GORUCK GR1 Review | Durable 26L Military Inspired Backpack

The GORUCK GR1 is a medium-sized travel pack that can handle just about anything you might want to throw at it. And while we do love it, the heavy weight and high price can be hard to swallow. View Details & Buy: https://packha.kr/s1dy

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0:49 – Material & Aesthetic
2:45 – External Components
5:37 – Inside the Pack
10:13 – Durability & Testing
11:36 – Pros & Cons
12:04 – The Verdict

The GR1 is the smallest sibling in the GORUCK backpack family, and kind of blurs the line between travel backpack and daypack. At 26 liters, we think it’s a pretty great option for a weekend bag, although some super-minimalists could probably use it as a one bag travel pack. It offers a lot of the things we have come to know and love from the GR2 and GR3, and overall we’ve really enjoyed testing this thing out.

For those who might be unaware, GORUCK is a backpack brand with a pretty interesting history. The company was started by a former Green Beret and they have some pretty extensive military roots (which you can kind of tell just by looking at the bags). They also lead “rucking” events all across the US, where people train by running up mountains while carrying shockingly heavy weights in their backpack. Yeah, seriously.

While we have yet to get involved in these rucking events—we tend to stick to our coffee shops and laptops—we’re pretty sure that any bag capable of hauling hundreds of pounds up mountains on a regular basis is going to be a good option for long-term travel.

The GR1 is a solid, tactical, tanky pack that should hold up to anything you might be able to throw at it. It doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles, and the design is pretty standard—but that’s the beauty of it. It’s a solid pack backed by a great brand that will stay by your side for years to come. That being said, it could be on the heavy side for any ultralight travelers out there and the high price point might be a deterrent for some.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the GORUCK GR1, a durable 26L military inspired backpack.

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Comments

R Ww says:

The 26 L was too big for me, and the 21L fits perfect.

R Ww says:

I also have a 10L bullet ruck. Built well, but there is definitely color fading after 2 years. That was disappointing. I don’t think these bags are “lifetime” packs, as they will definitely show their age over time.

Erik Soriano says:

This backpack is amazing, do you think the laptop back fits a 11.25″ x 16.25″ laptop?

Zachary Ruiz says:

I fell in love with my GR1. Got the 26L and it fits far more than I expected. You get 25% for military, first responders, teachers, students, which was great for me. Rock solid and I ain’t afraid to put it through its paces

Alan Murphy says:

How tall are you? Just curious on size

james Truscello says:

There are so many really great bags out there for $250-$300. I think the price increases diminished the bags value a lot. I thought some day I might buy one but no longer feel that way and the price point on the GR2 is way out there.

gonefishingapodaca says:

LOVE my gr1 26. The zippers, the materials, it just feels quality. One thing that caught me off guard was the weight. Empty is about 4-5lbs. I was also frustrated on some recent flights that it did not fit under the aisle seat on some of the new planes.

Travis Cooper says:

Where do you get those nifty “pack hacker” patches 😉

ImagineerCam says:

I don’t mind paying money for a quality product, but watching GR struggle to keep inventory then raise prices by 25% without any product improvements makes me feel like I’m paying an extra 100 dollars for a hot brand, not a quality product. I’m sure there are legitimate challenges like tariffs, cost of labor, costs associated with holding such diverse inventory, etc. that make keeping the cost low on their product but the optics of it don’t feel that great as a consumer who thought the original price was a stretch for what the product provides.

TheToeKnee216 says:

Another great review. I have had issues in the past spending a lot of money on items. However, as I get older and know more about the terrible things in the world I am starting to buy more expensive well made products from great companies. Out with the fast fashion and in with durable products.

I personally don’t have a need for a 26L pack at this time but their products look very well made. The price is high but with the SCARS program that you mentioned isn’t that enough to justify the price?

Pack Hacker says:

Add a comment above and let us know what you think of the GORUCK GR1. Would you like one? Or is there anything else you prefer?

Blipalot71 says:

The fabric used is too abrasive. I only wore the pack for about two weeks and I already started to see piling on my shirts. Unfortunately, the pack will be heading to eBay. Just picked up an Evergoods CPL24. The Goruck is probably slightly more durable, but the fabric used on the Evergoods is much, much better.

Sigaholic says:

Excellent review! Thanks!

Walking Pedestrian says:

You guys should review the tocayo pack, from yeti. It’s like a more budget friendly version of the gr1

Takahashi R says:

Wahou the price increase is painful. Still one of the best bag out there!

Collin Hayle says:

For a simple pack it’s way overpriced. U.S made packs like Tom Bihn, Recycled Firefighter, Topo Designs, DSPTCH and Inside Line Equipment are much cheaper and great quality. Rocking the DSPTCH daypack right now.

diredesire says:

You should do a poll on your instagram account on whether or not the “swoosh” in/out sound is SUPER, SUPER, ANNOYING. At least turn it down? Otherwise solid production quality. Please consider 🙁

Bo Stark says:

R U reading my mind?
Have just started looking into this bag, as I found I have a gap among my bags for shorter trips. But I CANNOT justify 395 bucks. That is just crazy.

bob johnson says:

Been doing a lot of research and still undecided on the best daypack to get. Currently leaning towards the osprey talon 22 since majority of my travel consist of casual stroll around and loads of hiking. Anyone know of any other decent backpacks ?

scootermcgoot says:

so expensive

xderiwx says:

Nice review! Love my GR1!
Where do you get your patches made?

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