Patagonia designed the Nine Trails 36L Backpack for the avid hiker seeking a minimalist pack for all-day excursions in the wild, whether that means finding a hot spring in the mountains or hitching a ride up the island's volcano to watch an epic sunrise. Regardless of the adventure, the Nine Trails 36L has you covered with a top-loading design that readily swallows all your gear, alongside expandable outer pockets for stashing away jackets and extra layers. And seeing you'll be exerting yourself on the trail, Patagonia designed this day hiker with a mono-mesh back panel that wicks moisture as you begin to sweat, so you're not a sopping-wet mess.
- Lightweight hiking pack for the daring adventurer
- 36L volume for daytime excursions and minimalist overnights
- Rugged Cordura fabric withstands trail abuse and abrasion
- Top-loading design provides easy access to all your gear
- Expandable outer pockets for stashing layers and jackets
- Top lid pocket is great for smaller items and snacks
- Padded shoulder straps with waist belt for security
- Mono-mesh back panel wicks sweat to keep you cool
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- Q & A
This is just my initial impression. I received Nine Trail 36L pack yesterday. I filled it with some clothing and travel gears for a quick testing.
First, it feels much larger than 36L. Did I say it 'feels'? No, it 'is' larger than 36L. It is almost as spacious as North Face Banchee 50L pack. Banchee is a great pack with an awesome suspesion, but not a perfect companion for traveling. Nine Trial 36L will be my travel pack, which I think it will be just perfect for.
Second the materials. I chose Viking Blue, and it's a stunning color in person. A bit darker than what I saw on my computer screen, which was what actually I wished for. It doesn't say waterproof, but it sure is very water resistant material. I won't be worried about not having a rain cover at all! The material is just the right thickness and has a premium feel to it unlike my North Face packs. My NF packs are light, which is good, but the material feels very thin and cheap. Also, the strap management is superb that you can make it a super clean looking pack.
Lastly, the comfort, which is arguably what is most important for a backpack. Well.. the comfort is a missed opportunity for otherwise a 5 star bag. If you never had a backpack with great suspension, you may not notice anything you are missing. Obviously it will be comfortable than any non-hiking backpacks. But, compared to true hiking packs like NF Banchee or Gregory, it's just not very comfortable. Period. I'm going to pack up with at least 20 lbs of stuffs when I travel, and I can definitely tell that I should not walk more than 2 hours with this pack on my back. The hard plastic of the exposed internal suspension rubs against my lumbar area. It should be OK over a thick coat, but I do most of my travels during summer. At least it has an aluminum stay, which is bendable, so one can bend it to fit more precise to their body shape. But, the fact it doesn't have any padding around the lumbar area is a deal breaker for me. Also, the hip belts are a too small for the size of this pack. It really is a 45L pack but comes with a suspension and hip belts designed for 28L.
For my intended purpose, which is travelling, I think Patagonia Nine Trail 36L will be just perfect. It's a nice looking bag with premium materials without too many straps hanging loose. Also, the water resistant material is a huge plus. The time will tell, but I see a huge missed opportunity - the suspension system is borrowed from its 28L sibling, which not suitable for the size of this pack. The pack is really bigger than 36L they claim to be. You really don't want to carry over 20 lbs sitting on a hard plastic on your lumbar for an extended time. I really hope Patagonia will add some padding to the lumbar area and attach better hip belts on the next iteration of this pack. Then, it will be one awesome super pack for everything.