GORUCK Rucker 3 – Small Versus Standard

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Let’s review GORUCK Rucker Backpacks.

The GORUCK Rucker 3.0 is the newest version of the successful “Rucker” made by GORUCK. Rucker 3.0 updates on several inefficiencies in version 2.0 and exhibits many modifications and improvements.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L inside
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L inside

Here are some of the styles we are going to look at:

Rucker 3.0 Small Frame (Black/Coyote Brown) If you are of shorter stature this is probably the fitness backpack for you. The Rucker 3.0 Small Frame

Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame (Black) Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame - This is 1.5 inches taller and has three rows of external MOLLE instead of just two.

Rucker 3.0 25L(Black/Coyote Brown) Need to carry a lot? This version of the Rucker has 25 liters of storage space - as compared to only 20 liters in the other Rucker models. This is the Rucker 3.0 25L

GORUCK Rucker 3 Video Review on YouTube

Here’s the Standard frame 20L Rucker 3 in action:

GORUCK Rucker Backpacks – Overview

The GORUCK Rucker is perfect if you are searching for a robust and sturdy backpack suitable for your daily life and is also good as a weighted backpack for rucking, weighted workout, and impromptu fitness. Rucker is a long-lasting everyday carry bag, a great weighted backpack useful for fitness workouts.

It is also reliable for travel, especially if you want to get a good workout to maintain and increase strength and stamina while having a vacation. Many issues with the Rucker 2.0 have been resolved with Rucker 3, and it has become even more comfortable to use.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L as a back pack
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L as a back pack

There is zero irritation and friction burn if you decide to go trucking shirtless using Rucker 3.0. The all-new 210D HT (High Tenacity) CORDURA® on the back panel and underside of the shoulder straps is less harsh and doesn’t burn skin. There is an extra 10mm of EVA foam padding along the bottom section of the back panel that holds the natural curve of your back.

It is raised, which keeps you from irritation from seams on pants, belts, or tight leggings. It has a reflective safety stripe across the front of the ruck that provides clarity even when on the move at night. The 3mm thick, full-width frame sheet no longer narrows towards the bottom, securing constant comfort and rigidity.

Rucker 3 has different sizes, and here we will compare the Small Frame vs. the Standard Frame. Which one is right for your everyday grind? Rucker 3 has 25L also, and we will also compare it to 20L for your reference.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Small Frame coyote small
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Small Frame coyote small

Rucker 3.0 Small Frame

The Small Frame 20L Rucker is 1.5″ shorter than the Standard 20L Rucker, perfect if you are more petite or have a small torso. There’s no difficult and quick rule to rucksack sizing, but the belt test is the most precise instruction.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Small Frame used in lunges
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 used in lunges

The bottom of the rucksack should sit above your belt line. If the bottom is not above the belt, then there is a potential for conflict along your belt line. Small Frame Rucker fits mostly people under 5’6″. It has a hi-vis reflective stripe across the front for safety and has four padded handles on top, bottom, and both sides.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Small Frame push up
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 push up

Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame

The standard-sized Rucker 3 has 3 rows of MOLLE – that’s because it’s taller.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame with a wood
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame with a wood

Its frame sheet maintains the pack’s integrity as you weigh it down and enables you to carry a more complex load conveniently. It is water-resistant and has an external slant pocket that gives immediate access to small items.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame with sand
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame with sand

Rucker 3.0 25L

What’s the 25L rucker? That means 25 liters of volume.

This is the size we’d recommend for most people, especially if you are 6 foot or over.

It’s just got more room overall for all that stuff you need to pack.

GORUCK Rucker 25L vs 20L
That’s a 20L Rucker 3 on the right, and a 25L Rucker 2 on the left. You can clearly see the size difference.

GORUCK Rucker 25L vs 20L Back Side
Here’s a view from the other side. The Blue/Black ruck is the Rucker 3 20L.

The Main Ruck Plate pocket is broader than the Ruck Plate pocket seen on the 20L Ruckers. It has four internal pockets – 1 large mesh zippered pocket, 1 small go-to zippered pocket, 1 large elastic pocket, and an additional Ruck Plate pocket in place of the large elastic pocket.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L running
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L running

25L opens flat, so it’s simple to pack and organize and consists of adjustable and detachable training sternum strap. It also has a 2″x3″ hook and loop on the front panel to customize with the patch of your preference, plus an additional 2″x3″ hook and loop patch panel on the Ruck Plate pocket.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L top view
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L top view

GORUCK Rucker backpacks Review – In Summary

The size of the Rucker 3.0 is important because you don’t want a Rucker 3.0 that is too big or too small as the lumbar support won’t sit right. The new Rucker 3.0 is the most comfortable rucksack ever built that you can even wear shirtless with no friction burn. The lumbar padding supports your back’s natural curve to help relax your muscle, support your spine, and carry the Rucker more comfortably.

GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame back pack
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 Standard Frame back pack

Looking for footwear for your ruck fitness activities? Check out the GORUCK MACV-1 boot – it’s excellent.

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GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L quarter view
GORUCK Rucker 3.0 25L quarter view

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GORUCK Rucker 25L versus 20L
The Rucker 3 20L is shown here side by side with a Rucker 2 25L. You can see that the 20L is clearly smaller.

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