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While Mystery Ranch is well-known for supplying bags to the US military, wildland firefighters and the forest service, one of its best-selling backpacks is an everyday carrier called the Urban Assault. The pack is so popular because it draws on the elements that work for those hardcore operators: durability, accessibility and support. Recently, Mystery Ranch updated the Urban Assault’s design to make it even more functional for life around town in a new 24-liter model.
The Urban Assault 24L isn’t significantly larger than its predecessor (that bag comes in 18- and 21-liter sizes), but it does pack a lot more functionality. For instances, it features a separate laptop compartment that provides access without digging through the main compartment, and exterior water bottle pockets, which move that bulky item to a less obtrusive position. Mystery Ranch took advantage of that extra space in the main compartment with more internal sleeves and pockets for all the other things you carry every day.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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