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Gossamer Gear Rukus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Gossamer Gear Rukus daypack (under 35l)


Price Historic Range: $65.00
Reviewers Paid: $39.85


1 review
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4-star:   1
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2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Super value, multiple uses, and good organization. 40 liter pack for 3/4 of a pound.


  • Value
  • Organization
  • Large mesh pockets
  • Lightweight


  • No belt
  • No compression

This is a lightweight rucksack that is advertised as a day/climbing pack. It weighs in at just under 12 ounces and with exterior pockets is a 40 liter pack. I picked it up on clearance in July 2015 on a whim from Gossamer Gear. It was and is very inexpensive.  

This backpack pleases me very much due to its simplicity, light weight, and ability to fulfill several rolls. I've used it as a daypack, an overnight pack in the fall and summer, and now almost daily to carry a few books and items for class. The drawstring top opening is very wide making items easy to get to.

The main exterior mesh pocket is huge. It will fit a tarp, raingear, and maybe more. The side pockets will fit a 22 ounce Coors Light tallboy each, or skinny 1 liter water bottles.

Here is the only picture I have of this pack in preparing to be used in the wild, loaded to its 15lb max, a hammock, tarp, quilts, clothes, and water all on board:

The pack has drinking tube loops, a small zippered pocket on the top, a 1/8 sit pad back panel, and plenty of tie down points to clip and fasten and etc:  

The material is pretty tough for its weight. I haven't noticed any abrasions and that's after carrying school books around for a few months. One of the stitches on the front strap has come undone, but it doesn't seem to be at a high stress point:


The pack rides well at light weight. It's wider and more stout than a dedicated day pack. A little compression might go a long way with this sack. On the plus side, this pack works in the woods, but doesn't look wacky in the real world. The weight, volume of carry capacity, and features for the price all combine to make this a great, versatile little pack.

Shoulder strap excess and sternum belt fastened:


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39.85


Sounds like you got a good deal at $40, Andy. Thanks for the review!

6 years ago
Jake W

In the cons you list "no belt" but in the photo it looks like there is two straps on the pack, is that something you rigged up yourself? Great review!

6 years ago
Andy Gotto

Thanks Jake! What looks like a small belt is actually the excess from the shoulder straps. I'll post a front photo buckled so you can see it. It's handy so your straps aren't hanging in the way when you're hiking, and serves to stabilize the pack a little.

6 years ago
Jake W

Hmmmm, that's really smart, I've never seen that before. Thanks for adding the picture.

6 years ago

Nice review. Thanks for posting it.

6 years ago

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