The GORUCK GR3 is a massive, maximum legal carry-on travel pack that carries well, looks great, and will undoubtedly stand the test of time. View Details & Buy: https://packha.kr/em8r
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0:32 – Material & Aesthetic
2:03 – External Componenets
7:15 – Inside the Pack
11:57 – Durability & Testing
12:50 – Pros & Cons
13:53 – The Verdict
In this review, we are excited to finally check out the GORUCK GR3! We’ve put the GORUCK GR2 through some extensive use over the past couple years and it has held up as one of the most durable packs in our arsenal. We’re curious to see what changes GORUCK has made with the GR3 and how they could improve a bag that we’ve found to be fairly close to flawless.
GORUCK’s tagline for the GR3 is “The Largest Possible Carry-On,” and they are not kidding. This thing is massive, coming in at a whopping 45 liters and just barely fitting into the one bag carry-on travel category. The official dimensions are 22” high by 14” wide by 9″ in diameter. It’s not going to be carry-on compliant for all airlines—especially outside of the U.S.—so we’d recommend doing a bit of research with your airline before you get to the airport.
In addition to being large, the GR3 is also quite heavy when empty—5.15 pounds with the hip belt and 4.59 pound without. Yes, the hip belt weighs half a pound. We’ll get into specifics later, but that thing is no joke.
As far as materials go, GORUCK says that the materials they choose “are proven to thrive in war,” which is as equal parts impressive as it is slightly terrifying. This thing is made of 1000D CORDURA® ballistic nylon, which is just about as good as it gets when it comes to backpack materials. Besides being ridiculously strong, it’s also highly resistant to scrapes and abrasions, which is great. We’ve noticed that the stitching on this bag looks really sturdy and durable as well—the handles and seams feel really solid.
In addition to the sweet ballistic nylon, this thing is covered in heavy-duty YKK zippers. Given the materials and our previous history with GORUCK packs, we’re pretty confident this pack will hold up for a long time.
Overall, the GORUCK GR3 is a huge, super rugged pack that is at the literal size limit for one bag travel. It’s got a slick, minimalistic and/or tacticool look—depending on which version you go for—and offers some great customization with a few sections of MOLLE. It lacks any major interior organization, but makes up for that with an inventive interior velcro/MOLLE system for packing cubes and gear pouches. The only main complaint we have is with the compression strap system & it not being hide-able. Other than that, the GR3 is a solid option for the one bag traveler who is looking for a large pack that will stand the test of time.
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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the GORUCK GR3—a nearly indestructible, durable 1 bag travel backpack.
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