Home, campus, and beyond.
Patagonia's Paxat 32L Backpack helps you get through crowded campuses and airport security like a champ. The main compartment, secondary compartment, and laptop sleeve open wide for easy packing and inspecting. Patagonia built this pack out of partially-recycled fabric with a DWR treatment for weather-resistance. The padded laptop sleeve protects computers as large as 17 inches, and the secondary compartment has an internal organizer. There are also side pockets for security or water bottles, and the zippered top pocket is perfect for passports.
- Air Flow mesh shoulder straps and back panel
- DWR-treated, partially-recycled construction
- Padded, TSA-compliant laptop sleeve
- Secondary compartment with internal organization
- Zippered top and side pockets
- Water bottle side pocket
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was also concerned that the behind the straps laptop compartment would be an issue for me, but came to the conclusion after using it for a while that it was a functional engineering decision. The behind the straps compartment can be a little bit of a pain when removing or inserting the laptop, but when it's packed, it stays flat against your back making the pack very ergonomic. The main compartment is also very spacious, and the pack has lots of features that make it a win win. I recommend this product.
Backpack is just as good of not better than what my expectations. Also got a much better deal from backcountry then had I ordered from Patagonia website.
Laptop Pocket beneath Shoulder Straps
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have an older Chacabuco and planned to replace it with the Paxat. But I returned it for one main reason - the TSA approved laptop pocket zipper is beneath the shoulder straps. So everytime the laptop goes in and out of the bag - one has to move the straps out of the way, unzip it, and have a surface to lay the bag down when its unfolded. Its not convenient to do this unless the bag is laying down on table or floor. I prefer being able to slip the laptop into my pack and go. My laptop goes in and out of my pack a few times a day - so that was a more bulky process than I preferred.
Too bad - cause I really, really liked some of the features that distinguish this model from the Chacabuco (which is a good pack). I would've enjoyed the Paxat's taller front compartment, zippered side pouch, and the stretch panel on front is my favorite feature of my Osprey pack - and I think I really liked the idea of it on the Paxat as well. But the laptop pocket beneath the shoulder straps wasn't for me. For someone going through airport security all the time - maybe they'll appreciate that feature.