Echo (Black)

Echo (Black)


One of our original three rucks, this “Echo” of GR1 is built for smaller frames and for minimalist EDC (Everyday Carry). It protects a laptop with confidence and is a pack light favorite.

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The Echo is a small dayruck that thrives in cities, when rucking (with lighter weight) to train, at OCR’s, and at GORUCK Light. It protects a small laptop with force and is a pack light favorite.


  • Built in the USA of military-grade, highly water-resistant materials.
  • Two compartments: one main, one laptop next to your back.
  • Main compartment opens flat, internal pocket layout allows for optimal organization.
  • 15″ tall bombproof compartment next to your back is extra reinforced to securely take a small laptop into combat.
  • Feed your bladder hose through a VELCRO® closed opening underneath the top handle of the ruck.
  • External slant pocket provides quick access to keys, snacks, and other small items.
  • 2” x 3” VELCRO® on front allows you to customize the Echo with the patch of your choice (patch is not included).
  • The Echo’s low profile and small size make it ideal as a “go bag” that fighter pilots keep in the cockpit with them – housing all the essentials they hope they never have to use. While rucking, its low profile means the weight stays closer to your back, which is the preferred technique.
  • Opens flat for easy packing and maximum organization – this is a feature found in Special Forces medical rucks.
  • Shoulder straps are extra padded to carry heavier loads more comfortably.
  • Designed to sit high on your back, placing most of the weight on the shoulders and back (the preferred technique when rucking because these are large muscle groups).
  • 2 rows of external and internal MOLLE webbing sized to fit a Echo Field pocket and other MOLLE friendly accessories.
  • Scars Lifetime Guarantee. Our team in Bozeman, Montana is standing by should you do something exceptionally awesome at your Bullet’s expense. Ruck Hard, Play Hard.

Packing the ECHO


  • If you’re under 5’10” and want a small laptop/training dayruck, the Echo is for you.
  • If you’re above 5’10”, consider the 21L GR1.


Availability Usually Ships in 3 to 5 Days
Rating Yes
Dimensions 11.5"W x 16.5"H x 4.25"D
Materials 1000D CORDURA®
Weight 1.95 lbs
Volume 16L
Water Resistant Yes
Laptop Protection Up to 13"
Frame Sheet No
MOLLE Webbing Yes
2x3 VELCRO/patch sold separate Yes
Color Black
Opens Flat Yes
Padded Handle Yes
Manufacturer GORUCK
Made in USA Yes
Scars Lifetime Guarantee Yes


Weight 1.950 lbs
Length 4.250 in
Width 11.500 in
Height 16.500 in
Echo (Black) is rated 4.8519 out of 5 by 81.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is Shadowfax, but it rides me, not vice versa No, your eyes are not cheated by some spell; that IS one of the Mearas. Praises are highly sung throughout Middle Earth and current Earth about all GR packs, and for good reason. I should name this backpack Shadowfax - he is the lord of all backpacks and has been my friend through many dangers. I am a 5'0 female and have taken this Echo everywhere since 2013; through a GoRuck Light, hiking up mountains in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii, into the ocean, around the beach, to work, to Disneyland, to England, the Crossfit Games (just to watch, unfortunately), and to hunt for Pokemon. Anyways, you get the picture. Many dangers. 3 years. And it's still going strong. I mainly use it to lug around my Crossfit gear and my 13' MacBook Pro, and toss it around all the time even with my laptop in it (though I toss it a bit more gently). I love how it stands straight up even on the ground if you pack it right. One of the shoulder straps is showing wear around the seam, and one of the zipper pull covers has fallen off, but that doesn't affect its functionality at all. Elvish horses don't live forever and neither do backpacks.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Echo so far, Echo so good! Really wanted the Echo in Wolf Gray, but didn't know if/when it would come back. (Don't get me wrong: the good, old fashioned Echo in Black is still cool.) Got it in Navy, with coordinating Field Pocket and some strap gear. Love all of it so far! Helps me minimize my stuff for the day. Just hoping the color doesn't fade too badly over time. I'm a stocky male at 5' 7", and it's a nice, light everyday backpack in comparison to using my awesome GR1 for heavier loads and longer rucks. Team Goruck has done it again!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goruck Echo Black Goruck Echo is short and slim so that it perfectly fits in an urban environment (Downtown Vancouver). I use it as EDC (i.e. drawings, pens, and rain jacket) carrier along with TAD Gear OP1 inside the Goruck Echo. Overall, I am satisfied with the product.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I own several GORUCK bags already and purchased this pink Echo for my daughter to help her manage a ridiculous elementary school load. Purchasing new school bags for my kids every year also became a real irritant because so many of them were poorly made and failed miserably in every measurable capacity. With the purchase of this bag, I am confident that I have eliminated those problems once and for all. This is an outstanding pack that will perform admirably and for a very long time. Thank you Jason and GORUCK team for making a quality product, making it here in the USA, and standing proudly behind it. Words fail to express my sincerest gratitude.
Date published: 2016-09-13
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