Granite Gear's Rongbuk 28 Technical Daypack - Gear Review

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

With the recent changes at Granite Gear we have seen a number of things happen, most notably the significant expansion of their product line.  Technical daypacks are not new for them, but the choices we now have are nothing short of impressive.  In an era of Uber-light and minimalist, the Rongbuk 28 is a breath of fresh air.  It is without a doubt one of the most well thought out packs we have tested in years.  Looking for a pack that can go from campus to trail and not let you down in either situation?  I firmly believe this pack can do just about anything you ask it to.
It isn't overrun with useless pockets, but rather has a great balance between organization and capacity.  Three main compartments make up the body of the pack.  An outside "stash" pocket expands to hold items you need quick access to, with a quick release buckle closure.  The ideal place to stow a rain shell or other frequent on and off gear.  The next compartment has a zippered enclosure and while not huge, stores and ample amount of gear and helps minimize load shifting.  The largest compartment also zips shut and has a dual purpose sleeve integrate for either a hydration bladder or up to a 15" laptop.

Small pockets on the hip belt as well as a fleece lined top pocket on the pack make for organizing your small essential a breeze and provides easy access any time you need them.  Stretchy water bottle pockets on both sides and haul loops in several locations for attaching bulky rugged items.

The load is incredibly easy to carry thanks to a version of Granite Gear's Vapor Current suspension system, which is arguable the most comfortable on the market.  Incredible adjustment allows for a customized fit far beyond that of your average daypack.

After a summer of testing this pack on and off trail, we are simply impressed.  From day hikes to commuting to class, everyone that has put this pack on their back has nothing but good things to say.  Unlike most packs in this category, you are hard pressed to think of something you'd do differently.  There are a few signs of wear, but nothing that would be alarming.  I do worry about the stretchy side water bottle pockets.  The material seems to be holding up thus far, but when loaded I can see abrasion becoming an issue.  That is pure speculation at this point.



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