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Smith HeyBurn Ruck Sack
MSRP: $75
SmithOptics.com

There is more to optic companies than meets the eye. Oakley, for example, began their long-storied business by manufacturing bike grips. Scott? They are makers of some of the finest poles in skiing. It should come as no surprise that Smith Optics, known for great goggles, glasses, and helmets, also makes a damn fine bag.

The Heyburn Ruck Sack is a great go-anywhere bag ideal for treks through the slum town of Jalousie in Haiti, morning walks to Bernie’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco, or an early afternoon shredding park laps at Squaw Valley. Simply, this bag is good for any activity, anywhere.

The top compartment features deep pockets that are easily accessible, perfect for fitting a bunch of small gear one might need in a flash, like hard drives, GoPros, extra batteries, chargers, passport, and that peanut butter and jelly sandwich Mom made even after you insist, “No, that’s okay, Mom. I’ll get something at the airport.” The sandwich squishes amongst the many objects in the top pocket, Mom. Thanks anyways, though.

The Smith Heyburn Ruck Sack—for travel, for reading in the park, for hiking to find snow in a dry year in the Sierras. PHOTO: Mike Rogge

The Smith Heyburn Ruck Sack—for travel, for reading in the park, for hiking to find snow in a dry year in the Sierras. PHOTO: Mike Rogge

On the bottom side of the flap is a strategically placed, fleece-lined sunglass pocket capable of fitting three pairs of shades, or goggles, or those coke-bottle prescription glasses I swear I need because I’m nearsighted. Ask my optometrist. Seriously, I’m not a hipster. Come on, guys—I like classic rock.

Inside the rucksack is a 15-inch laptop sleeve. If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro like I do, there’s plenty of extra room to throw in mail and an iPad Mini, too. The outside sleeve has a zip pocket for any non-essential gear. A drawstring shuts the upper part of the bag, the top flap folds over, and a two-buckle system closes the bag, securing sensitive cargo inside.

By no means is this a serious backcountry bag, but the addition of a chest strap helps carry the load on bike commutes and small hikes. A leather handle at the top of the bag comes in handy when moving quickly from place to place. At $75, the Smith Heyburn Ruck Sack is competitively priced when compared to similar daypacks from Dakine, The North Face, and Mountain Hardwear.