Service First Story 001: Stop The Bleeding

Service First Story 001: Stop The Bleeding

Trauma medicine - how a first responder should treat someone hurt or injured - has evolved rapidly based on lessons learned in the post-9/11 wars. One example is that yes you should use a tourniquet sooner - it stops the bleeding to save a life. But…
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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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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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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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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

And then there was one. I learned early on in my Army days that you can’t stop Father Time. Just keep your head focused on the task at hand while the sand flows south, and embrace whatever comes at you. It’s their game, their rules, a…
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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

BELLBROOK, OHIO, USA HOME BASE OF GORUCK SELECTION 018 Annually, we run an event called GORUCK Selection. It’s the only event that we recommend you NOT sign up for. It’s 48+ hours and it’s patterned after Special Forces Assessm…
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GR1, the Most Badass Laptop Bag Ever Built

GR1, the Most Badass Laptop Bag Ever Built

Monster speaks and we listen and he’s like hey GR1 is the most badass laptop bag ever built. Mic drop, off he goes. Nobody doubts Monster but...?? Time warp back to 2008 when we had napkin sketches for what GR1 wo…
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Hand Built in the USA

Hand Built in the USA

HAND BUILT IN BOZEMAN, MONTANA GR1 takes 4 hours of labor to build — and that’s when it’s done efficiently by sewers who have spent months learning how to do it. We often get asked what machine spits GR1’s out. Before we got into manufacturi…
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GR1 Explained

GR1 Explained

Five years ago we were selling GR1s from the trunk of a rental car at GORUCK Challenges and while the experience of carrying GR1 with weight for 12+ hours is enough to convince most people they need one, the gearheads of the world wanted more. Mor…
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