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spiffy9393
Shkhara
Status: Gathering Kudos

Can rucking be added to list of activities/sport. It’s not the same as walking or hiking 🙂 thanks! 

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Soren
Denali

Thanks for submitting your idea. It has been reviewed by our moderation team and is now open to voting.

maxk
Mt. Kenya

This should be easy to add.
Perhaps, as just an Extra Weight option for Hiking activity. Then compute calorie expenditure using combined weight (profile + extra).

MaxK
GayanahL
Mt. Kenya

It's becoming more and more popular to train with weighted ruck. Adding it into the list of activities makes perfect sense. Especially since you spend more calories than when you walk or hike.

Thanks 

Meghan
Mt. Kenya

Can you please consider creating the “rucking” category of hiking with added weights? 
thanks 

andyp
Mt. Kenya

upvoting +1

NickRunBikeMN
Pico de Orizaba

Yeah I don't know, Hiking... vs Backpacking... I call it Hiking (usually you have a pack of some sort).  you call it Rucking...?  If its fast enough on a trail is it a Trail Run?!?!  If I go backpacking for weekend, I wouldn't question why there wasn't a 'backpacking' option, HIking makes perfect sense.  I would hate for every single use case or activity be on the list, impossible to find stuff eventually.  Similar issue on Garmin for strength training... you can select the activity for each rep/set, there are SO MANY OPTIONS ITS a PITA to use!  For instance tried to find Three Way Plank or is it 3-way plank or is it Rolling Plank or why are they all also a 'Weighted' option!?!?!?!  just today...  regional naming conventions or spelling choice, etc.
I or hybrid biking ?  road biking with gravel tires... or MTB with slicks...  where does it stop.   Strava can't even get things like "Workout" / "Race" etc added to all of the proper activities (Virtual Ride, Virtual Run, Weight Training, Hiking, etc) or Zoom into running analysis graphs for years now!!!!   Sure would be nice for them to focus a bit on cleaning up/improving uniform feature sets on what they have.
You could just do Hiking/TrailRun (depending on speed?) with description "10# pack" or "4# hydration, 10# weight" or "23# backpacking gear" etc?   That is what I do when I go for a run with a weighted backpack or lots of gear for a trail run.  I'll list some of the gear or food supplies... approx weight (spare coat, gloves, towel, etc)

andyp
Mt. Kenya

funny, until NickRunBikeMN mentioned it - I hadn't noticed hiking was already on the list, so I agree a longer list is not necessarily better.  I will switch to using that for rucking since it is definitely closer as I am carrying a weight.

however with hiking I generally walk and with rucking I am jogging, so for me that would be the difference for me.

maxk
Mt. Kenya

The point is of adding Rucking, either as a separate activity or as an Extra Weight option for existing activities as I suggested originally, is to better track power, effort, and calorie expenditure.
We're talking about a lot of extra weight not just a few pounds. The idea behind Rucking is to carry like 30+ lbs
(https://www.goruck.com/pages/what-is-rucking).
For example, I carry 65-75 lbs, so of course I burn a ton more calories doing that than just plain hiking, or hiking with a hydration pack. Just adding it to the description is good to record keeping but not for power/effort/calorie estimation.

 

MaxK
spiffy9393
Shkhara

Agree with MaxK. Rucking truly is not like hiking or walking. On average, I put 30-45lb in my Ruck. That extra weight changes the stimuli of the workout significantly vs hiking with a water bottle. The sport of rucking is growing in popularity and it makes no sense to group it with another activity that does not have the same stimuli target. 

SShuster
Mt. Kenya

Adding rucking wouldn't make the list too long, but having a 'Favorites' to choose from could eliminate that entirely, too. 

Walking/Hiking/Rucking, I don't think it matters too much what it is called as long as we can add and adjust the weight being carried.

savannahwishart
Mt. Kenya

Would be great to have an option to put in the amount carried when rucking/hiking and be able to compare pace with the weight being a variable that’s possible to filter. 

Ranner198
Mt. Kenya

I agree, I would love to be able to accurately track my weighted workouts or rucks. So far neither Strava or Apple supports it so my “hikes” never see any high calories or extraneous efforts, all the while I’m rucking my butt off 😉 

Straight494
Mt. Kenya

I would agree, but I would like to see rucking added.  As a member since 2014, I’ve seen this as a bit of a deficiency. Rucking it’s not like hiking or backpacking. It can be done on paved roads as well, but adding substantial weight is really the main intent to increase effort and energy expenditures.  It’s different enough that it should be separate in my humble opinion.  Thanks!

BigJim
Mt. Kenya

Hello,

I would like to suggest Rucking as a new sport category in Strava. Rucking is military style running with a backpack - usually 35 to 65 pounds. Participation in Rucking has increased exponentially in North America in the last several years. If Rucking is added there must also be a corresponding fix made to a current problem with the hiking profile - there is no accounting for the pack weight in any of the metrics. Pack weight significantly affects the caloric consumption rate of the individual and is metabolically discrete from "total weight".

MN_Wanderer
Mt. Kenya

I think there's a unique community around rucking that justifies it as its own activity.  It's very important to our military veterans and it's also commonly a group/team activity in many senses.  Sometimes it's also a competition or race that could justify it as a stand alone activity.  Is it a branch of "walking?"  Yes, but so is "hiking" and "snow shoe" and "trail run," yet we see those as unique.