Front facing view of the GORUCK GR2 40

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Size Details
Capacity 40L
Capacity per Weight 18.2L
Weight 2.2kg 4.75lbs Avg
Capacity per Kg 18.2 Low
Dimensions 56x32x23cm 56x32x23in
Cubic Space 41216cm 41216in
Capacity Diff 1 Low
Airline Compatibility

✈️ 97% (193/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 97% of airlines.

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Our Thoughts

Gorucks bags have laptop sleeves that are engineered to withstand bomb blasts. I'm not sure when that would come in handy, but extra protection extra protection always helps. I'm leading the description of the bag with that sentence because it nicely frames the kind of company Goruck is.

Goruck builds tough and secure luggage with a lifetime guarantee. Every bag is made from slash proof material so the bag will withstand the grimy floor of the London Underground or a Tuk Tuk ride without a problem.

The bag opens into a single compartment which is handy if you like bags with one big space. I think "one big space bags" require packing cubes. Personally, I find single compartment bags a bit tricky to pack because I don't like to use packing cubes. I'm a bit of an unorganized person and all my stuff ends up in a big ball of chaos once I open the bag a couple of times.

One thing I really like about the FR2 is the lack of straps coming out like an Octopus. Some one-bags on the market have a strap and carabineer hook for every little thing you can think of. Whenever you pick up a bag with tons of straps, the straps flail around and slap everything and everyone around you.

One time a strap caught on an airport shuttle door and I couldn't get the bag free. Good times.

Overall I love the GR2 for its simplicity and build quality and also trust them as a company that will be around for a while. There are a lot of kickstarter bags out there and there is always a risk that a new company won't be around to replace your bag when it fails.

πŸ‘ Reasons to Buy

  • Bombproof build that will last whatever you throw at it.
  • Customizable and modular because of the MOLLE webbing featured all around this bag.
  • Features great organization in the front pocket.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty.

πŸ€” Things to Consider

  • Really heavy at 4.75lbs.
  • Too expensive.
  • The material can be a little abrasive on skin and clothes.

πŸ’¬ Reviewers Have Said

  • "This bag is it. I was on the market for quite some time exploring various travel backpack options, and the GR2 stood out above the rest in the end. The quality is incredible, you can feel how durable the bag will be the second you unpack it. The material is sturdy and strong and definitely takes some wear to loosen it up. The capacity is profound, stating Incredible Quality. various pockets for organization and easy storage."
  • "Excellent, high-quality bag. I have been using it to ruck with the 45 lb plate, and even though the load is heavy, the bag stays in place perfectly and the straps are as comfortable as it gets, never digging into my shoulders or causing discomfort. Very sturdy, highly recommend!"

πŸ”Ž Reviews


"Nearly indestructible—the GORUCK GR2 is a maximum carry-on sized backpack that will hold up in any condition you're able to throw at it."

GORUCK GR2 Review: Is It A Worth It?

"When all is said and done, is the GORUCK GR2 a backpack worth buying? My answer is a 100% yes - if you’re looking for a versatile carry on backpack, this is definitely one of the best options out there. "

A Review of the GORUCK GR2

"The promise of quality gear is not one of specs and features, but of peace of mind. It’s the assurance that your gear will keep up with you no matter how hard you push. The freedom to test your limits, all the while knowing you are in control. When you’re out there exploring, second-guessing your gear should be the last thing on your mind. That’s the promise GORUCK gear lives up to every day."


"We can’t think of a better Carry On bag to travel the world with. The GR2 fits everything you need, blends in to anywhere you go, and can be customised with modules to most configurations you desire."


Compression N
Expanded Capacity None
Opening TopZip
Passport N
Passthrough N
Backpack S
Frame R
Handles 1
Hip Belt N
Shoulder Strap N
Sternum Strap N
Laptop 17
Hydration N
Main Compartments 2
Organizer N
Shoe Compartment N
Lash Points 32
Hard Shell False
Molle S
Rain-fly N
Water Bottle Holder 0
Water Resistant Y
Special Forces Grade 1000D CORDURA®

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, 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, Linea Aerea Amaszonas, Lion Air Group, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Meridiana Fly, 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, 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, Tianjin Airlines (A320 & E190), Tianjin Airlines (E145), Tiger Airways, Trans States, Travel Service Airlines, TUI, 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 GR2 40 Packing Lists

Packing List for Six Countries in Europe in 17 Days
πŸ“† 17 days
🌎 Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, and England
πŸ“œ 39 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
Goruck GR2 (40L)
Front facing view of the GORUCK GR2 40
Packing List for 10 Days in Washington DC
πŸ“† 10 days
🌎 United States
πŸ“œ 43 items
Carry-On Travel Backpack:
Goruck GR2 (40L)
Front facing view of the GORUCK GR2 40

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