Wherever you choose to travel, you need to have a backpack, luggage, or rucksack that holds all of your essentials. A product and company that I feel very strongly about meets all of my requirements for such a travel companion. That company is GORUCK, and I have put their GR1 (26L), GR2 (40L), Bullet (8L), and Kit Bag (57L) all through some of the roughest travel/weather conditions (including the GORUCK Challenge Class 1034). These rucksacks are handmade in Bozeman, Montana and can take up to 4 hours to make just one of them. The founder Jason McCarthy served in Special Forces and is committed to building the toughest military inspired gear.
My first test was with the GR1 to Patagonia in Bariloche, Argentina. The trek was 50 plus miles over three days in the Andes. I was able to pack enough gear for basic photography needs (DSLR/GoPro), food, sleeping bag, and change of clothes. I slept in refugios, so there was no need for tents. It snowed, poured freezing rain, and at no point did my gear get wet or damaged.
The following year I took my GR1, Bullet Ruck, and Kit Bag on a cross-country motorcycle trip from Brooklyn to San Francisco on a northern route through the United States. This trip is when I started to believe in GORUCK. As you can see below, this probably isn’t the ideal setup, but there was no way I was going on this trip without the best gear. Riding alone means avoiding any unnecessary problems and it was important to me that I can trust the gear that would be holding my camping gear, riding gear, tools, food, and extra oil as well as my canteen for easy access in the 8L Bullet. The GORUCK gear was completely exposed to all of its elements including heavy rain, freezing temperatures, tornadoes, high winds, and at no point did it fail. With 20 bungee cords and harnesses tied as tight as possible, the MOLLE straps never lost a thread, and no damage was ever done to the rucksack or the gear inside.
I use these rucksacks when traveling for work, camping, boat expeditions, motorcycling, hiking, and as my trusted everyday carry. They are expensive for a ruck, but you will not regret the quality that goes into them. Their sleek and military inspired design makes carrying any weight possible. They can fit more than you would ever imagine and guaranteed for life. Read about their SCARS lifetime guarantee if you have any other questions.
Invest in a GORUCK and it will be the last rucksack you ever buy.
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.