GR Echo

  • Volume 16 Liters
  • A pack light favorite because of its low profile and small liter count.
  • Thrives in cities, when rucking to train, at OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) Events and at GORUCK Light.
  • Separate, bombproof compartment next to your back holds up to a 13” MacBook Pro or a low-pro hydration bladder – you pick.
  • Customize with the patch of your choice.
  • Special Forces-grade materials, Built in the USA, Lifetime guarantee

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GR Echo Details

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 or a hydration bladder with force and is a pack light favorite.


When in Doubt, Sizing Guide

  • If you’re under 5 ft 7in. (1.7m) and want a small laptop/training dayruck, the Echo is for you.

Primary Features

  • Built in the USA of military-grade, highly water-resistant materials.
  • Two compartments: one main, one laptop/hydration 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 or low pro hydration bladder into combat.
  • 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 RR Field pocket and other MOLLE friendly accessories.
  • Scars Lifetime Guarantee: Ruck Hard, Play Hard.

Laptop/Hydration Bladder Compartment

  • Separate, zipper-closed bombproof compartment next to your back protects up to a 13” MacBook Pro or a Low Profile Source Hydration Bladder. Tip: do not put a laptop and a hydration bladder in the same compartment at the same time. Water and electronics do not play well together.
  • Due to the smaller size of this compartment (relative to our other rucks), we recommend the Low Profile Source Hydration bladder. It is flatter than the Standard Source Hydration bladder, thereby causing much less of a bulge (when full of water) next to your back. The Standard Source Hydration Bladder is too long to fit comfortably.
  • You can choose to put your hydration bladder in the main compartment instead, and carabiner it to the top MOLLE webbing. You’ll have to see how each option feels on your back and make the decision based on your preference.
  • From either compartment you can still feed your bladder hose through a VELCRO® closed opening underneath the top handle of the ruck.

Rucking (Bricks or Filler Bags) and at our Events

  • Rucking/Events: Filler bags or up to 4 wrapped bricks fit in the main compartment. The low-profile nature of the Echo reduces movement inside the ruck when rucking, which is the preferred technique.

Recommended Accessories

  • Hydration bladder: you can put one in either the laptop/hydration bladder compartment or in the main compartment. The Source Low Profile bladder is the preferred technique because it lies flatter. In the main compartment, either Source bladder functions well. When in doubt, go with the Low Profile.
  • RR Field Pocket attaches to the internal or the external MOLLE webbing and allows for additional organization with protective padding. Shadow Pockets and dry bags also allow for increased organization. Tip: colored pockets inside of a black ruck are easier to see.
  • Carabiners – attach one to the exterior to hold gloves when you’re on the move. Attach one to the interior MOLLE to hold your hydration bladder and/or Nalgene bottle.
  • Sternum Straps – when secured, these help distribute the load differently across your back and shoulders. Tip: when rucking with a sternum strap present, alternate securing it and not. This allows you to alternate weight distribution across various muscle groups.
  • Filler bags – use these to fulfill weight requirements for GORUCK Events and when rucking to train.

Primary Material: 1000Denier CORDURA® - the preferred material for Special Forces rucks due to its strength to weight ratio and durability. High stress points are strength tested at over 400 lbs.
Zippers: YKK zippers with silent, glove friendly zipper pulls constructed from gutted parachute 550 cord (gutted to reduce bulk). There is no good reason why zippers should make noise when rucking (or assaulting). Ours don’t.
Base Material: Black - Ballistic CORDURA® / Colored - Double layered 1000 D CORDURA®
Size: 11.5?W x 16.5?H x 4.25?D
Laptop: Protects the iPad and up to a 13" MacBook Pro
Hydration: 1.5 liter hydration bladder (not included) with hydration tube exit port found under the top handle of the ruck.
Frame Sheet: No
Volume: 16 liters
Weight: 1.95 pounds (0.90 kilograms)

Note: By military-spec submersion tests, waterproof means you could repeatedly submerge something and its contents would stay entirely dry. Our rucks are highly water resistant but not technically waterproof. 1000D CORDURA® protects internal contents from rain – this and its strength to weight ratio are why 1000D CORDURA® is the preferred material for Special Forces rucksacks.


GR0 (21L) vs. Echo (16L)

  • The Echo is a minimalist’s ruck. We recommend the Echo if you’re 5’7” (1.70m) tall or under. GR0 works for GORUCK Light and The Challenge, the Echo only works at GORUCK Light. The Echo has no frame sheet in its back panel. GR0 has a frame sheet, which provides additional (and preferred) rigidity when rucking. The Echo protects a 13”MacBook Pro and your iPad; GR0 protects a 15” MacBook Pro and can hold more rucking weight given its increased volume.

Hydration Bullet (10L) vs. Echo (16L)

  • The 10L Bullet and the Echo both work as OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) rucks and at GORUCK Light. As a dayruck, the Echo protects your small laptop, the 10L Bullet does not. The Bullet does not have a laptop compartment and is less stiff than the Echo. Though the 10L Bullet has a significantly less liter count, its height is 18”, which is 1½” taller than the Echo, which is 16.5” tall. When traveling with a GR2 or other large ruck, you will want a dayruck. Both the 10L Bullet and the Echo make good options. If you’re taller than 5’7”, the 10L Bullet Ruck will fit better (and look better) on your back.