The Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24, or UA24 for short, is a durable backpack with a comfortable harness system—once you get the hang of it. View Our Full Review:
0:48 – Material & Aesthetic
2:43 – External Components
6:06 – Inside the Pack
11:53 – Durability & Testing
12:41 – Pros & Cons
13:33 – The Verdict
Comfort is huge when looking for a backpack that you plan on hauling around your next trip. What comes after comfort? Durability. Of course, these may not be your top priorities, but they definitely are for the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24—UA24 for short.
The folks at Mystery Ranch have been in the bag-making game for quite some time. They’re known for creating high-quality, durable packs that can take a beating in the most extreme conditions—from forest fires to the frontlines to mountaintops. And if you’re looking for comfort and durability, then the UA24 might be the bag for you (if you don’t mind a slightly tactical look).
We’ve been testing this backpack for a little over two weeks in Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, including four flights and the first-ever Pack Hacker meetup—it’s been a busy two weeks!
The Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 is an excellent companion for minimalist travelers—especially if you don’t mind slightly more tactical aesthetic. There’s a lot of attention to detail put into the way this bag carries, which you’ll appreciate on those long travel days or all-day adventures. Although we have gripes with the laptop compartment and the lackluster top handle, we like the unique 3-ZIP opening and solid materials—and did we mention it was comfortable? If you prioritize carry comfort, organization, and durability the UA24 could be a great choice.
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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24, a durable 24L backpack with a 3-zip opening.
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