Once a month we get this question from our readers.
Question: What rucksack is used at Kokoro? Can I buy one to use so I can get used to it? The backpack used at Kokoro is a Rothco Black Canvas Outfitter Rucksack very basic and cheap in price $27.
Question we get from athletes “Why can’t we bring our own custom plush tricked out ruck sack with hip straps?” Because life isn’t fair and you gotta work with what is issued and make the best of it.
Check out views of the ruck being used in the video below.
Check out the Rothco Black Canvas Outfitter Rucksack
This pack is not very comfortable but it is what you will use for Kokoro so get used to it. The straps can break at the pack if you put a lot of weight in it.
It does not have a hip belt or kidney pads. If you train with a plush cushy rucksack back at home you may want to think about that before you come to Kokoro. I have observed more than one athlete grimace as they put on a sand choked “Kokoro rucksack”.
Train like you will work at Kokoro. Go get wet and sandy and then ruck or do flutter kicks. If you have a nearby lake or beach or edge of a creek – then go there and train.
Rucksack workout #1
ruck 2 miles with 30 lb pack
10 rounds of Cindy
ruck 2 miles back to base
record time in comments below.
Questions from athletes in our gym and online.
Question: Why is the backpack so basic and not a cushy Maxpedition Falcon-Ii Backpack?
Because when you go to Special Forces training you will not be issued a cushy pack.
You will have to prove you are worthy of a basic pack. If your looking for cushy this is the wrong place.
Question: What is the pipe that the Kokoro athletes carry? It is 1.5 inch PVC pipe filled with sand. It stands chest high so about 5 ft long. You can make for cheap and add end caps or you can cover ends with duck tape.
Video “what is a Kokoro sand pipe”
Question: Do you have a list of recommend book to read before Kokoro or Navy SEAL training? Yes; Check out this list of recommended books.
Question: “Coach, I have heard you talk about double socks? What are the sock liners you wear?” I use the Wigwam Dry Foot Liner Sock
I prep my feet by putting Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm on my feet.
I then put on an outer Smartwool Men’s Hiking Medium Crew Sock
Question: Why do they use a backpack that can break under heavy load? Because that is what may happen in the real world on an operation. You need to be ready for anything at anytime.
Question: How round are the pvc pipes at sealfit kokoro and how heavy are they — how to make them?
Answer: They are PVC pipes 1.5 inches in diameter and filled with stand. Make sure that you use a white color so that Joe Citizen will not think you are carrying a weapon or LAW rocket.