Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 Pack

The Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 Pack is big, water-resistant, and comfortable. Typically, carrying more gear means more things to dig through. But this pack uses the brand’s three-zip closure to fully open up the back to access the contents and a number of pockets.

And while there are more pockets than you will likely use at once, for a commuter bag, this makes it easy to settle on a daily packing system.

One of our editors has used the Urban Assault 24 Pack off and on for almost 2 years, and it has made its way to his top commute bag from fall into spring. That’s when he needed to carry extra layers and accessories in addition to a 15-inch laptop.

The backpack has deep bottle pockets on the outside of each side. It also has a top panel for quick access storage and more fragile items like sunglasses.

The straps are generously padded and the cushioned back panel allows airflow, making it welcome on any dayhike. His favorite small-touch design element is the pull tabs that bookend the YKK zippers. Holding the tab keeps the bag still while zipping it closed and makes using the bag a smoother experience.