EDC: Goruck Bullet 10L

With summer in full swing, and temperatures on the rise, sometimes it’s just not that comfortable (or practical) to be hauling around a huge every day carry (EDC) bag. Not only for the sweaty back it can cause, but also for the convenience of having your gear and belongings nearby when traveling — this is where a smaller capacity pack comes in handy. The Goruck Bullet 10L is a good example of this, with just the right mix of size, features, price, warranty, and build quality. The 10L capacity allows you to be a minimalist and carry only what is really needed.

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Here is the Bullet 10L opened up, showing the main compartment (left side) and the zippered interior pockets (right side). A really nice feature is the clamshell opening, allowing access to the entire pack:

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Here is a closeup the main compartment, containing (left to right) a Goruck small “Shadow” pocket, an Outdoor Research padded case, and an Op/Tech USA small padded pouch:

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The GR Shadow pocket contains cables, chargers, spare batteries, flash drives, and various misc. small pieces of gear. The Outdoor Research case contains a Sony NEX-7 digital camera. And finally, the Op/Tech pouch has an Icom R6 radio receiver, Cammenga lensatic compass, and a Garmin eTrex 10 GPS unit:

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Next up are the zippered pockets. These are handy for organizing and keeping larger pieces of gear from floating around the main compartment:

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The mesh pocket contains (left to right) a Nomadic pen/pencil organizer, modified AMK first aid kit, and a bandanna. The solid pocket contains a Victorinox Swisstool Spirit in a TAD Gear OS pouch, and a Surefire E1D Defender LED flashlight:

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Finally, the front compartment contains a Field Notes notebook, a photography gray card, navigation pocket references, and whatever other small items are needed for the day. Not shown is the hydration pocket in the back of the Bullet 10L, which can accept an optional 3L bladder. For EDC use, that compartment is kept empty, as a full bladder would eat up quite a bit of space in the main compartment:

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6 Comments

  1. hie there,

    saw u mention ur bullet 10 is 500D.

    how do you differentiate the version 1 (2 compartment) 1000D and 500D??

    possible to share with me?

    thanks
    andy

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    1. Hi Andy,

      The two-compartment version was first made in 1000D, then later 500D Cordura. After that, they switched back to 1000D and the present single-compartment design (with internal weight plate sleeve). The only real way to know if you have a 1000D or 500D of version 1 is to see the fabric in person. The 500D is a much tighter weave and more flexible — the 1000D is a wider weave and a bit more rough. Unfortunately, there are no labels on the packs to be able to tell the difference between them. Hope this helps and thanks for visiting the site!

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      1. thanks for the reply.

        well noted. i just recently got a bullet 10 version 1. So not sure if is 1000D or 500D as i am not so good at differentiate the fabric. 🙂
        but now i am trying to think of a way to make the back and bottom of the pack more padded.

        any ideas??? 🙂

        thanks in advance.

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  2. Glad you were able to find a version 1 Bullet 10L! You could try some cheaper foam padding meant for use underneath a sleeping bag — it’s about 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick and can be cut to size. A sporting goods store might have it, and also sometimes fabric or craft stores have padding available. Plus, there’s always online stores. 🙂 Good luck!

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