Carry Geeking: Goruck meets Maxpedition

Having lugged around my Goruck GR0 for almost a year now, I was looking at different Goruck-branded accessories to expand the capabilities of the venerable “One Ruck to Rule Them All“. In 2015, my Goruck GR0 was renamed as GR1 21L for reasons most likely to be economies of scale in terms of “brand awareness”. I have long wondered why two similar featured rucks “The Original” GR1 and the smaller GR0 need to co-exist as their key differentiator was human-size (over or under 6ft tall). IMG_20150916_144523fullyloaded-goruck-gr0-with-a-oneofakind-bangladeshflag-flagpatch--thanks-to-peak69-for-this-wonderful-patch-mycountrymypride_21726814049_o fullystuffed-goruck-gr0-edc-pimpinblack-carrygeeking_21923396491_o

Longer than my love for tactical backpacks, I’ve been a sucker for waist bags. Yes, it is what many of you might associate with a bum bag or a fanny pack. Having seen my ex Army dad believing in modularity and practicality over fashion and looking good, I also grew a strong fascination for one from an early age. So thanks to Aliexpress, I got the opportunity to get my hands on a Maxpedition Octa Versipack look-alike (most probably made by the same Chinese factory but marketed under Free Soldier brand).

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While I had gone on to buy two more waist bags for other needs, I had actually put this one up for sale on a classifieds site. Thanks to not getting any good offers, I started thinking about to get rid of it.

And as I prepared to put it in a pack for a giveaway, I had one of those “eureka moments”. Why not combine the both and expand the usage capabilities of the Goruck.

I didn’t or couldn’t wait for MOLLE attachment clips to arrive nor was I going to spend extra on it. A few feet of paracord and fewer minutes of careful binding later, I had this in hand…IMG_20160131_01102620160131_005811Amazed by my new creation, I think this makes for a perfect Grab ‘n Go bag combination using a Goruck.

So here goes my shoutout to all Goruck fanboys out there, what do you think?

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2 Years On: A review of the BLACKHAWK! 3-Day Assault Pack

Its been a little over two years since I snapped the following photo of my primary gear for one-bag travelling, the BLACKHAWK! 3-Day Assault Pack.2013-07-29 01.01.30

And after having been through a near-death experience in Nepal, travels through Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand) and road trips across Bangladesh; I can safely say the decision was RIGHT!!!

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First travel abroad, Kuala Lumpur MY

The 1000 denier Cordura (which I only got to understand about during the purchase of this bag and have only bought Cordura stuff ever since) actually turned out to be a cheaper look-alike called Kodra (Made in America vs. Made in Korea); the zippers were all ORIGINAL burly YKK #10s and the buckles were made by Woojin plastics (think, poor man’s ITW Nexus buckles). After over two years of travel use (I do travel quite a bit though), everything is exactly like the way I opened its packaging except zips have gotten smoother and the nylon feels softer.

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Off to Nepal

Ever since I bought the 3DAP, there has been a lot of hue and cry over the venerable Goruck GR2, the innovative Mystery Ranch 3DAP or Camelbak Trizip and the TAD Fast Pack, where all have claimed the throne of being the best tactical carry on compatible backpack in the world. However in a price vs. feature chart or even a look vs. functionality chart; I doubt there is any comparison of the BLACKHAWK!

Malaysia this time
Malaysia this time

Costing less than $100 in most seasons, the BLACKHAWK! is one-fourth the price of a Goruck GR2 (acknowledged to be one of the best carry on compatible backpacks that is also tacticool) and also international travel compatible 9Goruck recently releases a 34L version to make that cut). At 37-liters, not only the Blackhawk happens to be a better sized bag, its teardrop shape also looks sexier!

Just look at that sexy bag!

Since the BLACKHAWK! I’ve become a bigger carrygeek than before having purchased bags from famous carry brands like Eastpak, Greenroom136, Gregory, Osprey, North Face, Maxpedition, Defy and lastly Goruck (yes, those $200+  backpacks of Goruck) but the one that started it all was this one.

I haven’t done bag reviews before. Actually no written reviews ever. But the darth of good reviews for such a wonderful bag got to me to write a few words. If you are in the market for a good carry on compatible, laptop-friendly (the front pouch is perfect fit for a 14″ pc/15″ macbook) and sturdy backpack; look no further!!!

Who is it for? People looking for one bag to rule them all. Who understands how a durable travel bag matters and doesn’t want to look too tacticool in a shopping mall.

Who it is not for? Wants a cushioned soft carry experience (1000d is not for them) or just carrying around too much cash in hand.

Peace 🙂

Everyday Carry

What's in my bag?
What’s in my bag?

Boredom begets brilliance.

Yes, it does. Just take a look at what the bored me did all morning today and you would have the answer.

So I compiled a list of all the things I lug to work everyday. Yes, every freaking single day.

Its a little difficult for the usually disorganized us to imagine how someone could have a list of things s/he carries on a day-to-day basis. But there are people like us, and if you ever happen to stumble across words like #edc #bugoutbag #gobag or even #doomsdaypreppers; you would know I am only at the kindergarten level of graduating to their league.

Without further adieu let the to the list of things I wanted to showoff (in not so many words). AND the list…

  • Black Greenroom136 Bootstrap Origin (for one-strap convenience and office-friendly looks. Hand-made beauty)
  • Red Nike Cordura Shoulder Bag (used as Go Bag, bought it off a sports store. Love the size)
  • Greenroom136 Random Knick Knack pouch (for cables and thumb drives)
  • Either a Leatherman Skeletool or a Victorinox CyberTool Lite with initials (surprise gift from my Wife)
  • Vapur Element Anti-Bottle (brilliant design, light carry)
  • HP Probook 15″ laptop with charger (Office issued, hate it)
  • Logitech mice (supposed to go on for 3 years in one go)
  • Peak69 Carabiner (cheap & Chinese)
  • Generic pocket flashlight (pocket-sized but has a bright light)
  • Customized Keyring with initials (a gift from Bunty, cute and useful)
  • Hidesign wallet (on loan from my Dad)
  • Cricket Lighter (amazing stuff, go for it smokers)
  • Khero Khata notebook (local stationary brand from Aziz Super Market, proud suer)
  • Handsan Sanitizer (OCD)
  • Pocket tissues (OCD)
  • Mesh zippered bag for stationaries (used to be my gadget bag before the Knick Knacks arrived)
  • Plastic zippered bag for files (for cheque books and documents)

Some of the above are absolute necessities, some are being prepared items. Wherever they fit in your list, they all have come in handy at some point of time for me or people around me.

It would be great to find like-minded people around me with such interests, so please feel free to comment and share.

And for those who already know what is #whatsinmybag, I doubt how long I will be using a messenger. I am a backpack boy.