I’ve been thinking about this ever since I left a certain forum so I’m going to come out and say it. I like GoRuck. I don’t like everything they do and I’m not a fanboy by any stretch but I have a real problem with the unwarranted ridicule that’s thrown their way.
I’ve been carrying their 10L Bullet Ruck since this past April when they launched their Steals and Deals promotion and I like it. It’s been a great little bag to take to the gym or throw in the car; especially at the price that I paid for it (around $100). It has a simple layout that’s easy to access and its comfortable to wear as long as I don’t try to overload it. I’d never ruck a load upwards of 35 lbs in it like the GoRuck site says. My load limit would be much less. But, it’s still a great little pack.
I wear my Mesh Tac Hat every damn weekend. I’ve found nothing like it out there anywhere. Super comfortable. Tougher than nails. No button on top. Not covered in hook and loop. Deep but still relatively low profile. Absolute perfection.
I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it here. My biggest problem with GoRuck is that, unlike most companies that sell gear, they haven’t made improvements to their original designs since launch. Rather than milking the GR1 and GR2 for all they’re worth, I’d like to see them make an effort to take feedback from the GoRuck community and the blogosphere to improve the features of both packs… hopefully at a similar price.
I’d also kill for the Mesh Tac Hat in another color other than Black. The full panel hat isn’t as comfortable. Don’t tell me the mesh doesn’t come in other colors. Other companies have done it.
Other than that, GoRuck is a veteran owned company that produces gear made in the U.S.A. That’s not to like?
I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet some people who took the GoRuck challenge and some of their other events. They are not “douchebags”. At least there aren’t any more douchebags among their ranks than any other segment of the population. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve found them to be a health conscious fun-loving group that are a little off-center in their willingness to pay someone to torture them for extended periods. But hey, that’s cool. Knock yourself out people. I get it and I’m down.
Look… everyone is entitled to an opinion (at least in this country). So if GoRuck’s over-the-top marketing or high prices piss you off then I get that too. But, it’s really easy to be a hater without trying a companies kit and spout venom under the veil of anonymity on an internet forum with malicious intent. Don’t be that guy. You’re better than that. I’d like to think that we’re all better than that.