Nearly ten years ago, ex–special forces soldier Jason McCarthy founded GORUCK with the simple conviction that he could build a backpack unlike any that existed at the time. He wanted a backpack that would be ideal for serviceman fighting overseas and commuters heading in for a day at the office. He came up with the GR1 rucksack, and a full collection of bags and apparel followed soon after.
GORUCK’s latest entry into its tough-as-nails line is the Simple Windbreaker. A heavy-duty windbreaker may seem like an oxymoron, but leave it to a brand with a strong military background to figure out how to engineer a superlight weather layer to take a serious beating. The Simple Windbreaker is built to be exactly that: simple. It’s made without a liner, so that it’s lighter, and its shell is constructed with the same ToughDry fabric GORUCK uses for its rugged Challenge Pant. It’s built to be dragged through mud and scraped against dirt; it’s built to get wet, and then dry quickly; it packs down to the size of a 12-ounce can. And it’s backed by GORUCK’s “Scars 6 Month Guarantee,” which ensures that any damaged apparel will be replaced within the first six months of use, no matter how much you destroy it (intentionally or not).