Rugby Boots Buyers Guide

Gilbert Rugby’s ultimate guide to finding your perfect rugby boots.

It is important that in order for player’s performance to be at its optimum, they must acquire the correct boots for not only their position, but the playing conditions. We have summarised the main information you will need to pick the perfect rugby boots for your needs.

Buying the perfect rugby boots depends on the following important factors:

1. Ground quality - what will the ground conditions be like? Soft, Firm, Artificial...

2. Studs - what studs will be best suited to your style and the ground conditions?

3. Size - what sizes do we offer? How do those sizes match across UK/US/EUR?

Ground Quality

Soft

Soft

Soft ground boots are ideal for the wetter times of the year when there has been a lot of rainfall and pitches are wet and muddy. In these conditions, boots with added grip and traction will provide optimum stability for players.

Studs for our 8 studded boots come in a wide variety of different lengths ranging from 15-21mm. This allows players to have the option to change their stud length according to the conditions.

Normally, the wetter and softer the ground, the longer the studs required, especially for forwards. Having the correct grip is very important especially when scrummaging, rucking and making quick breaks so longer studs will allow players to be more secure on the field.

Firm / Hardground / Turf

Firm / Hardground / Turf

Firm ground boots are ideal for the drier times of the year when pitches and the game can become quicker. At these times, boots with shorter studs and/or combined with plastic moulded studs are beneficial for players.

Moulded studs are more commonly used on these surface conditions as they provide extra stability on firmer ground with the number of studs ranging from 10-14 per boot.

In conditions and climates where the pitch remains hard or firm throughout the season, these boots would be highly rated for players only wanting to purchase one pair of boots as they can perform in soft ground conditions as well.

Artificial

Artificial

In the rugby world, it is becoming increasingly common to have artificial or 4G pitches. As these are produced to be firm ground pitches, longer studded boots are not necessary and could lead to severe injuries due to the instability under foot.

Therefore, the most commonly used boot for artificial pitches are moulded boots. Their shallower studs give increased stability whilst providing the ultimate traction that trainers or ‘turf shoes’ cannot provide.

Studs

8 Stud

8 Stud

Popular with Forwards and Front Row players, 8 studded boots offer optimum grip and traction with increased stability, ideal for scrummaging. The added studs and stud lenght ensure players have the strength and power they need to succeed.

Studs for our 8 studded boots are available in 15mm, 18mm or 21mm length.

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6 Stud

6 Stud

Ideal rugby boots for backs and back row forwards, 6 stud boots provide excellent traction without compromising speed. The stud design allows players to move freely whilst still maintain essential grip on soft and hard pitches.

6 studs boots can also be incorporated with smaller, fixed studs. Mixed stud boots provide optimum control on the field with added stability. 

Studs for our 6 stud boots are available in 8mm, 10mm or 14mm length.

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MSX

MSX

Providing perfect stability on firmer ground, these moulded studs preserve a players grip on the field whilst decreasing the chance of injury that longer studs can have on harder surfaces. The mixed stud shape on these boots also aids players when changing direction, pivoting and side stepping.

Size

Gilbert provide a variety of rugby boots for both adult and junior sizes ranging from size 2 – 15*.

*Size ranges vary depending on boot design. 

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