There's a time and place for large-capacity military-style packs...
Grey Ghost Gear recently released a new addition to its already extensive line of packs and bags: the Impact 24. It's designed for urban EDC, but the company already has some packs built for that — for example, the Gypsy backpack we previously reviewed. So why another? The answer, we're told, lies with GG Senior Product Designer Stephen Crowe. He designed the pack while commuting every day by bicycle.
Crowe explains his reasoning: “I needed a more vertical backpack with a specific pocket configuration that I had not seen yet in any of our existing bags. I kept experimenting with tiered exterior pockets for all the essentials I needed in an average 24-hour period like my phone, wallet, and keys… [and] space for bike tools, patch kit and an extra tube in case of a flat.”
“Most importantly, I wanted to truncate the main compartment in favor of a third exterior pocket at the bottom with maximum depth. Originally intended to house pre-made meals, this bottom pocket is spacious enough for cameras, small drones and other sensitive items that would otherwise get crushed if tossed into the main compartment with other items.”
The Impact 24 was designed with bicycle use in mind, but it's potentially a good choice for a number of uses, whether you're pounding pavement, bugging out on a 2×2 utility bike, or just riding the metro.
The Impact 24 is made of Rip-Stop Nylon and 500D Cordura to keep the bag lightweight and well balanced “for anyone on the move; something you will appreciate if you ride your bicycle, motorcycle, skateboard or scooter to work.” It includes a laptop sleeve, long zippered side pockets, and a front zippered mesh pocket for quick-access EDC kit items. The exterior features daisy-chain loops for carabiner attachment or lashing on other gear.
The Impact 24 EDC backpack is available in Black, Wolf Grey, and Olive colorways. MSRP is $175, but it's currently up for pre-order at $105 on GreyGhostGear.com.