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This Military-Inspired Carry-On Just Makes Sense

Built for worst-case scenarios, ideal for a week-long trip.

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When it comes to making tough backpacks, GORUCK is no slouch — it’s GR1 backpack is our favorite military-inspired daypack available — and its latest bag, the GR3, brings that same aptitude to the carry-on category. At 45 liters, the GR3 is the biggest rucksack in GORUCK’s stable and the ideal size for travel. The bag’s inside is cavernous, with a single main compartment that opens wide with a top-to-bottom U-shaped zipper. It’s not without its handy organizing features though: the interior of the GR3’s front panel is equipped with three separate zippered pockets for organizing essentials like keys, cords travel documents. GORUCK also gave the GR3 its super-tough laptop sleeve, which is accessed from a zipper on the back panel.

If the GR3 sounds like a typical travel backpack, it isn’t. Ex-special forces soldier Jason McCarthy founded GORUCK to create a backpack that would be ideal for servicemen fighting overseas and commuters heading in for a day at the office, and that pursuit lead him to special forces-grade materials including YKK zippers and 1000-denier Cordura fabric, both of which are present in the GR3. GORUCK also gave the bag low-key tactical features like MOLLE webbing on the front panel (there’s a MOLLE-free version if you’re less keen) and on the shoulder straps. Additional MOLLE webbing on the pack’s bottom makes it compatible with GORUCK’s G3 Compression Tough Bag, which can act as external storage for dirty clothes or shoes.

Buy Now: $455 G3 Compression Tough Bag: $65

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