John D.wrote a review of Patagonia Refugio Backpack - 1709cu in on March 24, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought this as a light day pack for hiking in the Southwest. After having it out a few days I can say it is perfect for that purpose! Lots of nice features but never feels like overkill. The hydration pocket easily swallows a 2L Camelback and has good equipment for keeping the mouthpiece at hand but out of the way. Main compartment is big enough for a couple extra layers and the secondary compartment has good organizational pouches for odds and ends. Fits very well and never feels awkward at all--a waist strap is unnecessary for a lightweight day pack, IMO, and would just get in the way. The little stash pocket at the top is perfect to keep your phone or camera in easy grasp. Overall this is a great looking and very functional bag for light day use.