GORUCK

GR1 - Heritage (Limited Edition)

$595.00
Estimated stock: 173
Description

Made in USA SCARS

Our Original Ruck, 10 Years Later

It's been over 10 years since the first work on GR1 began. From the very beginning, the materials we were going to use were never in doubt. 1000D Cordura and MOLLE webbing were the primaries because those were the materials used in our Special Forces rucksacks.

Tactical gear, though, used to look a bit different and it was made out of canvas. That's what my grandfather's ruck and duffel bag were made out of for Korea, same as those worn by the Greatest Generation. Canvas is and will always be the military heritage fabric to me, and our only choice for a very limited run of 300 units of the GR1 Heritage. The waxed canvas is tough, it repels water and ages well next to the premium leather panels from Red Wing, Minnesota. It took our team the last year to find the right waxed canvas, the right leather, to test the rucks (with weight), and to ensure that they met our standards for quality and craftsmanship.

This is the first time we've ever built GR1 out of any other fabrics. What has not changed is that we built them in the USA and they come with our Scars Lifetime Guarantee.

 

 

PRIMARY FEATURES

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Laptop Compartment
Your laptop costs $2,000, that's why we made GR1 the best, and toughest bag ever built. The separate compartment next to your back is extra reinforced to securely take a laptop into combat. And you can get it in and out easily.
Silent Zipper Pulls
YKK zippers with silent, glove friendly zipper pulls constructed from parachute 550 cord. There is no good reason why zippers pulls should make noise when rucking (or assaulting). Ours don't.
Molle Attachments
3 rows of internal MOLLE webbing let you customize the interior of your GR1 how you want. MOLLE is the same system used by our Armed Forces to attach life-saving sensitive equipment.
Rainproof
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 aka rainproof. (Especially if you keep it waxed)
Multiple Pockets
Three internal pockets: one large elastic pocket, one large mesh zippered pocket and one small go-to zippered pocket. External slant pocket provides quick access to keys, snacks, and other small items.
2" x 3" LEATHER PATCH
Sewn in, subtle black leather patch.
Extra Padded Straps and Handle
Shoulder straps and top handle are extra padded to carry heavier loads more comfortably. Plus the top handle is accented with black leather.
Frame Sheet
A removable, hard plastic frame sheet stabilizes the bombproof laptop compartment and allows you to carry more weight comfortably. If there were no frame sheet, the ruck would curl in on itself too much when you cinch it down on your shoulders.
Opens Flat
Easy to pack and organize. Special Forces medical rucks share a similar design.
Hydration Port
Exit port for hydration bladder tube is found under the top handle of the ruck.
False Bottom
We built a false bottom in the bombproof laptop compartment so that when you set your ruck down, your laptop won't even notice. This adds labor to the build of the ruck, but it's necessary for max function. Made of premium black leather.

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Bombproof Laptop Compartment

The separate compartment next to your back is extra reinforced to securely take a laptop into combat.

Silent Zipper Pulls

YKK zippers with silent, glove friendly zipper pulls constructed from parachute 550 cord.

MOLLE Attachments

3 rows of internal MOLLE webbing let you customize GR1 how you want.

Rainproof

Our rucks are highly water resistant aka rainproof.

Multiple Pockets

Three internal pockets and one External slant pocket.

Extra Padded Straps and Handle

Shoulder straps and top handle are extra padded to carry heavier loads more comfortably.

Opens Flat

Easy to pack and organize. Special Forces medical rucks share a similar design.

Frame Sheet

A removable, hard plastic frame sheet stabilizes the bombproof laptop compartment and allows you to carry more weight comfortably.

Hydration Port

Exit port for hydration bladder tube found under the top handle of the ruck.

2" x 3" Leather Patch

Sewn in, subtle black leather patch.

False Bottom

We built a false bottom in the bombproof laptop compartment so that when you set your ruck down, your laptop won't even notice.

Military Heritage Canvas

The materials we choose are proven to thrive in war. YKK Zippers perform despite Middle East sandstorms. Canvas is and will always be the military heritage, and our only choice for a very limited run of 300 units of the GR1 Heritage.

Badass American Construction

High stress points are strength tested at over 400 lbs. GR1® is capable of holding more weight than any human should ruck with.

Military Heritage Canvas

The materials we choose are proven to thrive in war. YKK Zippers perform despite Middle East sandstorms. Canvas is and will always be the military heritage, and our only choice for a very limited run of 300 units of the GR1 Heritage.

Badass American Construction

High stress points are strength tested at over 400 lbs. GR1® is capable of holding more weight than any human should ruck with.


GR1: Baghdad Meets NYC, The Story

I placed an ad on Craigslist NYC for a “backpack designer”, and a couple called the Wookey’s in Montana replied with a link to their website and a “we can do that.” They had recently set up a design studio after working in manufacturing forever, and were scouring to pay the bills as start-ups must. We emailed and then skyped and I hired them to build what was, at that point, napkin sketches of a bag not yet named GR1. For pattern work, six hand-built prototypes, and suffering through my ignorance of manufacturing, I would owe them a few thousand bucks. It was a steal that would probably cost 15-20x that, now.

The better news for me was that it was something to do. I had recently gotten out of Special Forces. Which made me a civilian, but I was living on my buddy’s couch in New York City with all my deployment gear. As if still on deployment.

I felt ridiculous wearing my assault packs around town, with Iraqi dirt in them no less (that stuff never comes out). I quietly planned to go back to war after going back to school, but America was home again and I was here indefinitely. I had already traded my fatigues in for blue jeans, and I looked for other bags, more civilian friendly if you will, but the ones I saw seemed soft and weak. As if ready for a runway, but not the grind of daily life.

Such began the long journey of building a bridge between the military and civilian worlds into GR1. The hopes for which became nice and lofty, but there were real decisions to be made over the next two+ years for it to become a reality.

So, a little bit of luck and a little bit of not knowing any other way, and GR1 became Baghdad meets New York City. We took the toughness of my Special Forces bags but lost the obvious I-was-in-the-military billboard plastered all over them. Inspired by the aesthetics of the City, we gave it a timeless beauty like the Stars and Stripes, Marilyn Monroe, a vintage Harley Davidson, and Monster. Yes, Monster is in good company, so is GR1 - that was always the goal. You gotta dream big in this lifetime.

And we still have a desire to change the world at GORUCK. To represent the best of American manufacturing, to honor our Special Forces roots, to build bridges, to give back to those we can never fully repay. But though ideas will always inspire us, the work to see their reality is long, and hard, and sometimes it starts with just a napkin sketch.

If you have a dream for something in this life, go for it and make it a reality. Ours proudly started with GR1.

 

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

 


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 SIZING GUIDE

The Special Forces curse clearly states, the more space you have, the more stuff you’ll pack. The GR1 Heritage is 21L and is 18" tall. It is our classic size® fits all shapes and sizes. When moving through airports, commuting, or rucking, the goal is for your ruck to be high on your back.

 

 

21L waxed canvas limited edition. GORUCK’s original and most versatile rucksack, now built with heritage waxed canvas and premium leather.

Each GR1 Heritage comes with an Otter Wax Fabric Bar. Before applying, thoroughly clean and dry your GR1.

Rub into fabric to create friction. Rubbing the bar back and forth creates the perfect amount of heat to loosen wax and spread evenly into the top layer of fabric.

Smooth out with fingers to create uniform seal.

Allow item to cure in a warm, dry place for at least 24 hours. Reapply as often as necessary.

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Additional Info
Weight:
3.30 LBS
Materials:
10.10 oz Army Duck Waxed Canvas, Leather Top Handle and Bottom Panel
Dimensions:
11.5"W x 18"H x 5.5"D
Volume:
21L
Frame Sheet:
Yes
Made in USA:
Yes
Scars Guarantee:
Lifetime
Laptop Compartment:
11"W x 15"H
External Slant Pocket:
11"W x 10"H
Internal Elastic Pocket:
11"W x 10"H
Internal Mesh Pocket:
11"W x 10"H
Internal Cordura Pocket:
11"W x 6"H

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Do Right By People

Our goal is to run a company our grandfathers would be proud of. And the central tenet — an oldie but a goodie — is that we do whatever it takes to do right by people. Contact us at team@goruck.com with any questions and we'll get back to you ASAP.