The new GORUCK GR Echo - a better review

I wrote about the new GORUCK GR Echo in a fast review a few days ago. Now that I have a bit more time and I’ve carried the ruck with me during a project, I wanted to write a better, more detailed review.

The GORUCK GR Echo is a small and discreet pack with a low profile that adapts to various scenarios. From an everyday carry pack to a secondary stash-inside-the-main-pack backpack, the Echo is a tough little ruck that, like all GORUCK gear, is guarantied to last.

I own the first iteration of the original GORUCK Echo. A slightly smaller version of the current ruck. It was the first piece of gear I’ve bought from GORUCK and the one that convinced me that those rucks are the best out there. It’s been in hairy places and it has gone through pretty much everything. It is still good as new. My only problem was that sometimes, for specific activities it was too small. My GR1 and Radio Ruck were too big; I needed something in between.
When GORUCK announced the new sized Echo, I bought one. It was the right size for what I needed.

Here’s the Echo. Click on the images to see them bigger.

Like all GORUCK gear, it is built with military-grade, highly water resistant materials in the USA. It has two compartments: one main, one laptop/hydration next to wearer’s back; the main compartment opens flat and has internal pockets that allow for optimal organization. The laptop compartment can accommodate a 15″ laptop and it’s extra reinforced to securely take a laptop or hydration bladder into combat. The ruck also has an external pocket that provides quick access to keys, snacks, and other small items. The Echo also has 2 rows os MOLLE webbing inside and outside, this allows further customization with the ability to attach pouches and other gear.

The straps are really comfortable and the design is so good that there is not need to have a sternum strap, making the pack’s design cleaner. The pack doesn’t move once it is on your back.
I recently took it to a physical penetration test where I had to crawl under a fence and over different obstacles, it doesn’t move. It is a really comfortable pack. It is designed to ride high.

The laptop compartment is padded. I placed there my 13” MacBook and an iPad. It kept them safe.

Like all GORUCK gear, the zipper pulls are silent. Thank you! I hate the sound of metal zipper pulls hitting each other. A simple paracord 550 loop wrapped in rubber tubing solved the problem. In this new model, the zippers seems to be low light, not shiny. Great!

Other than the size, the other main difference between the original Echo and this one is the fact that the new model has a full zipper. It opens flat.

This is a great feature that helps with the internal organization of the items you are carrying.
I thought that not having a full zipper was good since it created a small “pocket” that prevented things from rolling out of the ruck, however after having used this pack for a few days, I love it.

You can see inside the ruck two pockets on the lid, one full Cordura with a light colored paracord pull, and one mesh. There is also a Cordura elasticized pocket on the back of the main compartment. In the original Echo this was mesh too, later changed to a solid pocket.

In the picture above I have attached a Radio Ruck Field Pocket to the internal MOLLE webbing.

Like all GORUCK gear, the only label in internal.

Overall, I am really, really happy with the new Echo. It’s bigger but still retains the sleek profile. It’s an agile pack, one that will last for a long, long time.

And since all the details count, when you order your Echo (or any other GORUCK gear) look for the label when the box arrives.