Truck Bed for Your Back: Crushproof ‘RuckBucket’ Reinvents Backpack

Part beer koozie, part kitty litter container, the RuckBucket aims to be three packs in one unusual design.

Muul USA RuckBucket

Haul firewood, keep 17 beers cold, or hoist your motorcycle — Muul’s RuckBucket is one of the more unique backpacks we’ve seen.

Muul RuckBuket backpack

The brand claims the RuckBucket improves on both the traditional pack and the 5-gallon bucket. And it makes for a decent cooler to boot! It’s a simple idea: Wrap a 5.3-gallon, food-safe bucket in a 500-denier nylon shell loaded down with lash points and a pair of shoulder straps.

RuckBucket lash points

But according to the brand’s Kickstarter, which goes live June 4, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. “It turns out a RuckBucket is the world’s toughest backpack,” claims RuckBucket designer Mike Whitehead.

Muul RuckBucket: 3 Backpacks in 1

Whitehead and the team at Muul tout the RuckBucket as a “crushproof gear protector, waterproof river bag, and giant beer koozie.”

Muul RuckBuket backpack

Indeed, promo images show the RuckBuket serving as an impromptu camp chair — not to mention holding up a dirtbike. And while it doesn’t appear to have a waterproof zipper, the brand claims it can hold camera gear and keep it dry. But because we haven’t tried it, we’re not certain the RuckBucket protects items from submersion.

Finally, the RuckBucket fits a 5-gallon, insulated “Space Blanket” beverage insert. There’s no claim of how long it keeps items cold. But Muul again demonstrates some unlikely capabilities, including a backpack full of crawdads. While it isn’t likely to outperform an actual insulated cooler, the removable sleeve adds a little versatility to the bucket-in-a-backpack design.

Muul RuckBuket backpack

And for added convenience, the RuckBucket sports plenty of daisy chains, lash points, and a zippered stash pocket up front. Plus, Muul will sell a cinch-tight water-bottle holder and a half-gallon accessory pouch, both removable.

There’s no word on price just yet. But a Kickstarter preview shows limited early bird buy-ins will go for under $100.

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.
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