I’ve been know to own a bag or two. A guy needs to keep his gear properly stowed, especially living in New York City where you constantly need to tote your “tackle” around town. Enter Goruck, the new maker of bad ass black ballistic nylon bags that pack all the toughness (and quality) of mil-spec gear, but designed with civilians in mind. Jack Barley and Jason McCarthy (a fellow Ohioian — hat tip) founded Goruck to improve upon existing military issue packs. McCarthy in particular has first hand experience with such equipment through his service in the special forces.
Every Goruck bag is Berry compliant (which means it is sourced and manufactured in the USA) and MOLLE (a military acronym for MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible. Every pack is also equipped to hold a hydration bladder system, which would come in handy on a hike. Everything in the line is very minimally branded with the only logo placement inside the bag and on interchangeable patches, a very well executed and appreciated design aspect. My personal favorite patch option is the reverse black-on-black reverse flag, as pictured.
Pictured below is the GR1 with the GR Tac head cover both of which I have been using for the past few weeks, which included a jaunt through the Iberian Peninsula. I can vouch for the packs easy of use and quality. The GR1 is substantial without being too heavy, even when loaded with a DSLR, laptop and other belongings. The zippers work great and move smoothly, plus there are a lot of pouches and compartments to keep your stuff stowed properly. These Goruck bags are some of the best things I have seen in a long time — I’m expecting big things from the brand. [Goruck]