|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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- Matches the Motto "Do More with Less"Review by Steven
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- Intersting little packReview by Brett
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My use for a pack is primarily two-day/one-night backpacking weekenders, typically in the 10-15 mile range. I haven't taken the pack on the trail yet, but I did pack as if I were going out to see how it would fair. I did two practice packs, once for three-season and once for winter. My three-season kit (including food and 2L of water) came in at 12 lbs, the winter trial was almost 16lbs. At 12 lbs, it was almost like wearing nothing at all. Felt amazing and I am very excited to take it out on my next spring hike! Stuffed for winter, it wasn't quite as comfortable but it would be OK. I'll most likely continue to use my current go-to (Osprey Hornet 46) for winter weather, as it handles the extra weight and bulk a little more comfortably. If this Rukus were my only pack and I didn't have options, I would still feel confident about taking it with that winter load-out.
It doesn't seem built for backpacking, as it is rather short and squat, so there is a little bit of a mental adjustment. However, the shape actually packs very well and allows easy access. I found that by shoving my down quilt in the bottom first (no stuff sack) and packing on top of it, everything came together great. With my summer pack, I was easily able to fit my hammock and tarp inside the main compartment, which I think was key to the good ride. For my winter setup, I had the hammock and tarp in the outer mesh pocket. It fits, but I thought it made the pack a little cumbersome, YMMV.
The sternum strap fits well and is very functional. The "hip belt" is a bit unusual, it's really more of a harness. Basically, the more you let the shoulders out, the higher on your torso the secondary strap will ride. For reference, I'm 5'7", medium build, and for me it hit toward the bottom of my rib cage. It's not going to support any weight, but it does a nice job of keeping the pack from shifting side-to-side. As long as a person keeps the weight light, it works quite well. For me, my 16lb winter load is the most I'd want to carry with this setup. Anything under that limit should be a great experience.
If you're on the fence and these sound like a reasonable pack weights, I'd say go for it. Once gear starts getting gear this light, things can get expensive in a hurry. The Rukus surely isn't as suited to backpacking as the Murmur, but at this price it's a great bang for your buck. (Posted on 1/13/16)
- Great deal for a light packReview by Tony
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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)