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Zipper

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/9)

Plus, the laptop compartment is sealed with one of those YKK AquaGuard zippers we were talking about earlier. Although this compartment is not waterproof, we like the added weather-resistance for our laptop.

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/10)

What I don't like: 1. The zippers start to open themselves and create a large hole where the three of them come together as soon as I put it on. 2. I can not get this to adjust and fit me correctly for the life of me, everything in the pack end up flapping against my back with every step (a problem I have never encountered with any pack before)

Negative
jackie27

Strap

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/4)

The only downside of these straps? There are no elastic keepers to tidy up the excess dangly-ness. There’s also no option for a hip belt, but at 24 liters we don’t think you’ll need one—especially not with how comfortable this pack is, even when loaded to the max.

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/5)

The shoulder straps also have load lifters which seem to provide unnecessary bulk and weight to a pack set on being as clean as possible. Given the shoulder straps insert at the top, the pack's body cannot be "hugged" any closer to the wearer's center of gravity. This makes the load lifters more of an eyesore than a utility.

Negative
ofamountain

Laptop

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/11)

When you open up this pocket, you’ll see a laptop sleeve. On the front of the laptop sleeve, there’s a smaller tablet pocket. There’s also some elastic attached to the side of this whole unit which helps keep things tidy. This sleeve also has a false bottom, so if you drop your bag abruptly, your laptop won’t suffer the consequences—which we love

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/6)

2. The laptop compartment is not wide enough for A4 paper, however, it is big enough for me, it will fit my XPS 15.

Positive
Kevin

Compartment

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/4)

Like we said earlier, this is the first Mystery Ranch bag we’ve tested with this style of pocket—and so far, we’re digging it. This tri-zip design is meant to give you quick access to the inside of the pack—just grab the lid and pull it open.

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/4)

Our only note here is that if you do pack this compartment to the brim—whether it’s with free-floating gear or individual packing cubes—it’s going to impede your access to the laptop and tablet velcro strap against the back wall. Because of this, you may need to take things in and out each time to reach your tech. In these cases, we’ve just kept the strap unfastened for easier access. It’s not a deal-breaker for us, but it’s something worth noting

Carry-on

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/3)

I bought it for a friend this Xmas since we were heading to New Zealand and he was looking for a good carry on/EDC to get through the trip and beyond. This was a great option. He loved it and it seems to address the challenge I always had slipping laptop in and out of my 21 when loaded up. It was his new favorite pack

Positive
CNote

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/6)

Keep in mind this is a small/simple backpack, I would not recommend for any kind of serious outdooring. Great for a quick load up to head out for a trip though.

Negative
TyWalt

Commute

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/2)

I bought the UA 24 as a bike commuter bag and briefcase substitute ( I also have the MR 3-way briefcase but could not carry a thermos/water bottle well). The quality and attention matched what I expect from Mystery Ranch. However, the external pockets barely fit a Kleen Kanteen/Hydroflask etc. 32oz bottle that are very mainstream right now

Positive
Shuttleguy

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/5)

Got this in the eggplant colour for lugging my laptop, running shoes, gym gear and toiletries from home to office to gym and home 5 times a week. I wear this with my professional clothes (I’m a solicitor) and low-heeled pumps. (I value function over fashion when “on duty”.) I only keep “duffel” style backpacks so that I can get to bottom of the pack without taking everything out

Positive
CeruleanPeonies

Size

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/7)

Overall I wish that the top pocket was a touch bigger - as it is now, it feels a bit cramped, especially as it does not use all the space to the "point" of the top flap, instead only occupying a rectangle sewn in.

Negative
vtski

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/5)

Great pack bulletproof design for me I wish the organizer pockets on the inside were a little bit larger

Positive
Trevor

Comfort

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/5)

Comfort - I don't have to wear this long under normal conditions, but I don't even notice when it is on, due to the amazing padding and comfort without causing back sweat.

Positive
Manimal

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/3)

Everything in the bag is visible from the main compartment. Makes it easy to turn the dog hike bag into a quick overnight bag or picnic with the missus bag without having to worry about which pocket you put the bug spray in. Super comfortable and I have done a couple of 4+ hour hikes with it on in the Texas heat. Breaths well (not great but not bad at all), shoulder straps are very comfortable for long stretches and phenomenal build quality

Positive
TyWalt

Hiking

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

(1/3)

I use this pack in wood waxed and the matching Full Moon hip/butt pack on a three day hike through the Grand Canyon. I would not recommend this application for everyone as I traveled extremely light for a multi day hike but both packs performed exquisitely. From the difficult hike in, through the bushwhacking in the canyon, to the treacherous climb out I could rely on them to keep my stuff both secure and comfortable on my body. They show little signs of wear even after being dragged across rocks that cut up my boot soles

Positive
diablo571

MYSTERY RANCH Urban Assault 21 Pack

(1/3)

I bought this bag about a month ago now to use as a day-hiking bag but have started using it for everything. I chose the lemon color since I wanted something visible and it definitely fits the bill. It has a minimal form factor as there is very little on the outside.

Positive
xanderjman

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