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First off, this is a really good bag. Its well made, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. I bought this for work air travel and after several multi-week trips, it falls short on 2 key aspects - organization and structure. The only small stuff pocket is built into the lid. Its a large bucket-style pocket the opens towards the top. You end up dumpin... Read Moreg all of you adapters, chargers, snacks, etc. into that lid, but it causes the lid to flop down. If the main compartment is open and the lid flops, your stuff dumps out. Not fun finding your stuff on a plane!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 16, 2023
Hey John, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear it's not working out with this bag! We double checked the features and found a few other stuff pockets. There is mesh pocket on the interior with a key clip, as well the pocket on the front face of the bag. The product video on the product page is a good resource for an overview of these features. With that said, if it's not working it's not working and that's okay! We welcome you to send it back. We have plenty of other options you might find to be more suitable; such as the [Black Hole Mini MLC 30L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-mini-mlc-convertible-backpack-30-liters/49266.html?dwvar_49266_color=EVMA&cgid=luggage), the Fieldsmith Roll-Top Pack 30L, or the Arbor Lid Pack 28L.
Backpack has been through every weather. put this through the trenches
This backpack is the best I've ever had. Its tough quality, works with electronics through airport security, and is absolutely perfect for trips. I can pack this thing to the brim and wear it in the rain or other weather and it is fine. great backpack for any situation. I currently go to school in Washington State and this backpack is perfect ... Read Morefor unpredictable weather. Highly Suggest.
If you can DIY a hip belt, it's perfect
This backpack rocks for bike commutes- I can fit my overly-bulky government laptop, some lunch and snacks, my Ulock, and my clothes for the day (I do not have to dress nice for my job, just pants and a collared shirt) and it sits nicely on my back. The webbing holds my blinky-lights well. The backpack would greatly benefit from a small hipbelt, how... Read Moreever.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 10, 2023
We're glad to hear you're overall enjoying this pack Grace! If you're looking for something with a similar capacity that has a hip belt, we recommend checking out the [Altvia Pack 28L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/altvia-pack-28-liters/48910.html?dwvar_48910_color=SLVG&cgid=luggage).
Not a great bag, no organization what so ever, does not stand up on its own, etc.
The only redeeming quality of the bag is the black hole fabric. Besides this, the bag is awful. The pockets are poorly laid out. The few pockets that do exist are shallow and offer poor space. The main compartment offers no genuine organization. The main compartment is essentially a bucket in which to throw everything you need to bring. I can not s... Read Moreee how this useful when hiking, going to work, or doing anything other than hauling a "bucket" load of gear from one place to another. Wish I could return and get a refund. Save your money by asking yourself this question: do you really need a bag this expensive that underperforms as much as it does?
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 24, 2023
We're sorry to hear the design of this pack isn't what you are looking for, Jay. We want you to be happy with all of our products that you get, and whether you purchased it from us or from an authorized dealer you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it for either a refund or merchandise credit. We will reach out to you about returning this one.
The backpack is great. It
The backpack is great. It is everything it says it is. The only thing I would like to recommend is to put clips by the two side pockets. That would help keep larger bottles from just falling out. Plus Ione could use them to help secure some extra stuff like a rolled up mat. I have this feature on my other Patagonia backpack and it is a life saver. ... Read MoreBut again this is just a request/suggestion. The backpack is exactly as advertised and I am very pleased with it.
Very Good but Odd Laptop Compartment
This backpack is undeniably the most well-constructed and economical backpack in its price range. It's lightweight while also being structured, well-constructed, feels durable, and looks versatile enough to go from the office to a one-bag vacation carry. My main gripe against the older model of this pack was that the laptop sleeve was inside ... Read Morethe main compartment, which made taking out your laptop during casual use and at the airport a big hassle, as you had to open the whole bag to pry your computer out. In the 32L version of the 2022/2023 model of this pack, we finally have an external laptop compartment! But the zipper for the compartment is placed underneath the shoulder straps. So odd. The straps of the backpack are completely in the way of the laptop compartment zipper. Maybe you could put your laptop in through the side, avoiding the shoulder straps, but then the internal microsuede sub-sleeve for your actual laptop is only accessible via buckle closure at the top of the pack. So, so weird. I can see why placing the straps where they are makes the pack structurally more stable, as it avoids placing pressure on the zipper, but the laptop compartment is so hard to access. It's still worth it to me (for travel) to have the laptop compartment be separate from the main pack. But the design is so, so weird...
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 15, 2023
Hey Silas, thanks for the review. We designed this bag with the laptop sleeve on the back of the pack to create added protection. We're sorry to hear that you've found this placement to be cumbersome, and will share your thoughts with our product team. To check out our other backpack options with laptop sleeves, [click here](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/luggage-laptop-bags).
We purchased the smaller version of this previously for shorter day hikes. Now that we have grown to 3 kids, even the short day hikes require a full size backpack with adequate space for everything. This bag is the best. We have tossed it on all terrain, worn it in the rain, and is the most durable and lightweight product on the market. The top acc... Read Moreess pocket is also a favorite. For us the laptop sleeve is not needed and could cut down on weight, but adds to the support, so still not considered a negative.
Wow. Love this backpack.
I bought this to replace my old REI backpack that I've used for years as my airplane carry on for work trips. One of the selling points for the Patagonia pack was that I could stow my MacBook in the back rather than inside the pack. Although I purchased this for airplane work travel, I've actually used it every day going to work. I can fi... Read Moret my MacBook & other work stuff, my lunch/snacks/water bottle, and my running clothes & shoes for my after-work runs. I love it!
Sharp looking but questionable material choice
I've been using a few Black Hole products for some years and love the look. However, I've found that it doesn't take much use for the material to scuff/peel. But what I've found especially disappointing with this pack is the side pockets for water bottles or any assorted items you might store in there that has an edge (like a wa... Read Moreter bottle) causes it to snag/tear. Aside from these, the look is awesome - which is what caused me to purchase the piece in the first place.
I use this pack for
I use this pack for hauling items on ski patrol and it has been perfect for my needs. It fits just right and is the perfect size. Im an organizer and this pack has just the right amount of pockets for me. Like all of the Patagonia I have this thing feels bomb proof. I like that has no hip belt but does have a sternum strap, very stable but low prof... Read Moreile. Bonus: first time I used it other patrollers were checking it out. One has already ordered himself one.
A Top Pocket Like Magician's Hat
I swear I've never had a pack designed like this. Functional and extremely durable. Using it for business as well as pleasure, it needed to be very durable and have a lot of pockets. The durability is awesome, but I wasn't sure if the Blackhole Pack fabric was going to be too clunky and chunky, it absolutely is not. It didn't have a ... Read Morelot of pockets for stashing business essentials, so I was hesitant, but I have found that the top pocket has been the biggest surprise of all. It is bottomless and easily assessable right on top. It's seemingly bottomless, like some kind of magic trick! I can't understand how you did it really. I keep all my travel doodads and necessaries, keys, passport, tissues, chargers, cords, gloves, hats, all the important go-to's in this top pocket so I never have to open the main compartment, and I have never found the bottom of it. It's an optical illusion of some kind! Everything goes in the top pocket and the pack remains sleek and compressible. If you own one, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. And the fabric is chunky, but I really like it. It is extremely durable like steel plate but not as rigid as it looks, it is much more pliable and easy to scrunch into small places than it looks. The only problem I guess is for Patagonia. it's most likely the last daypack I'll ever need.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 22, 2022
Or dare we say...like a Black Hole? :) We're stoked to hear you're so happy with this pack, and if you never need to buy another one that's perfectly fine with us! Thanks for sharing this review, John!
Great bag but the 25L is better
Coming from the 25L I would have hoped this bag would be identical with the exception of being slightly taller. Unfortunately that's not the case. In isolation this bag is excellent, it's water resistant, tough, a great size and comfortable but when compared to the 25L it uses thinner/cheaper feeling material, has less pockets, and has le... Read Moress structure, meaning the bag is floppier when not fully saturated. Despite this, it is still a great bag for commuting in the rain and the separation of the laptop into the rear pocket is a nice addition, albeit slightly awkward to unzip. Would recommend if you feel you need larger than the 25L.
Had bought this bag 3 years ago it was great.. was time to get another. This version of the bag was so cheaply made, I couldnt justify keeping it at that price. it was returned.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 31, 2022
Hi Mario, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with this pack, but glad you've returned it. Please let us know if we can help you find an alternative that will work better for you!
Has everything you need in one backpack. I use for sports, travel, and work. The laptop pouch is very convenient. I have stuffed it full and the zipper holds well, slides easily when full, and the straps feel secure when you're carrying something heavy. Obviously quality material.
I travel quite a bit.
I travel quite a bit. I am an expert packer. I can roll up clothes and pack 2 shoes and make up for a whole week in one backpack carry on. What I need is two side pockets for my thermos of coconut water and thermos for my coffee. I use Amtrak a lot and these two pockets are key. I love that this bag is waterproof and I love the fun color. Super hap... Read Morepy with the inside pockets as well . Awesome
Spacious pack for travel
I use backpacks every day and my last one was with me for 7 years. I'm used to a certain pattern and efficiency in use and the Black Hole Pack 32L gives me that. When I got it at home I right away packed it for 3-4 days travel and it worked. Shoes below, pack with clothes, bathproducts and at the back the great zipper for my laptop. specially ... Read Morewith airports that is a plus. I hope this one will last a while -- don't forget the good coated outside, I travel around UK and rain is part of the travel :)
I purchased this backpack mainly for traveling. I wanted something that looked good, had plenty of space, and the compartments were convenient to access. This bag checked all the boxes I was looking for. It is also extremely comfortable to wear. I would definitely recommend it.
Great Travel Backpack
This iteration of the Blackhole backpack is great. For me I used this for one bag travel and I think it really excels in this aspect. It is functional, lightweight, and seems to be pretty durable. There are a few things that is like to share that I think could have made this bag even better. The first is the addition of a hip belt to assist with he... Read Moreavy loads. I have really filled this bag up while traveling and sometimes I need that added support that hip straps provide. The second is to include aqua guard or some type of sealed zipperage. This feature would have truly given it the water resistant edge. Lastly, I think the bag could have been a bit thicker in material to really bombproof it. Maybe a 100d more of material? Those are my only gripes so far but to be honest this is a great bag for the price and will hopefully last me a very long time. I highly recommend this bag for travel.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 28, 2022
Hi Daniel! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We truly appreciate you sharing these suggestions with us. We rely on feedback like this to improve products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design crew.
LOVE Patagonia, your products, and mission!
This is the best backpack I've ever owned, and I routinely rotate through several, depending on work / recreation / travel ... The top compartment is genius - especially when traveling via plane or train, and stowed on floor between legs, allowing easy access to necessary items. Zippers don't slip. The main compartment lives up to its nam... Read Moree, and swallows up a surprising amount. Handles in just the right spots. Super comfortable shoulder straps. Very padded, safe storage (and easy access) of laptop, iPad, etc. And great front compartment for notebooks, books, maps, etc. TWO bottle / whatever holders, one on each side. Super stylish design, highly portable. Perfect for city and hikes. Suggestion for improvement: Rain flaps to cover zippers! After finding it sold out online, I called around, and found ONE in the Meatpacking District shop in NYC, which held it for me until I could pick up. Super friendly and smooth transaction. Paying a premium for such quality is made even better, thanks to Yvon and the company's mission. Great brand and team.
My new favorite back pack
Had a Swiss Gear by Wenger backpack I used for many years for daily commute to/from work as well as any travel (personal or work) as carry on bag for flights. It is now second to my new favorite Patagonia Black Hole 32L pack. During a visit, I borrowed my son's Black Hole pack for a hike up the famous Manitou Incline in Colorado, to carry wate... Read Morer. It was fabulous. I got one for myself. I've used it for overnight visits, and work gear - it even holds my large MacBook pro. Love the size of the main compartment and the extra stash compartment on top. Great design. Zippers stay closed while the pack is full. Comfortable to carry. Easy to clean. Looks great. Very versatile.
Almost perfect everyday backpack
The packpack is well designed and seems to be of good quality. I love the use of recycled materials. The only downside with the design is the "breathable mesh" on the back, which in my opinion doesn't have proper air channels to channel the airflow to my back.
Know What Youre Getting
I bough this backpack for school and as a hiking backpack. The quality is great. all of the zippers are nicely put together and the material of the entire backpack is of good quality. My issue is partly my fault and partly Patagonias. My fault in this that I thought that this backpack could fit a role as a school backpack when knowing it was not ... Read Morecreated with that intention. There are a total of 5 zippered compartments and only one of which offers SOME organization for small things. If you try hard you could make this into a school backpack but I have found that this is not within it's element. On Patagonia's fault, the laptop compartment zipper just seems poorly thought out. It is a little too hard to access since the shoulder straps are in the way. Some tweaking on Patagonia's behalf could result in a better engineered backpack layout. Overall the backpack is great but I feel like I had the wrong application in mind for this backpack. Patagonia could work on this backpack and truly perfect it.
Aside from looking really cool, the bag is really sturdy. I just got back from a two week trip to Europe and didn't want to check any bags, so this was my sole bag and performed marvelously. Everytime you think you've stuffed it to the brim, you can figure out new ways to cram stuff it. I was a little worried but the stitching held up and... Read More the back is no worse for the wear.
Great Travel Bag
This is a great work and travel bag that fits nicely under an airplane seat, even leaving room for feet due to its narrow design. Comfortable with enough pockets and packs well. I got a TON of stuff in this! I Really wish there was a detachable waist strap. Fully loaded this can get a bit heavy and could use weight distributed to lower body.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 31, 2022
Thanks for the feedback on adding a waist belt feature, Kathryn!
Beware the new version
What a disappointment! I loved this product so much that I bought a new one, to have for the future. The materials are much cheaper feeling and my arms are sore from wearing the nasty nylon straps.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 31, 2022
Hi Dominika, we're so sorry to hear that the Black Hole Pack 32L isn't what you were expecting. We want you to be comfortable with your gear, so please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Good design but very weak buckle clip on shoulder strap
On my first outing the clip on the should strap broke. Causing my pack to fall off my should and damage my computer. Since it is sewn into the shoulder strap is is impossible to replace on your own without tearing up the shoulder strap. Fortunately I have some small cord to tie it all back up. This is a really bad design and not worthy of internati... Read Moreonal travel...so for the next 2 weeks I am traveling in Rwanda with a clapped out backpack that I paid a lot on money for.....
No key compartment; water bottle holders loose
It's roomy, attractive, and well made. There are two design flaws: Theres no logical place to put keys. An old backpack had a small pouch just for that. Here they get lost with other stuff. The water bottle holders are loose and theres no way to tighten them. My bottles fall out if I lean over slightly.
I thought, this would be a great replacement for a previous version of the Black Hole backpack. Unfortunately, the design is frustrating and poorly thought out. All the zippers line up on top and make deciphering which one to use annoying. Smaller pockets are designed in a fashion that they immediately want to empty themselves on the ground. Cleary... Read More not what you want to happen when stuffing little items in for safe keeping. Bag will not standup and if you by chance have another pocket open, plan on searching for stuff that fell out. Wish I could return for a refund or different pack.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 8, 2022
Hey Dalton, we're sorry to hear that this pack is not working out for you. You're always welcome to return an item if you're not pleased with it's performance. If you purchased it elsewhere, the credit back would be in the form of merchandise credit. To begin a return, [click here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Great for traveling
I use this for travel when I need to pack a few extra things for the night. Pros: Massive Storage Capacity The large main pocket is great for packing clothes and the organizational zipper can pack a wallet, eyeglass cleaner, pocket knife, and keys. The top pocket can pack two eyeglass holders, a phone, and some extra smaller items. The front zippe... Read Morer pocket I use for my charger bag--it fills out the space perfectly. In the laptop pocket I can fit my laptop sleeve and a large moleskine planner (I actually use that planner). Cons: Structure There's not a structure that lends itself to the pack being able to stand on its own the way you see in the Paxat or Chacabuco. Although the back pad is well padded, the best way to structure it is to put a laptop sleeve in the back, and the pack will feel a lot sturdier. I've also noticed that the PATAGONIA logo on the front pocket has slowly started to peel off, so it looks like I'm wearing PATAGO, but that's not really an issue. Overall, the 32L is a great addition if you're already into the Black Hole line. I wouldn't wear it for hiking because of the lack of structure, but it's good for traveling to and from domestic places.
Comfiest everyday packpack
Pros: weatherproof (haven't had it in the rain yet, but looks solid), lots of pockets (2 bottle holders!), and most comfortable and secure fit of any pack I've had. (minor)Con: the dark weatherproof material seems to heats up in the sun more than a cloth bag. I wonder if it'll degrade if sun-exposed too much.
I am a fan of the black hole bags. This is my second backpack. Two features I like about the new version of this bag are the laptop pocket being accessible from the outer portion of the bag and the addition of the water bottle holders. In the past, I would have to use a carabiner to secure my bottle to the pack. I believe that better access to the ... Read Morebottom of the bag could be helpful. Like a side zipper or even a clamshell-type opening this way if there was something at the bottom that needed to be accessed one could.
All-time favorite dry bag. Simple,
All-time favorite dry bag. Simple, spacious, lightweight design. Well placed pockets with easy access. Sleek styling makes it a smooth transition from the beach to the office. Label says Patagonia, feels like Patagucci. FUNctional style. Timeless classic.
Awesome Bag - though needs more pockets
Simply an awesome bag - great feel and depth to the main compartment. Fits well and its comfortable on the back. My MacBook16 fits snuggly and seems well protected. The only issue is that it could do with some internal pockets - there is only one.
Not well designed
I gave my previous pack to a friend, and I bought this newer version thinking it is an improved design. I used it a few times traveling but was very much disappointed. The backpack is basically just an empty compartment. I assumed that if you just want to stuff it of everything you got then this give you a lot of space. However, there is no other ... Read Morecompartment that you can use to organize what you need. The zip packet inside is too small to be a versatile storage. The top compartment supposedly uses for convenient storage, but once you put few items in it then it just sacks into the main compartment, when you unzip the main compartment, because the top compartment weight, it just flips over and makes handling the whole back very cumbersome. The back compartment for storing laptop and documents. The zippers are so close the edge and the stripes make them a bit difficult and annoying to zip and unzip. I wish the design includes many divided compartments for travel activities organization like the previous version. If one wants a big empty bag, then one could just use a duffel bag. The backpack probably will not get much use and I will need to look for another more versatile one.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 20, 2022
Hi Dannis, thank you for sharing this detailed feedback. We're so sorry the features of this pack didn't work for you, but we're glad you've returned it. Please let us know if we can help you find something that will work better for you!
Perfect bag for transitions from work to play
This bag came onto my radar because I use the 50 L black hole duffle and I was looking for a back pack to replace my 20 L bag as I needed more space. I like this a bag a lot. The pockets are note worthy as I have grown to really like their layout even in the short time Ive had the bag. The top most one swallows all my quick access stuff and the mai... Read Moren one is big enough to fit all my needs. The laptop sleeve is also well padded. Im also a sucker for the attachment points running along the back. I think they look great and they are very function. I clip my chacos or hoka trail runners on to them for moving from spot to spot. With all that being said, this bag has a few things it could improve to be five stars: 1st: please add a bottom strap that can also be removed. Having that option would make it a much better outdoors pack and allow it to be used for more than just chill walks around camp, transitions, and just being a duffle in back pack form 2nd: please consider making the zippers water proof if for no other reason than the feel 3rd: it would be cool if there were another mesh pocket in the main compartment above the current one for some more organizational help 4th: make the tablet pocket in the back sleeve area a little larger 5th: it would be cool if one of the water bottle holders (preferably the left one) had a second Miny mesh pocket inside it (rei style)
Love this bag
Overall, I love this bag. I can stuff a change of gear for working out, water bottle, computer and cords ect, and much more. The 32L is the perfect size for a daily commute. Although, I see what everyone is suggesting with the zippers, a waterproof zipper would be so annoying and would not last long on this style of bag. The one thing I don't ... Read Morelike is how flimsy the bag is. Would be nice to have a little more structural support. Overall its a sick bag and I get so many compliments for it.
Sturdy Body, but Disappointing Bottle Holder
I got this bag as a gift from my sister because I was looking for good commuter bag in the city. I love the bag, except the side water bottle holders are either too small or too flimsy for my 18 oz Yeti water bottle because it goes flying any time I put the bag on my back.
Response from PatagoniaJune 13, 2022
Hi Mary, we're so sorry to hear about the trouble with the bottle holder on the Black Hole Pack 32L. If you end up finding it too bothersome, please feel free to begin a [warranty return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Just short of perfect, unfortunately
Best bag Ive ever bought untilI bought this bag for work to carry all my essentials for lifeguarding on busy south Florida beaches. The exterior loops allow me to fasten bungees to carry all sorts of quick grab gear like rain jacket and fins while all the compartments allow me to separate other things so its not all jumbled together in one big heap... Read More of tangled mess. I started packing my laptop, and of course, it rains hard the first day I pack my laptop but was confident this was the best bag I ever bought so I passed on purchasing a rain cover for the backpack until I got to class and opened my laptop compartment and my computer was water damaged. Disappointed. I still love the bag, I just wish Patagonia wouldnt have skipped on putting quality zippers that would at least attempt to keep water out. Anything more than a drizzle and youd better hope you brought a separate rain cover for your pack. If I knew how to Id update the zippers myself to something a bit more beefy and waterproof/resistant. Dear Patagonia, Great pack design, poor execution on zippers.
Great carrying comfort! Weather resistance?
I bought this product because I needed a backpack to hold my laptop for going to work but also all my sports gear for working out afterwards. I am supper happy with the looks and functionality of the pack. The fit is great, this is the most comfortable pack I ever carried. HOWEVER, the main reason I bought this particular pack was that it was descr... Read Moreibed as "weather resistant." On two separate occasions the laptop compartment got seriously wet after wearing the pack in somewhat intense rain for less than 5 minutes. The top pocket was also slightly wet. @Patagonia is this normal?
Response from PatagoniaMay 27, 2022
Hello Mihai, thank you for sharing this feedback. It sounds like this pack may not have performed in the rain the way you needed it to; we're sorry to hear this! The outer Black Hole fabric is water-resistant. It's possible the rain leaked through the zippers, which are less waterproof. If this turns out to be a deal breaker, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
Water resistant pack.
I initially purchased the Stealth backpack, which is very nice, but a bit small for my needs. At that time the 32L black hole was unavailable. I recently purchased the 32L black hole pack mentioned and I love it. I am planning to return the stealth pack and purchase another 32L BH for my son-in-law. Perfect size for a day on the water. Fits all the... Read More gear I need for a day long float trip and is very water resistant.
This Best of Both (Backpack) Worlds
I do a lot of research before I put money down on anything, and after studying the list of necessities I needed and wanted in a backpack, this was the only one out of a dozen plus that met all of my criteria. Somewhat flippantly, I created my list of a "dream backpack" and decided to use the Paretto Principle in my final choice. Because r... Read Moreeally, when do we ever get EVERYTHING we want in a product and are COMPLETELY satisfied with it? Well, the long story short is I FINALLY did with this pack! The storage space, compact size that meets maximum storage in European countries, attachability (yeah, I made up that word for this review, just look at the pack, you'll get it) for extra gear, water resistance, ergonomic strap fit (which the most comfortable I've ever experienced in a pack - even under heavy weight!), stretchable water bottle pockets, multiple storage compartments for easy organization, and at last, the really cool way it looks! If you think it looks cool online, see it in person.
Not as good as the old one
I had the old Black Hole bag for about 8 years and wore it into the ground. Unfortunately I think the design on this one is much worse. My chief complaint is that the laptop compartment is very difficult to access. Why was this put behind the straps? This doesn't make any sense. Also, the new one seems a bit smaller.
Response from PatagoniaMay 17, 2022
Hey Gabriel, thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that you're not satisfied with the performance of this bag. You're welcome to return it to us for a refund or merchandise credit. To begin that process, click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Backpack recommended by Consumer Reports with good reviews on Patagonia and REI for travel. It holds a lot, more than I needed. It squishes to fit under seat in front on airplane and it also fits easily between legs when traveling on plane to retrieve items easily. I probably should have gone for the size smaller and may buy that one and give this ... Read Moreone to my husband. Bottom line it is a great bag for traveling.
Durable Pack w/ Plenty of Room for Improvement...
I really wanted to give this pack a 5 star review especially since I've been waiting for it to be in stock for months now, but I just couldn't. The pack super durable and from the Black Hole duffles I have had for years I know that this material will hold up for years. The pack is comfortable and has plenty of room (more than I need hones... Read Moretly). However, unless this pack is filled to the brim, it is a bit flimsy and has little structure to it. I opted for this pack rather than the 25L because of the TSA friendly laptop sleeve which is really handy especially if your in a hurry to catch your flight. Also the front vertical pocket is super convenient for stashing my passport and wallet. Also this pack has great water bottle pockets that fit my huge yeti without issue. Also I can fit my entire sport rack snacks and extra layers for the crag in my pack which is a huge bonus. Thanks Patagonia and keep it up!
I love this bag. It looks smaller than it is. I used to carry two bags to work. My laptop bag would only hold that. This Holds what the two did and theres still room. The best part is it sits in line with your spine, doesnt make you lean to one side. Its very light. As I said, I LOVE IT!
Couldnt ask for a better bag
Hands down the best purchase Ive made this year. Between the TSA approved (and well padded) laptop sleeve, to the balance and ergonomic fit, to the actually useful top pocket, this bag has served me well on an international vacation, hiking, and general travel. I use it while flying and it fits in the cockpit with me behind the seat perfectly and I... Read More dont have to worry about moisture or wild temps. 10/10 would recommend. Oh, and it feels good to have something so useful AND stylish from sustainable materials and supply chains.
My Travel Pack of Choice!
I am a huge fan of the black hole; I'm really glad I chose the 32L over the 25L, though, because I feel like it carries so much more and is much better for my travel needs. I love the feel of the bag. The materials feel great and the fit is comfortable. I do wish that there were more pockets so that you could organize your items more efficient... Read Morely, and that's what makes this a 4-star review. Overall a great bag, and I think it will last a long while as my main travel companion!
Patagonia Black Hole 32L: perfect commuter and day bag
After almost four years of use for train commuting 2-3 times weekly (only for a year before the pandemic), family outings and vacations (about 10 trips), and some business travel, I've concluded that the Patagonia Blackhole 32L backpack is an almost perfect commuter backpack and, because other reviews are terrific, I'm just going to make ... Read Moresome observations that I hope are helpful. The material looks shiny and you'd think it hard, but it actually has a suppleness and yet seems really tough, is water resistant (material itself and not a coating that will come off over time), and wipes off easily. I wanted a flat-backed backpack because I didn't want my computer to be bent over my arched back, especially when on a bike, and I've previously cracked a screen on my laptop when I over stuffed a backpack cinched it down. The laptop pocket is easy to access, but only one side is padded and, in the same compartment, the tablet pocket is really useful and I like that I can lay my backpack across my lap when commuting and can easily and discreetly slip my tablet in and out. There a handle at the top, but there's also a really handy grab handle on the front face of the backpack (like when you slide it under the seat in front of you, you can easily find it and grab it). The front face also has a loop ladder and this a must for me as I use it to lash gear (like when my kids shed their coats and hear). Although it's 32L, it looks deceptively slimmer and seems almost svelte given it's capacity. On the other hand, when I really need to stuff it, it can take a load and I'm always surprised how much it can swallow. The vertical zip map pocket on the front is really useful and, because it's a side access, vertical-zip only, it's flat and discreet. Bottom is tough and has held up beautifully This isn't a technical backpack, but I've used it for travel to a destination and then taken it hiking, and it has worked well (and great that it has a sternum strap, which was another must). My bag is black, but the interior is a nice, light gray, so you get a bit more light and can see deeper into the bag. Looks nice for business-casual look, or in the field, and my daughter has the smaller 25L in bright orange (discontinued) that she uses as her hunting backpack.
I got this pack a few weeks ago and love it. The main pouch is fantastic and its large and swallow up everything I throw into it. The future thing I would ask is work on the TSA approved laptop area. The placement of the zipper is not optimal as I need move the shoulder straps to get to it. Other than that love this pack.
I bought this pack primarily for my mobile office while traveling but also for hiking and sailing. This holds a ton of gear and makes a great weekend bag. I wanted a large open main compartment and this definitely has it. The top compartment is great for keeping a variety of small bits out of the bottom of the bag and handy to access. Love the big ... Read Morebottle pockets on the side, too. Very happy with the quality so far.
Sweet as bag, just missing compression straps
Seriously, that's it. this bag is awesome, good comfort, holds heaps of gear, or groceries plus everything you need for school/work/activism (brought it out to the Fairy Creek Blockade this summer). The only drawback is a lack of compression straps on the side to keep it tight as when not full - without them its a bit droopy and swingy. And th... Read Moree laptop compartment gets wetter than you'd expect in the rain.
Ive had my 32L bag for a while now. I use it daily for bike commuting and have used it for some basic domestic travel by car and air as well. As I write this, Im concluding a 20-day trip to Argentina and Antarctica during which I used the backpack daily under some pretty rugged conditions. At every point, its been superb, maybe the best item I took... Read More on the trip. Foremost, its very comfortable to wear whether jam packed or not, walking through an airport, riding a Zodiac on the Southern Ocean, or hiking up a ridge on Antarctica. Second, its organization is excellent: the thinking that went into the compartments, pockets, straps, etc. really shows. Third, the zippers! Damn. They hold up even when Argentine customs made me consolidate another bag with this one. Fourth and last, the color hot ember is great: appealing, not over the top, and easy to spot on the baggage carousel! About the only downside to the bag is that it didnt discourage me from taking so many books that I didnt have time to read.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 16, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with the Black Hole Pack, and for showing your bag such a great time! We're very happy to hear it's working so well for you!
Bought this backpack to replace an old top loading pack that was stolen. I thought my old pack was perfect, but Ive loved the new features I found with this one. The side pouches for water, food, phone, or gloves. The small top zippered pouch is ideal for holding sunglasses, airpod case, or extra gloves. I thought it might be too big overall but I ... Read Morefind its perfect for a morning cross country ski trip.
All in one
I don’t have a huge amount of space at home for loads of luggage options, so I bought this bag to be my casual bag and also for day hikes. I’m so pleased that I did. The bag holds up well against the elements, the side mesh pockets can hold 1 litre of bottles of water each, and can easily store walking poles on the front. I bought a separate Patago... Read Morenia rain cover too, just in case I get caught out in unforgiving downpours, as I wouldn’t want to chance it with the zippers holding out water for too long.
Looks great. The variety of
Looks great. The variety of pockets is appreciated. However, two points can be enhanced. First, the bag could be even more resistant to heavy rainfall. Second, a ventilation design at the back could be considered to reduce sweating. One last point: a sliglhy bigger overall capacity would be great. A Loyal customer
Perfect school backpack
Got this for my 13 year old son to use riding his bike to school in rainy Seattle. It is light, comfortable and fits all his middle school stuff (laptop, water bottle, lunch, folders, jacket, cell phone, pencil pouch, bike lock) perfectly. I hope he can keep using it for years.
I love this bag! I bought the 25L for my boyfriend but he wanted to size up so he got the 32L instead. I kept the 25L because it is beautifully and sustainably made. Looks, feels, and works great! Highly recommend for a chic yet functional backpack. He loves his, too!
I bought this to replace a wonderful Refugio pack that was just a little too small to travel with it was a great daypack but I couldnt easily get a weekends junk in it. This Black Hole solves that problem, and then some. First and foremost, its incredibly comfortable to wear either walking or, surprisingly, biking. I use it on my daily bike commute... Read More, and it just *floats* on my back, no matter how much I jam in it. (Unlike many backpacks, the shoulder and sternum straps are extremely easy to adjust.) Superb! Second, the bag is very well designed. Im impressed by how easily I can pack, find, retrieve, and empty all my crap from the combination of the top flap pocket, the front-and-back vertical pockets, and the main compartment. Astounding and wonderful. Im looking forward to using the bag on some real trips, including one to ACTUAL Patagonia. Third, the bag is as weatherproof as advertised. Ive used it in a couple heavy rainstorms and some snow flurries, and everything inside stayed dry even the stuff in the most exposed pocket, on top. Fourth but not least, damn this bag looks GOOD. I got the hot ember color, a deep red that is more orange than it looks onscreen a great color. Ive received a few compliments on the color, which is nice, but also its just a pleasing color. If I changed one thing about the bag, its that the zipper pulls are kind of small. Id like bigger loops that are easier to thread a finger through, especially while wearing gloves, and/or a bigger tab thats easier to grip. This is a pretty fine point, though, and one thats easy to fix with some aftermarket pulls.
While most qualities of this pack are good and functional, I am disappointed by the computer sleeve. When I actually have a computer in it (even a very thin one), I can feel it through the very thin foam of the pack against my back. It's also clunky to get to the computer sleeve zipper. I like the different pockets and the fact that the main b... Read Moreody of the pack is accessed through the fold over top. Sadly, I wouldn't buy this version (32L) of the pack again. The smaller version looks like it has a more sturdy foam for the back portion and no computer sleeve.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 1, 2021
Thank you for your feedback on the Patagonia Black Hole® Pack 32L. We are of course sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. You are always more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not work out for you.
This was NEARLY the pack that solved the quest for the functional, all-in-one backpack that checks every box. I LOVE the way the main compartment opens. Nice and wide with easy reach-in access and the right amount of space. 32L feels like the sweet spot for having enough capacity to use for multiple scenarios but not to capacious for things to ge... Read Moret lost in the void. The front pocket is serviceable albeit tight but just right for its use. The top compartment is stable enough to throw some moderately weighty items in without it slouching, and the top strap on the front is bomber! I didn't realize how nice a strap like that is for handling the bag short distances. But ohhhh the laptop pouch. The main thing I look for in a bag that will hold my computer is how fussy it is to access, and the computer pouch is farrrr too fussy. I understand the idea behind a lay-flat design. But my first issue has been with the airports I frequent still requiring me to remove the laptop and defeating it's inherent purpose. What it has done, however, is introduce a few daily frustrations removing and storing my laptop. Wedged underneath the straps, the pocket is a chore to access from the top due to the straps arching over the zipper. It's not wholly inconvenient, but for accessing the compartment in the day to day, I would rather not wrestle a zipper,strap, and buckle to start work. So I instead started loading my notebook from the side without using the inner sleeve to avoid dealing with the straps every day. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that this part of the pocket does not have a false bottom like the inner sleeve does to protect it from small drops. So after a small dent, I went back to fighting the intended top load design. I feel like the easy fix would be to add a false bottom to the lay-flat pocket as well, giving the user the option with which way to load the laptop and not have to worry about drops. However I am not a bag designer, so this could be a misguided sentiment. Furthermore, the plastic buckle inside the lay-flat sleeve can scratch up the surface of a laptop a bit. In my case it was nothing crazy, just some unsightly marks that only I will probably notice. I realize this buckle is there to use with a water reservoir if necessary which is a nice addition, however Velcro or another soft enclosure is probably not going to mark up any gadget. Everything else about the pack is great. The materials, the fit, and even the water bottle holders are excellent! Unfortunately for me, after a small dent and some smaller marks, the quest for that unicorn backpack will have to continue.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 29, 2021
We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed review, Jacob! Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee), so if you find that a product does not perform as intended under the usage for which it was designed, you're welcome to return it.
good design could go a step further
This is my third blackhole backpack. My previous 2 were 25L packs. I wasn't happy with the more recent 25L size, so I upgraded to this larger pack. It can hold a lot more, and I like the separation for the laptop/bladder. I'd make three changes to the bag if I could. First, I'd make the laptop sleeve a tiny bit larger to accommodate ... Read Morebigger computers. My 16 macbook fits, but it is very snug. Second, I'd make that whole section removable, allowing to unzip the whole panel. This would make airport travel very easy. Third, I'd make the front vertical zipper pocket zip on both sides so you can get to it easily with either hand. This could also make the pocket usable for carrying some oversized things. I miss the side compression straps from older packs. Those were great for carrying my inline skates, a light jacket, or a travel pillow.
Great overall backpack
This one has everything you need for a daypack to go hiking or to the office. Big roomy main compartment, plus a couple smaller pockets for small things to not get lost. And the computer sleeve in the back it nicely padded. And the side water bottle pockets are deep so your bottles will not drop out. It is definitely one of the better day packs I h... Read Moreave owned!
Perfect size to fit all your needs for commuting to work!
I'd been looking for a backpack to use for my bike commute to work and this pack checks all the boxes. Like most Black Hole products, its fits way more than you would think and has just the right amount of zippers and additional storage space. Holds all my work supplies, mirrorless camera and lunch and spreads out the weight on my back. Highly... Read More recommend!
My 14 year old asked for this pack for her birthday. Buying this was a no-brainer; I still have a pack I used in high school 25 years ago. Built well and to last- I know that this will be the start of a long and loving relationship! The pocket array is really useful, especially the small one at the top, and it fits comfortably for light and heavy l... Read Moreoads. Not to mention the durability for its already tough life- a day in the life of an active outdoor teen is pretty great rigor for testing.
I would make 2 changes to design
Use for work and travel, and this is fine, There are 2 exceptions (1) I would add a removeable hip belt, as travel can get heavy and lots of bags over 30L have a belt . Without a belt, I think the bag is more suited for larger set people. I adapted by added a buckle to the free end of the shoulder straps. (2) the back design can concertina dependin... Read Moreg on how you pack it. If you are carrying a lap top, no issues. Without a laptop, I pack my Fjallraven seat pad. If the back was designed with vertical rather than horizonal panelling, I don't think this would have been an issue.
The best back for school
The Patagonia Black Hole Backpack is the best backpack for school After using The Patagonia Black Hole Backpack for over a month now for school I have concluded that this backpack is the best backpack for school and here's why. This backpack is everything you would ever want in a school backpack and more. It's the perfect size for a schoo... Read Morel backpack and I am easily able to fit everything I need for school with extra room. This backpack also comes with every compartment and pocket you would need in a school back. The backpack is also very high quality and is sure to last a very long time. This is why the Patagonia Black Hole Backpack is the best backpack for school. One reason why it is the best backpack for school is because of the size of the backpack. This backpack has an insane amount of space to carry anything you could possibly need in your school backpack. In my bag I carry a computer, four textbooks, two binders, my phone charger, computer charger, headphones, extra masks, 10-15 pencils and pens, and a water bottle and I still have room in my bag for two to three more books. I think it is safe to say that you will not run out of any space with this bag. This is why the Patagonia Black Hole Backpack is the best backpack for school. Another reason why the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is the best pack for school is because each compartment in the back pack and the perfect sizing of each one. The patagonia black hole back has two side pockets that can carry anything from water bottles, to headphones, to chargers. The backpack also has a special compartment in the back of the bag for a computer which can also fit 1-2 thin books. Then there is a small compartment at the top of the bags perfect for storing smaller items such as chargers, headphones, phones, masks, pens, pencils, or a wallet. Then there is the large compartment that carries up to six or seven large textbooks and other binders of books. This is why the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is the best pack for school. Another reason why this backpack is a great backpack is because of the quality of the back pack. Not only is the bag high quality but its made of recycled materials such as plastic that was taken from the ocean. The majority of this bag is made out of high quality recycled polyester and was made and manufactured in Taiwan and Cambodia. The recycled materials are mostly made out of recycled plastic bottles which reduces CO2 emissions by 59 percent. This is why the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is the best pack for school. These are all the reasons why the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is the best pack for school. From the high quality materials, to the perfect size compartments for everything you would need for school you are sure to never run out of space for things you need for school. In conclusion the next time you are looking for a back to school backpack the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is the one you should get.
ok - 2 exceptions
3 stars. Use for work and travel, and this is fine, There are 2 exceptions (1) I would add a removeable hip belt, as travel can get heavy and lots of bags over 30L have a belt . Without a belt, I think the bag is more suited for larger set people. I adapted by added a buckle to the free end of the shoulder straps. (2) the back design can concertina... Read More depending on how you pack it. If you are carrying a lap top, no issues. Without a laptop, I pack my Fjallraven seat pad. If the back was designed with vertical rather than horizonal panelling, I don't think this would have been an issue. This is my second attempt to add a honest review. I hope they post it.
Light weight & versatile
Im in love with Patagonia navy bluejust wow! I used the backpack on a recent trip. Perfect for the plane, scuba boat (kept my things dry) and for tennis (tennis racquet fit in the computer compartment no problem). Spacious, great loops to hang things, great pockets with & without zippers. Top compartment is brilliant (spacious with easy access)... Read More. My complaint about the front pocket is its a side zipper only so its difficult to see inside & easy for things to fall out. Should have 2 zippers that zip up the sides & top.
I mainly use this backpack as an all day commute bag for school or work. A few features are definitely centered more around camping/other recreation activities, but it makes for an incredible school backpack. I can't think of another backpack that is sturdy enough and large enough inside to hold more than 3 full size textbooks along with every... Read Morething else you need for the day without wearing out in a month. The fact that it's fairly waterproof and subtle in design is another plus. I would give this a 4.5/5, but the stars system won't let me go to that level. The only issues I would have with the bag are that it isn't completely waterproof and that the front daisy chains don't seem to provide any utility since I don't camp/hike. If they cut the amount of daisy chains in half and had larger loops, I could use them to hang equipment from. I can easily see myself using this bag for the next 10 years if it lasts me that long(and I'm confident it will).
Large bag, disappointed with design
I used to have the 25L bag which I owned for a long time. This bag definitely holds more. But Im pretty disappointed the straps just flail about. My old bag had built in strap holders that matched the color of the fabric. Im not sure why these are absent from a more expensive backpack. Also really miss that center strap on the face of the bag. It w... Read Moreas really convenient for quickly grabbing the backpack. The fabric is thinner and lighter which is nice. But overall feel like Ive spent more money for a less capable product.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 1, 2021
Hey Joel, thanks for the review on our Black Hole Pack 32L. This particular bag does have more streamlined features, but the added cost goes to the extra space and material needed to make it 7L bigger. We'll be sure to pass your thoughts along to the appropriate team members. We don't want you disappointed with your purchase, so feel free to [send it back to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I’ve been using an older Black Hole 32L(?) model for a couple of years now and wanted to order another one. My old one looks like the 25L but is in fact as big as this one. This one has a couple of improvements in comparison to the old one, even if the old one is already amazing!
Great pack with 2 exceptions
I love my new Black Hole backpack. I am a healthcare provider working in a mobile unit, and it holds all of my equipment, a change of scrubs, and keeps my iPad anc laptop (16in MacBook Pro) dry. (I was impressed both fit even with their cases.) Another plus- I can easily wipe it down after a particularly virulent day at work. I wish it had 2 things... Read More though: 1) More organizational features to keep smaller loose items like pens organized 2) Luggage strap/sleeve for easier travel
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