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Dual Purpose Rucksack: Hiking Backpack and Carry-on

Shenandoah National Park

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On location from Virginia Beach, Virginia, this anonymous traveler raves about his Red Oxx Roadster Rucksack. Favored as the traditional backpack for his hiking trips, he also finds it to be an ideal carry-on bag while flying around the world. In this story, we take a stroll around national landmark "Camp Hoover" with a Red Ruck at hand.

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My wife and I enjoy hiking though the Shenandoah National Park, particularly to areas with water falls and streams. For her birthday in April this year we decided to hike Rapidan Camp, also known as "Camp Hoover." This was an encampment and retreat for President Hoover from the 1920s to 1930s. The hike is a beautiful 7.6 mile long loop, coursing over the hills with a 1320 foot gain in elevation. There are plenty of streams for trout fishing through-out the area.

Milam Gap TrailheadMilam Gap Trailhead

Of course, my choice for hiking gear is my Mini-ruck. It serves me well as a dual purpose pack: my carry-on for travel overseas since it holds anything and everything, while easily fitting under the seat, and as my backpack for the numerous hikes we take each year.

Red Oxx Rucksack takes a breakRed Oxx Rucksack takes a break

I cannot recommend the Mini Ruck enough. It has comfortable straps, bottomless storage and good looks and it goes from Argentina to Poland and up and down the Shenandoah Mountains. Do yourself a favor and pick one up.

Ruck fans, if you find a Roadster Mini Ruck may be too small, there’s the larger C-Ruck Rucksack. Both too big? Try a K-12 Kat Pack Backpack. ~ Cheers, Jim Markel CEO