All the backpack your commute needs.
The Gregory Sketch 22 Backpack is like the multi-tool of the backpack world, with a little attachment for all your various needs. The versatile Sketch 22 is equally good for hikes, work, or school, and it excels at all three. Padded sleeves and compartments are perfect for modern users with an arsenal of electronics. It has a low profile, yet the ample pockets and removable belt for customizable carrying make it highly functional.
- Roll-top closure
- External-access padded 15-inch laptop compartment
- Zippered front shoe pocket
- Side accessory pocket
- Adjustable sternum strap and removable hipbelt
- Single external daisy chain
- Reflective logo
- Item #GRE004H
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had some very specific criteria for a pack and this one just happened to fit what I was looking for. I'm fortunate enough to be able to hit the trails on the way to the office (the supercommute) and then on the way home (the reversesupercommute) and I needed a pack that was large enough to hold shoes, pants and a shirt. I additionally wanted it to be as light as possible with a laptop sleeve and chest & hip straps. Surprisingly, there aren't that many options out there that fit all the criteria listed above. Normally I would just ride with a Camelbak but the laptop sleeve is semi critical to keep the thing from bouncing around.
The pack is ~1350 cu in which is pretty perfect for what I listed above and then a water bottle / snack. Material is water repellent so fine for light rain / mist but not if you are doing the i-90 bridge commute in a Seattle downpour.
The Timbuk2 Especial Medio Backpack is technically THE pack for this type of a trip but I tried it on and the thing weighed a ton so I opted for the Gregory. Very happy with its supercommuting ability thus far.
Only drawback I would say is that the back and shoulder straps could be better at venting.