Your selection date is around the corner. Along with an extensive list of endurance races and ruck marches. They’re all challenging and will test your feet, stamina, endurance and mental toughness. Taking that test and passing feels incredible.

Are you on the fence about stepping up your level of fitness – or heading to selection? I urge you to consider the feeling of accomplishment from passing range. Moreover, just the feeling of crossing the finish line of a tough race.

You’re competing with yourself, and when you choose your gear, it’s important you feel good about it. Everyone has their preference and the equipment I’ll review here isn’t comprehensive. But it’s equipment I use and have used in the past with success. There is enough stuff out there to fill a series of articles.

When it comes to selection, there are a few types of boots you want to take. Like cars, you’ll need different tires for different terrain. The Nike SFB’s will be right for most movements – but might not be ideal for every leg of movement during the land navigation course. When you take a knee and then plop on your ass after you’ve found your first point during the land navigation portion of selection – socks and boots can be a part of your planning. If I knew I would have to go underwater, perhaps under the infamous “scuba road,” I’m not going to wear the intrepid Nike’s. I’d switch a to a lesser boot, like throw-always, and wear new boots to keep my feet dry during the rest of the