Goruck GR1 Framesheet Upgrade

I've been rocking a Goruck GR1 as my EDC pack for several years now. Sadly, over time the stock plastic framesheet has slacked off a bit and allows the pack to sag when it is sitting upright. Its a common issue with Goruck packs but is easily replicated with a 3m A3 sheet of Kydex from Ebay.

Simply pull out the stock sheet, draw round it onto the Kydex and cut out with some sort of rotary tool. Wrestle it back in, job done.

Don't forget your eye protection for when structural failures happen.

EDC electronics support kit

EDC is becoming increasingly digital these days. Often people go out the door with a multitude of devices; phone, ebook reader, tablet, rechargeable flashlight et al. Having a means to support these devices is a good idea, especially if access to power is unreliable or a while away.

EDC electronics support kit

My support kit is built around a Tecknet 15000mAh USB battery. This provides several charges for my USB devices to keep them (and by extension, me) happy over the course of a day or more. It has proven its worth at my former job where the van power socket was broken and I had to run my SatNav for the day off the battery.

Of course, having a battery is useless without the ability to actually charge devices. To that end, I have a micro USB cable and an Apple Lightning cable (iPhone, sue me) which will let me charge the vast majority of anything I come across.

Additionally, I have a set of headphones to avoid being subject to sonic assault from the world at large.

A USB fast charge adapter rounds up the power side of things. Public USB sockets are suspect at best, who knows what is on the other side of the connector. Could be a dumb power supply, could be a full blown computer sucking down all your phone data and sending it off to shady places, possibly giving you malware at the same time. Don't be a fool, protect your tool.

The last few items in the kit aren't strictly power related but they fit in well anyway. I have a physical GPG smart card reader with built in smart card so I can do GPG stuff and have a good degree of confidence that if either my laptop or the kit gets stolen/lost, folk can't impersonate me by email. I have a Kingston 32GB pendrive for quick data storage/transfer and lastly, a lighter. Because fire is a good thing to have on command.

EDC electronics support kit

The whole lot fits nicely into a Maxpedition mini pocket organiser which lets me transfer everything between bags quickly and keeps everything modular and neat.

EDC 2016-03


  • GR1 26l
  • Field Notes notebook
  • Pack of tissues
  • Sharpie marker
  • 1.2 litre Klean Kanteen
  • Book (Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and John A. Riley)
  • Patagonia Houdini jacket (stuffed into its pocket)
  • Goruck foot care kit with added plasters
  • Improvised trauma kit (Combat Application Tourniquet and Quik Clot)
  • Burt's Bees lip balm and hand salve
  • Goruck Wire Dopp
  • 15000mAh power bank
  • Micro USB cable and USB condom
  • 3.5mm audio patch cable (for vehicle radio AUX connections)
  • Headphones
  • Network cable and Thunderbolt adapter
  • Satnav, stupidly long mini USB cable and triple USB power adapter

Minimal EDC

Don't need much for daily carry.

  • Maxpedtion Micro wallet
  • Fenix E12 flashlight
  • Leatherman Wave
  • CountyComm Embassy pen
  • Webbem Traveller
  • Nexus 4 mobile phone

Minimal EDC

I comissioned a Field Notes leather notebook cover

Field Notes notebooks are among the best notebooks currently made. Good quality paper, fits in my pocket very well and are just a pleasure to write on. Sadly, the paper cover doesn't stand up well to minor abuse. A cover is needed to give some protection.

Field Notes make a couple of leather products to fufill this requirement but given that they are at the \$80+ price point I decided against one of those. Far too much money for a few bits of leather stitched together. Ebay was the same.

My buddy Drayygon has been doing a few bits of leatherwork for a couple years now so I asked about the possibility of commissioning him to make a cover. For the princely sum of £15 I am pleased.

It is a simple affair with 3 leather panels stitched together to hold the cover to the notebook. No faff, no extra guff.

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