An extended review of the GORUCK GR Echo.
(Featured in the picture above, sent to me by the fantastic people of GORUCK, a new color for the Echo coming soon)
After my small review several people requested more information about the Echo so I decided to write a more detailed review of the one I have.
Let’s start with a list of features: every GORUCK pack is made out of 100% military grade materials and tough enough for Special Forces, it is equipped to hold a hydration bladder system in a compartment that doubles as a laptop/iPad carry compartment extra reinforced to securely take a laptop into combat. Everything in the line is very simple and minimally branded with the only logo placement inside the bag and a velcro patch that can be used to attach any of the patches GORUCK sell or your own. Simplicity is very important, specially in gear that can potentially be use in hard or tactical situations. From my experience during several years on a combat unit, the simpler the gear, the less the change of failing for you while your life depends on it.
The Echo is tough while being lightweight. When I fully load it (with a 13” Mac, survival kit, information security gear, a rain jacket and some food) it is still very comfortable in the back and even tho the straps don’t have an chest strap, the Echo remains in place and doesn’t slide. It is one of the most comfortable packs I’ve tried over the years.
The material used is really hard core. I dragged my Echo through mud and harsh terrain, it got wet with rain and abused when I used it to stop an hydraulic door from shutting. Yet, the pack remains as new. Outstanding!
Yes, GORUCK gear is pricey, but you pay for what you get: a tough, ultra durable, very comfortable and super slick backpack that will last you for a long time. And if for whatever reason it breaks, the guys at GORUCK have you covered with a fantastic lifetime guaranty called Scars.
I’m taking the Echo as my one-bag Pack Light backpack for a two day business travel in a few days. I’ll report how it performed.
I tried a friend’s GR1 as a one bag pack a few months ago and it was big enough to carry clothing, gear and stuff for a 5 day business and pleasure trip that included a very intense war game with some tough Recon Marines. The GR1 performed fantastically. I am considering buying one.
On another note, if I were younger or in shape I would love to take the GORUCK Challenge and eventually run the Tough Madder with the GORUCK Team. Maybe… I’ll get in shape…
Now for some pictures:
From the GORUCK Challenge in New York
From the GORUCK Challenge in Northern California
From the Tough Mudder Race
During the Tough Mudder with bricks inside
A GR1 after having survived the bricks on Tough Mudder
A GR1 and a tactical hat ready for the race
A GR1, GR2 and an Echo
More pictures here.