GORUCK has produced a number of products over the years that they ended up scraping and discontinuing for one reason or another. Some of these products find their way to eBay where they’re sold for ten times their original price and others lose all their value when GORUCK brings them back into production.
Steve DeThoma described GORUCK’s product line the absolute best in an interview I did with him. He likened it to the Disney vault where movies are brought back every few years, marketed and sold, then shelved away for an extended period of time. We’ve seen GORUCK resurrect limited edition colorways and crowd favorites in the past so know that there’s always a chance something will make its way back.
In addition GORUCK has produced a number of small-run and one-off items that were never sold to the general public. I call these Research & Development Experiments and there’s a special section for these items.
Credit for the idea behind this post goes to /u/I_am_Bruce_Wayne on Reddit who asked if there was a source for all of this info. There wasn’t so we figured why not try and put one together?
GORUCK’s Graveyard features products that are currently discontinued. Never is forever in the land of GORUCK and they can always choose to resurrect some of these products bringing them back from the dead.
Yes, at one point GORUCK did make a 5L Bullet Ruck.
Horizontal Ruck Pocket
The horizontal ruck pocket fits on the outside of a GR1 or GR2 and can be used for smaller items, maps, foldable documents.
The Man Tie was GORUCK’s “original piece of formal wear” and came in black, tan, and Multicam in two sizes: thin and wide. Although it retailed at $65 the man tie is one of the items that has been known to fetch quite a bit above it’s initial price on the secondary market.
Mini Wire Dopp
The Mini Wire Dopp is basically a Wire Dopp but cut in half… and somehow fetches five times the price on the secondary market.
These were available in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.
The Shadow Rucks were designed to mirror the regular line of GORUCK packs but came without a laptop area, frame sheet, or webbing. They were also priced very competitively at $60 for the SD15, $65 for the SD20, and $70 for the SD25.
GORUCK released shoulder bags in 15L and 20L sizes. Jason mentioned that he wasn’t thrilled with how they turned out and we never saw them again.
Simple Side Pocket
The GORUCK Side Pocket has come and gone a few times in the past years. It’s a pocket (with no internal organization) designed to fit on the side webbing of a GR1 or GR2. More pictures of the GORUCK Side Pocket can be found here.
100 resurrected in September, 2018.
In 2013 GORUCK introduced the “Slick” line of rucks. These rucks were internally labeled SK and the SK16 matched the Echo, the SK26 matched the GR1, and the SK40 matched the GR2. GORUCK briefly brought back the SK26 years later but did not keep it around as a regular item.
The Tool Pouch was designed to hold pens, pencils, and other whatevers inside your pack. More pictures of the GORUCK Tool Pouch can be found here.
Utility Side Pocket
The Utility Side Pocket is similar to the Simple Side Pocket but features two internal pocket areas.
Vertical Phone Pocket
The Vertical Phone Pocket was designed to hold a phone on the shoulder straps of a GORUCK pack.
At one point in time GORUCK made four different sizes of zipper pockets. Eventually, the small and medium sizes were re-branded as a “clutch” then eventually discontinued.
GORUCK’s R&D Experiments & One-Offs
GORUCK brought a patch book to the HCL 001 PX in Seattle and sold it to some schmuck for $25 or $30. Some very, very lucky schmuck.
Jason has a Cordura wallet that he carried around for a year or two. There was one made for him to test out and he was never thrilled with how it worked so it didn’t see the light of day.
Hopefully you found this post either helpful or somewhat interesting. GORUCK has had a long history of products and it’s fun to see where they’ve come from and what they have done along the way. There is a good chance we are missing something here so if you noticed a missed product (either from the graveyard or experiments section) we’d love if you would leave a comment with info on it.