Perfect Beach Backpack
I use this backpack everytime I head to the beach. The rolltop makes it easy to keep sand out of the bag and there are no zipplers to get jammed up. When something is wet, I can put it on the outside of the pack and I don't have to worry about my phone or valuables getting wet. The bag is also BIG! I can fit in multiple towels, a wetsuit and b... Read Moreeach gear no problem.
Great, Large backpack
Pretty huge backpack, bigger than expected. Will definitely hold all the stuff I want to bring on light-medium hikes, beach trips, day trips out in Seattle, etc. The wet clothes catch on the outside of the backpack is a great addition, and all my stuff stays dry on the inside.
My work horse.
I've now had this bag for over year sure have put it to the test. From daily surf/dive sessions to hikes and even traveling abroad with just this 1 bag. It's heald up to much abuse and has never failed me. It isn't the perfect bag but it sire is up there. It shines the most when it comes to keeping wet/dry items separate. Sometimes ... Read Morei wish there was more padding on the back/shoulder area for heavier loads and dividers to help distribute weight as i drive a motorcycle and often use it for shopping at the grocery store. Overall, I highly recommend this as a great tough all around bag that really keeps your items dry if that is your main concern.
Best bag i've owned
You nailed it with this bag. Big enough for probably a week away for me as I travel light and great I can put a wet wetsuit in the mesh pocket to drip on the way back. Importantly for me is that it is also very subtle in black. Recently went on a surf trip to North Africa and didn't want a huge logo or anything bright to stand out. Quality is ... Read Moresuperb! Winner!
Great bag for river trips/beach
We have had this bag awhile and I was skeptical at first because it seemed so bulky and a bit overbuilt. However, we have used it in so many ways and it's fabulous. We bike to the pool with it and it holds enough gear for a family of four. We used it on a 5 day river trip (everything has to be well-packed in waterproof bags and strapped down f... Read Moreor obvious reasons) and it became our easy-to-access lunch/snack/sunscreen bag in the boat everyday. My 7 year old son used this as his carry-on bag for a two week beach trip and it fit his little body just fine during travel days. Then we used it to hike to snorkeling excursions and aside from it matching the rocks where we placed it as the tide came in (we almost lost it , but it kept our dry gear dry and allowed our wet gear to breathe from the mesh compartment as the tide lapped up over the bag.) If you are on the fence about getting this bag- don't be. Its great in so many ways!
Strap tip - surfboard / skateboard carry
Just received the bag and it’s light weight and burly. Someone in another review asked where they could get straps to allow use of the bonus tie down spots. I was just able to attach my surfboard to the pack by relocating the waist straps and also the roll top cinch straps to the bonus tie down points. Works flawlessly. Way to Patagonia. Allowi... Read Moreng multiple uses of the straps, reducing redundancy and waste!
one versatile bag!
I was looking for a bag that was versatile for whitewater kayaking, transition bag for triathlons and just general "haul it all" type of bag and this one fits the bill! Definitely kept the wet and dry gear separate. I was a tad disappointed that the mesh compartment wasn't bigger as it didn't quite fit my full wetsuit without re... Read Moreally stuffing it down. (Probably would have fit better if it was inside the bag but somehow the brain thinks wet things should be aired and on the outside). Comfortable fit on the back for a shorter, smaller torso. (5'2", 110#).
Awesome except for Wet Butt Syndrome
I bought & returned 4 other wet/dry bags in search of the perfect surf backpack. It's suprisingly difficult to find a bag that can hold my river surf gear (wetsuit, lifejacket, helmet, leash, etc.) and have a separate compartment for dry stuff (towel, clothes, phone). This planning bag is the best I've found so far, and as a 25+ year ... Read MorePatagonia customer I was hopeful this bag would be the one! Everything works great and is up to the quality we expect from Patagonia, but there's one big design flaw, and it's so obvious that it makes me wonder if the designers ever actually used the bag in the field. There are 3 holes in the bottom of the outside mesh compartment, meant for drainage, which would be great if you were hanging the bag on a tree. However, this is a backpack, and usually I'm taking my wetsuit off at the river, putting the wet wetsuit in the outer compartment, and then putting the backpack on and walking back to my bike to ride home from the wave. The three holes make it so that the wetsuit drains directly onto my surf-tired butt, causing wet butt syndrome and a soggy sarong, which is just plain uncomfortable. I love Patagonia as a company and I've got my fingers crossed that the designers take a hard look at this feature and figure out a good fix for the next edition of these bags. In the meantime I guess I'll try to come up with some sort of non-warranty voiding fix. Though wet butt syndrome isn't a total buzz kill after a sweet surf session, I'd still rather not arrive home looking /feeling like I peed my pants with wetsuit juice!
Great for Water Activities
This bag is great. Lots of room instead and definitely kept everything dry. I take this bag out on my paddle board in the ocean with me. It kept my towel and wallet and phone perfectly dry despite frequent splashing and small waves bringing water on top of the board. The outside pocket is also great for keeping my snorkel gear and water bottle easi... Read Morely accessible. The straps are comfortable and the rolling top keeps the bag small if you aren't carrying quite as much. The inside pocket could be a little larger, or there could be a second inside pocket. It was big enough for my phone, but nothing else in addition. After I got out of the water, I had to dig to the bottom of the bag for my keys. That is the only downside.
functional and cute bag!
I use this bag mostly as a casual backpack to hold a change of clothes, swim suit, towel and and anything else I might need for the day when I leave my house in Hawaii. It is my mobile locker. I do wish that the bag had more interior pockets- it is HUGE and a blackhole for small belongings. Some larger pockets around the outside of the bag would be... Read More great. Over all though, it works for my needs and I get a ton of compliments on the stripes.
Great bag- well made, great space, comfy
I bought this bag to replace a very old Patagonia bag that was designed to the same thing- keep wet and dry stuff separated. This bag is better made, much more comfortable, and has great capacity that can be rolled down for smaller loads or rolled up for bigger ones. I’m a big fan
Great surf bag
I just used this bag on a week long surf trip, hauling my gear for surfing and just relaxing on the beach day on a daily basis. This bag has a ton of space, more than enough for everything I needed. I found the inside pocket to be big enough for my keys, cards, and phone, so I’m not sure what other reviewers were concerned about, but I suppose an i... Read Morenterior pocket could always stand to be a bit bigger. One of the biggest benefits to me was the fact that the heavy nylon material really does not end up with much sand stuck to it, even on the more porous back padding. I think this is key for anyone alternating this bag between surf work and a bike bag. A great all around bag for the beach.
Need a bag to take everywhere? Found it!
Patagonia has once again out done themselves in the bag department! The ease of use, huge compartments, ability to store wet and dry in a flash, collapses down small - I can't think of a situation where this bag won't be ideal. In our family, this has become the new favorite travel bag and will serve us for many, many years to come!
My go-to bag for surf sessions or a day at the beach! The front mesh pocket with drainage is key and keeps everything else from getting wet. Have also used it is a weekend getaway bag but the fact that it has only one main pocket (top entry) makes using it for several days a challenge.
Durable and great looking
So far so good. I really wanted a durable and easy to use bag for the gym and for the kids. I didn’t need any organizational space (this has like none) but I needed to easily find things and stuff things. Glad I found it at a sport basement. But only online had my color. Hoping the Patagonia warranty holds because the last two bags ripped with ... Read Moreall the use.
Bought this as a more adaptable alternative to a dry bag for canoeing and boating trips. Took it on a weekend long canoe trip and everything inside stayed good and dry, despite the bag getting wet and intermittently sitting in puddles of water. Only concern is that it can be hard to stuff things in the outer pocket when the bag itself is full. Othe... Read Morerwise top notch!
Planing Roll Top Pack 35L
I've been using the planing roll top pack 35L as my "utility" pack for a multitude of activities. Trips to the lake for paddling, swimming at the pool with the kids and even going to the Gorge Amphitheater to see the Avett Bros. This pack has been perfect for a couple of reasons... First, it is weather proof and can keep items dry wh... Read Moreen you need it to; second, I am able to isolate my wet items from the dry items easily; and third, the bag expands a lot with the roll top style, and can hold everything I need for myself and my daughters. I questioned whether to go with the zip top or roll top and I'm very pleased with my choice!
Great for wet gear, mesh pockets need to be bigger
I bought this bag to haul white water kayaking gear around in. Pros: I love being able to separate out my wet stuff from the dry at the end of the day, and being able to wash the sand and mud out of the liner so easily is great. The shell fabric seems very durable without being heavy or stiff. Cons: the outer mesh pocket really needs to be deeper, ... Read Moreand the drawstring closure could be more secure. If it's a drysuit or full wetsuit you need to stuff in there, it's just too small. The interior mesh zipper pocket is also maddeningly tiny for no apparent reason. I can't even fit my keys in there, so basically it's just a fancy chapstick and chewing gum pocket at this point. The last minor complaint I have is that the drain holes are positioned in such a way that they drain directly onto your bum if you wear the bag too quickly after loading it with wet gear. (This has created some interesting conversations). This bag would definitely benefit from a few improvements, but overall it's a really useful bag if you do a lot of paddle sports, surfing or swimming. I would still buy it again despite my complaints.
Great surf/beach bag
This bag is great for surfing and trips to the beach. It easily holds enough for one person and if you’re not packing a wetsuit then it has room for two. The mesh pouch is great for transferring wet (or sandy) stuff to the outside and in my opinion is what separates it from other wet/dry bags out there. I know the mesh bag was designed to lay flat ... Read Morebut I wish the base of it had a little stretch to it so it would be easier to put stuff in the bottom of the dry part while the mesh part is storing a wetsuit — a minor complaint. The mesh pouch on the inside is too small to put keys, wallet and a phone in so that’s annoying. There’s plenty of space in there to make it bigger so I don’t know why they didn’t. Now my keys float in the main compartment and I have to dig to get them out. I know there are spots on the outside for adding extra straps but I’m not sure where to find them. Any thoughts where I could get a couple of matching straps Patagonia?
My new daily pack
I bought this on the way home from Pike Place, where I shop for coffee and produce on the weekend. It is just what I was looking for -- a bucket pack with a waist strap. No water bottle pockets, but I'll just use the mesh compartment. I need to carry a variety of things from day to day: a laptop, gym gear, lunch, or shopping that I picked up o... Read Moren the way home. And I sometimes need to walk a mile with enough food to prepare brunch at a homeless shelter. My old Patagonia backpack with pockets and partitions is going to be donated.
I’m really enjoying this backpack. It’s big enough for all my little no-no’s. Love that the inside stays dry but the mesh pouch can hold a layer or water bottle for quick use. Living in land-locked Utah I don’t get a chance to take it surfing much but I love it for every day use. General comment: I’d love it if your gear came with a little guide, e... Read Moreither a card or a website that showed the item from a few angles and highlighted/explained the features. You guys think of so many cool things, sometimes it’s years before I realize the intended use of a particular strap or pocket. Thanks!!
Planing roll top pack
Overall I like the design - particularly the outer mesh pocket. But the bag is just way too small for its intended purpose, especially the mesh compartment This would be a much better product at 65+L with an outer mesh pocket that could hold more wet stuff. I’d also add compression straps on the sides for when the wet gear is transferred out of th... Read Moree main pack into the mesh pocket. Maybe consider adding a compression strap across the mesh pocket The internal pocket should be larger as well
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Great water/beach pack
Just returned from a multi-week trip during which I used this bag for several beach/water outings ranging from ocean kayaking to snorkeling. The bag successfully kept the dry gear dry while allowing the wet stuff (wetsuit tops, wet towels, etc.) to drain and dry. The ingenious design allows the volume to shift from dry to wet as needed throughout t... Read Morehe day. The pack was comfortable to use both walking and riding a bike both to and from the beach. I can tell already that this will be a go-to piece for years to come. The principal change I would suggest is expanding the zippered inside pouch. One day I needed to put passports, keys, wallet and other small valuables, but the pouch was a touch too small to accommodate everything. A bit larger would have accommodated everything.
For the surfer...
I needed a backpack for my daily surf trips at my local break or breaking out the passport for a trip. It holds a 4/3 full suit, booties, towel, leash, quiver of fins, sunscreen all with plenty of space reserved for water, snacks and more -- no joke. Cool thing about the rolled top is you can make it small and compact when you have light cargo so... Read More it doesnt look big and bulky.
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