GORUCK EDC No3 - 50/50 RIP-(M) config - How-To


Last month (7/18) I posted the GORUCK EDC X3 modularity reboot post and as part of that I talked briefly about my GR1 EDC with its 50/50, half integral, half Grey Man Tactical Rigid MOLLE panel. You’ve shown a lot of interest, asked a lot of questions and asked me to write a How-To post for this mod. It seems a lot of you are customising your GORUCKs to this variant.

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So here we are; How-To-Do reconfigure your GORUCK to an EDC No3 with 50/50 RIP-(M).

FIG 1 - BUCKLES - MOLLE & RIP

POINTS OF IMPORTANCE
1x1in STERNUM BUCKLES - MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT
Yep the most important component of this build is the 1x1in sternum strap buckles. You need these to be a split bar variant so it can be slipped on to your GORUCKs internal MOLLE. This is important because it corrects the width of the GORUCK MOLLE down to the standard, therefor allowing us to swing the RIP-(M) without being crooked. The issue is that at the time of writing I have not been able to find such an item on the Internet anywhere. You may have more luck but if like me you come up with zero it’s really easy to modify a couple of buckle your self, from solid to split bar.


L (Img 1) - 1x1 sternum buckles, standard & modified. R (Img 2) - Its easier to attache the buckle at the middle of the MOLLE.

L (Img 1) - Once attached slide the sternum buckle across, until it is right up against the stitching. R (Img 2) - How it should look once all is in place.

Use your MOLLE accessory straps to attach your RIP-(M)

MOLLE accessory straps in detail.

How it should look once you have finished. Snitched-up and lose straps tucked away behind the RIP-(M)

WHY MAKE THIS MOD AT ALL?
THE GORUCK GR1 21L is the rucksack that I have chosen for my EDC. Part of the reason for this choice was it’s internal. MOLLE field of 6 columns x 3 rows. This is great, and really useful in lots of ways, not least for attaching the GORUCK Field Pocket, which I guess was its primary function and in this case I wanted to use as an auxiliary EDC a Grab Bag for the essentials. But the MOLLE field is a non standard, non NATO pattern ie 1.75in wide columns instead of the standard issue 1.5in. By no means does this make this MOLLE field unusable, just a little awkward sometimes. However as discuses early it fits the GR1 Field Pocket absolutely perfectly so why not use it for that? Well the Field Pocket fits so well there is little MOLLE left to mount other gear! So what do we do? fit more MOLLE! In the shape and form of the Grey Man Tactical Rigid MOLLE panel. In my case, this gives us another 6 columns x 6 rows of lovely MOLLE that our ever essential, hyper organised EDC can be attached to.

WHY 50/50 WHY NOT GO THE WHOLE RIP?
Quite simply the GR1 Field Pocket doesn’t fit standard NATO MOLLE fields, therefor doesn’t fit the RIP-(M) I guess you could fudge it but it doesn’t fit well and screws the pocket up, which we do not want cos it’s a great piece of gear.

FIG 2.1 - QUICK RELEASE MOD - GORUCK INTERNAL MOLLE

MOLLE accessory straps set no2. (L) - With side realise buckle in place. (R) - Side release buckle ready to strapped up.

(Img 1-2) - MOLLE accessory straps & side release buckles, strapped to your GORUCK internal MOLLE field.

All done and how it should look at this stage.

MOLLE BACKPACK ACCESSORIES STRAPS
You will use these to hold everything together. They come in different colours and lengths, unfortunately not the length we want (too long) but it shouldn’t be beyond the ability of most reading this post to cut these straps to required  length! I.e. 14ins This will be longer than required. I suggest leaving as this, as it makes setting up easier, maybe once you’re happy with your config you can cut them down again, minimising loose ends That’s up to you. Personally I’m OK with the strap length, they can easily be tucked away and if you need a utility strap for something else about your day, you have some right in your EDC.

FIG 2.2 - QUICK RELEASE MOD - GORUCK FIELD POCKET

Get your Field Pocket ready to buckle-up.

WHY A QUICK RELEASE FIELD POCKET - WHY NOT USE THE GORUCK PALS?
The above is a good question and one I've been asked by a few people. The truth you don have too have the quick release option and indeed an earlier incarnation of the No3 config was mounted directly.
But it's all about the Grab Bag. This gives me the option to un-clip the Field Pocket, grab and go in an excellent and modular fashion. I write more about this in the post... GORUCK EDC No3 - Modularity Reboot - The X3 Carry Ideology In short, the Grab Bag is my EDC essentials so when the rest of my gear is not required, I take the Grab Bag!

L (Img 1) - Using the buckles triglide adjustment. R (Img 2) - Done!

L (Img 1) - Tuck the Field Pocket straps under the MOLLE. R (Img 2) - Work the buckle down the straps and under the MOLLE. (Neat, tidy and more stable).

How it should look at this stage. Buckled up and ready to snap into you modded GORUCK. (The best bit).

FIG 3 HOW IT WORKS

L (Img 1) - To quick release your Field Pocket Grab Bag. R (Img 2) - lift up and pull the Field Pocket Grab handle

L (Img 1) - Exposing the side realise buckles. R (Img 2) - Unclip both as you see and "BAMM" you're ready to go.

DONE AND DONE

This is what you want - This is what you get.



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I've included links to GEAR featured so you can find out more or even purchase. In some cases items have been upgraded or discontinued so I have linked to equivalents, I hope that's OK.

GEAR LIST:

• GORUCK GR1 21L with internal MOLLE
• GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket
• Grey Man Tactical RIP-(M) 10,75x7in
• ITW Side lock buckles x2
• MOLLE Backpack accessories straps x4
• 1x1in sternum strap buckles x2

OPTIONAL:

• VANQUEST Hydra Bottle pouch
• VANQUEST PPM Husky organiser
• MAXPEDITION PHP pouch
• TRIPLE AUGHT DESIGN S2 pouches x2

RELATED POSTS:

GORUCK EDC No3 - Modularity Reboot - The X3 Carry Ideology
GORUCK GR1 Rucksack, EDC No1.
GORUCK GR2 - #1 - Introduction
Condor Elite Frontier Rucksack EDC

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Comments

  1. Love this configuration! I would love to implement this on the Echo size.

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  2. Hello.
    I currently use a full RIP-M (10,75 x 19) for my GR1/26L and want to try a 26L version of this 50/50 Config. Seems a slightly larger RIP-M would make sense but can find one measuring 10,75 x 9 or 10. Thoughts? Options?

    Thanks.

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  3. To answer your question.
    It doesn't look like GREYMAN TACTICAL currently produce a RIP-(M) 10.75 x 11" (PALS 6 columns x 5 rows) which would be ideal for your project so I guess the only alternative is to do what I did and cut down your existing panel to the required size, or buy another panel, i.e.10.75 x 15 and cut that down?

    HOWEVER
    I've never done this but it might be possible to ask GERMAN TACTICAL to make you a custom panel to the size you require, it might be worth just asking before you go any further.

    Do let me know how you get on.

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  4. I heard back from Greyman. If I understood correctly, a single 10.75 x 11 RIP-M can be done in a few ways:

    1. Limited Run - $150 design fee plus the &148 cost of the panel. This might make sense if you were ordering a decent number of an odd shape. Not an economical solution for this case.
    2. Greyman can do a custom cut for $25 on top of the cost of a standard size RIP-M. For this instance a 10.75 x 15 is on sale for $55 and cut to customer spec. Total cost would be $80 + S&H.
    3. Buy the 10.75 x 15 for $55 + S&H and the customer cuts it himself/herself using standard wood cutting tools.

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  5. Hi Hamilton

    Thank very much for your input here, I think a lot of people will find it helpful, including me.
    If you have the tools and some ability with your hands, cutting a RIP-(M) down your self is quite easy, it is what I did.

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  6. My pleasure.
    I plan to cut the the RIP myself. We’ll see how it goes.

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  7. Who makes the carabiners you have in the backpack..Thanks

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  8. Hi DH2

    Thank you for your question - The carabiners are by a company called LIFEVENTURE. As with most things, ou can get them on Amazon, Here's a link for you:

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    FYI - If you use this link I will earn a small commission from amazon, at no expense to you.

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