There are backpacks that you use only in certain circumstances or for specific sports, and there are backpacks you use every day. The Gregory Rhune 22 pack is designed for active users in everyday circumstances. Even better, it’s made from recycled materials.


All fabrics in the pack are made from GRS-certified recycled polyester materials, resulting in a 57 percent reduction in the pack’s carbon footprint when you compare it to a conventional nylon pack. As many of us are reconsidering our purchases in light of our impact on the planet, the Rhune is a durable and sustainable choice over many other packs.


An AirCushion foamless back panel eliminates pressure points, has moisture-wicking cooling benefits, and provides breathability while you’re out on the trail, running between flights, or roaming through town. The padded, contoured shoulder harness has an adjustable (and removable) sternum strap.


The zippered main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve, tablet/folio sleeve, and an interior mesh zippered pocket with pen slots. It’s large enough to pack your electronics and a change of clothes, or even enough clothing items for a weekend away. The front zippered compartment includes three mesh pockets, one of them also zippered. There’s a top-zippered quick-access pocket, a side exterior zippered stash pocket, and a side stretch-mesh bottle pocket.


The one of my favorite elements of this pack, aside from the recycled content, is the handy harness pocket that fits earbuds, lip balm, sunscreen, or even transit passes, and keeps them at your fingertips for quick use.


Snag the pack out of the overhead bin by its padded top grab handle. Even the zipper pulls have comfortable grips for speedy access by bare or gloved hands.


The Rhune 22 comes in carbon black, matte Navy, and brick red, and lists for $129.95 on the Gregory site. There are also Rhune packs in 20-liter and 25-liter versions.