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Stormfront 28L Backpack

4 out of 5 stars
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Stormfront 28L Backpack

Downpours and wet river crossings are no match for the Patagonia Stormfront Backpack. Built with a double polyurethane-coated nylon shell, fully welded seams, and waterproof zips, this water-shedding schlepper keeps water at bay so you can carry your gear with confidence. Whether you're fishing for roosterfish at Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica or wading along the Henry's Fork in Idaho, your lunch and fly boxes are guaranteed a dry ride in this lightweight, breathable pack.

Removable shoulder straps stay separated by the 3D spacer mesh lining the back of the pack. Fresh air can flow across your back and shoulders, even as you cast mid-stream. If you need a waterproof fishing bag to sit happily on the deck while you wrassle with your latest catch, simply remove the shoulder straps. The TiZip zipper on the main compartment won't let water in, and the water-resistant stash pocket is perfect for a plastic baggie with your ID and cash.

The harness system comes with tool attachments and a bit of storage. A rod tube holder on the back of the pack gives you the option of bringing an extra, or your one and only, a safe ride to and from the river. The Patagonia Convertible Vest attaches to this pack when you want more upfront storage and immediate access to nippers, flies, and lip balm. Even if you've forgotten a poncho and a tropical deluge ensues, you'll finish the day knowing your gear will be dry, even if you aren't.


  • Built for serious anglers spending tough days on the river
  • Fully waterproof construction is impenetrable against moisture
  • Mesh back panel wicks moisture, dries quickly, and allows air circulation
  • Exterior rod tube holder lets you walk hands-free
  • Harness and waistbelt system delivers support and comfort
  • Compatible with Patagonia Convertible Vest to up your storage
  • Item #PAT01HG
Responsible Collection
Certified B-Corp
800D nylon, TPU-coating, DWR-coating
28L (1709cu in)
front panel, TiZip zipper
1 front zippered, 1 internal mesh zippered
Claimed Weight
1lb 12oz
Recommended Use
fly fishing
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4 out of 5 stars

December 22, 2020

Great bag, but didnt work out for my use

I've used it several times

I?ve had the Patagonia Stormfront/Stormsurge for a year now. Its a pretty cool waterproof/submergible bag, but fell short for my use. I was using it for casual use, hiking, and work as a photographer. The straps are lightly padded and there is no back padding, which makes it easy to fold in half and pack in my luggage without taking too much space. It?s also fairly lightweight, weighing around 1.8 lbs. Despite the lack of heavy padding, it was comfortable to carry around unless I was packing 30lbs of things (I?m about 140 lbs). The bag is spacious and works great for a weekend trip full of clothes and toiletries. It works great if I need to pack groceries and commute on my bicycle. However, it falls short when the bag is not full. Since there are no compression straps and the back of the backpack is soft, things inside tilt or eventually fall to the bottom. There are no compartments, so you would want to get packing organizers. There is no laptop compartment, so my laptop falls/tilts unless its fully packed. The TZIP is thick and requires a good pull to get the bag open/close, but i?m impressed how it can be submerged. The bag doesn't fully open up well once unzipped so its difficult to see/pull out contents. Sometimes it takes a while to get my camera out because the camera strap would get caught on the zippers. I think the Stormfront/Stormsurge 30L would be perfect for water/boating excursion. For hiking/casual use, a roll-down top would probably suffice. For everyday use, I find the bag too big and impractical as there are no compartments. I wish Patagonia would update the design on their Stormfront/Stormsurge line and perhaps offer a 20L backpack and 8L sling bag. Unfortunately, I parted ways with my Stormsurge and went with the Exped Torrent 20L instead.