The GORUCK GR1 8+ Years Later

I’ll keep this short, I just want to convince you that no better backpack exists.

On December 24th, 2012 I wrote my first review/post of the The GORUCK GR1. I still have that GR1, which I believe I actually bought at the end of 2011 — but the timing doesn’t make sense and I cannot find a purchase email for it. Oh well, lost to history.

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    This week I talk a lot about a lot, but I make the greatest revelation yet: smart speakers are the ultimate bathroom device.

    This week: a HomePod mini in every bathroom, for sanitary reasons. There’s other stuff too, but does anyone read these little preview sections?

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    I combed through all the combs online and this one came out ahead. It seems a to be at least a hair better than the rest.

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    I buy a fanny pack and share the things which I am still too lazy to get done despite lockdown free time on my hands.

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  • Colors for Bags, How to Choose

    A definitive guide on selecting appropriate colors of bags.

    What’s color bag should I get if I don’t really want to stand out because of my bag?

    Almost universally I see comments from people on sites talking about the best or right color for bags — especially when the advice is geared towards ‘blending in’ — when people ask any ‘which color’ questions.

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  • Member Journal — 10/5/20

    Let me show you how I can talk about Synology, Letterkenny, and granite cleaner in a singular post.

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  • Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault Pack

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