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.
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.)
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 little brother to the Tortuga Setout, the Setout Divide from Tortuga is a full-featured bag for the style-casual modern minimal traveler.
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.
Ok, these bags from Nomatic are chock full of pockets. There are 2 different bags: the Travel Pack expands up to about 30L, perfect for short trips and minimal travel. The Backpack is 20-24L daily carry. Both are very sleek and, like I said, so many pocketzzz!
The Wilderness Rucksack from Tanner Goods is a gorgeous, artisan, hand-shucked heirloom bag that your grandpa would be proud of (whichever one of your grandpas was more badass).
The Outbreaker backpack from Tortuga is a solid 1-bag travel pick. I personally prefer the less bulky (and more spacious) experience of traveling with the Tortuga Setout, so be sure to check out that bag too. This Outbreaker, however, has quite a bit more padding and protection around the entire bag, so if you know you'll have delicate stuff inside you may prefer this one.