Kit Bag - 32L (Black)

Kit Bag - 32L (Black)


This small, 32L Kit Bag stores a few days worth of clothes, shoes, or gear. With d-rings for shoulder straps, it goes great in-hand or over your shoulder. A great light packing bag, it is ideal for quick transpo, fitting to our high standards of gear quality.

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Small, 32 liter Kit Bag:

  • Opens wide for easy access when packing and traveling
  • TSA Carry-on friendly
  • Two (2) external pockets
  • Three (3) interior zipper pockets so it doesn’t turn into a gypsy camp
  • D-Rings if you would rather attach a Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Customize with the patch of your choice


Just imagine you’re a new recruit with an Army green duffel bag full of stuff they made you buy to start Basic Training. You show up in your bus, and you’re immediately greeted by a shark attack of Drill Sergeants.

“Get off my bus," they scream, two inches from your face.

Eventually, there’s a layout after you’ve carried your bag above your head for what seems like an eternity.

“Dump everything out!”
“Too slow!”
“Put it back in.”
“Hold up your brown T-shirts!”
“Too slow, dump everything out!”

The long cylindrical green Army duffel bag has been around for almost a century. It has a single opening at the top, good for two things:

  1. Shoving stuff in
  2. Never finding anything unless you dump everything out.

Drill Sergeants know this, and they exploit it. When you join Special Forces and other high speed units, you stop using that bag because it’s terrible and in our opinion, should be phased out.

The main reason, functionally speaking, relates to a change in the equipment all soldiers now wear. Namely: body armor. The green duffel bag is too narrow to hold it. Which makes sense, sort of, since body armor didn’t exist when the bag mostly resembling the Army green duffel bag saw its first widespread use in WWII. (My grandfather’s is from the Korean War).

The shoulder straps. Yes, they allow the Army duffel bag to be worn on your back. However, they’re poorly constructed and prone to failure of either the hardware, the stitching on the straps themselves, or both (as happened to me). They were not, and are not, constructed, to carry anything comfortably over any real distance. If you need a bag with shoulder straps on it, check out our rucksacks.

Bottom line: today, that green Army duffel bag is antiquated, and non-functional. Unless you’re trying to stress out Basic Training recruits, in which case it works great.

Enter the Aviator’s Kit Bag (issued in Airborne Units) - 84 Liters (that’s huge). This bag is a significant upgrade, and the inspiration for GORUCK’s line of three (3) Kit Bags.

The Aviator’s Kit Bag is used on all Airborne operations (jumping out of planes or helos). You fold it up and pack it on your front, underneath your reserve parachute. When you land, after you thank God for surviving another jump, you pull it out, fast fast fast. You gather your parachute up and stuff it in the bag, securing it closed via snaps* on the kit bag, not the zipper because the zipper could actually damage the parachute for future use if it catches on the fabric.

*This is the only viable reason I can think of for the use of snaps, which are bulky, notoriously fail, and are not trustworthy on their own. We removed them.

You attach it to your reserve parachute and pick up your stuffed Aviator’s Kit Bag and throw it on your back, while your reserve is on your front. Because the straps are too short but you need to hold them so it all stays balanced, it’s not uncommon to cut off circulation to your hands as you move. No big deal unless you’re getting shot at.

But here’s the thing. Special Forces and other units started using the Aviator’s Kit Bags as travel bags and deployment bags because of the large opening at the top, which is plenty big enough to comfortably allow body armor to fit inside. Plus tons of other stuff you need on deployment and in life.

GORUCK’s Design Improvements - turning it into a travel bag

The Aviator’s Kit Bag (Airborne issued) was not originally designed as a travel bag. It just so happens to work better than the hated duffel bags, so kit bags were repurposed by guys in the field. Our team at GORUCK took the design foundation, and improved upon it so that GORUCK Kit Bags thrive for Special Forces soldiers on deployments and at military schools, and for travelers all over the world.


Our Special Forces Cadre take GORUCK Kit Bags to war now, instead of the issued stuff. When Cadre Dan got home from one of his trips to Afghanistan (his first with a GORUCK Kit Bag), he told me in his backyard over some Bud Heavies, “Like, no shit, it’s so obvious to add pockets to a kit bag, I don’t know what took you so long. These are f******* awesome.”

Jason Signature

Jason McCarthy
10th Special Forces Group, 2006-08
Founder, GORUCK


Availability Usually Ships in 3 to 5 Days
Rating Yes
Dimensions 17.5”W x 11.5"H x 9”D
Materials 1000D CORDURA®
Volume 32L
Water Resistant Yes
Included Strap Length N/A
Laptop Protection None
MOLLE Webbing No
2x3 VELCRO/patch sold separate Yes
Color Black
Opens Flat No
Padded Handle No
Manufacturer GORUCK
Made in USA Yes
Scars Lifetime Guarantee Yes


Weight 1.440 lbs
Length 17.000 in
Width 11.500 in
Height 9.000 in
Kit Bag - 32L (Black) is rated 4.9211 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Stuff Hauler As a firefighter I work 24 hours at a time, that brings the need to haul several changes of clothes, workout gear, and books to read in my downtime. The Kit Bag excels at fitting all of the necessaries, while still looking sharp. I have also made several flights using is at my carry-on, again it excels and has enough space for a weekend's worth of clothes and toiletries. I especially like carrying the Kit Bag over a regular carry-on because the soft sides allow it fit into the overhead compartments much easier. GORUCK continues their line of bags as tough as the people who use them.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite duffel I bought this on a whim (darn sales) and it almost instantly became my favorite travel bag. I have used this for everything from weekend trips to the in-laws, to stashing all the medication for two weeks of medical clinics in a third-world country. in the end of all things it boils down to your ability to stay organized; with two exterior pockets and three internal zipper enclosures, I am never lacking for a way to keep things readily accessible. Couple that with legendary GORUCK durability and a small flap to cover the zipper (keeping it free from dirt a debris), and this bag has everything you need.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb I bought it mainly as a gym bag and occasionally weekender. Perfect in size and quality. The strap? Highly recommended. At first and with the bag empty you will not realize how good it is... Until you fully loaded it. Great job
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect complementary bag to the GR2 Love the 32L kit bag. I got 4 of them. That combined with my GR2, I don't need anything else to travel for civilian or military duties. Clutch bag for sure.
Date published: 2016-09-17
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