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.
Other Bags to Check Out:
The CTB40 from Evergoods is a mean, sleek and minimal bag for professional travelers and unique gear hauling jobs. Limited external access, but excellent to use with a second smaller bag.
An extremely versatile and feature rich bag that doesn't look half bad, the Errant has lots of organization in an innovative pack for everyday use. One of my favorites.
The X25 from RiutBag is an utterly functional travel and daily conversion backpack that also has an important security feature.
The Atlas Executive Holdall from Waterfield is an excellent large-ish capacity shoulder bag designed to help you shift seamlessly from tech gear to gym gear.
The Farpoint and Fairview 40L travel packs from Osprey are solid one bag travel bags with a little less thrills than other bags in similar sizes.