My Go to Ruck #GoRuck

Starting the Day at  Animal Kingdom

I served in the U.S. military for a bit more than 8 years. I enlisted in 1997 when I was still finishing my Senior year of Highs School. I didn’t understand what I was getting into at the age of 17.

At the age of 35, I have gained more respect for entrepreneurs and service members.

If I happen to find a combination of the two and they are involved in social good projects, I become their fan.

Love at First Blog Post

A few years ago my friend C.C. Chapman introduced me  (via his blog) to a cool Rucksack.  The rucksack was made by Jason McCarthy, Army Special Forces Soldier, who before leaving the military, created a civilian version called the Goruck.

I instantly fell in love with the story. Over the years I tried a few bags because I could not afford a bag at the value they were offering. I have to admit I went through more cash on those “cheap bags” than what it would have cost me to buy one GoRuck.

Last year I had some extra cash and bought my backpack for business and travel.

I chose to purchase a GoRuck and the folks at the company where nice enough to give me an ex-military discount.

I went with the Black and Red GR1 and also grabbed a POW MIA patch.

My Go to Bag

Since September I have used the bag all the time on my photography trips, business meetings, and our awesome family trip to Disney.

Carrying the GoRuck brings good memories of me carrying a military rucksack on a road march over Misery and Agony in Fort Knox, KY. But I have to say its way more pleasant and better constructed.

Some items I carry in My Rucksack are:

  • Nikon D7100
  • Extra Batteries for Nikon d7100 (Usually 2)
  • Wide angle Lens (12-24mm Nikon)
  • 50mm Lens
  • dslr cleaning kit
  • First aid kit
  • Macbook Pro 15 Inch
  • a Couple of extra Chargers for my devices
  • my iPad
  • a Note Book
  • Dr. Dre Beats
  • Macbook charger
  • Wind breaker
  • Extra set of clothes for my 4 year old
  • and office supplies.

Had I been using another bag and put all of those item in it, I probably would see wear and tear. This has not been the case with GoRuck.


GoRuck also has the GoRuck Challenge and a friend, Kelvin Lomboy, is a veteran off their challenges. At  that challenges, Goruck demonstrates how sturdy their bags are by placing bricks in them.

If the GoRuck happens to were to wear or tear, they also have a service and repair warranty.

I am in love of with my GoRuck and I can’t wait to make my next purchase of a few other items to organize my stuff.

This is a great product that satisfies all my needs in a bag that a veteran created.

Next time you are looking for a sturdy bag for travel, please support the work of the folks at Goruck.

It will be well worth it.

Photos of Raul Colon Web Developer Puerto Rico


My Go Ruck on or First Trip with it. (part of the family)

My Go Ruck on our first Family Trip