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GORUCK GR1 (and Series) Get First Update in 14 Years

While we have seen variations of the GR1 (and GR2 & GR3) over the years, there has never been a fundamental change to the core design… until today.

GORUCK has officially made the first change to the GR1 since its launch 14 years ago. The change?

Going forward, all GORUCK GR1, GR2, and GR3 will have 210D Cordura material for the back and interior of the shoulder straps. (check it out)

The “NEW” GR1 – First Look Video

While it might not seem like such a big deal, since GORUCK has often created variations on the GR Series, like the Heritage, Slick, Shooter, Colorways, etc, but what GORUCK has done in this update is say that this is a permanent change to the base model of our flagship rucks. This means that all GR Series rucks pre-2023 are now “classic” and will be the only way to get a ruck with 500D or 1000D material for the backing.

Personally, there are aspects of this that I like. The 210D material is great. Super smooth, easy on your clothing, and feels good on your back.

But, I’m also resistant to change. It makes me a little sad that the uniformity of the material’s “look” won’t be consistent around the bag. And… it’ll just be different.

Thankfully, I own a number of the classic GR Series rucks and I’m sure the “new” series will grow on me over time.

What about you? What do you think of GORUCK’s change? Sound off in the comments below.

2 Replies to GORUCK GR1 (and Series) Get First Update in 14 Years

  1. If I didn’t already own a 500D slick, I would buy one of these. I’m disappointed that they didn’t add the quick access pocket. I’m not surprised at all, though, because despite the short run release of variants over the years, they’ve been extremely conservative about permanent changes to the standard production version. It’s an almost unheard of contrast to so many other brands that change their features every 1-2 years.

  2. Keep the “Classic” line and offer the 210 back as a customization. GORUCK is slowly moving away from its roots and its a shame.

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