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Ruck It: Grab a GORUCK Ruck Plate and Hit the Trail

By Bryan Black

GORUCK Ruck Plates

There’s no denying that GORUCK has popularized the sport of Rucking and turned the beatdown of carrying weight on your back into challenges, adventures and a way to truly know what your capable of.

I’ve been writing about GORUCK for years now, having been through the GORUCK Challenge with Class 050 and climbed 14’ers with the first GORUCK Ascent. Through this and my continued interaction with the brand, I’ve seen the level of commitment they put into the products they produce.

Quality in design and manufacturing is putting it lightly and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their dedication to crafting their products in the USA. This being said, it’s exciting to see GORUCK produce the Ruck Plate and provide their end users with a purpose built product to use as an alternative to taping up a stack of bricks to put in their ruck.

Ruck It

GORUCK Ruck Plates

If you’re not familiar with Rucking, GORUCK has a great resource online describing the social fitness aspect, which they’ve done a great job spreading throughout the world. Rucking is much more than just putting weight on your back and going for a walk, despite this being the basic definition of rucking.

When I was in the Navy, we’d do organized ruck runs on the beach using weighted sandbags that were dubbed as pills. We’d use duck tape, or technically 100 MPH tape, to wrap the sandbag to ensure the sand didn’t leak out. The reasoning for calling them pills was two-fold; they not only resembled a pill shape, but there’s the whole “take your pills” aspect that I remember thinking before our ruck runs.


I point out the humble sandbag pill to illustrate the progression and what GORUCK has accomplished with their Ruck Plates. When I did my GORUCK Challenge, GORUCK advocated going to the hardware store and buying four bricks to use for weight if you were over 150 lbs. and three if you were under 150 lbs.

GORUCK Challenge

These bricks were also taped up like a sandbag pill to keep them together in a stack and the stack of four that I used during my GORUCK Challenge weighed 16.5 lbs. GORUCK is now requiring six bricks if you’re over 150 lbs., or one of their 30 lb. filler bags (which can be filled with sand.) Additionally, they now state that a 30 lb. Ruck Plate can be used.

Ruck Plates

GORUCK Ruck Plates

The GORUCK Ruck Plates are available in 10, 20 and 30 lb. weights and are made in the USA from ductile iron. This cast iron has a breaking strength of 90,000 lbs. and is utilized for its extreme denseness, which means space savings and a more compact plate. Each plate features a wide grip handle to easily add and remove it from your ruck. The 20 and 30 lb. plates have two handles, which I assume is so there’s always a handle available to grab them from, regardless of the direction they’re inserted. That and the additional handle is great for grasping the plate with both hands and using it for an overhead press or squat while working out.

GORUCK Ruck Plates

I was really impressed with the embossing on each plate and how well it’s done. Additionally, the edges are nicely rounded and beveled to create a great grip in your hand. I found them to be very comfortable when using them for a farmer’s walk during a workout, so that’s an additional use for these. The 20 and 30 lb. plates feature the GORUCK reverse flag graphic and the weight on the opposite side.

GORUCK Ruck Plates

The smaller 10 lb. plate features the weight on one side and the GORUCK logo on the opposite. While the weights of these plates are obvious, I did weight them on a scale to check. Each plate was just under the published weight by 2-3 ounces, but my scale isn’t calibrated and a couple of ounces is negligible to me when counting pounds. The 10 lb. plate measures 9” x 5.75” x 1”, the 20 lb. plate measures 9” x 11.5” x 1” and the 30 lb. plate measures 9” x 11.5” x 1.4”.

GORUCK Ruck Plates

Each plate can be purchased separately, or as a bundle with the 10, 20 and 30 lb. plates, which saves you 10%. There are also bundles available with their rucks if you’re in need of a ruck as well. GORUCK uses flat rate shipping and handling costs that are very reasonable when considering the amount of weight being shipped. Currently, they’re only shipping to the United States, its territories and US APO/FPO/DPO addresses.

If you’re in need of a versatile weighed option for rucking and other weighted exercising, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the GORUCK Ruck Plates. You can’t beat a quality, US made, bombproof option from an all-American company like GORUCK.

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  • Great article! As you can imagine, we are very proud of the plates, and beliieve them to be of the highest quality, and serve a great advantage for the rucker during training, events, or just out and about gaining additonal fitness by just walking with a ruck and some weight.
    Just a quick heads-up that as of this comment, we are down to only 20, 30lb Ruck Plates. You have the option of buying a 30LB plate with a GR1 or GR0 ruck at a discount, but of course expediency is the name of the game at this hour.

    Again, nice write-up.

    Christian Griffith, Team GORUCK HQ

    • Christian Griffith Thanks for the update Christian, glad you liked the article. Keep up the great work at GORUCK HQ!

  • Matt Vieira

    Brandon Kristen Brax

  • Brandon Edward

    Nothing beats the good ole Pig Egg!!

  • Benjamin Cook

    I like gallons of water. They have bulk, weigh 8+ pounds each and if you pull something you pour them out and don’t exacerbate the injury.

  • Hunter Young

    Brent Hilliard

  • John Patrick Emmons

    You mean to tell me that people hump ruck… For fun?

  • Jeffrey Torella

    These are for like running or workouts .. Under resistance??

  • Eric N Meg Schmid

    Yep and they even pay for it as well.

  • Antonio Montana

    too much bulk and motion

  • Chad Paul

    Benji Loza

  • Craig Woodruff

    Jake Woodruff

  • Jake Woodruff

    That costs money rocks don’t

  • Thomas Buonomo

    Rogue Forge

  • Benjamin Cook

    For me, the bulk is part of the point. What I pack is rarely compact. As far as motion goes, it feels very similar to what I pack. If what you want is a compact weight in your pack, this is not a solution for you.

    • nate

      i doubt you can compact 30lbs into a more streamlined package than this.

    • kindofafireguy

      @nate I think that’s the point. He’s saying that a traditional ruck load is rarely going to be that streamlined, so using this won’t have the same carry-over to traditional rucking.

  • Jon Stephenson

    Matt Pruitt

  • Matt Pruitt

    Solid idea.

  • CR

    Any thoughts on bricks vs. ruck plate for challenges? I have done 4 challenges with bricks.   Just got a ruck plate and am about to do the 9/11 DC challenge.   The plates advantages are clear – it is compact, sits on he back well and does not swing around (I tie it to the webbing).   But the bricks have made a useful ledge to support the various logs, kegs, parking stops, people, lifeguard stands, telephone poles, etc I have hauled around during challenges.   I worry about losing that ledge with the slimmer plate., and so having to take more direct weight on my shoulders (ouch).   Any thoughts?

    • PJ_Newton

      @CR  I think it really depends on the ruck you’re using. I don’t use a GORUCK pack so the ruck plate doesn’t fit great in my ruck so I’m partial to bricks (That fit great in the radio pouch in my ruck). You’ll really want to make sure the plate doesn’t slide around!

  • Dave Jenkins

    I have the newer, long 30lb, and it is great. I have a Rucker pack on the way as well. I’ll do a review over on the forum after I log some miles with the setup.

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