5 Patagonia Backpacks

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In an interview five years back, Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, offered some amazing advice, which included, “keep it simple, climb every mountain, cheaters never prosper, and ‘slow’ travel is important.” This is all advice I can support, which is why I’m going to share these 5 Patagonia backpacks with you today!

1. The Arbor Backpack

patagonia backpacks on amazon - arbor

Pack Capacity: 26 liters (1,586 cu in)

Pack Weight: 618 grams (1 lb, 5.8 oz)

Body Material: 8.4-oz. 600-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester

Lining Material: 3.3-oz 800-Denier 100% Polyester

(Both treated with a polyurethane coating and durable water repellent finish)

The recycled polyester and durable water repellent finish of this pack make it durable but also perfectly balanced for daily use. This pack features a large main compartment, zippered stack pocket beneath the flap, and a padded laptop sleeve that protects most 15-inch laptops.

Users of the Patagonia Arbor Pack have left positive comments on the pack’s lightweight design, simple organization, and sizable carrying capacity. One user remarked, “Honestly doubt it’ll ever go south on me but if it does, I’m definitely getting me another!”


2. The Ironwood Backpack

patagonia backpacks on amazon - ironwood

Pack Capacity: 20 liters (1,220 cu in)

Pack Weight: 420 grams (14.8 oz)

Body Material: 8.4-oz. 600-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester

Lining Material: 3.3-oz 200-Denier 100% Polyester

(Both treated with a polyurethane coating and durable water repellent finish)

Although the lining of the Ironwood isn’t quite as sturdy as that of the Arbor pack, this is a great option for anyone looking for a slightly smaller pack that still offers perfect balance and durability.

The pack’s top-mounted, reinforced haul handle makes it easy to move around the classroom or coffee shop and Patagonia’s “Human Curve” shoulder straps are designed for the best in carrying comfort.

Like the Arbor, the Ironwood contains a generously padded laptop sleeve capable of carrying up to a 15-inch laptop. Users have primarily found this pack useful in school settings, and one said, “I got exactly what I expected, a great sturdy pack that can handle my books and looks great while doing so.”


3. The Chacabuco Backpack

patagonia backpacks on amazon - chacabuco

Pack Capacity: 30 liters (1,831 cu in)

Pack Weight: 675 grams (1 lb, 7.8 oz)

Body Material: 7.4-oz 630-denier 100% nylon (50% recycled/50% high-tenacity) plain weave with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Lining Material: 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled polyester

The Chacabuco is available in both women’s-specific and unisex designs. This pack features a main compartment with a lined tablet sleeve and a stash pocket that’s perfect for sunglasses or small electronics.

It also offers two large water bottle pockets, adjustable cording to secure a bike helmet or extra layers, and highly breathable mesh on the back panel and shoulder straps to ensure all-day carrying comfort.

Patagonia’s goal when designing the Chacabuco was a pack that’s perfect for daily use but that also offers extremely handy features for the most strenuous of day hikes. One user remarked, “I highly recommend it to anyone. I probably won’t upgrade until 3-5 years from now!”


4. The Refugio Backpack

patagonia backpacks on amazon - refugio

Pack Capacity: 28 liters (1,709 cu in)

Pack Weight: 666 grams (1 lb, 7.5 oz)

Body Material: 7.4-oz 630-denier 100% nylon (50% recycled/50% high-tenacity) plain weave with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Lining Material: 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled polyester

The Refugio is a great “middle-ground” between the Chacabuco and the Arbor. Like both, it features a cavernous main compartment and padded laptop sleeve capable of handling up to 15-inch laptops. Unlike those, however, it also features a lined tablet pocket and additional front organization compartment that’s great for storing cords and other accessories.

In addition, the Refugio features two large water bottle pockets, a front stash pocket for smaller items, and an adjustable and removable sternum strap. While the Refugio offers a few features that its other Patagonia comrades don’t, there has been a trend of users suggesting that the breathable mesh on the pack’s shoulder straps doesn’t hold up that well.

One reviewer commented, “It’s an awesome design but ruins every type of material I own. It has ruined knit sweaters, cotton t-shirts, fleece hoodies, and polyester leggings.” Interestingly, there are a number of reviewers that have purchased this pack and expressed the same concern, so this may be one option to shy away from!


5. The Atom Backpack

patagonia backpacks on amazon - atom

Pack Capacity: 18 liters (1,098 cu in)

Pack Weight: 488 grams (1 lb, 1.2 oz)

Body Material: 7.4-oz 630-denier 100% nylon (50% recycled/50% high-tenacity) plain weave with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Lining Material: 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled polyester

With the smallest capacity of the five packs in this review, the Atom will force you to work down to the bare daily essentials. It does, however, still features a soft-lined pocket for protecting tablets and laptops 13 inches or smaller, and offers an exterior stash pocket for smaller items.

It also offers a reinforced grab handle, adjustable and removable sternum strap, and highly breathable mesh on the back panel and shoulder straps for comfortable carrying. If you’re searching for a low-profile, EDC (every day carry) pack, one user described the Atom as, “small enough it won’t get in the way on most days, but when I need a laptop for a cafe will accept it and protect it well.”


It’s Shopping Time!

I hope you’ve found the information on these five Patagonia backpacks on Amazon useful! When considering which to buy make sure to think about where you’ll primarily be using your new pack and what you’ll mostly be carrying. Keeping these two things in mind will help you decide on the pack that’s right for you!

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Comments

  1. Marek

    I think I would go for the Ironwood. I need something comfy for carrying my basic daily stuff and 14″ inch laptop. Right now I’m using either my nice little Deuter bike backpack (can’t remember the model) but it doesn’t have the laptop compartment or some company backpack which has beautiful laptop compartment but is huge for me (I’m a small guy:D)
    Thanks for the comparison of Patagonia backpacks.

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      Tucker Ballister

      Of course Marek! 

      I’m very glad that you found it useful, as that’s why I’m striving to provide this content! I’m in the market for a new daypack myself right now, and I do like the Ironwood as well. It’s important for me to have laptop carrying space, and I would’ve preferred the amount of space offered by the Refugio, but the many users expressing concern over the durability of the shoulder straps is certainly a deterrent. 

      Thanks for the comment! 

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