Proving the Challenge Pants

Proving the Challenge Pants

Last fall I met Alex in the throes of GORUCK Selection. None of us told him this at the time, but 23 hours in, he was performing well as most candidates were long since showered up and warm. It was clear he had trained his ass off. The mile…
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The Simple Pant Explained

The Simple Pant Explained

Blue jeans are a good look when they don’t put diamonds and sparklers all over ‘em. Simple and classic is better, and I’ve been a Levi’s 501 wearer for a long time.       But my 501’s get wet and they’re twice as…
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Kit Bags Explained

Kit Bags Explained

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 scr…
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Remembering Our Roots & the Original Go-Ruck

Remembering Our Roots & the Original Go-Ruck

My “go-bag” in Iraq was more the size of a GR2 than a GR1. It was big, heavy, and full of lots of stuff I would need if our vehicle got disabled and we needed to fight for our lives. When I moved to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, I took that inspirat…
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Shooter Rucks and Rule #1 Firearms Co.

Shooter Rucks and Rule #1 Firearms Co.

If you’re in Special Forces, you get good at customizing your gear and making it yours. For different missions, you set your gear up differently. That’s the idea behind the Shooter Rucks. The interior of the rucks is lined with VELCRO® friendly “B…
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GR1: Baghdad Meets NYC, The Story

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, a…
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