After their announcement of their Tough Mudder style event, the Nasty, the team down at GoRuck HQ added a slick new piece of kit to their store’s offerings, The Bullet Ruck. Since the initial 10L offering which is reviewed here, they added the Hydro Bullet (5L) and the Bullet 15. Like many of GoRuck’s products this fills a very niche part of the markets with packs designed for very particular jobs, yet can be used for everything else too.
It’s no secret that I like GoRuck, their events are great, planning to do several of them going into 2014. Their gear is solid, made in the USA, and their SCARS warranty will knock your socks off. Buying a GoRuck product is buying a bag that will last you forever….and if it doesn’t it will at least last until the company goes under, which I doubt will happen anytime soon. Not to mention, if your GoRuck bag its wrecked in a firefight or shootout, they’ll replace it for free and give you complimentary swag to hear the story.
I purchased this bag shortly after the Nasty on eBay, like I do with many of the high price items I buy. It had yet to surface on the GoRuck web store at that point, so I believe the seller bought it from the swag tent at the event. I was hoping to go to Nasty 001, but due to getting a new job I didn’t have the vacation time.
The GoRuck 10L Bullet Ruck can be found for purchase in several different colors and often camo patterns on the GoRuck gear store:
My eBay seller shipped quick, and if you decide to order from GoRuck I have personally never had any issues with their shipping or packaging.
The pack has 2 individual pockets. the first is actually just a hydro pocket. It does not lay flat like the other pocket pictured above. It is simply a place to hang you water bladder. Its nice and roomy and will easily accept a 3L bladder, but will leave room for nothing else. But isn’t that kinda the point.
The second pocket, pictured above. Follows the typical ‘lay flat’ style that GoRuck prides itself on. And rightfully so, I cannot express how frustrated non-lay flat bags are to me now that I have owned several GoRuck Bags. Inside this second pocket there are also two additional zippered pockets to place snacks, chews, med kits, or bricks. I use them to carry my inhalers during events/hikes.
Supposedly this Pack is capable of the 4 bricks needed for the GoRuck Light Event, however I personally don’t see it. I would use my Echo or GR1 pack for that before I use this. Moving to the other side of the bag the hold for the drink tube has been expertly placed to keep the hydrotube from increasing your profile and generating a snag risk. Also the straps have some MOLLE webbing for small pouches.
The pouch pictured there is a Triple Aught Design iComm pouch in Khaki (Note how similar the colors are). It is an awesome padded pouch, which is great for carrying a phone or music device. This was something I added after receiving the pack based on my needs on using it as a day hiking pack, I don’t plan on doing a review on such a small pouch so I figured I would mention here that it is certainly worth looking at. I will be running my hydro tube over the other shoulder.
Do remember that if you have completed a GoRuck Light you can get awesome deals on patches that go to a great cause. Example below is a patch based around a quote from the Challenge Video on GoRucks site by my 525 Cadre Beaux. Take a look at the GoRuck Skymall on Facebook to find stuff like this. All the money goes to worthy charities.
After our horrific outing to Mt.Greylock on Veterans Day, I decided that I was going to begin carrying a fixed bladed survival knife. In the past I've been content with the small blades contained within multi-tools or flippers that I would wear inside my pockets. However the sense of unease I was served by our night time walk down a supposedly haunted trail assisted in facilitating my purchase of this fine blade.
Among my friends there in no secret I like Triple Aught Design gear (TAD Gear). They are a ‘Made in USA’ Company out of San Francisco which makes some of the highest quality outdoorsy equipment on the market, and if they wanna sell something they don’t make, they find some one who does make it and stick their logo on it. The issue with this is they always produce their equipment in such small numbers and with as large of a fan base as they have getting good stuff from them can be hard.
This being said my decision to own this knife was actually made back in 2010 (3 years before I bought it) as I readied myself for my first deployment. I was searching for a decent knife to take with me and this one came up in my searches. However at the time I wasn't sure of the reputation of TAD or Martin Knives, a decision I would later regret.
I spent the next year of my life obsessing about the knife, looking on eBay for it to no avail. Eventually, about 2 months ago one surfaced…and I snagged it up. So this being said you’re probably reading this thinking “Well great, if this knife is so damn good…and this reviews gonna make me want one…I’ll have to go questing through Mordor to find one.” Fortunately not so.
Here are some links which might help you snag up something similar to this knife.
Fortunately I wasn’t the only person who found the Martin Hollow Handle’s appealing because BOKER purchased the rights to be able to mass produce the Boker Apparo. Contained in the links above is a place to order the knife and a sheath. Take a look. I looked at this option however I decided that the blade was too long for me and liked the stubbier TAD version. It is also worth noting the TAD version comes in 2 options. The general version and the Sawback version. I ordered the general slick-back version.
It is not often that I will go out of my way to recover a box if some one else needs to pick it up from the post office, however when this knife arrived, I made an exception. I was shocked to see that the seller had included an original TAD box, Stamped with the logo. The depth to which TAD fanatics devotion runs often impresses and scares me. I remove all of the packing garbage and lay my eyes on it for the first time and it is gorgeous.
The first observation I made was the cord wrapped handle. Despite this being a survival knife I didn’t expect this cord to be actually usable, so that was a nice feature. I next quickly unscrewed the o-ringed brass cap which contains a small compass. The survival capsule portion of the knife is about 3 inches deep and half an inch wide. My plan is to carry matches, fish hooks, and ‘Quitter’s Cash’ in there. After screwing the cap back down tight I unbuttoned the retention strap on the Steve Shepard sheath. (He is a leather worker who frequently makes sheaths for Martin Knives).
The matte grey blade is emblazoned with the TAD logo as seen in the picture above and measures just about 5 inches. I then brushed my finger against the blade, and holy hell is it sharp. It is sharp enough I could probably shave my face with it. To add to the survival features of the blade I added a lanyard to give me some 550 lengths. On the lanyard is a Tiki bead which is the representation of the Hawaiian God of Sarcasm and trickery….and yes that was a knowing choice.