GORUCK Ballistic Trainers

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GORUCK Ballistic Trainers
Black / Gum

To build their new Ballistic Trainers™, GORUCK took everything that works (and nothing that doesn't) about existing functional fitness shoes and combined it with the latest proven science on proper under-foot support. The result is one of the industry’s “most versatile and functional shoes for training in the real world,” according to head product developer Paul Litchfield (owner of more than 160 patents in his field).

The Ballistic Trainer’s 3X Support™ system is particularly innovative, delivering adaptable stability across all dynamic movements. The idea is simple: rather than having just one arch in your foot, you actually have three arches (the medial longitudinal, lateral longitudinal, and anterior transverse arch). And whether you’re sprinting, rucking, or weightlifting, you need support under all three of those arches to not only improve performance, but to help prevent common issues like plantar fasciitis and knee strain. The Ballistic Trainer offers this 3-tier support, as well as a scientifically selected 8mm heel-to-toe drop—a versatile happy medium that creates the best biomechanical advantage when lifting heavy loads (squat, clean, snatch) or moving more than 400 meters (running or rucking).

Each GORUCK Ballistic Trainer also includes a wide toebox for greater comfort, extra lace-lock eyelets to create a tighter heel lock, and GORUCK branding on the interior and tongue. You can check out all available sizes and additional colorways in the purchase area.

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  • Men’s Training Shoes
  • Upper materials: Engineered Knit, 1680D CORDURA®
  • Gradient Density™ EVA Midsole
  • Triple Compound Rubber Outsole
  • Two inserts included - Custom High Density Insert & optional thinner insert
  • 8mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Weight (size 9): 0.675 lbs (10.8 ounces)
  • Lace-Lock eyelets
  • Built in Vietnam
  • Color: Black / Gum

Gear Specs

Shoe Type Men's
Color Black / Gum
Made In USA No

Breaking Down the Ballistic Trainer

  • 1Upper - Dual Material Construction

    A flexible, breathable warp knit covers the entire forefoot seamlessly, while the lace area, midfoot, and heel are built from two panels of Special Forces grade Ballistic nylon (1680D CORDURA®), offering protection on rope climbs with additional structure and stability in the midfoot and heel.

  • 2Midsole - Gradient Density™ EVA

    The well cushioned forefoot area is resilient and flexible with optimal rebound for running, jumping, or performing other explosive movements. When lifting or squatting, the firm heel keeps you grounded on a stable platform, with the 8mm heel-to-toe drop maintaining your center of gravity for a versatile mechanical advantage.

  • 3Outsole - Triple Compound Rubber

    A high-traction rubber in the forefoot increases grip in any environment; the shoe’s midfoot rubber is formulated from a rock climbing compound for the best abrasion resistance and long term durability (ideal for rope climbs); and the heel rubber is extra dense and tough, designed not to wear down after miles of running or rucking.

GORUCK Ballistic Trainers is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Shoe I have a wide foot and look for shoes with a wide toe box. This shoe offers that and provides a firm foundation for lifting. It does that without feeling stiff. It also looks good enough to wear for work. For now i'm using it only for workouts. I would buy this shoe again.
Date published: 2021-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all in one shoe. Go from a warm up run to squats without changing shoes. Perfect for my needs.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe Great shoe. I use it for plyometrics training, rucking, jogging, etc. I even got my friends to purchase these shoes. Totally recommend.
Date published: 2021-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trainer! I’ve been training in them for about two weeks and they are great. Fit is true to size. Stable during lifts, comfortable for running/sprints. Overall very happy!
Date published: 2021-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shoes! Ordering a second pair! These are so comfortable and versatile, putting a second pair away for the day these bad boys fall apart.
Date published: 2021-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best training shoe I have ever purchased. Highly recommend. Kinda heavy, but I'm OK with it. Solidly built. Fit true to size. Nice wide toe box. So comfortable. These have a small heel to them, which is perfect for lifting. Was a Minimus guy, but I won't be going back. Spring is coming, which will bring a lot more running. We'll see how they do. So far, they've eaten up all workouts thrown at them.
Date published: 2021-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable, stable CrossFit shoe I have. Most comfortable, stable CrossFit shoe I have. Better than Nobull or Metcon.
Date published: 2021-02-18
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