GORUCK RUCKER 4.0 EDC RECONFIG.


GORUCK RUCKER 4.0 EDC RECONFIG.

So you’re on a budget, you really love rucking but you also need a backpack for your Every Day Carry what are you going to do? Simple! buy RUCKER 4.0 26L, use it for rucking at the weekend and reconfig it for your weekday EDC!

OK so it’s not that simple given how trashed a RUCKER can get at the weekend but if you are on a budget and let’s be honest, any GORUCK product is an investment these days, this reconfig is definitely do able.
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KITCHEN TABLE RUCKER EDC PROJECT.

In my opinion and having used my RUCKER 4.0 in this way for a while it actually makes quite a nice EDC backpack. It’s light, made from a really quite nice 500d CORDURA, has all the grab handles I could need, allowing me to carry like a briefcase if I wish and the RUCKER uses nice clothes friendly material for the carry straps and back padding, I’ve worn-out more tee shirts using GORUCK products then I’d care to admit so this is a welcome upgrade to the original. : )

OK into the reconfig.

THE PARTS LIST - (What do you need)?

THE PARTS LIST LAY-OUT.

I’m going to assume you already have a RUCKER but I’ve added it to the list anyway, here goes;

I’ll talk more about the Utility pouch nearer the time but now, let’s talk about putting this thing together.

METHOD (How to do).

GET READY TO TUCK THE FLAP.

1 - CONFIGURE THE RUCKER interior ruck plate pockets.

If you’re not super familiar with RUCKER’s internal layout, basically it has 2 pockets, one on top of the other piggy-back style, with a single flap, securing both pockets with hook & loop. The trick is to tuck the flap into the back pocket, this gives you two drop pockets, the back big enough for a 13” laptop, A4 notes books, folders, magazines, iPads and tablets.

FLAP TUCKED AWAY GIVING US 2 DROP POCKETS.

This leaves you with the second front drop pocket which has quite a large Hook & Loop field inside all ready for you to fit the VANQUEST 2X7 Sticky Panel.

FRONT POCKET INTERNAL HOOK & LOOP FIELD.

VANQUEST STICKY ADMIN PANEL READY TO GO.

I use this for small gear items such as torches, small tools, pens, knives you get the picture. Another benefit to using the pocket in this way is if a tool misses it’s gear loop it just drops into the pocket! and even with a full loaded Sticky Panel there’s room under it for an organisers for items that should be carried but not often used.

VANQUEST STICKY PANEL LOADED UP WITH ROOM FOR AN ORGANIZER POUCH UNDERNEATH IF YOU WANT.

2 - GREYMAN TACTICAL Rigid MOLLE panel

Next the RMP! There always has to be a GREYMAN TACTICAL Rigid MOLLE Panel otherwise it’s just not a YOMP NOTES comfig is it?

IT'S NOT A CONFIG UNLESS THERE'S A R.M.P. - (Rigid MOLLE Panel)

At the bottom of my RUCKER EDC I carry some coffee or water. At this time of year (winter) a wet weather jacket and despite my new phone having a pretty good battery life I still carry an auxiliary power source for charging that plus the smart watch and torch etc.
 
I'VE USED VANQUEST ANCHOR WRAPS BUT I MAY UPGRADE TO BUCKLE UP STRAPS IN THE FUTURE.


This is secured to a 10.75 X 7 Rigid MOLLE Panel which in-turn is attached to the interior of the RUCKER using VANQUEST hook & loop AnchorWraps. Luckily for us there are two very chunky D-rings, useful for this method, either side of the main compartment and line-up nicely with the bottom of the front pocket. Absolutely perfect position for strapping the RMP to nice and securely.

POSITION OF THOSE CHUNKY D-RING.

I love it when gear brands can work together like this : )

3 - AUXILIARY, SECURE DROP POCKET (Utility zip/up pouch)

RMP IN USE WITH SPACE FOR THE VANQUEST, HYRDA WATER BOTTEL HOLDER.

Having completed the above you now have a RUCKER that has a sleeve for a 13” laptop, an admin pocket with room for an extra organiser and at the bottom the RMP to secure water bottle and extra clothing etc with shock-cord.

FLYYE INDUSTRIES UTILITY POUCH.

Great but there was still a feature lacking??? I wanted a securable (zip-up) Utility pouch, intending for my eye wear and phone, positioned at the top of the bag easy to get to and easy to zip-up so items will stay where I can find them. This strongly inspired by the integral field pocket in the GORUCK GR2!

VANQUEST MOHL-AIR MOLLE to HOOK & LOOP ADAPTER ATTACHED TO THE BACK OF THE FLYYE POUCH USING ANCHOR WRAPS. Nice 'N' sticky.

At the moment I’m using a FLYYE small utility pouch, it works but it’s a bit small for me so will probably swap-out later. Using a VANQUEST MOHL-AIR MOLLE to Hook & Loop adapter, that’s attached to the pouch using VANQUEST AnchorWraps.

This converts the pouch from MOLLE to Hook & Loop mountable and can now be attached to the large hook & loop field on the front of the second plate pocket and “BAM” you’ve got yourself a very handy, securely mounted, zip-up drop pocket.

Like I said this pouch works fine but I’ll probably swap out for a larger pouch in the future but for now, I’m enjoying the redundant hook & loop space not needed to attach this small pouch, great for moral patches, I like morale patches.

MY CURRENT EDC LAY-OUT EASLY FITS THE RUCKER 4.0 RECONFIG WITH VOLUME TO SPARE.

THE CONCLUSION

So in the end this is a petty easy reconfig of the GORUCK RUCKER 4.0. Swapping your investment from weekend worrier, ruck plate swinger to urban buddy, everyday commute and carry in just a few minutes and more importantly?… sticking to that all important budget $$$.

PROJECT COMPLETE AND IN USE MOST DAYS.

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