Gear, How To

Do I need ruck handles?

My two cents? No.

Sure, GORUCK is slapping handles every which way on rucks these days. The Rucker now has a bottom handle. The GR1’s that were offered in the workshop had side handle options. And, of course, there are plenty of sites that sell ruck handles that you can buy and attache via the molle.

The problem is, you really don’t need it.

The trick to overhead holds.

1. Bring the straps together.

2. Slide your thumb through the straps.

3. Throw the ruck overhead, letting it rest on your hand’s webbing.

4. If you think I’m wrong, head over to GOURCK and pick up a new Rucker with a bottom handle.

Ok, that’s my two cents. If you think I’m wrong and you want handles all over your ruck, make your case in the comments below.

4 Replies to Do I need ruck handles?

  1. I used to have a handle on mine… and I NEVER used it. I found it easier to do what you did in the article or simply HOLD IT UP. I took it off and enjoy the clean look again. My 0.02¢.

  2. I never had a handle on my GR1s and it’s been fine. But I just got a new Rucker with a bottom handle and it sure is nice.
    It’s akin to having a plate instead of bricks. You can ruck with bricks but a plate is better.

  3. I’ve been rucking for just a few years and never had a handle. I’m not sure I’d buy one just for a handle, but I can think of one situation where I wished I would’ve had one. We were almost at the end of the 9/11 HTL, and my shoulders were smoked. OK, every single part of me was smoked, but my shoulders were worse off than say, my left pinkie.
    OH squats. I teetered a bit, my arms shaking. My hand slipped and down came my ruck, onto my thigh. That bruise lasted for weeks.

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