So I've been on a backpack search lately. I have a Vanquest Trident 20 and a model of The North Face no longer in production. Both are black. I don't want a backpack that's not black. I'm actually doing a Goruck event in three weeks albeit a Constellation not the suck challenge. I need a bag large enough to handle the equipment list required, and I didn't think the Vanquest could handle it. I also have problems storing things in my TNG bag. Failing to mention, I don't wish to soil my Vanquest. That being said, I've been wanting a less tactical bag. I've looked at the Vertx Gamuts having decided the Ready Pack wasn't for me, and I've been browsing some others including the Alpha One Niner items. Today, I decided to buy a Gamut but found they're sold out (in black) with most of the dealers I checked with online. Others were sketchy, over priced, or excessive in the shipping. I like the looks and fabric of the Gamut a lot but still think it wouldn't be for me because I didn't like and returned the Ready Pack. I looked at Goruck stuff again. The build quality is great, and the 26L will meet my needs for the Constellation. I purchased and added a sternum strap, water bottle holder, and padded organizer with the grand total of $288 with an ID Me discount. I have a bit of buyer's remorse and think if I don't like it I'll send it back and make due with the TNF bag for the Construction event. Alternatively, I may just use it and resell. The lack of organization and the abrasiveness of the fabric I've read about concern me. They're also more spendy than I'd like for a backpack that I probably won't even EDC although having a "field bag" and larger overnight backpack might be nice. It really sunk in when I thought "What the heck am I doing to put in that ridiculous slanted pocket on the back? It won't even organize pens and stuff."