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Spatial Dimensions

21L - 1.5kg - 30 x 46 x 14

Airline Compatibility

✈️ 99% (197/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 99% of airlines.

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Our Thoughts

The GR1 is the toughest, yet most expensive bag we've seen. The bottom is bombproof, the laptop sleeve is designed to hold steel plates for training, and this bag is certified for use by the special forces.

This bag will probably last until you for the rest of your life and through the alien invasion. You could be defending the earth from the worst, meanest, and cruelest alien overlords this world has experienced but still have all your stuff nicely packed.

The carry-on has one drawback, or interesting quirk, depending on how you look at it. All the extras typically found in other bags, like a water bottle holder, cost extra for the GR1. I'm not a huge water drinker so I don't mind if the bag is missing that feature. In fact, in a small way, I like being able to customize and save a few ounces.

Premium Carry-On

The GR1 is the most premium one bag you can buy. Other carry-ong could have the pockets you want, but the GR1 is unmatched in durability and quality.

πŸ‘ Reasons to Buy

  • Superb craftsmanship and well put together.
  • Lifelong companion: The materials used are so reliable and durable that even special forces use this bag.
  • The laptop compartment is really secured and features a false bottom.

πŸ€” Things to Consider

  • Can be a bit big as an everyday carry bag.
  • Limited external organization and could use some more external pockets.
  • The straps and suspension are really stiff during break-in period.

πŸ’¬ Reviewers Have Said

  • "This bag is built to withstand for generations. The 21L is the perfect EDC size."
  • "Used my GR1 since 2013. It's beastly. Well-made, spacious, can take a beating and won't let you down.When people say GR1 is a BIFL, that's absolutely true."

πŸ”Ž Reviews


"A simple, understated, powerful bag that will gladly see you through anything in life."

GoRuck GR1 Review

"The GoRuck GR1 will be the last EDC Backpack that you ever need. It does merge slightly into the one-bag travel sizing, but I think that helps to show its adaptability. The main compartment is large, and the laptop pocket will hold up to a 16” laptop and is solid—no worries there."

GORUCK GR1 Backpack Review

"Overall, the GR1 is a pretty simple bag. The features and organizational design are straightforward. What GORUCK is known for (hardcore durability) is definitely reflected in the bag."


Compression N
Expanded Capacity None
Opening Other
Passport N
Passthrough N
Backpack S
Frame N
Handles 1
Hip Belt N
Shoulder Strap N
Sternum Strap N
Laptop 0
Hydration N
Main Compartments 3
Organizer N
Shoe Compartment N
Lash Points 0
Hard Shell False
Molle S
Rain-fly N
Water Bottle Holder 0
Water Resistant Y
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Compatible Airlines

Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Asia, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Berlin (Closed), Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Nostrum, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Transat, Air Wisconsin, AirAsiaX, Aircalin, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nipon Airways, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, ANA, Asiana Airlines, ATA Airlines, Atlas Global, Austrian, Avianca , Azerbaijan Airlines, Azul Airlines, Azul Linhas, Bahamasair, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh, Blue Air, Boliviana de Aviacion, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cape Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CommutAir, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Croatia Air, Cubana de Aviacion, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, Dragonair, easyJet, EL AL, Emirates Airlines, Enter Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flair Air, flybe, Frontier Airlines, Gol Linhas Aereas, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Indigo, InselAir, Interjet, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Air, Island Air, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet2, jetBlue Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Juneyao Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Kulula, Kuwait Air, LATAM , LC PerΓΊ, Liat Airlines, Linea Aerea Amaszonas, Lion Air Group, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Meridiana Fly, Mesa Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Norwegian, Oman Air, Onur Air, Pakistan International, Peach, Pegasus Airlines, PenAir, Philippine Airlines, Porter Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Ravn Alaska, Regional Express, Republic Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, S7, SAS Scandinavian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sky Airlines, Skywest, Inc., South African Airways, Southwest Airlines, SpiceJet, Spirit Airlines, Spring Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Sun Country, Sun Express, Swiss Int'l Air Lines, TAAG Angola, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, TAROM, Thai Airways, Thomson Airways, Tianjin Airlines (A320 & E190), Tianjin Airlines (E145), Tiger Airways, Trans States, Travel Service Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ukraine International, United Airlines, Ural Airlines, uTair Airlines, Uzbekistan Air, Vietnam Airlines, VIM Airlines (Closed), Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vivaaerobus, VivaColombia, Volaris, Volotea, WestJet, Wizz Air, WOW Airlines, Xiamen

GORUCK GR1 21 Packing Lists

Clean Nails from Milwaukee
πŸ“† 10 days
🌎 Vietnam, Thailand
πŸ“œ 27 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
Goruck GR1 (21L)
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Five Days in Los Angeles
πŸ“† 5 days
🌎 United States
πŸ“œ 22 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
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G-1000® HeavyDuty Eco S: 65% polyester, 35% cotton