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Boundary Supply Rennen Recycled Daypack Review
The Boundary Supply Rennen Recycled Daypack is an excellent little addition to the brand’s lineup. At $129, making use of recycled goods makes this an ideal pack for someone looking for a simple daypack for work or school. While there is nothing incredibly innovative about the pack’s layout, they do include features that make the interior a bit more modular with some of their existing accessories.
Who It Suits
I would describe this as more of a pack for the casual user. It is usable and straightforward in design and features. It does not offer a whole lot in terms of organization. If you are wanting a bag that is less than $150 for the simple school/work life, the Boundary Supply Rennen Recycled Daypack will do just fine. You have room for a 15″ laptop and some simple pocketing for items such as headphones, hard drives, cables, or some snacks. This would also be a great bag for a personal carry-on for flights (if we ever really get to travel again).
Who It Doesn’t
While the Rennen series has a grab-and-go pouch, if you are looking for a pack with admin organization, you will want to look elsewhere. Due to the lack of airflow on the back panel, you could use this for short hikes, but personally, I would grab a different pack for any long activities. The bag is not as burly as the other packs in their lineup, so using it as any sort of camera bag or gear hauler would not be ideal.
One of the most significant features is that the daypack is 60% recycled materials. So you are buying something that is putting recycling to good use.
The weatherproof zippers are a nice touch to the pack, just in case you take it out or get caught in the rain.
The exterior of the pack has a few webbing loops to attach some accessory straps if needed (straps are not included).
The back panel has no channels for venting and is just a basic mesh backing.
The straps are about half an inch thick and comfortable, but there is no included sternum strap.
The front pocket is large enough to store any items that you might need quick access to. The pocket has a webbing loop to attach keys or other items if required, but that is the organization’s extent.
Moving into the main compartment, you have a spacious laptop area. It fits a MacBook Pro and one of those large black Dells that some people are issued from work. The bottom of the laptop sleeve is not suspended but somewhat well padded to protect your device. The front side of this has attachment points for Boundary’s accessories, but there is no pocketing or organization.
The opposite side has two flimsy open pockets. Initially, I was unimpressed with these. But after using them for a few weeks, it became where I would store my laptop cables and brick. They were easy to access, and when full, were not as flimsy as I first had thought. You could also fit a hard drive or power bank inside these drop pockets.
Above these pockets is a small half zip pocket. The only organization inside is the magnetic attachment for the Boundary keychain. This pocket is small, but I mainly utilized it for headphones and phone charging cables.
With the pack featuring primarily recycled materials, you have a nice environmentally-friendly bag. The YKK Stormguard zippers are a nice touch. They provide peace of mind that your laptop will be kept safe if you get caught in inclement weather.
If you are into modular build-outs and have or want to buy the Boundary Port Kit or Fieldspace, this allows you to have a far more organized pack. For a daypack, it is comfortable and can carry just the right amount for the day.
Not So Good
While there are modular options, there are some ways that they could have added some organization to the pack. The front of the laptop sleeve could have had mesh zip or elastic pockets for organizing more of the interior. There are no channels for airflow on the back panel. Even one would have made this a pack that you could take on a hike. It is not a huge deal, but the pack does not come with a sternum strap, kind of making this hard to carry for long periods with a full pack. As you can see from some of the photos, the fabric holds on to pet hair, and it is not the easiest to remove.
Overall for the price, this is a great daypack. Would I use it every day now? With more organization, yes. Would I have used it in high school or college as my bag of choice? Most certainly. I am a fan of the fact that they are partnering with Bluesign factories and mills to use plastic bottles to create a new pack. So hopefully, we see more of the fabrics in their packs in the future.