Probably one of the biggest choices I have to make in preparing for the GORUCK Challenge is which backpack to use. One of the conditions of the event is that you must carry 4 bricks with you for the entire challenge, among other requisite and recommended gear. Oh wait, make that 6 bricks if you weigh over 150 pounds (because life isn’t fair).
Since the GORUCK Challenge originated as a way for GORUCK to test their gear. They primarily make military inspired/tested backpacks and accessories. They are a bit expensive, and probably won’t appeal to the flashy, techno-cool crowd ( from which I can’t completely disassociate myself), but they do appear as literally bomb-proof as conceivable. The recommended pack for the GORUCK Challenge, and claimed most versatile, is the GR1. At 26 liters, it’s their mid-sized pack and original creation. But my question is, is it overkill? Can I use something that I already own, or find something a bit less expensive that will do the needful?