To participate in a GoRuck Challenge each participant must carry 4-6 bricks with them (or a 30lb sandbag, but if it gets wet, you're in for some extra Good Livin').
The problem is how to get the bricks to sit up high in the pack and be stable enough not to flop around on your back.
There are many solutions but most involve webbing straps, and towels or yoga bricks to space them up higher in the pack.
This Brick Panel works better by securing and stabilizing the bricks. They don't slide around and they don't lift away from the back panel.
Also, if you don't already have a yoga brick and straps, this is probably cheaper and more useful to you.
What it is: The Brick Panel is made of two layers of 1000D Cordura fabric, four rows of molle/pals type webbing* on the back, and 1" loops on the front for lashing the bricks to the Brick Panel.
* The webbing isn't exactly pals compliant in that the GoRuck packs have slightly wider spacing between the bartacks. The Brick Panel matches the GoRuck spacing instead.
I, myself, will not be making your Brick Panel. The prototype shown in the pictures is great and all, but I will leave the making of your Brick Panel to the professionals. They have the people, machines, and materials on hand to make your Brick Panel look and work great, right here in the USA.
One size fits all: The Brick Panel is made with four rows of MOLLE to use all the rows in a GR2, but it also works great in all the other packs down to the two-row Echo and Radio Ruck.
Why you need one:
More stable than just the MOLLE, especially for the bottom row of bricks.
Much more stable than just the MOLLE for the two-row rucks (Radio Ruck and Echo).
Allows for many brick configurations, you choose what works for you.
Frees up that space the yoga block would take, making room for an extra pair of dry socks or some beer.
If you do it right, you can get a yoga block and some straps for slightly cheaper.
Brick configurations: The bricks can be placed into the Brick Panel in many different ways. You can experiment with what feels best to you.
* The Echo cannot fit two rows of bricks stacked tall. This includes the right-hand examples in the 4 brick and 6 brick examples. The other rucks (Radio Ruck and larger) can.
Strapping them in: There are six columns in the Brick Panel to chose from to strap bricks with. Each column has a top and bottom half to thread a strap through.
Comfort-Flex Technology: If the top bricks are taped into pairs and then each pair is strapped in, there is a slight gap between them. This is a feature. The Brick Panel will keep them solid against the ruck's back but as your back moves the bricks can flex toward and away from each other.
Other uses: The Brick Panel can be used on the webbing on the outside front of the pack just as easily, so almost anything can be attached. The straps are completely removable so you can use as many or as few as the job needs. You can also use any other 1" straps that you have laying around.
Why I need your help: To get these produced by a professional manufacturer I need to order a minimum of 100 Brick Panels. That is more cash than I can put together on my own.
Where does all the money go? Kickstarter fees Amazon fees Shipping costs But mostly - production costs. These panels are being built in the USA and I have to pay fair wages for that.
Timeline: January: Campaign runs February through mid-March: 45 day lead time for the manufacturer Mid-March to mid-April: Shipping from me to you Mid-April to mid May: Shipping the May Brick Panel
Risks and challenges
There are always risks in life, but this project should be fairly simple. I have several working prototypes and the production company is very confident in their ability to deliver them. I think I have allowed plenty of time for the panels to be built, delivered to me, and shipped out to you.