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GoRuck GR1 as EDC Bag

GR1 for EDC

I recently created a blog post and YouTube video in which I reviewed my GoRuck GR1 Rucksack. In this post I’m going to give an overview of how I load out my GR1 to use as my Every Day Carry (EDC) bag.

I bought my GR1 in May of 2012 and it has turned out to be one of the best outdoor gear purchases that I have ever made. I absolutely love this pack! It is made by a company called GoRuck, which was founded by a former Green Beret named Jason McCarthy.

On their website they give the following definition for GoRuck:

go·ruck [verb go + verb ruck] noun ruck is short for rucksack (aka backpack), it’s also a verb: to ruck is to move with a rucksack, and implies action, energy, and purpose.

action, energy, and purpose… I like that…

My Ruck Loaded Out For EDC

The requirements for an EDC bag are going to be different for everyone. Everyone has different needs, different preferences, different uses.

GR1 for EDC Open

This is how I have my pack loaded out for Every Day Carry for a typical workday. I have an office job. I work in the IT industry. I sit at a desk all day working on a computer. My needs for an EDC bag, and what I carry in my EDC bag, are completely different from someone that works in construction, or someone that works as an EMT, or someone that is a school teacher. Everyone has different requirements and different preferences. I’m just showing you what I carry in mine. Obviously you will need to modify to suit your individual needs.

I think the GoRuck GR1 is an excellent choice for an Every Day Carry bag. In my opinion it’s the perfect size. It’s not too big. It’s not too small. It has a nice assortment of internal and external pockets to segregate and organize gear, but it doesn’t have an over abundance of pockets and dividers. I’ve seen some bags that have a ridiculous amount of external and internal pockets, that are overly complicated. I like to keep things streamlined and simple, and the GR1 definitely fits that bill. I’ve been using this as my EDC bag for the past 10 months, and it is working out wonderfully.

On the outside

GR1 for EDC - Outside Gear

The first thing you’ll notice is that I carry a few pieces of gear on the outside of the pack: a travel mug and a voice recorder. The reason I carry these on the outside is because they need to be easily accessible during my commute to and from work while the pack sits on the passenger seat next to me in my truck.

I carry a Thermos leak-proof travel mug attached to an S-biner on the side of the bag. And this mug truly is leak-proof. I’ve had this mug for about a year and a half, carrying it on the outside of whatever EDC bag I’ve been using… and it has not leaked… not even once… even though it’s just banging around, hanging from the side of my bag. It is also very well insulated. This mug will keep my morning coffee warm for up to 2 hours. My coffee usually doesn’t last for more than 20 minutes, but if for some reason it does… it definitely stays warm in this travel mug. If you’re interested in buying one of these mugs, you can buy them at Amazon.com via this affiliate link.  For more information about the Amazon affiliate links on my site, please click here.

The voice recorder is attached to the outside of the bag by a retractable key ring. If I think of something I need to do, or an idea pops into my head while I’m driving, I just reach over, grab the voice recorder, pull it over in front of my face, hit the record button, and start to speak. I know this voice recorder is kind of old fashioned (I think I’ve had this one for over 10 years), but I find it’s so much easier to use than the voice memo app on my phone. All I have to do is press a single button to record. Again, streamlined and simple.

In the diagonal pocket


GR1 for EDC - Front Diagonal

In the front diagonal pocket, I carry:

In the laptop compartment

GR1 for EDC - Laptop

In the laptop compartment, I carry my laptop (surprise, surprise). The specs for this bag on GoRuck.com state that the laptop compartment will fit up to a 17″ Macbook Pro. This pocket works perfectly. It’s got plenty of padding to protect the laptop. Can’t ask for anything more than that.

On the back of the front panel

GR1 for EDC - Inside Front Panel

In the top pocket on the back of the front panel, I carry the power cord for my laptop. In the mesh pocket below, I carry my iPad.

In the main compartment

GR1 for EDC - Main Compartment

In the main compartment I carry an accordion folder that contains any paperwork that I need for my job. Nothing exciting, but being able to carry all the notes and files that I need to do my job, along with my laptop, enables me to work from pretty much anywhere I can get an Internet connection… and that’s really nice. In the back pocket of the main compartment I carry a homemade first aid kit in a Hefty OneZip bag, a homemade “grooming kit” (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, nail clippers, etc) in a Hefty OneZip bag, and a stuffable, waterpoof windbreaker from Easter Mountain Sports (just in case I get caught in some foul weather).

Just a quick note: I prefer the Hefty OneZip bags over ZipLoc and Aloksak bags for storing, organizing, and keeping gear dry. I’ve used all three brands extensively over the years and now use Hefty OneZip bags almost exclusively. I’ll be doing a comparison of the three brands very soon. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss that exciting post 🙂

In the Field Pocket

GR1 for EDC - Field Pocket

In the main compartment above the back pocket there is some MOLLE webbing, to which I’ve attached the GR1 Field Pocket. The GR1 Field Pocket did not come with the pack. I had to buy this separately, but I’m glad I did. It adds another level of organization that I really like. The zipper on the Field Pocket extends for more than three-quarters of the way around the bag. This allows the pocket to be opened wide, enabling easy access to all of its contents.

There are 4 sections to the Field Pocket:

  • – A zippered mesh pocket
  • – An elastic mesh pocket
  • – A zippered pocket behind the elastic mesh pocket
  • – The area between the two mesh pockets (personally I don’t carry anything in this area, but it an option)

GR1 for EDC - Field Pocket Contents

In the Field Pocket I carry the following:

In the MOLLE webbing


Next to the GR1 Field Pocket, clipped to the MOLLE webbing I carry:

So that’s how I load out my GoRuck GR1 as my EDC bag. Below is a YouTube video I made for the GR1 as EDC… check it out.

Post a comment and let me know what bag you use for your Every Day Carry.

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