The GORUCK GR1 Tactical Backpack is one of the most rugged, versatile, and feature loaded backpacks on the market today.
The GR1 is a USA made backpack made to Armed Forces specs but with a civilian friendly design. The pack is a favorite among travelers, military personnel, law enforcement, hikers, emergency preppers, students, and of course GORUCK Challenge participants. This pack was specifically built for the Special Forces and has been used in Baghdad and New York City.(1)
The Gr1 is loaded with features that really set this pack apart from some of the others. GORUCK takes pride in its workmanship and these packs are made to withstand even the most severe circumstances.
On the outside the pack might look plain or simple when compared to other tactical backpacks, but on the inside you can see that this is not a simple backpack.
The GORUCK GR1 was built to match the Special Forces standards but also with the intent that the pack could be used in many other different situations. The GR1 was tested to withstand 400 lbs making it incredibly durable in any situation. They use only the best materials, including 1000D Cordura. Another good selling is that these packs are made in the USA.
The GR1 boasts a bombproof laptop compartment. For the student or for the modern day traveler, knowing your laptop is safe and protected is a necessity. For added stability a frame sheet is added that helps the user carry more weight and keeps the pack from folding in.
The GR1 is equipped with 3 rows of external and internal MOLLE webbing which allows the user to attach accessories that are needed for the situation. The pack comes with a compartment for a hydration bladder and a hydration port allowing easy access to the hydration bladder tube.
One of the more beneficial features of this pack are the silent YKK zippers. These zippers are designed to be glove friendly and silent when using them which is crucial in covert missions. The pack includes some pockets but not in abundance, the pack also has the ability to be unzipped and lay flat for easy access.
The GR1 has a 2×3 velcro patch allowing you to identify your pack. The GR1 also is completely rainproof and are tested to military specs making sure your gear will stay dry even under the harshest circumstances. The 26 L pack weights 3.2 lbs, the dimensions are 12″W x 20″H x 6.75″D, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
What we like about it
There are a lot of things we like about this pack including, USA made, top notch quality construction and materials, and the fact that the pack is made to military specs.
Here is what people have said about this pack: “If the high ticket value is a concern – look at the number of hours used and divide the overall purchase by it – as a primary ruck, what you’re paying for is: 1) Built in the USA 2) Quality 3) Modularity – the MOLLE webbing allows for expansion, but the lack of the webbing all over the ruck allows it to be a bit more low profile. 4) SCARS warranty”
Another person wrote: ”
I’m loving this bag. And I say that in the midst of a sea of bags being carried about by other officers and enlisted soldiers on post here at Fort Sill, OK. I had been planning on purchasing one ever since then. I’ve had it for four weeks now. The quality is of the finest.
Being in the midst of all these other bags, I must say that the price I paid for it is a shocker to many. It’s the only reason why I considered taking off a star. In the end I had to give it to them. I’m surrounded by bigger bags that cost less. It’s worth mentioning, but personally I’ll be keeping my GR1. The size gives it a less conspicuous profile. It’s highly durable. All black makes it professional. It’s easy to clean.”
What we don’t like about it
This pack isn’t for everyone especially if you are on a budget. The pack doesn’t have a lot of organizational pockets allowing easily accessible gear. Check out our top rated tactical backpack here.
This pack is one tough and high quality pack. The fact that it is made to military specs and is used by Special Forces around the world make it very appealing. It definitely is on the top of the list as far as price goes but the general consensus is this bag does not disappoint.