Andrew Chasewrote a review of Patagonia Ascensionist 40L Backpack on July 1, 2019
I bought this bag after reading everyone’s reviews, I feel like I was lied to. I discovered how flawed this pack design was while packing for a climb. I can’t give you a performance review because this pack was so poorly designed to carry a full climbing load, that I brought an old worn out Osprey pack instead. First off this pack has no frame so when you put your hydration pouch in the pack you have this horribly uncomfortable hump which throws you pack off balance. The hole for the hydration hose is annoyingly way to small, and is very difficult to get a standard camel back mouth piece through, and rather than coming out over the shoulder strap, it comes right out the middle of you back, so the hose sits awkwardly behind your neck. And once a full 3L camel back is loaded up, there’s minimal room for the rest of your gear. Another major flaw is the securing strap which keeps the brain secure. When the strap is pulled tight it slips loose from the bottom loop and comes completely undone. Poor design from Patagonia. I wish I could return this bag and get my money back.