Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of Patagonia Toromiro 22L Backpack on August 18, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this on a whim from SAC - it was cheap and orange and Patagonia makes quality bags. I thought I would use it for a week and be over it and probably give it away.
This thing ROCKS. I normally hate bucket opening bags for 22L, this thing can hold a ton! I'm talking a weekend trip ton. Most 22L bags I own (I have a few...) are messenger style or suitcase style and don't leave room for the odd shaped items. Once you put a laptop in one of those bags, it's all over. NOT WITH THE TOROMIRO! Seriously, I'm excited because everything is awesome.
First of all, it fits great. I am 5'2" with an athletic build and it's super comfy. My fiance wears it when we hike and he's 5'10", also athletic. Why would I take this hiking? Simple... this bag is great for work and play! First choice for hiking? Not so much, but when I only have room to pack one bag for work and play, this is the one I use.
Style - I thought I would despise the bucket opening and top lid zipper. I thought I would lose things in the large main compartment and things would just fall out of the top zipper opening. NOPE. Nothing sloshes around awkwardly either. Things stay put in the top zipper and even when I accidentally leave open I don't lose things!
I think the biggest win for me was using this on a recent 6 week business trip to Costa Rica. I knew I wanted to explore on the weekends, but I also needed a daily to and from work bag. It was rainy season in Costa Rica, and this bag got DOWNPOURED on daily. With my work laptop in tow, I was concerned initially but after a few treks back to my hotel and hoping for the best, the bag was soaked by contents DRY.
I don't recommend submerging this, as it's not waterproof... but to and from in the rain, the resistance definitely holds up.
Not only was this a big win for me, but being able to empty work contents and pack it for the weekend (Friday-Sunday) was amazing! I shoved my hiking gear, extra food, water, pj's and toiletries in the 22L and off I went! I clipped extra shoes on the outside as well as some other gear.
Don't get me wrong, this was stuffed full, but I always had full access to the zippered parts. Usually, when I fill a bag, it restricts all the other compartments and I hate it.
I took this bag on volcano hikes, beach trips (with really dirty volcanic sand), resort trips, and many bus trips. This thing is filthy, but you can't tell. It still looks pretty new... which is shocking.
I thought the sand would never come out.... I held it upside down and gave it a shake and you can't even tell it went to a beach.
The ONLY thing that shows wear and tear on my bag is the straps, and only because one time I wore a blue shirt hiking and it rained. Combining sweat and rain and straps - they show a little faint blue color from the dye.
No complaints. Ordering another one in another color just for fun. Check SAC!