It’s no wonder Goruck backpacks have a devout following. The bombproof, overbuilt designs have won over many hardcore customers. However, there are some of us who want the styling and quality of a Goruck bag but with a little more refinement. Goruck has released their Heritage collection which places emphasis on timeless materials and craftsmanship. Today we look at the Goruck GR2 Heritage Waxed Canvas Backpack.
The Goruck GR2 Heritage uses heavy duck canvas as opposed to nylon. Then a proprietary Martexin wax finish is applied to the bag to allow breathability of the fabric while also providing water resistant properties. Hefy YKK zippers keep things secured along with 550 paracord pulls. The interior compartments feature cordura nylon and thick full grain leather adorns the bottom and rear panels.
Being a current owner of the GR1 I notice some differences right off the bat. The GR2 does not have the handy MOLLE webbing – I feel this enhances the look of the bag but does subtract from the utility. I really like the top access pouch which is great for sunglasses, phones or other small items requiring quick access.
The zippers are top notch, very smooth and quiet. There are plenty of organizational features on this bag, and the ability to tinker with the perfect set up is really what makes these bags have an almost cult following. I personally prefer the waxed canvas over the ballistic nylon as it doesn’t cause excessive wear on my clothing.
Without a doubt this bag is in the top 3 of the best looking packs I’ve come across since reviewing on the site. The simplistic lines and premium materials speak volumes. I was at Newark airport and received 3 different compliments on the bag. It has an old world vintage vibe in a modern sleek shell and I love it.
There is no doubt the Goruck GR2 Heritage is one of the finest backpacks on the market. The hefty price tag demands serious consideration, especially when you can essentially get the same bag in nylon. However, if you want a less tactical carry and appreciate classic materials such as canvas and leather you would be hard pressed to find a better bag at any price point. The functionality takes a minor hit against the standard GR2 with its lack of molle webbing, however the result is a timeless bag that will look better with age.