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GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”


Exclusive Release | GORUCK x Carryology GR1 Guerrilla X

by , May 26, 2021

A connection that began over a decade ago. A dream collaboration of an icon. And a chance to take it into the future. 


GORUCK x Carryology GR1XC “Guerilla X”

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A Special Forces quality rucksack. Ready to combat any scenario. Overbuilt in the world's most technical fabric. Delivered with a morale patch that's out of this world.

In one limited edition run. 

Score yours today!


Exclusive Access for 24 Hours

The GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X” releases on today exclusively to Carryology readers for 24 hours.

This is a one-time-only release, in limited edition.
Once they’re sold out, they’re gone forever.

GORUCK ship internationally.




-21L Dimensions: 11.5"W x 18"H x 5.5"D / 21L Weight: 2.4 LBS


-26L Dimensions: 12"W x 20"H x 6.75"D / 26L Weight: 2.7 LBS


-Primary Material: Dyneema CT9Hw6/blkwov6


-Laptop Protection: Up to 16"


- Hidden Top-Handle Pocket: 9"W x 4.5"D


-External Slant Pocket: 21L: 11"W x 10"H / 26L: 11.5"W x 12.5"H


-Internal Elastic Pocket: 21L: 11"W x 10"H / 26L: 11.5"W x 11"H


-Internal Mesh Pocket: 21L: 11"W x 10"H / 26L: 11.5"W x 12.5"H


-Internal Cordura Pocket: 21L: 11"W x 6"H / 26L: 11.5"W x 6"H



-Built from strong, abrasion resitant, but lightweight Dyneema


-LoVis exterior with HighVis Interior to provide contrast to find items easier, especially in the dark.


-Quick access top pocket


-Opens Flat making it easier to pack and organize.


-Extra Padded Shoulder straps and top handle to carry heavier loads more comfortably.


-Perfect Travel Size: TSA Compliant and fits under the seat in front of you.


-YKK zippers with silent, glove friendly zipper pulls constructed from parachute 550 cord.


-Bombproof Laptop Compartment next to your back is extra reinforced and has a false bottom so that when you set your ruck down, your laptop won't even notice.


-A removable, hard plastic frame sheet stabilizes the laptop compartment and allows you to carry more weight comfortably.


-Multiple Pockets: 3 internal pockets: 1 large elastic pocket, 1 large mesh zippered pocket, and 1 small go-to pocket and sunglasses pocket.


-External Slant Pocket: 1 external slant pocket for quick access to keys snacks, and other small items.


-MOLLE Attachments: 3 rows of external and internal MOLLE webbing let you customize GR1 how you want.


-Limited edition, laser-etched, titanium 'Guerrilla X' morale patch.


-SCARS Warranty.


-Rainproof: Our rucks are highly water resistant aka rainproof.



Working on The Icon 

At Carryology, we’ve played with more packs than most people can fathom. Testing and reporting on hundreds over the years. But no one pack has ever had the impact of the GORUCK GR1, in popularity and longevity. It’s a pack we always recommend for its utility, timeless lines, and ruggedness and warranty that serve a lifetime. 

And let’s be straight: there’s never been a pack with such a cult following. The pack is field-tested and proven. Through deployments, through airports, through extreme GORUCK rucking events, and so much more. While they make many other incredible packs, it was no question that our first collaboration together would be the cult favorite, the icon, the GR1. In its ulta-clean, minimal and street-ready form – The Slick. 

The goal was to release a GR1 that would be able to carry the weight of the GR1 legacy, handle the seriously aggressive abuse that a GR1 can casually brush off, and also carry the weight that a GR1 can already carry… maybe more? It’s not about making the GR1 better. It’s about making it special.

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Guerrilla X

Every special project needs a spark. Something to be the inspiration from which all decisions branch off and grow from. Considering Jason’s history in the Special Forces, we began exploring the theme of ‘warriors’ of different places and times, some historical, some purely fiction. And then we began to imagine our very own. But who would this character be? For this, we wanted something to make an epic splash that would ripple the space-time continuum. 

So “the future” was chosen. And soon after, ‘Guerrilla X’ was born.

Guerrilla X is a fictional warrior from hundreds of years in the future. Their combat zone is a star field. Maybe from this timeline, maybe from another. Little is known of their origin. Or where their technology came from. But when the name of their battalion is spoken out loud, it echoes far across the galaxy. 

A Fabric from the Future

What’s the most futuristic high-performance material on earth… that we can actually attain today? Liquid nano titanium particles were obviously out. Of course, it had to be Dyneema. We hit up our friends at DSM and scheduled a video call with experts from their R&D laboratory. Driving home the importance of this particular project, we told them about the extreme demands that existing users of the GR1 expect from it. After careful consideration, based on a long evaluation of tensile strength and abrasion resistance test figures, we chose the Dyneema CT9Hw6/blkwov6, their most rugged offering – heavy-duty, light, space-age.  

To get into the geeky details, it has a 150d poly face and increased inner adhesive for better lamination with a two mil alaphatic PU film, rather than crinkly Mylar, so there's less 'crunch'.

And as far as weight, it's 6.9 oz p/yard, compared with 11.2 oz p/yard of 1000D Cordura.

GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

Space-Age Morale

If a ‘future warrior’ was our inspiration, then the ‘Guerilla X’ morale patch had to scream from the stars. So we called upon close friend of Carryology, and a force of nature, the legend, Dan Matsuda to bring the ‘Guerrilla X’ to life. 

Dan connected with Marc Mummert to expertly laser-etch, laser-color, and laser-cut a limited-edition titanium Velcro-backed patch. A very first for both GORUCK and Carryology.

Guerrilla X and his glowing orange eyes are a reality. And each and every pack will be delivered with one ready to help boost your morale into the stratosphere! 

GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

LoVis HiVis

GORUCK and Carryology are both massive fans of black exteriors. It’s the colorway that can go anywhere. But here at Carryology, we’re always talking about bright high contrast interior spaces. The play on the muted black exterior and screaming bright interior is always fun, but it’s also a functional benefit – the bright lining provides you with more visual contrast to find items inside a dark pack while in the dark. So we opted for the brutally tough and brutally bright 500D Cordura nylon in blaze orange.


Additionally, the GR1 has a unique feature that occurs inside… it’s that contrasting paracord zipper puller in the upper accessory pocket. Normally, it’s the only coyote-colored cord, while the rest remain black. Since it’s a Carryology collab, we swapped it for orange, paying homage to this iconic little hidden feature that we’ve always loved.

GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

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Additional Pocketing

Here’s one thing many don’t know about GORUCK. They’re slow to innovate. That sounds like an insult. It’s not. Jason has told me about some wild design changes, tweaks, and ideas for many years. GORUCK HQ is littered with innovative prototypes. But just because they can doesn’t mean that they will or that they should. Every single change, even if it’s moving a seam over 1cm, requires an absurdly long testing evaluation.

I asked Jason if we could add a quick-access zipper “sunglasses pocket” up near the grab handle. By some stroke of luck, they had already been developing and going through their rigorous testing of this exact feature. If you remember, the recently launched Heritage GR1 collection offered this feature. Because of this, we were just able to sneak this incredible additional feature in. Quick access for sunglasses or whatever else you carry and need to access on the fly, good to go.

 GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

Proudly Made in the USA / SCARS Warranty

Like the very first bags that GORUCK produced, these will be made entirely in the USA (and covered by their SCARS warranty). While we appreciate manufacturers and brands located around the world, for this collab to really hit home, having it MIUSA really felt like the right decision.

Cordura Where it Counts

It wouldn't be a GORUCK without some Cordura. So the pockets are lined with Cordura and the pack is reinforced with it where it counts.

500D Cordura lines the inside of the shoulder straps, so there's grip, and a gentler touch on your garments. 

It's also wrapped with Dyneema to form a cushy grab handle, for strength and comfort. 



Different size humans, different missions, different size backpacks

The GORUCK GR1 iconic size is the original 26L version, which is a super sweet spot for a lot of us here at Carryology. However, there are a lot of folks who are sized differently, where a 21L backpack fits their frame better. And sometimes, you just don’t need 26L for an EDC pack. So this collaboration, it’s so nice… that we made it twice. Available in both 26L and 21L!

Custom Internal Label

GORUCK doesn’t like adding a bunch of labels or words on the exterior of the packs… we absolutely love that. The iconic interior label needed some tweaks for the collab to make it unique and special. You’ll notice the product number “GRXC1” (on the 26L only), a curious combination of letters. What does it mean? GORUCK x Carryology, number 1. The first of many.


 GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”

 GORUCK x Carryology GR1 “Guerilla X”


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