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Keeps you moving.

Head to work, class, or the woods with the Patagonia Refugio Day Pack. This three-compartment pack provides the space you need for a full-day adventure, and the organization to keep it from becoming a full-day backpack cavity search.
  • Padded, raised compartment protects your 17-inch laptop
  • Hydration-ready for hiking and cycling
  • Vertical zip pocket for your wallet and phone
  • Micro-fleece lined pocket protects your shades or MP3 player

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3 5

No problem returning product!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

To be fair, the Refugio's straps never made it over a shoulder,...the reason? It just felt disconcertingly light. I don't claim to be a mountaineer, or an outdoor "extreme athlete", rather I have the perspective of an Infantryman, whose livelihood absolutely relied upon the balanced qualities of rugged durability and comfort throughout 48+ hour continuous operations.

The Refugios price point was lower than what I ultimately spent, and it might have worked out for me, but I have much more confidence in high density, multilayered reinforced ballistic nylon construction.

I'll continue shopping at Backcountry for my outdoor gear, but there weren't any tactical military-rated backpacks I was able to exchange for.

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5 5

Absolutely Incredible Backpack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for the perfect bag to carry a bunch of items on a week long trip. By a bunch of items I mean, DSLR camera plus extra lens, shell, journal, guide book, glasses, water bottle, umbrella, AND THE BEST PART it doubled as a diaper bag. Yes, after all that, there was still enough room for 8 diapers for the day, blanket, change of baby clothes, wipes, toys, snacks, etc. I am really impressed with how the bag distributes the weight. Even packed full it still feels light. I needed a bag big enough, not huge. This bag is the perfect fit for me, 5'10" and fit my wife, 5'4", well. Super comfortable, easy to adjust, and indestructible. Tough bag, handled rain just find. Went with the black, I like that it's more discrete. The colorful bags look fun but I just felt like disguising the zippers was safer for where we were going. My wife and I fought over who got to wear it, it's that cool.

5 5

Quality backpack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this backpack as the companion piece to my MLC Patagonia travel bag for a solo 18 day trip to Australia and Tasmania. The travel bag was great (it held my clothes), but it was the backpack that was the workhorse on this trip.I had it stuffed to the gills with books, binoculars, diving mask, water bottles, showering stuff, and granola bars and it performed better than I anticipated. The outer most zipped pocket is a bit lame, but worked well for travel documents. The backpack fit very well when packed (although when empty it rode a bit high on my back, as other reviewers have said) . I comfortably lugged both pieces of luggage hither and yon including to Tasmania in the rain and from the trains station in Sydney, Australia up the hill to a hotel across from the Botanical Gardens. The bags looked tight and gave the impression I knew what I was doing (but looks can be deceiving). I highly recomment the backpack and the travel bag, and I just purchased another set for my daughter.

5 5

Like it so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Large main compartment, also very deep. Like the overall back support. Also comes with a whistle.

5 5


The pockets are all useful, though the one in the front is a bit odd. It's comfortable, but overall I would say that this bag is overshadowed by the Patagonia Chacabuco, which I would recommend over this bag. The Chacabuco has utility shock cords on the outside which are super useful to tack gym shoes/cleats on the outside without having to put it in your bag and get everything inside muddy. Get the chacabuco! But this bag is cool too.

4 5

fits all my stuff well

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this bag to carry my 17" Macbook Pro, and it fits perfectly. I also have lots of spare space for a sandwich and notepad, etc. the bag it self is very light and seems to be durable.

5 5

Great for work and working out...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a large guy (6 ft. and 220 lbs), live in the Pacific Northwest and have been using this pack everyday for 1 month (all of January). I mainly walk to work. Everything stays dry in my new pack -- laptop and workout clothing. Love its versatility and enjoy the fit (to my frame). Looking forward to day hiking with my new pack this summer -- substitute laptop for a couple of hydration bladders -- and go!

5 5

Very nice pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far love this pack!

2 5

Hurts my neck!

I was really excited to get this bag after reading all the nice reviews. I bought the Tuscan Olive color. The colors turned out nice, I thought the pockets were all very functional, the bag is overall super good looking, but I put on the backpack and the straps seem to be too close together- it presses down on a really weird spot at the base of my neck even when there is nothing or very little in it (it is a very very lightweight bag). I am a 5'8", 130 lb college girl. This should not happen. I was sad to have to return it :( If you usually where your backpack with the straps let way out down your back, this might be a good bag for you.

Would this be too big for a 9 year old to...

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Would this be too big for a 9 year old to carry to school? Want something that will last a few years.

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As someone with a nine year old and one younger, I am faced with the same question every summer. I did compare this pack for my boy and felt that one could get three to five years out of it; however the price is much more for a school pack than the cheap packs at megastores like Walmart. And face it, most kids want a different one each year. Another question to ask is will my children be able to overload it and slowly hurt his back.

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This is a perfect school pack! Might be a tad big for a 9 year old right now, but not too bad, and it's guaranteed to last a long time.

Is the Grecian Blue acceptable for both...

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Is the Grecian Blue acceptable for both genders? I'm a dude in high school and I would prefer not to get mocked or anything. Is it manly enough to pull off?

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Any color is really O.K. for either gender and in a few years it won't matter to you BUT HS can be a bit tough. You might want to play it safe and go with a red, grey or black. Otoh, if the blue speaks to you, it's your bag , get the one you like. Good Luck!

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For sure Bob Saget, go for it. I would say it's definitely not girly

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Saget- I'm a girl in HS and I saw this one in a store- not girly enough for me. Its basically plain blue, not girly.

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Definitely guy enough. Not girly enough for a girl.

5 5

Roomy and light - good choice

The pack is not heavily padded to protect every electronic gadget available. (I have a pack for that.) It is lightweight, roomy, and strong. I put the Macbook Pro 15" with power cord, etc., in its slot with room to spare, then proceeded to stuff the bag full of a long weekend's worth of clothes - toiletries, underwear, pyjamas, two pairs of jeans, three shirts, and a pair of shoes. I bought this pack because I go to Sierra Leone regularly. I carry my pack through airports and the jungle. I need a bag light enough and big enough to carry the laptop, underwear, toiletries, several lappas and tanks, a dream sack, a towel, two pair of sandals, pjs, and my lesson plans. After being stuck a few times with my old, super-padded, heavier, less roomy bag, I was determined to get something better, and this bag is it. NB: I bought the magenta as it was on sale. My 21-yr old grandson was a little hesitant to carry it, thus earning himself a lecture on homophobia. If the color would be a problem for you, try a different one.

Responded on

Love this :-) Thanks for the useful and smart review! And your grandson is a lucky guy to have you in his life!

5 5

Stop wasting time comparing packs... buy it!

I needed a pack for daily usage that was padded for a laptop during the week and could take a beating on the weekend. This bag is perfect. It seems like Patagonia gathered people from all walks of life and sent them out with normal plain jane packs and told them to write notes on what would have been nice to have because they aced this pack. A small top fleece lined zipper pouch which is awesome if you travel as you can stowe it under the plane seat in front of you and still have access to your phone, iPod, etc without making a scene and making the person next to you mad. The front vertical zipper is a great feature as well as it makes things of all shapes and sizes easily accessible. I also liked the straps and all the loops is had to attach carabiners to for additional items if need be. The laptop pouch is perfect in size and still gives ample space for other items as well. As others have mentioned on the weekends loose the backpack and put in a bladder and it has an opening for a water straw for your camelbak. Again, this thing rocks and holds a load of stuff. As an example (because when I read reviews I like stories) I recently went to the UK, in my pack, I packed a laptop, external HD, mouse, cellphone, iPod, phone, wallet, sigg bottle, 6 packs of trail mix, charging cords, binder, pair of jeans, socks, 2 boxers, polo, tshirt, and toiletries... all this and I had no problem getting it under the plane seat in front of me and it was weighted well with the straps that I was not too fatigued at the end of my flights... again, great pack!

5 5

Great pack for everything

This pack rocks. At 28 liters it is small enough for school or commuting to work, but big enough for a day hike. I use it for commuting, here's why: I can carry just my laptop (in the provided sleeve non the less) or I can stash my running shoes, shorts, shirt and water in there for a lunch time workout. The color is awesome (Lemon Lime) and is still dudely enough for a dude.

Ah, buy it!

Great pack for everything
5 5

Awesome Pack!

I've had this pack for over a year with heavy usage nearly every day and it still looks great! I love the pocket specifically for sunglasses and I love how there are plenty of pockets for anything you want to store. I definitely recommend this pack!

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Definitely guy enough. Not girly enough for a girl.

5 5

It Works For Me

The pack is great. It has a pocket for everything I need. The compression straps are awesome. Im not sure what the loops on the bottom are design for, but I run a strap through them and then I have a waist belt.

5 5

Sweet Pack

Lots of little nice features on this pack. Inside there are a lot of little small divided pockets and sleeves making organization easy. Love the full zip front pocket for access and loading. Great build quality. It was actually a little bigger than I thought it was going to be. Could easily be a day hiking pack.....and maybe even a real light weight quick overnighter.

What is the name of the color scheme in...

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What is the name of the color scheme in the detail view of the Patagonia Refugio Backpack? I didn't see it listed on or

Best Answer Responded on

That's unfortunately a discontinued color from a previous season. I think the color was Gecko Green?

5 5

Best Pack EVER

I use daypacks for carrying schoolbooks, business materials, and for hiking. I don't find it surprising at all that this is the most popular pack in the Patagonia daypack line. The laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration bladder, there are two drink holders that are useful for stashing items for readily-accessible gear. I had some concern about the front vertical zippered pocket, but have found numerous uses for it! All in all, well worth the dough!

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