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.
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. www.gregorypacks.com