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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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, and you’r…
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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 Assessment and Sele…
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Rucking Gear Tips

Rucking Gear Tips

Make the weight stable inside your ruck. Cinch your ruck all the way down - no beboppin'. Don’t forget to hydrate. You wear a backpack, it’s a fitness thing. When in doubt, start with 20 lbs. Whatever bag you use, you want it to conform to…
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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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