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First Look Review – Rucker Long Range

If the GORUCK Rucker and GR2 had a baby, it would be the Rucker Long Range. Taking the best of both rucks, the Rucker Long Range is an absolute gem of a bag.

Rucker Long Range First Look Review Video

Rucker Long Range Overview

On the exterior you’ll find a number of features common to the Rucker series including:

Reflective slash on the front.

4 Handles.

Molle on front and sides.

Drain holes.

210d Cordura on the back and interior of the straps.

Padded lumbar support.

While the Rucker 4.0 has done away with the front slash pocket, there is one on the Rucker Long Range.

On the inside of the ruck you have two main compartments. As with all GORUCK bags, these are fold-flat compartments when unzipped.

In the first compartment you’ll find a nice admin pocket and several other zip pockets.

In the second compartment you have two zip pockets and two ruck plate pocket.

The ruck plate pockets now have extra beefy padding on the top to protect the back of your head while doing things like bear crawls and burpees.

Since there are two pockets, the Rucker Long Range can accommodate multiple plates.

However, the more likely scenario is that the back pocket hold a plate while the front pocket holds a water bladder.

What’s super nice is that the inside of the front pocket has velcro, so you can secure the plate in the back pocket while having your water bladder in the front.

Long Range Rucker Initial Thoughts

This is a killer bag. I love it.

That said, when it comes to GORUCK events, I am always a fan of smaller bags (I ruck with the 20L Rucker 3.0). Big bags tend to lead to overpacking. Overpacking equals more weight.

I think there are three best-use cases for this bag.

First, it could be a great Tier 1 GORUCK event bag. The extra space, compartmentalization, and plate pockets make it a solid contender.

Second, this could be a great bag for people who love rucking but have use for more storage. So, the bag is more than their rucking bag, but maybe it is for a weekend hike/camp or to cram sports gear in after your ruck training.

Third, and I know everyone is wondering about this, yes, I think it could be a GR2 replacement. I go into detail about this in the video (here’s the link to the section where I discuss the GR2 vs the Rucker Long Range). But, the short version is that you do lose a little space with the plate pockets, but I think it is generally not that much and it is redeemable.

That said, I love the GR2 and think it is the perfect travel bag. But, if you don’t have the funds or you need a multipurpose bag (or want some of the Rucker features) then the Long Range Rucker is a solid choice.

Got questions?

Have any questions about the Rucker Long Range? Sound off in the comments below!

9 Replies to First Look Review – Rucker Long Range

  1. Nice review. I would definitely prefer the GR2 for traveling. In my system, I travel with packing cubes of various sizes and fit them in the large GR2 back area. It appears that the large plate pockets in the Rucker Long Range might use up too much space in the back area, especially if I have to store my laptop there as well.

  2. I am new to GoRuck (but not new to rucking). I had a hard time deciding between the Rucker 4.0 25L and Long Range Rucker 33L—so I got both. Undecided if I will return one or just keep them both.

    I wanted “one bag to rule them all” and get a one-stop-shop. I like the GR1/2, but since I want a bag that does it all (and the price point is much more attainable), the LRR 33L seems to fit the bill.

    I can use the Rucker 25L as my primary ruck / “gym on my back” but appreciate that I CAN use the LRR for longer rucks or Tier 1 events eventually. As a bonus, if I can use the ruck plate pockets for my laptop and iPad, then the LRR will serve well as an EDC and make an even better ruck. Who knows, I might take it on a hiking/camping trip or bring some extra exercise equipment to a park. The room will be welcome.

    LRR seems to be a sweet spot (but I do like the more streamlined Rucker 25L for dedicated rucking).

    Worst case—other than having to pay for two rucks in short order—the LRR could be my dedicated ruck / “gym on the back” bag and I could EDC any of the other many bags I own (Timbuk2, 5.11 Rush 24, Camelbak, etc.)

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