Vibe Hybrid Commuter Pack

Gregory morphed the best of a messenger bag and a backpack to concoct the Vibe messenger pack. Worn like a backpack, the Vibe has a large flap closure to keep out rain, dust or just lung-choking exhaust. It also has a large main compartment, organization pockets, and internal and side stash pockets. It is made of a PVC-free, TPU-based tarp-like material.

Gregory Vibe urban backpack

With seatbelt-like straps — both the top handle and the lid closure — and what seems like a super-durable material, the pack looks like it’ll stand up to the rigors of daily commuters — whether via foot, bike or bus.

The 1,342-cubic-inch pack fits a 17-inch laptop and has a loop so you can clip on a red blinking safety light for biking. A padded back panel keeps sharp office supplies from jabbing. One beef: The pack has no reflective surfaces — something every commuter-oriented pack needs. The Vibe is currently available for $120.

—Ryan Dionne

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.