Wednesday, December 27, 2017

GORUCK GR3 Review First Look

This is our first look at the GORUCK GR3.  

The pre-order for the GR3 came out at the perfect time for me, I was looking for a little bit bigger pack for traveling.  I was looking at the 40L GR2 but I figured 5 more liters would be nice, and I like the idea of one large pocket.

Because I would be using it for travel, I went with the slick pack.  So I didn't get the front MOLLE webbing or the side handles.

Because I purchased it as part of the GORUCK Workshop pre-order, it came with the GR3 First Run Label inside.

GORUCK GR3 First Run

When ordering I also chose to get the GR3 Tough bag.  So in the box I received the following:

GR3 Ruck
GR3 Hip Strap (Included with the GR3)
GR3 Tough Bag
Sternum Strap
GR3 Leather Patch
GORUCK Sticker


As mentioned before I chose the slick option with no Front MOLLE Webbing.


The front slant pocket is quite large, like all the other GORUCK packs it goes to the bottom of the bag.

I also chose to not get the side handles.

GORUCK GR3 Compression Straps

Both sides have the compression straps.  All straps have a small loop to retain the extra strap.

The compression straps connect over the zipper, meaning that if you want to zip your ruck open you must disconnect the straps.  This allows them to pull the front of the ruck down, and allows the compression straps to do their job.


The top of the ruck has a standard carry handle that is on many of the GORUCK packs.


The shoulder straps are also pretty standard if you are familiar with other GORUCK packs.

GORUCK GR3 Laptop Pocket

The GR3 also has the same laptop pocket design as the GR1 and GR2.  With the size of the pack, the pocket is very large.

The GR3 also comes with a removable integrated padded hip belt.


In the center of the belt there is a section of velcro.


To attach it you simply slide it through the velcro hooks.  It is very secure and isn't going anywhere.


On the bottom of the ruck there are two large MOLLE strips for connecting the GR3 tough bag, or what ever else you might want to attach to the bottom of your ruck.

GORUCK GR3 Tough Bag

The GR3 Tough Bag is not labeled with GR3.

The bag has a velcro location in between 2 MOLLE loops.

GORUCK GR3 Tough Bag

What really makes the GR3 Tough Bag different is the compression straps.  They work great to compress the bag down.

GORUCK GR3 with Tough Bag

They also allow for the bag to connect to the bottom MOLLE on the GR3.  This is great for a sleeping bag, or to carry your dirty clothes or shoes separately.


On the front panel of the pack on the inside there are 3 pockets; top solid pocket, a center mesh pocket, and a bottom mesh pocket.


Internally in the pack, the entire back is covered in velcro, and there are two rows of MOLLE Webbing.

This would work well with the velcro firearms gear, or the velcro field pockets.


Or you can use it as a mobile patch board and carry them everywhere with you.


At the top of the back panel there is a D ring for connecting a bladder or what ever else you may want to connect.  There is also a velcro port at the top of the ruck for a hydration hose.


Here are some images of the GR3 beside a few other rucks.

GR3 and GR1 26L


GR3 and 25L Rucker


GR3 and GR2 34L

GORUCK GR3 VS 10L Bullet

GR3 and 10L Bullet

GORUCK GR3 Comparison

GR2 34L
GR1 26L

GORUCK GR3 Comparison

GR3, GR2 34L, and GR1 26L

Update 2/15/2018

Time to take the GR3 on its first real trip.

I am taking it to Haiti with me as my only Travel bag / Carry on.

To see more about the trip see Run Across Haiti.

First of all, it is amazing how much stuff you can fit in the GR3.  The one large pocket makes it perfect for packing it full.

The side compression straps also work great for holding a small bag that I can easily break away when stowing the GR3 in the overhead bins.

The GR3 fits perfect in the overhead bins.  It is almost like it was designed for travel, well done GORUCK.

It also fits perfectly in the carry-on measurement chart at the gates.

The GR3 worked perfectly throughout my Run Across Haiti.  It spent a week with me hauling all of my gear.  

It was a rough week for it, being sandwiched in piles of gear on an old bus and spending a lot of time in the back of trucks.  It is now pretty dirty and just starting to get broken in.  On to the next adventure!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey buddy. First of all great review with the pictures as a guide. I like them.
    One question, mind I ask you how tall are you ? I'm about 1.68m. Not sure if it's too big of a pack for me.