GoRuck GR2 Backpack Review

The GR2 from GoRuck will last your entire life, features a segmented main compartment, is extensible with pouches and accessories and boasts a very rugged, handsome look.

It needs to be said again: this is the kind of bag that will last you your entire life… your kids will fight over it when you die.

And it needs to be said again: I love the look of this bag! I don’t know what it is… do I feel like I’m not masculine enough? Do I need a heavy duty military looking bag to make me feel better about myself? Is this the modern day equivalent of a little red sports car? I like to think that it’s the minimalistic, no bullshit, completely focused aesthetic of this bag that I like so much. But that may just be some weak justification. I don’t care. I love it anyways.

It comes in 2 sizes: the 34L and the 40L. The 40L is massive. So, unless you’re really big-framed or really need to fit a crap-ton of stuff, I recommend going with the 34L.

There is one drawback for me on this bag: the quick access pocket in the front of the bag could be a little easier to get in and out of. I talk about that in the video. This, to me, really sucks. I personally wish there were a couple smaller pouches on the front of the bag, easier to get it into stuff. But it’s also just a part of the simple, clear, streamline aesthetic.

The bag will last you forever, the look is classic, the warranty is killer… you throw it on and you’re ready to go.


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

The very definition of solid. 1000D Cordura, double layered on the bottom of the bag.

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Built like a tank. Seriously. And a bitchin' warranty.

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

There's better water resistance out there, but I've never needed more than this. (Knock on wood.)

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Only one big flat front pocket that all your goodies fall to the bottom of and it rakes your hand a little as you move in and out of that pocket. Can add pouches, but that looks funky to me.

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Segmented main compartment means you can organize things in interesting ways. Built in pouches make for solid organization of smaller things.

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Back can get sweaty, but that happens on just about any bag. Straps are really great.

Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

People may think you're in the military, but it's a goddam handsome bag.

GoRuck GR2 Backpack Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin’ tank. 

Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin’ tank. 

GoRuck GR2 Backpack Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft). 

Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft). 

GoRuck GR2 Backpack Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade. 

Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade. 

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