|Description||The Rukus 40 liter ultralight climbing backpack is a minimalist high volume hauler. This pack holds a remarkable amount of stuff for its weight. Shoulder straps are unisex for both men and women. The Rukus is easy to get into when you need it due to its short and wide profile. We use them for everything from getting groceries to a rope bag for rock climbing. Makes a great urban bag, which fits laptops and tablets. Some may also chose to take it on an overnight adventure.
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- Taking UL off the trailReview by Andre
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While rigid is ideal for hiking, it's cumbersome for other forms of travel. A rigid hiking backpack only needs to be unloaded once per day for making camp. Alternatively, when on a bus or cycling around town, I need to be in and out of my pack on a regular basis. Maybe I'll need a blanket for the freezing bus. Maybe I need my U-bolt to lock up my bike. I do not want to have to unpack the entire main compartment for those single items on a frequent basis. The wideness of the Ruckus keeps everything loose and accessible, and the shortness of it makes everything easy to find.
Not to mention, the new Robic fabric seems super-tough, and it is far less expensive than other day packs and travel packs.
Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/12/14)
- A light weight well made pack.Review by EASY TRAVELER
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Empty it weighs about 11 ounces so you are not carrying heavy useless material around. If it doesn't DO something useful for it's weight I don't take it!
It's made of synthetic materials. It's a medium gray [about 15% gray if you are a photographer] except for the Gossamer Gear logo which is a lighter gray. No flashy garish colors to draw attention. It has a draw string top. NO zippers!
The straps are X-box stitched AND bar tacked so they are going to stay on! There's bar tacking elsewhere on the straps. The straps are padded. There's a sternum strap too. It's in the right place and it works. The straps let out so that there is plenty of room for your upper body AND a jacket to fit. There is supposed to be a waist belt but with the straps all the way out that disappears. Vestigial buckles are all that remain :-(
There are four smallish plastic D-Rings for attaching other gear. Whistle, compass, flashlight? A haul loop is bar tacked in at the top.
The pack comes with a thin light weight pad you can take out if you want to.
There are four ribbon tabs sewn in on the sides either side that could take bungee cord for lashing gear on. There are two stretchy mesh "water bottle" pockets that might be too small for a bigger bottle. Other gear or street gear will fit though. A large stretchy mesh pocket goes across the front.
You can carry 15 to 20 pounds easily with it, though I strongly recommend no more than ten pounds for ANY trip!
Laid flat and measured it's 16 X 20 inches. Eleven ounces.
All totaled, it's an attractive pack. Well made in Vietnam with attention to detail.
Well worth it's cost and worth it's weight on a trip! All good no bad. (Posted on 9/10/14)