In May of 2012 I bought a GoRuck GR1 Rucksack and it has turned out to be one of the best outdoor gear purchases that I have ever made. I absolutely love this pack! I use this ruck for so many different purposes. It serves as my EDC bag, as a pack for day-hikes, as well as the only bag I use on week-long business trips… and it’s “carry-on” size means I don’t have to check any luggage when I fly… how sweet is that???
This pack 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…
The GoRuck GR1 is by far the highest quality pack that I have ever seen or owned. Every GoRuck bag is handmade in the USA using 100% American-made materials. I read somewhere (probably on GoRuck’s website) that it takes about 3 and 1/2 hours to make every GR1 pack. I think that gives a really good indication of the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into each of these bags. The quality of materials and the quality of craftsmanship are second to none. I am truly impressed with this pack.
The only downside to the fact that this bag is made by hand, using the best materials available, to such high-quality standards, is that it is quite pricey. The GoRuck GR1 costs $295! Yikes! I know that is extremely expensive, but I can honestly say that I think it is worth every penny. I feel this is the last pack of this size that I am ever going to have to buy, and I literally use it every day. I truly feel that I am getting my money’s worth from this bag. GoRuck also provides an excellent lifetime guarantee, which is detailed on their scars page.
PrimaryMaterial: 1000D Cordura Bottompanel: 1050D Ballistic Cordura Zippers: YKK with silent 550 cord zipper pulls Size: 10.5”W x 20”H x 6.75”D Laptop: Protects up to a 17″ Macbook Pro Hydration: Sized to hold a 3L hydration bladder (not included) Volume: 26 liters Weight: 3.20 lbs Price: $295
GR1 Field Pocket
I also purchased the GR1 Field Pocket for an additional $95. The GR1 Field Pocket can be attached to the Molle strapping on either the inside or outside of the ruck, and provides excellent additional options for carrying and organizing the smaller pieces of gear that you may be carrying.
I also bought three of the velcro-backed GoRuck Reverse Flag patches for $5 each. Obviously the patches are completely optional, but I think they really add a lot to the look of the pack, and I like having a few different color options to change things up from time to time.
Full Review on YouTube
Finally, check out this video of a full review of the GoRuck GR1 on my YouTube channel.