them an excellent choice for travel. They look solid when you’re in an urban environment and perform well in the wilderness. We liked the high-quality materials and craftsmanship GORUCK used on these boots, including the fact that they’re breathable and not waterproof. If you’re looking for a lightweight boot on the road, the GORUCK MACV-1 could be a great option for you.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the GORUCK MACV-1, a lightweight combat boot for urban and outdoor travel.

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15 thoughts on “GORUCK MACV-1 Review | Lightweight Combat Boot For Urban & Outdoor Travel

  1. I have a A pair of the black ones. Light but run kind of big. Overall they are comfortable looking into getting into the desert ones.

  2. I haven't had a chance to test out the Altama Maritime Assault shoes but aren't those way cheaper and similar capabilities?

  3. agree with you on one point: its much better that they are not waterproof, which makes them way more breathable!
    Btw, my favourite travel shoes are: "Mojito" in either the low cut or mid cut version by the Italian outdoor brand Scarpa. Really versatile shoes.

  4. First off, you did a very good job highlighting and describing the boot's construction. Even I get tripped up with all the footwear terminology!

    I pre-ordered the MACV–1 in black and have had them ever since they shipped. Here's my take on them.

    The Good:
    1. Lightweight. These are the lightest boots I've ever traveled with, and I've had to travel to GORUCK events around the world. These pack almost as light as a pair of running shoes, and that is saying something for boots that aren't meant to be "minimalist". I can fit them into a 26L GR1 for short trips and have put them in my GR3 along with my packing cubes without any trouble for longer ones.

    2. Supportive. I mainly wear these boots for GORUCK Tough events, where I know I'll be needing a durable piece of footwear that can take abuse. I am prone to ankle problems, so I usually wear these for my GORUCK events.

    3. Easy to clean. They do drain water pretty well, and I've tested these during GORUCK events – in beaches, lakes, and rivers. Afterwards, all I do is take out whatever insoles I was using, splay open the boot, and let them dry outside on my deck. When they're dry, take them inside and polish them and replace the insoles.

    4. Lacing. These are a joy to lace up and unlace. They make it really easy to do so. It's a world of difference from my other boots.

    The Bad:
    1. Not the most comfortable for rucking. I have a bit of Plantar Faciitis affecting the tendon running along the bottom of my feet, and these do not give me enough support – even with aftermarket insoles. I have moved away from the MACV-1s for mid- to long-distance rucking in favor of running shoes (which worked better for me, even without the ankle support boots give). After my Saucony Guidance 9 shoes finally bit the dust (may they rest in peace), I moved to the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3. This was my setup for the Normandy 75km Star Course.

    The Ugly:
    1. Scuff marks show. The jury is still out on long term durability, but I have a lot of scuff marks and other non-superficial damage which even shoe polish isn't able to completely resolve. I hope these stick around a long time, but they do not look that presentable after hard use. That said, other boots would probably fare the same way.

    The Bottom Line:
    So who should buy these boots? People who don't have a lot of foot problems who want a solid shoe for traveling, rucking shorter distances, or who need a subtle shoe as part of their uniform for work in urban environments. There are plenty of other shoes that will exceed this boot's capabilities in a specialist arena (e.g. tactical boots, running shoes, cross-country shoes, super-durable boots, minimalist travel shoes), but the advantage of the MACV-1 is it can perform competently for several purposes.

    If you'd like to read a more in-depth review, you can view it here:

  5. Been a long time lurker, but I decided to subscribe today. I travel a lot and am always looking to make traveling easier. What I appreciate about you guys at Pack Hacker is that you take time testing your products. Been looking at these boots for a while, but haven't really found a good review until you guys came out with this. Thanks!

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