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    Default TAD vs GoRuck

    This may be the wrong place for this thread but itís about backpacks? Please move to the correct place if I am in the wrong spot . Thank you

    Does anyone own a bag from one or possibly both of these companies that can comment on their durability/comfort/organization on a day to day basis , Iím not looking to bring it to war just for everyday use.

    Iíve carried (still currently) a 5.11 rush 12 backpack for close to 8 years . Itís had the life beat out of it and honestly it could go another 8 years if I needed it too, but Iíve been paying a lot of attention to other everyday carry items and leaving my daily pack on the back burner. Mainly because itís a really good bag and it served me so well, but Iím looking to broaden my horizon and Iíve been eyeing

    1. Triple aught design fast pack lite speed

    2. GoRuck Gr1

    Both seem to be tough as nails according to reviews but Iíd like to hear first world experiences not a review on the web.

    Howís the organization for everyday use? The gr1 doesnít seem to have much just one big dump pocket and two inner smaller zippered pockets, the lite speed seems to have more . Iím not looking to be super tactical looking or Tom cruise or anything colors would either be black or grey , possibly black multicam if the tad were available.

    Are these bags comfortable when heavy? I donít carry ďa tonĒ of stuff but sometimes it could get heavy with my laptop , tablets, chargers, batteries external battery charger etc . I donít carry it far or long mostly short brief walks to and from the car.

    I donít plan on adding any additional pouches or gear on the outside of the bag whatsoever and if I were to grab the litespeed more of the straps would either come off or be rolled up. I donít want a lot hanging or dangling on my bag .


    Any other suggestions would be appreciated as I am not set on these two they were just some I ran across that seemed really nice . Price isnít an option but Iím not spending a grand on a bag. My 511 cost me 100$ .

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    I have had both...here is my review on the GR1: https://youtu.be/JGlUURFFbc4

    Someone asked me a similar question in the comments, and this was my response:

    Hey, Iíve owned a TAD Litespeed as well, and have looked at the Fastpack albeit briefly. Quality-wise theyíre pretty comparable. Itís mostly going to be about the look youíre going for; the Fastpack has a more tacticool look. That said, accessories integrate a lot better on TADís stuff and they have more options (when theyíre in-stock). GR1 is probably a better deal right now, especially if you have Earned Service Discount, as TAD rarely runs sales on their packs.

    The Litespeed is better under load IMHO because the straps are much comfier. I suggest purchasing some clips to hold the extra straps in place, particularly on the Litespeed.

    Personally, I ended up sticking with the GR1. I really enjoy the simplicity, and the laptop compartment was what cinched it for me. So much more convenient that running a sleeve inside the Litespeed. So if you use/carry a laptop frequently -> GR1 is probably most apt.

    Edit: I should mention Iíve also had a Rush 12 and 24. Both the TAD and GORUCK are superior build wise. I thought the 5.11 bags were a bit too tacticool for my liking.
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    I don't have experience with the TAD bag but I have had a GR0 (21L) for 5+ years. I like the simplicity and durability; it is my go-to bag for short trips involving flights or carrying equipment for, say, a day at the range. It is great for travel because you can open it wide and pack things carefully, and when I lived near a trail I would strap a full ammo can to the interior for weighted hiking exercise. It is not as comfortable as a backpack with waist straps, but I think it is about as comfortable as you can get carrying 20 or 30lbs directly on your back.

    If you are carrying lots of doodads and don't see yourself hiking or traveling with it, I would not recommend the GR1. I am not even sure I would keep it if I had to choose one bag, although it would be on the short list.
    For every day use, I found I like Tom Bihn bags (Synapse 19 and Daylight briefcase) because they are lighter, still very durable, have better (slightly more complicated) organization, and look less tactical.

    I think it is totally ok to buy whichever bag stands out to you and try it out for a little while. I went through a number of bags (goruck, mystery ranch, kelty, Patagonia, etc) and sold them at a loss when I didn't like them; I thought of it as a renters fee. I ended up with a relatively small collection of bags that I like.

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    Thatís how I ended up with my rush 12, I have some other backpacks but I kept going back to the 511.

    I love the feel of Cordura , it feels tough , and I beat the snot out of my rush and I really want it to have cordura, also ykk zippers .

    Iíve looked at mystery ranch and camelbak and a few other brand name bags but end up with this two in my browser. I may have to do like you said and just try both out , if anything Iíll have two good bags ...
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    I have some Gorucks and TAD EDC. I had a Litespeed but recently sold it.

    They are both excellent quality. I like them equally for different things. The TAD is more for every day carrying my stuff around. It has the flashlight caves and Iíve put an extra zipper pouch on the outside under the tail. It is easier to keep a bit more organized for edc and also adapt. I like the term Iím straps and easy ability to put on rudimentary webbing as a wait belt that can be carried in the pack.

    The GR I have a 1, 2(40) and a 3. I donít use the 1 much. I use the 2 and 3 for traveling. For weekends Iíll take the 2 and my TAD. For longer Iíll take the GR 2 and 3.

    The GR bags are a bit less tactical looking with less molle.

    Both are superb. Iím 6í1Ē and if I could only have 1 it would be the GR2 40l. With packing cubes and organization pouches it is pretty hard to beat. It doesnít have a great pen/ edc organization system like the YAD but that can be added with extra pouches on the inside if necessary.

    Iíve killed a lot of packs but these two brands donít die.

    Another look would be hill people gear Aston house. Iíve had both versions. They werenít for me but they are excellent bags. Their tarahumara is a great day pack.

    Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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    Default Re: TAD vs GoRuck

    I've owned and sold about 30+ bags and packs over the years, I might have a problem haha. But my every day, general purpose bag, is a GR1. It's simple, quick to open, and provides just enough organization spots. If I need to organize more, I can throw in a Greyman Tac rigid panel with pouches on it to prevent a pouch soup at the bottom. It's also pretty non-descript and doesn't look like you're about to go assault a building or something. Plus, I find the community pretty small, so if you see someone with a Goruck pack, chances are they're in a similar mindset as you and are easy to talk to lol.

    However, while I feel it may be the best for EDC, I would steer you towards packs with an actual suspension system if you want to hike, like Hill People Gear packs. I've done a few Goruck events and yeah, you suffer through the events with sore shoulders with packs that don't have a real waist belt, but there are better packs for the job.

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    I have owned goruck since they began in Montana, and except for the weight of the bag which is now a problem for carry on, they are the best for edc. And theyíre cool. Also, since youíre going back to school, theyíre laptop area is the best. And they hold their value. Iíve bought and sold all their models and never lost a dime. They also ride high and donít feel bulky or stick out even when full.The only other brand I would consider because itís less money is recycled firefighter. Never owned but look solid and good reviews. Get a gr1 and youíre done.
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    If you haven't already, have a look at Kifaru stuff.

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