My friend and Patagonia Ambassador Kelly Cordes with an important message.

minimalmac:

Let’s just say that you kind of like military-grade style bags — like the GORUCK GR1 for example. And, let’s just say that, while the dedicated laptop compartment in the back is just great, sometimes you might want options. Let’s say that you might want a piece of kit that can hold both your MacBook Air and an iPad inside the main compartment of the bag with some element of protection from your other gear in there. But, let’s just say it might be nice if this worked as a standalone bag that has D-rings of it’s own that you can attach a strap to when you want to leave the full ruck behind and go minimal with just the stuff you need. And, finally, let’s just say you want it to have the same tactical look and feel as your ruck.
Then, you want this Cargo Works Macbook Air + iPad Sleeve.
Let’s just say I bought one. Let’s just say, it’s great.

minimalmac:

Let’s just say that you kind of like military-grade style bags — like the GORUCK GR1 for example. And, let’s just say that, while the dedicated laptop compartment in the back is just great, sometimes you might want options. Let’s say that you might want a piece of kit that can hold both your MacBook Air and an iPad inside the main compartment of the bag with some element of protection from your other gear in there. But, let’s just say it might be nice if this worked as a standalone bag that has D-rings of it’s own that you can attach a strap to when you want to leave the full ruck behind and go minimal with just the stuff you need. And, finally, let’s just say you want it to have the same tactical look and feel as your ruck.

Then, you want this Cargo Works Macbook Air + iPad Sleeve.

Let’s just say I bought one. Let’s just say, it’s great.

swanson-loves-bacon:

So I’ve been gettin asks to show my camping gear. So here is what I can pull together quickly. Let me know if you have any questions about my gear or suggestions for my set up. (Left to Right)

  • Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
  • Arc’Teryx Alpha LT 
  • Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech (They don’t make this anymore, but you can still find it on the internet. I recommend this over the new Mountain Tech they have…its garbage)
  • Platypus 3L water bladder
  • Esee 3-Mil
  • Gregory Z55 (not shown Osprey Ariel 65 and Gregory Palisade 80)
  • Mountain Hardwear 45 Degree Ultra Lamina (not shown Mont-bell Super Spiral 30 degree and Mont-bell Super Stretch 20 degree)
  • Warbonnet Blackbird 1.7 double layer hammock (ditch the eno folks)
  • Warbonnet Mamajamba (buying a superfly soon
  • Jetboil PCS 
  • Sawyer Inline Squeeze Filter (love this thing 3oz and filters down to .1 micron)
  • Vasque Breeze GTX (time for new ones)
  • Not shown is my thermal underwear. I use Icebreakers exclusively. They hold up way better that Patagonia’s Capilene in my opinion)

I’m sure there is more that I just forgot to put and if you have any questions let me know.

Minimal gear inside the GORUCK GR0, a thermus full of strong coffee (none of that weak, watered down and nasty DD coffee), and 8 miles to walk to my target.

Recon on the way.

2 days semi-business trip.

In the GR0:

Toiletries in the Shadow Pocket
1 tshirt (exercising)
1 pair of shorts (exercising)
1 pair of underwear
1 pair of socks
1 button shirt
1 pair of semi-formal pants
Belt
MacBook Air + Charger
Not on the picture, dress shoes.

On me:

Polo shirt
Jeans
Running shoes
Sunglasses
2 days semi-business trip.

In the GR0:

Toiletries in the Shadow Pocket
1 tshirt (exercising)
1 pair of shorts (exercising)
1 pair of underwear
1 pair of socks
1 button shirt
1 pair of semi-formal pants
Belt
MacBook Air + Charger
Not on the picture, dress shoes.

On me:

Polo shirt
Jeans
Running shoes
Sunglasses

2 days semi-business trip.

In the GR0:

  • Toiletries in the Shadow Pocket
  • 1 tshirt (exercising)
  • 1 pair of shorts (exercising)
  • 1 pair of underwear
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 button shirt
  • 1 pair of semi-formal pants
  • Belt
  • MacBook Air + Charger

Not on the picture, dress shoes.

On me:

  • Polo shirt
  • Jeans
  • Running shoes
  • Sunglasses
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GORUCK Bullet 10L Explained by Jason.

This is one of the best daypacks I’ve tried if you don’t need to carry a laptop. It’s small but big enough for the essentials. It makes you nimble and allows you to pack light and go fast.

It also fits inside a GR2. Highly recommended!

I can’t help but think of “a simple black bag, comfortable in any and every environment imaginable,” which was the first line the GR1 Explained post from several years ago and sorry to quote, ummmm, myself who does that? it’s just that the comparison is the elephant in the room or at least in my head. Especially since the 10L Bullet Ruck has come to replace the 26L GR1 for me, in some instances. I travel with a 40L GR2 everywhere I go (more on that later). GR1 is great when I have my laptop and for rucking/training with more weight. GR1 is wider though still low profile and has a back panel that offers additional stability. The Bullet is pretty much my stuff-it-in-and-go ruck. It offers the the option for much less commitment because you can’t carry as much baggage with you hah! speaking literally not metaphorically at all.

High carbon/semi-stainless neck knife.  Drop point, spear point, or other by request with partially toothed top.  Designed to fit in standard “survival tin” as well as Law Industries Mini SERE Pouch.  Contact pcordnsuch for more details at pcordnsuch@gmail.com. High carbon/semi-stainless neck knife.  Drop point, spear point, or other by request with partially toothed top.  Designed to fit in standard “survival tin” as well as Law Industries Mini SERE Pouch.  Contact pcordnsuch for more details at pcordnsuch@gmail.com. High carbon/semi-stainless neck knife.  Drop point, spear point, or other by request with partially toothed top.  Designed to fit in standard “survival tin” as well as Law Industries Mini SERE Pouch.  Contact pcordnsuch for more details at pcordnsuch@gmail.com. High carbon/semi-stainless neck knife.  Drop point, spear point, or other by request with partially toothed top.  Designed to fit in standard “survival tin” as well as Law Industries Mini SERE Pouch.  Contact pcordnsuch for more details at pcordnsuch@gmail.com.

High carbon/semi-stainless neck knife.  Drop point, spear point, or other by request with partially toothed top.  Designed to fit in standard “survival tin” as well as Law Industries Mini SERE Pouch.  Contact pcordnsuch for more details at pcordnsuch@gmail.com.

A few days of carry and a few ways of carry via mopedonkrak.

“Anywhere I can make a buying choice that I, with proper care and maintenance, will never have to make again for the rest of my life, I do. In those cases, I’m willing to pay far more for an item if I know it will last a lifetime and, even more importantly to me, I will never have to spend the mental energy making a choice again.”

Patrick Rhone: Final Choices

Please take this into account when you buy your next piece of gear or anything else for that matter.