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Functional backpack for everyday use
Don't know if I can critique this backpack at all. It works so, so well for everyday use. Water bottle pockets work well, laptop sleeve works well, it's a good size. Would recommend. Only suggestion: put nametags into the backpacks to encourage sense of ownership!
Great backpack for work!
Very good bag, got for work as laptop bag. It fits perfect a 15.6 inch laptop but would of loved if sleeve went up higher than at angle. The buckle could of been covered to protect the laptop also. I put a smooth tape around it to protect laptop. Loads of room and lightweight. Would be nice to have one small pocket extra on top but happy with it ov... Read Moreerall.
Solid bag but lost key features of previous version
I had a circa 2010 version of this bag and absolutely loved it for a multipurpose work/commute/recreation bag until my son claimed it as his school backpack. Some of the buckles failed and when it could not be repaired Patagonia very kindly replaced it with the new version. I like the new bag well enough and it serves its purpose for bike commuting... Read More with my 15 inch macbook. It is sleek, simple, and discrete, especially in the black color. The fit and carry are great. I like that the compression strap goes over the mouth of a water bottle in the side external pocket to hold the bottle in securely. I agree with other comments that it feels smaller capacity wise than 28L. My main complaint about the bag, especially relative to the previous version, are related to useful design features that were eliminated. First, Patagonia eliminated the top, soft lined stash pocket for quick access to sunglasses, keys, a pen, etc. My last bag, the Osprey Quasar had a similar pocket along with the earlier Refugio and I always used it. It is so convenient. Instead, there's an awkward vertical pocket at the front of the bag, which is a carry over from the older Refugio. This is not super functional because of the shape and I would not put anything in important in there for fear the zipper would slide down exposing items to slipping out. Secondly, the internal organization is lacking. In the main pocket, there's a laptop sleeve that works perfect for my Macbook. On the outside of the laptop sleeve, there's a document sleeve that's only half depth, which doesn't make sense to me. It's not deep enough to protect papers from getting rumpled, so I don't get the purpose. There's a smaller, secondary compartment vertically in front of the main compartment. This is pocket has two smallish organization pockets on the divider panel. The older version has more small pockets up and down the divider panel for biz cards, cords, chargers, pens, storage devices, granola bar, etc., that prevents items from getting lost in the bottom of the bag. Again, the bag works well and I am sure some like that it is streamlined, but items that were eliminated doesn't change the shape or bulk of the bag. And, the elimination of the organizational features makes it less user friendly than the previous version, at least for a working/commuting purpose.
Smaller than it looks like
I purchased this item after I learned it was the default backpack in Facebook. The materials are high quality and it is well made. However, it is smaller than it looks like. If you look closely at the picture, there is almost no distance between the back and the first zipper, this means that pocket (which is the main one) has very little capacity... Read More. Inside, the tablet inside pocket is very tight; I have a tablet with a keyboard and I cannot fit it there. Overall, I can fit my laptop, a tupperware with my lunch, but if I want to include my noise-cancelling headphones I need to stack it on top of the tupperware. No extra space for a sweater. Finally, while the outside pouches for bottles are high quality as well, they tuck inside, meaning the subtract even more from the space of the backpack.
Hi Juan, we're so sorry to hear that the Refugio Backpack 28L didn't meet your needs. We do have larger packs available and one that might interest you is our [Chacabuco Backpack 30L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/chacabuco-backpack-30-liters/47927.html?dwvar_47927_color=BLK&cgid=root). It's slightly bigger with ample pocket room, big enough to fit most 15" laptops.
Have worked in the industry for 25 years. Rolled through plenty of packs in that time. The ones that stand up to the abuse are always Patagonia. Same with the base layers/mid layers I wear. Never trade them for anything. Except for maybe new stuff from Patagonia. Thank you guys for rockin and rollin always! And thanks Yvonne for Black Diamond.
Love. But. Tears up shirts
Absolutely love this backpack, it holds everything I need for work And super light I noticed in previous reviews people complained about the material that against their back tearing up their clothes First time I traveled with it no problem, this last round totally tore up sweatshirt and material was all over the backpack Super bummed, really wish t... Read Morehis backpack wouldve worked.
Hi Courtney! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the backpack has caused some abrasion. We completely understand the disappointment. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
This is our second Patagonia Refugio backpack. We've had our last one for almost ten years. So that should tell you everything you need to know! I love the navy color of this new one. I'm not crazy about the vertical zipper on the front section (I preferred the old tiny compartment on the top of the bag that this model used to have.) But ... Read Moreoverall I love it. It feels great to support a company with such good values.
Nice Bag, Not Waterproof!
Generally love this backpack- I use it for school and I occasionally take it to work. It's worked great for the 2 years I've had it- but every time it gets even slightly wet, the inside of the bag is soaked: not great for someone who lives in a rainy place. Other than that, would recommend!
Hey Ella! The Refugio Backpack is not intended to be waterproof. So, if you're living in rainy conditions and are looking for more weather resistance from your pack, we'd recommend checking out our [Black Hole](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/black-hole-backpacks) series.
Im honestly going to recommend this backpack to everyone I know. Ive always been someone who thought all backpacks were created equal. This backpack changed my mind and I realize now that nice backpacks are literally life changing. This backpack is so roomy and makes it feel like Im barely carrying anything in it. Its extremely structured and the s... Read Moretraps are amazing and dont dig into your shoulders. Even with my laptop, tablet, notebooks, and everything else I need, it feels and looks like Im carrying nothing. This backpack is 100% worth the money because youll never have to buy another.
So glad to hear you're loving this pack, Sam! If you ever need assistance with a repair or warranty issue, know that your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We'll be happy to help!
Best 25-30 Liter Pack Made
This is a replacement for one that was stolen. I looked at a lot of packs and this was by far the best. The large zipper pocket on the front is great for phone cables, batteries, sunblock, energy bars, or whatever else you need quick access to. The side pouches are perfect for water bottles, hats or sunglasses. The 3 inner zip pockets are good for ... Read Moreanything else you want to carry.
The bag I didnt know I needed
I was confused about a couple design things 1) there is no pen holder 2) inside the back middle pocket, the zippered small organizer pocket doesnt have an opening behind it to slide in items 3) the top handle is thin and not padded 3) what is the front pocket with upward zip for? After using the bag for about a month I have leaned to trust the Pata... Read Moregonia design. The front pocket is perfect for snacks and easily accessible when the bag is flat (when youre not wearing it), and the zippered pocket and top handle function well. I do wish this had a dedicated pen slot, but I just hook a pen inside the non-zippered pocket. Also love how this bag stands up on its own and the side pockets easily hold a 40oz hydro flask or 32oz nalgene.
Fantastically versatile backpack
I ordered the Refugio Pack 28L to carry my laptop to and from work - and it's proving to be useful for short hikes on the weekends. The chest strap fits snug and is a welcome feature. The external side pockets means I can grab my water bottle or face mask without any fuss. And I love the bright colours!
No place for pens, not enough compartments
I'm planning to retire this bag because it doesn't have any pen holders and not enough compartments to store little things I always like to have with me, like pain reliever, eye drops, mints, etc. Overall, it's a very high-quality bag that lasts for years (I'm on my second and it probably has another three years in it). It als... Read Moreo fits under most airplane seats, even if it's full. But I'm tired of being frustrated with too much stuff crammed into its tiny inner stash pockets and "external stash pack." I need something that will help me stay better organized.
Purchased as Diaper Bag, Using as Everything Bag!
I couldn't find a backpack type diaper bag that suited my style nor seemed durable enough to withstand being truly used in real life or on adventures. This backpack has the perfect combination of small pockets and large compartments. I got the Skip Hop bottle cooler and pronto changing pad which adds the basic features that backpacks marketed ... Read Moreas diaper bags include. This has plenty of space for those items and for any other clothes, gear, water etc. that we might need when heading out of the house with the baby!
Bought this 2 second same backpack for my son. He already had the pack in a different color so he gave me his and I got him the black pack that he wanted. Overall really love the pack and Patagonia in general, only complaint or ask I have is for All their mens long sleeved clothes and outerwear to get longer sleeves options or tall sizes maybe. Hav... Read Moree bought and returned several jacket due to sleeves being so short
Great diaper bag
We were looking for a diaper/kids bag for outings with our preschooler and newborn that didnt scream diaper bag, was easy to open/close, stood up on its own, and held water bottles and all the other stuff we need. This bag has been great! Comfortable for me (5 11) and my husband (6 4). Has the right amount of pockets to keep things organized and ea... Read Moresily holds everything we need: snacks, wipes, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc, changes of clothes for the kids, diapers and diaper fanny pack for easy bathroom trips for diaper changes, 2 water bottles (including big 32oz HydroFlasks), baby carrier, and puffer jackets for 2 adults and kid. And well able to use it as a regular backpack once the kids are older too! Really happy with this purchase!
Comfortable design and fit
I use this bag for work where I keep things light and also when I am going away overnight or hiking/skating and need a place to store my shoes while I skate. I like the pockets the backpack includes. The front pocket is good for easy access things but can also fit a pair shoes if youre going somewhere. First zipper pocket has organizational featu... Read Moreres for small things like lip balm, sunblock, meds, etc. I like that the backpack looks slim but can fit a lot. I really hate other bags for looking so large when you put 1 think in them. This isnt the case here. I am a 60 female and it fits me well and it feels comfortable on my body. The bottle pockets are super stretchy and tall. I can fit a wide reusable water bottle in there easily and there is a strap there for taller bottles/to thin out the bag. The chest clasp is good too. It doesnt feel like itll snap off. I feel like the overall fabric quality is heavy duty and the stitching looks like it will last. The zipper work well. Super happy with my purchase.
Perfect for work/travel
Bought this backpack to carry my laptop and use for when I travel. It has gone above and beyond my expectations. It carries my laptop and all my electronic with ease and isn't big and bulky like most other laptop bags I have tried. I appreciate the durable water bottle pockets on both sides. Great pack!
The Refugio backpack is a perfect size for my needs. Added bonus the side pockets fit a 40 oz. hyrdroflask perfectly which is rare with most bags these days. The original bag I ordered (industrial green) was a shade lighter in person than what was advertised so I worked with the customer service reps and ordered another in a different color. Less t... Read Morehan a day later I had the new backpack! Returning the original and getting a refund was a very smooth process. Patagonias customer service is probably the best Ive ever experienced in a long time.
Hey guys! I really love the quality of the bag, the zippers are very flush as well. Your color ways are always a plus. I havent purchased a daily backpack from you guys before so I am pretty happy with it. Runs a bit small which is exactly what I was looking for; nothing to heavy, lightweight but durable. The only downsize to this bag is the first ... Read Morezipper compartment, its a little too exposed for my liking but I like the simplicity. All in all I love your products, super happy :)
Nothing it won't carry
I do a lot of traveling back home and use this as my overnight bag going from place to place. There is nothing that gets left behind as everything I need has its place in my backpack. Everything from my computer to toothbrush and everything in between. The color is sharp and the bag is durable x 2. I would definitely recommend this backpack to a f... Read Moreamily member or friend and would only get raves. Thank you for such a quality product. It will get used.
This pack is great, I use it to commute to work and it holds everything I need! I bike so I put my work clothes in it and it holds everything with space to spare. The pockets all over are great and super useful for holding and organizing all the things I need to carry. The water bottle pockets are so nice.
Perfect for my gym commute
I got this bag to be able to carry my gloves and a change of clothes for kickboxing while riding my bike to the gym. I needed something weather resistant because I live in Florida. A week in I got stuck in a huge storm and I am happy to report that the bag held up! Everything inside was perfectly dry, which is good considering I keep my phone in it... Read More. I also use this to keep rock climbing gear in (mainly the harness and shoes) for the indoor gym. I use this bag about 4 to 5 times a week and it hasn't ripped or anything. It has the perfect amount of space for what I need to carry. I would highly recommend for anyone commuting by bike or if you just want a decent backpack that's reliable.
Extremely Durable and Efficient Bag
I purchased 2 of these for my kids when they were in Middle school and my daughter still uses hers and she is about to graduate College! My son completely abuses his and I bought him another one a few years back although he still uses the old one once I put it in the wash lol. Anyways these bags have gone through the ringer being continuously stuff... Read Moreed with heavy books and what have you. Because of how well they lasted, I purchased myself a bag last year with no regrets. This would make a great daypack, travel pack or school backpack. The family now owns 4 and I think I am going to order another for myself to use exclusively at our cabin.
Best Commuter/Travel Backpack Out There!
I've purchased several backpacks for daily work/commuter/travel use recently. And I've returned them all. Except for the Refugio. It's the keeper and I should've just ordered it first and saved the time and hassle. I find the design both ergonomic and thoughtful. I really like that there are two main compartments and not just ... Read Moreone. The rear section has slots for both laptops and tablets that keep them protected (and from shifting around), along with space for an umbrella, notepads, etc. The forward compartment is great for organizing pens, pocket knives, glasses, and your lunch. Naturally, what you put into yours depends on what you need, but this backpack can easily hold gym clothes and other gear. And there's a third zipped outer compartment that's great for keys, wallets and anything else you want to get to quickly. But I think my favorite feature are the two side pouches. These are both deep and capable of securing pretty much any size cup or bottle. I carry a 20 oz. insulated coffee mug and a 30 oz. insulated mug for iced tea/water. Both slide into those pouches and are held securely. With inferior backpacks I've had one or both of these mugs slide out and hit the ground when I bent over or was getting out of the car. Not with this Refugio pack. Safe and secure! So when you couple these great features with Patagonia's high level of quality - in materials, design, construction, and customer service - you get a pack that you'll come to love and rely on for your daily use.
It Backpacks Very Well
Great backpack. Use it everyday for commuting to work, going to gym, playing hoops, and just going about my day in the city with family in tow. Durable and it has all the right pockets, zippers, straps, and whatnots. Fine size for a day hike or light overnighter. I have not experienced any issues with the backpack damaging my clothes as other revie... Read Morewers mentioned. Only minor qualm is the side water bottle holder things could be a bit tighter because my water bottle always falls out when i set the backpack down haphazardly.
Refugio Bag 28L
I love that this backpack has multiple different pockets within each compartment. I use the center zip compartment on the front of the bag for storing snacks so they're always easy to get to. The bag fits nicely and is easily adjustable. I also like that there are clips to strap in water bottles so that they don't fall out when I lean ove... Read Morer.
Great all around backpack
This bag follows me to work almost every day and on trips around the globe. It has plenty of storage for everyday commuting use as well as a great travel sidekick. It has a good amount of organization for your computer,passports, cables, earphones and plenty more. the side pockets are perfect for a water bottle and/or your travel coffee mug.
Great so far
I’ve only had this backpack for a couple of weeks so far but it’s the perfect size, not to bulky or to small, very comfortable to wear, I’ve primarily only used it for everyday use, but I can imagine taking this as a daypack, or even for a couple day trips, it really fits more than you’d expect
Durability and pilling problems
Both shoulder straps are tearing apart at the seams. I have owned this backpack for two years, and used it for both hiking and for university. The backpack has been taken care of well, but has not held up to the test of time. I have since put tenacious tape over the torn seams which has helped, but planning to send this in for repairs/replacement a... Read Mores soon as I get a break from Uni (which unfortunately will be another few months). One other complaint is that this backpack has ruined multiple of my shirts by causing an incredible amount of pilling in the lower back region. The material used as padding for the back and shoulder straps seems to do a very good job of destroying shirts, flannels, and even my anorak. Have spent many hours trying to repair these items using a razor to remove pills. All that said, the form and function of the backpack are great. I appreciate it's many fairly simple features and its very medium storage size.
Thank you for your detailed feedback and we're sorry about the pilling and durability issues with this pack. When you are able to, most definitely send that in to us for a [free repair or a warranty return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I love how versatile this pack is. When im not using a black hole pack, this one comes in a close second place. Mainly because it is not as water resistant as the black hole, but it definitely does not let your stuff get soaked in the rain as other backpacks do. The design is great and perfect for everything from school to a short camping trip or h... Read Moreike.
28L Textile green
This is an awesome backpack. The greenish/yellow paired with navy is sharp. I originally got the 26L navy and red which I thought too small and exchanged for the 28L which is same price for both sizes however Patagonia was having a sale so that was even better! 28 L is not huge just right, I am 5'2" and 110 petite it's perfect to fit... Read More all my ski wear and beach stuff. Had a jansport 30L but it was lacking pockets for orginizing.
Perfect for college
Bought this pack for my daughter to use at college. It is perfect in every way! She's 5-3 and it fits very well on her body. She loves all the compartments to keep everything separate and organized, plus the water bottle holder is bonus. Purchased in Big Sur Blue. She loves it. Thanks Patagonia!
the perfect backpack
Honestly I am extremely picky with backpacks and it tools me months to find this one. If you’re a person on the go, always buys, and always carrying a lot of stuff/always prepared for anything this is Definitely your bag.. I can’t say I use it for its intended purposes (like hiking and whatnot) but I put backpacks through hell and pack with school/... Read Moreminimalistic traveling... this bag also has AMAZING support for you back and literally nothing feels heavy. Love all the pockets love the style and conviene. 10/10 in my opinion
Highly Satisfied Customer
I bought the Refugio 28l for mainly for school, work and weekend trips. This pack is perfect and meets all my needs. Ample space, comfortable, durable, well made, lightweight & plenty of room for books, laptop etc. The kind of high quality you expect from Patagonia. Thanks again, well worth it!
Refugio pack 28L
This pack is terrific. The size is perfect. I use the pack for work and it fits all my gear. The pocket in front is great for storing, wallet keys, cell phone ect. The interior of the pack has padding for a lap top but I easily store equipment relative to my work . Great purchase -love Patagonia
Great for school, work, or hiking
This is our second refugio pack in 28L that my family has purchased. I love the many storage compartments and size. It’s perfect for older kids or adults to carry and to use. The reason I gave it four stars is that the older model has three compartments on the top which we love and the newer one has a zip up front compartment. Another drawback is t... Read Morehe loss of the smaller zipper compartment on the top. We use the compartment on the older model for things like keys, cell phones, and Kleenex. We don’t have to dig around for what we need. Other than that the quality and space is great!
Do everything backpack
This was purchased for use as a diaper bag primarily. It fits everything and more for two kiddos. The great thing is that when we hike it comes along no problem and we don’t have to move things between bags. The water bottle holders are secure even when bending over and moving around a lot. The zippers can also be opened with one hand and are very ... Read Moresmooth. The overall quality of materials and build is excellent.
I honestly thought it was gonna be a bit bigger but that’s on me. It’s perfect for me. I use it for school and it’s great for carrying my laptop and IPad. Just keep in mind if you have to carry a lot of books do not pick this up. I usually carry my folder and around 4 books which can make the backpack a bit heavy. Overall it’s great for everyday. I... Read Moret’s comfortable, the mesh feels great on my back and shoulders. I do recommend this product for those who are looking for a nibble yet adventurous backpack.
Patagonia does it again!
I got the Refugio 28L Pack to use in place of the messenger back i’ve slung over one shoulder for years and it’s exactly what I was looking for: sleek, sturdy, simple and very functional. Laptop fits snuggly in the padded pocket, the water bottle pockets are spacious and grab the bottle tightly. In the two inner sections and the outer zippered sect... Read Moreion ther are plenty of storage areas and pockets for everything i need. It’s another quality Patagonia product!
I love this thing...
I bought this backpack for school and it is honestly perfect, it has pockets for everything without being overwhelming and it simply looks and feels great, it’s the perfect size. I was also delighted when I walked into class and my best friend had bought the same one in black!
Decent pack. Would love more versatility
Love the look, feel, and wearability of this pack. One thing I wish for is a bit more versatility in terms of the compartments and sections. The front outer pocket is vertical and only useful for tall items. I also wish there were some smaller compartments and some spaces for keys as well as pens / pencils etc
New Work Backpack
I'd been using a UA backpack for the past 5 or so years and it had just about completely worn out. I've had black hole bags for travel and sling bag I use for fishing so I figured I would give the Refugio a shot. In short, I love it. It's got just the right amount of space for my laptop/folders and the mid pocket has a fair amount ... Read Moreof smaller storage pockets inside of it for medicines and such. Water bottle holders on the side work great, I can comfortably hold a tumbler sized cup or a bigger water bottle with no issue. The only part of the backpack that I'm not a huge fan of is the front pocket, having it split down the middle really limits what you can get in there. I've mostly used it for smaller things like pens and such so far.
Terrific for travel
I used this walking through London and the urban environments of Germany. The size is terrific, not so much space that it got really heavy, but big enough to tote multiple rain jackets, an iPad and some food and water for myself and my family. "Filled" I could still move around trains and pedestrian areas without becoming an annoyance (we... Read Morell, with the backpack) to others. Two external pockets for water worked well, and the separate enclosure was great for keeping my iPad separated from food and detritis. The small pockets inside the compartments allowed me to keep track of passports, keys and money. I really enjoyed this. Initially I was concerned about not having a waist belt, but determined that keeping my pack light was key to enjoying travel and having the pack on my back.
Refugio 28L (mens)
I very much enjoy the pack overall. The color schemes available provide nice options for customers. Big fan of the side pouches capable of fitting my 32oz water bottle. My only gripe with the back pack itself is that there aren't enough compartments for smaller items or for a bit more internal organization specifically in the middle pouch. Als... Read Moreo, the sun glasses pouch that has been featured on some of your back packs in the past is something that I miss from this design. Overall, I enjoy the back pack and I'll survive without a little less organization. Have a good day.
Refugio Pack 28L
This is a great all around backpack. I have been using it daily for commuting and wasn't sure it would fit my 15" MacBook that has a protective case but it fit perfectly in the padded sleeve of the backpack. We've use the pack for day trips around town and taking it full of kids snacks and diapers for a day at the baseball park. I re... Read Moreally like the water pockets wide enough for a 32-0z. Nalgene bottle. If I could make one change it would be incorporating a small padded pocket in the top for sunglasses. My wife wore it around the city for a few hours and she didn't like the way the straps felt nor did the cross-chest strap fit. I know there's a women's version available which may address these concerns in their design. I'm really happy with the pack and highly recommend.
Reflugio 28L Backpack - Unbeatable Quality
This is only the second backpack that I've owned in 10 years. I bought a Patagonia backpack about 10 years ago and it has lasted through 8 years of school, handfuls of adventures, and is now hanging on my wall covered in patches from all the places it has seen. If you're looking for a reliable backpack that can be used for any adventure i... Read Moren years to come, then this is the only backpack that I would recommend.
Not enough little pockets and should have a full padded laptop sleeve
It looks nice and works fine. I wish it had some of those skinny pockets for pens, that would be a helpful little feature. But my main problem is that the laptop sleeve covers about 2/3 of my 15” MacBook, leaving about 1/3 exposed where it could get scratched when you pull other things in and out of the pack. It would be great if they added a few i... Read Morenches of the sleeve so the entire laptop is protected when it’s in there. Right now I have an additional separate laptop sleeve in there to keep it all padded. Kind of annoying.
Loved it! Very versatile. Wore it everyday while traveling throughout Paris, stuffed it with 1.5l water bottle on each side and had our jacket and sweaters, etc....inside and snacks. Loved it, the finish has a nice sheen to it which I like. Don’t know how waterproof it is because it only lightly sprinkled on my trip. I highly recommend it.
Tears up clothing
I really loved this backpack at first for work. The design/look, space, pockets. A great balanced set up for the price. Read few reviews stating that it ruined some of their clothing. Wasn't too concered about it too much til it actually happened to me. I noticed today that there was small holes on my polo shirt after work. Was pretty disapoin... Read Moreted. I recommend to simply not that put that type of material on the back panel and shoulder harness. They need to fix that on their future work asap. Whoever is reading this beware of your clothing that day. Honestly I don't know if I should get a new daily backpack now or I'll just have to wear clothing I careless and use it only when I go climbing.
Do not use in heavy rain
This is a fine backpack for most normal uses, but if you are looking for a bag that will protect what you're carrying from heavy rain this is not your best bet. Until today I have been very happy, but today I walked for 10 minutes in very heavy tropical rain and got home to find all of the important papers and my laptop inside completely soake... Read Mored. My laptop is now unable to turn on and I fear completely ruined.
Best lightweight, large capacity pack I own
Highly encouraged by sheer ownership, and the discreet logo being almost hidden enough to make me wonder, I looked up this company (Patagonia) to see what else they made... I ride BMX bikes alot, but also ride MTB and road bikes frequently, and just generally enjoy using a backpack to carry things in. I've had to carry a briefcase in a previo... Read Moreus business I was in, and thank you Lord, I'm on my way to opening a bike shop soon, and I'll be using this backpack for my daily commute. (Riding a bike with a hard, square, briefcase while wearing a suit?!) I own several backpacks but this is my favorite to get to use, being lightweight, yet holding alot, and also being comfortable to wear. Summer or winter, this pack seems to be a great choice for riding. It has two huge side mesh pockets w elastic for drinks/gloves/tools/snacks/ whatever. The front vertical zip pocket is different, but large enough to be easily utilized.. For me, it became the perfect spot for my rather large JBL Charge 3 bluetooth speaker so that I could play it while riding, yet be able to hear it, access it easily, and not be vulnerable to theft, damage, etc. This pack seems to be feather-lite when empty and almost unnoticeable to wear, yet holds an amazing amount of stuff when it's packed,
Not too small, not too big, just right.
I use this pack as an everyday utilitarian pack, beach, work, weekend trips. I like the shape. It feels slightly taller and less wide than some other packs I’ve had. The vertical outer pocket is convienent for accessing regular items like keys of boarding passes. Only point of improvement is the water bottle pockets in my opinion. In my experienc... Read Moree the stretchy material dry rot after years and then you can’t use them for bottles because they fall out. I’d prefer an adjustable strap to secure the item. With the pocket similar to the strap above it used for compressing the pack when packed.
Great Adenture Pack
I got this back back in 2016, and it has been working great for me ever since. I usually have to get a new backpack every year but ever since I got this one, I have been saving a lot of money. I have used this pack everywhere, from going down to the beach, or doing some serious hiking, or even just using it to go to school. I have even used this pa... Read Moreck a few time for when I have gone backpacking, it was able to hold my hammock, straps, food, blanket, and nano puff/ torrentshell. I have had to walk through the rain, and once I reached my final destination I was relieved to know my stuff was still dry.
I was super excited to get my Refugio 28L because my sister has one from Spring 2017. When I received this pack I was very disappointed at the loss of the fleece lined sun glass pocket as well as the lack of as many organizational compartments in the middle pocket. The front pocket with the vertical zipper serves almost no practical purpose and wou... Read Moreld be much better if there was still the little pocket on the inside like in the previous models. The pack still looks sick and is very comfortable, but beyond the external beauty of the backpack a lot of the organizational features that made old models of this backpack truly shine have been gotten rid of unfortunately. I hope to see the Refugio's updated exterior matched with a few of the features that made the older Refugios incredible backpacks.
Not as good as old style Refugio
I used to have the older version of the refugio backpack. It broke and I replaced it with this new version. I have to say that I much prefer my old backpack. This one just doesn't live up. The zipper going vertically through the center of the pack is essentially pointless,I have yet to find anything I could possibly store in a slot like that. ... Read MoreThe space isn't as great. The only aspect of the pack that I like is the slot specifically fitted to hold a laptop. Overall,unimpressed,go back to the basics,guys.
A Great Airport Travel Companion
I have waited 2 months before writing the review to make sure I get it right. This pack is a very good airport travel pack. It fits the bill for a separate laptop compartment,so easy to slide in and out of TSA and it holds lots of stuff. The middle pocket is the largest- holds a ton of stuff,the front pocket holds plenty with smaller org and zip po... Read Moreckets. Pro's holds a lot,3 zip compartments,material better than I first thought,shoulder straps very comfortable with a weighted pack. Cons: Zipped pockets only go 3/4 so you gotta dig to get stuff in bottom out- I mean dig- a few times I thought I did not bring something as it got lost in the bottom. The other con is there is no small top zip like my last Patagonia pack so wallet/keys etc get thrown into the cavern
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