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.