Crystal K.wrote a review of Patagonia Mate Pack - 1832cu in on February 15, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been using this back heavily over the past week and so far I'm very happy. I wanted a bag that could lug around all my day to day stuff for school, that I could use while riding my bike, and that I could use for day hikes. This bag has everything I need for all those things and then some. First, the bag is huge. At about 1800 cu in (vs the more common 1500 cu in), it is big enough to hold it all: a large water bottle on one side, a can of soup and a thermos of coffee on the other side, either a 13 in or 15 in laptop, charger, a full day's worth of food for an average eater, three textbooks, two binders plus folders, a big pencil case, cell phone, wallet, planners, large calculator, an extra layer, and more. I'm a girl 150lbs 5'10"and the bag feels large but not too large that it's awkward. I got the red, which looks more like the pictures of the orange (sweet!) because it is so bright. I was worried that it would be more ski patrol red, but it's not. It's a bright orange-red, which I love! It will def help with visibility on the roadways. It's comfortable and padded enough to wear for long periods. I wasn't sure about the fit given that it doesn't have a chest strap, but the shoulder straps are shaped in a way that helps it stay put even while running to get to class on time. Obviously, it has only been a week for me, so I can't attest to the durability for sure, but it looks like it is built well. The fabric on the bottom is thick and more textured. The stitching is well done with lots of reinforcements in logical places. I?m in love!