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We can’t climb every day, which means we also need a good pack for rest days and travel. I’ve enjoyed testing the small but mighty—and feature heavy—Rip Ruck 24. The main feature of note is the Rip Zip pockets, which combine a reliable magnetic closure with zipper toggles—perhaps the fastest closures I’ve seen, letting me access the front pouch and two exterior stash pockets in microseconds, but then automatically snapping shut so I don’t lose key items like wallet and phone if I forget to re-zip. This pack is built for travel/urban commuting, with an ample main pouch with a roomy laptop sleeve and document sleeves, and a zippered mesh stash pocket in the aforementioned front pouch. The little guy carries great thanks to the flexible, padded back panel, and also incorporates an exterior daisy chain and removable chest strap. If you like being hyper-organized with rest-day sundries, here’s your new compadre.