Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
21 days ago

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/3)

The UA21 has one of the most comfortable harness systems we’ve had the pleasure of testing. Our taller team members have been especially pleased, as this bag has a narrower, longer frame that caters well to this body type. We’re not experiencing any hovering at the bottom like we often do with shorter packs, which is refreshing.

Positive
1 month ago

Hiking

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/1)

I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.

Positive
21 days ago

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/1)

But when you need to, you can. Especially when using for a true day or weekend hike. Hugely helpful! Build quality is very much a 10/10 no exceptions. Weather-resistant to the most extreme

Positive
Michelle
2 years ago

Compartment

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/1)

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

Negative
1 month ago

Carry-on

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/1)

It will fit under all plane seats yet is just big enough to carry all you need for the day. The tri-zip feature is unique and offers numerous ways of accessibility. This streamlined pack has no external drink pockets, but I like the streamlined design. It will hold all standard sized laptops well and has just enough organization without having the Russian doll like features (pockets within pockets etc) that many packs have

Positive
Alexman
4 months ago

Size

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/1)

etc. I even stuff my lunch bag down inside daily but it is super snug to zip and crushes the lunch sometimes. If you plan to take this thing on a serious hike or haul a bunch of needed equipment, I recommend the bigger sizes MR offers. This is almost slightly larger than my one strap sling bag I wear around on weekends when taking the kids to the mall or movies

Negative
Adam Bradshaw
8 months ago

Strap

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L

(1/1)

when loaded down, no matter the amount, I couldn't get the bag to be comfortable. I am a broad shouldered gentleman, and I had consistent shoulder pain after carrying the bag for half an hour every time no matter what I had loaded. I messed with the load lifters and all other straps and couldn't get it to work for me at all. I may try the 24 to see if it works better, as the bag seems a little taller and wider, but as of now I can't give a full recommendation for the 21

Negative
Patrick H
7 months ago