Design classic: Mystery Ranch 3-day assault pack

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I have been thinking about getting a carry-on luggage compliant back pack to carry a laptop, camera, adaptors and other bits-and-bobs that comes in handy during flying. To get an idea of what I carry, here is a picture of my go bag and what I took to Hong Kong a couple of years ago.

Hong Kong Go Bag - Timbuk2

I wanted to have a rucksack. Most of the obvious options like The North Face and Oakley weren’t really what I was looking for. I want a good back on the rucksack that will help me deal with long queues in immigration and easy organisation for my stuff.

Mystery Ranch design and make these back in Bozeman, Montana with the kind of craftmanship that you would expect from people like Rickshaw Bagworks or Timbuk2. Its an area that is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and alpine sports enthusiasts. Their designer has over 20 years experience repairing other people’s equipment, so you’d expect that he learned a bit about what works and what doesn’t. The Y-zip design allows you easily access all the back pack contents rather than rooting around in desperation.

These bags don’t come cheap, but are much more made-to-measure than comparable luggage. You can find out more here.