FINALLY! After selling out of the GORUCK Kids Ruck nearly two years ago they are back with some very nice modifications. My son has been rocking the original Kid Ruck since they released and it has been a very solid pack.
For those who are wondering how this pack is sized we made a GORUCK Kid Ruck vs GORUCK Echo ruck comparison in the past. These new Kid Ruck (aka KR1) packs are only being sold in size 13L which is fine by us. That 8L size was very, very small.
Now for what everyone is probably most interested in: what the new KR1 packs actually look like. GORUCK released the KR1 in three different colorways: black, Sea Green + Navy, and Coral + Ranger Green. The colorways are definitely nice and it’s cool to see GORUCK mixing and matching colors for the kids. The Coral + Ranger Green colorway is pretty wild in itself.
The front of the KR1 features the traditional slant zipper outer pouch and the 3″ x 2″ Velcro area for your kid’s favorite patch.
The zipper pulls are the same that you would find on the traditional GORUCK packs which means your kids won’t be jealous of you there.
The shoulder straps feature webbing (like they previously did) which means if your little one goes rucking with you they can use a GrimLoc and secure their hydration bladder hose.
If you own one of the original Kid Rucks and your ears perked up when you heard bladder hose then you’re in for a treat. Unlike the original version the new KR1 has pass-through hole (like the bigger GORUCK packs) so if your kid rucks they can secure a bladder in there. Here’s to hoping that this is just sewing the return of the GORUCK Brat events.
GORUCK has moved the location of the internal patch panel from the outside flap to the area right on your back. They also put a D-Ring in which mirrors the GR3, the Rucker, and the GR1 they crowd-sourced earlier this year. Here’s what the KR1 looks like with some notebooks and papers in it…
… and here’s what it looks like empty!
The KR1 retails at $125 which is a bit pricey for a kid’s pack but if holds up as well as our original Kid Ruck it’s worth the money assuming your kid’s preferences don’t change. There’s a huge chance that even if your child outgrows this pack (either in the 13L size or in taste) then your next one can rock it instead. The original Kid Ruck was built to last and these looks just the same. Thoughts on the re-release of the Kid Ruck? We’d love to hear what you’re thinking in the comments!