As someone who schedules their day around outdoor activity, having the perfect daypack is a necessity. This past month I’ve been using the Mountain Standard 28L Utility Pack from sun up to sun down to store away everything I could possibly need for a successful day of work, training, and play. The MS Utility Pack didn’t disappoint.
I am an avid climber and trail runner, so most of my packs are either larger than 30L to fit all my climbing gear, or teeny-tiny lightweight running packs to sustain long miles. While the pack is a little big for my trail running exploits, the 28L Utility Pack was a perfect compromise size for some light day cragging, or bouldering. On one of my busier days, I was able to fit my camera, fleece, climbing shoes, chalk bag, laptop, notebook, extra food, cell phone, and wallet with room to spare.
The simplistic design is one of the best aspects of the bag. It’s sleek. It doesn’t go overboard with pockets or straps. Everything has been fully thought through. The top zipper fits small personal items while the front zipper allows easy access to a larger compartment for things like food or an extra layer. The wide opening to the pack is also rad because it allows you to quickly stuff items if you’re in a rush.
The only downfall is that the pack only comes in black. It’s great if you’re trying to keep your color scheme to a minimum, but it can heat up extra quickly if left in the sun for too long.
Many of us juggle work and play, some of us all in one day. The 28L Utility Pack nicely bridges the gap between commuter bag and day pack. It's one pack that can take you from the office, to the coffee shop, to the crag without pause. Highly recommended for weekend warriors and those trying to squeeze in adventure at the edges of the workday.
Eliza Earle is a photographer, producer, and downright badass individual. When she's not taking gorgeous photos (seriously, check out her instagram) she's climbing, trail running, and sleeping soundly in her home-away-from-home, the trunk of her Subaru. Head to her website for more from Eliza!