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Patagonia Refugio Pack 28L Reviews

94 reviews
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Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

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92 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 6/23/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Are you kidding me? Sickest backpack ever! The pockets are sweet, the colors kick A, and there's a whistle on the sternum strap/buckle. Just think, if Leo had this backpack when he was on the Titanic, would he have drowned? No way!

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2 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 2/13/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I tried this backpack on last night and could feel it pulling and cutting into my shoulders but I thought maybe it would be wear better with weight in it. I was wrong it got worse. I'm a 5'4" female and a college student. I only had one textbook (I left out the giant one this morning), my laptop (fits my 15" ultra thin Asus perfectly), a notebook, and some pens and by the end of the day I could no longer stand the discomfort it caused to my shoulders. It's like the straps are too close together at the top. That being said it is a cute pack and it does not lay awkwardly when worn. I liked the pockets in the front and the lined zip pocket up top. I also like the across the chest strap because you can move it up or down so it doesn't smoosh your chest awkwardly. Unfortunately, it was too uncomfortable so it has to back.

Additional 74 Refugio Pack 28L Patagonia Reviews

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3 people found this review helpful  

October 3, 2010

Anonymous

from Northern California

As always, Zappos' service and delivery is spectacular. The backpack is equally impressive. I had a North Face pack that just wasn't cutting it so I decided to try something else and this hit the spot. It looks great and has all the features and functions I love. It's the perfect size. Big enough to carry a decent load, but not too big to give you back problems. It fits ultra comfortable and it has solid construction. I'm happy with it. Highly recommended.

Brands I'd also recommend: Patagonia, Black Diamond, Five Ten, Petzl

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 14, 2011

Sean P

from California

Very well made pack. Just the right amount of pockets and space for me. Lightweight and durable from my daily use so far. Comfortably fits my 15 laptop, and other items I use throughout the day. I really like the front pocket. It has an unconventional zipper design that goes up and down with mesh to keep things from falling out. I use it to relieve my phone, iPod, wallet, etc. from my pockets, and also keep them at an easy access point instead of digging through a deeper pocket. When I was shopping for a bag I chose between the Refugio and the Yerba. They are very similar, but the Refugio had a couple extra pockets and all of them are zipped, which were big pluses for me. Only negative I have found is that the adjustments for the shoulder straps get loose easily, so I have to pull them to the desired length pretty often.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 6, 2011

Anonymous

from Big Rapids, Michigan

This is an awesome backpack! There is tons of space in both large pockets, and the outer one with the vertical zipper is quite spacious too; it only takes a bit of maneuvering to fit certain items in there. The color is incredible too, very bright and very vivid! The only complaint I have is that due to my height (a bit under 5'5"), the bottom of the backpack rests on my bum basically. If you're a woman shorter than me, you may find some discomfort with the size and where it hits your body. Overall incredible and a pleasing purchase!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 6, 2011

Darcey M

from Orlando, Florida

I really love my new backpack. I chose the Patagonia Refugio because as a college student I needed something that could carry my books and laptop without killing my back. This does exactly that. I also moved to Florida during the rainy season and wanted something waterproof. This backpack was put the test the day I got it. While I arrived to class wringing water out of my clothes, my backpack and its contents remained dry (except for the first small pocket in front, it does not have the double layer of fabric to keep items dry). Definitely worth the price! My only complaint is that when I got it there was a small tear on the inside where the padding for the laptop compartment is kept. I didn't have the time to send it back in and it should be an easy fix on my own.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 15, 2011

Anonymous

from baltimore, md

Love the colors and it is super roomy! I can fit my gym stuff in the front pocket and the front interior has many small pockets to place chapstick, cell phone, and keys. The back main pocket is pretty big as well. I'm a student so I am carrying tons of books, my computer, and change of clothes with me and this backpack does the job. The straps are easily adjustable. I haven't had to wash or clean the bag yet. The side pockets are huge! I can fit an umbrella in one and a large water bottle in the other. Highly recommend this! I looked at the North Face Borealis too but I liked the color choices better for Patagonia.

Brands I'd also recommend: the north face, timbuk2

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 10, 2011

Matt C

from West Palm Beach, Florida

I know it's just a day pack but I am currently on a 3 week train trek across the States and have been able to place everything in here (I'm travelling relatively lightly for sure) and this bag has been great. Very roomy but not a burden. And once I get settled I will still be uing it just as much with my laptop, the area they designated for that is designed real well. So, great bag.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 4, 2011

Michelle

from Reston, VA

Perfect backpack for work! I am a teacher who walks to school, and this will be great to hold all my essentials. Never thought I'd be giddy to get a backpack again!

Brands I'd also recommend: North Face, Marmot, Merell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 1, 2011

Trapper Y

from Provo, UT

Awesome backpack! I bought it for returning to grad school. I needed something with a laptop sleeve, but also wanted something that would be functional beyond school for day hikes or other small adventures. This fit the bill perfectly. I'm glad I went with the 28L instead of the smaller one. It isn't bulky at all, but has plenty of room for everything. I can tell it's made really well, and can't wait to get some use out of it. Love the forge grey color too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2011

K10 C

 

Are you kidding me? Sickest backpack ever! The pockets are sweet, the colors kick A, and there's a whistle on the sternum strap/buckle. Just think, if Leo had this backpack when he was on the Titanic, would he have drowned? No way!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 12, 2011

SC T

from Orangeburg, SC

Love it...the colors are really cute, tons of pockets, comfortable, holds lots of stuff. Two of my favorite features are the fleece-lined sunglasses pocket at the top and how deep the 2 water bottle pockets are. This is my 1st Patagonia product and thanks to this amazing backpack it won't be my last!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 10, 2011

Terri E

from Santa Barbara, CA

Well made, good quality, light weight, hardly know it is on. Looking forward to taking it to Africa.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 15, 2011

Anonymous

from Washington DC

These are very comfortable, and not too big. I do not haul a whole lot in it but use it daily as my bag for work. It usually has a couple pairs of scrubs, some papers/books, and a ton of snacks. I can fit my large water bottle easily in a side pocket. I have not used the laptop section in the main compartment other than for books but appreciate having that option in there, and the structure of the back helps keep it very comfortable. I really like the size of the front two pockets, everything is very accessible, even when I have something shoved down to the very bottom. I would definitely purchase this bag again!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 16, 2011

Anonymous

from Darien, CT

Love this backpack. It's lightweight and lots of pockets. I chose it because it was one of the few I could find with a water-resistant finish and I was expecting to be in a lot of rain. It's very roomy inside and I found it comfortable to wear, even fully packed. Good sized backpack for a average sized woman -- not too long. I loved the chamois-lined pocket at top for my i-phone and camera because they were always handy and protected! Wasn't crazy about the colors but my husband thought it was cute.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 2, 2011

Anonymous

from chicago, il

Great everyday backpack. Not too large for girls. This colorway is hot. I love the front zip. Its many pockets are very useful. Light, practical, yet fun.

Brands I'd also recommend: arcteryx, moncler

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 23, 2011

Ashley B

from NH

Love the backpack. It has many compartments, including a felt lined pocket towards the top of the bag to fit a cell phone, iPod, ear phones, etc; anything small you want protected from scratching. It includes a safety whistle, which is an added bonus. Very comfy with the mesh/padded back, which is handy when you fill it to the max.

Brands I'd also recommend: adidas, nike, new balance, dc, dakine, jan sport

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 20, 2011

Ashley B

from NH

Love this bag for its colors and numerous pockets of space. It is so comfortable even when full-padded back and arm straps-I was at the airport with this and was very pleased.

Brands I'd also recommend: Adidas

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 11, 2011

Anonymous

 

It was a gift for my nephew; he loved it! He works for a big online company and uses it to commute to work each day. Great product.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 28, 2010

Anonymous

from Princeton, NJ

The Good: Very elegant, minimalist styling (I purchased the black/black combo). Lots of pockets for a variety of things, including a mesh water bottle pocket on each side, a zip-up flap on the front with a pocket inside, a larger pocket behind that with several slots for pens, calculators, cell phone, whatever. The main storage area has a laptop pocket, which accommodates up to 17" laptops. The lining is only nylon though, so perhaps consider getting a sleeve for additional protection. The main area also has a small divider flap at the bottom, for separating books or folders. Both the main and front pockets go all the way down to the base of the bag, so there's plenty of storage space. Also there is one small pocket on top of the bag, which is lined with some kind of fleece; clearly meant for an MP3 player or cell phone. Has a sternum cross-strap for additional security, the shoulder straps curve out and are cushioned, and the "back" of the bag is meshed to wick away sweat. The Bad: Not much, just a few things I wish it had. For one, the main compartment's zippers don't go all the way to the base of the bag, which does make it a little difficult to get things in or out. Also, wish the bottom was rubber-lined (Timbuk2 does this) for more grip. For this it gets 4/5 stars in style. The Bottom Line: Excellent, excellent bag. Durable materials, lots of space and compartmentalization, and very comfortable to carry even while full. I used my last backpack for nearly 8 years and I expect this one to last just as long.

Brands I'd also recommend: Patagonia, The North Face, Timbuk2, Ogio

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 15, 2010

Anonymous

from Seattle

Great backpack! Great waterproof material, lots of pockets, and compartments. It fit my laptop, the extension cord, two small books, a notebook, a file folder; all the regular contents of my purse and it still had room for much more. The only problem was, I am 5'2 and this backpack is way too long on me. It was annoying to walk and hit the back of my legs with every step. So I gave it to my sister who is 5 9 and she loves it and she gave me her old Patagonia, which of course is a great brand to have.

Brands I'd also recommend: The North Face

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 14, 2010

Anonymous

from New York

I love this backpack, it holds my 17" laptop with room for other things. I received it in 1/2 of the estimated shipping time. I would highly recommend this backpack, especially if you have to carry a heavy load.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 31, 2010

Jenny N

from Knoxville, TN

I love this backpack. A fellow grad student had one in the green and I was green with envy. I almost got the same color (my daughter told me we'd be "backpack buddies") but I went for the Rockwall color. Love it. It has 2 main zippered compartments; the smaller one has a whole side of pen pockets, a key hook, pockets for wallets, keys, or whatever else you may carry. The larger section has a padded sleeve for your laptop (or iPad, in my case) and small pocket at the front of the compartment. The front has a small compartment with a vertical zipper and a sleeve that sections off the bottom of that compartment. The two side pockets are handy for short umbrellas or water bottles or whatever. And my favorite compartment is has a small velour-lined zippered pocket at the top of the backpack for my phone or iPod or whatever needs a soft place to land. This bag lets me carry a lot of weight comfortably (books, iPad, lunch, water, wallet and other personal stuff) and I think it looks great doing it. The lack of a waist belt doesn't bother me (I don't usually use the chest thingie either).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 8, 2011

Britt V

from United States

I love the channel blue color, great compartments and design. Just not the best for a 5'3 woman.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 30, 2010

Anonymous

from St. Petersburg, FL

Nice-looking, lightweight pack! The Refugio's size is "just right" for managing laptop, books, files and other essentials on trips & feels good balanced on your back instead of over-the-shoulder bags used in the past.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 7, 2014

KM

from New York

I love all Patagonia products and this backpack is no exception. The side pockets are great for water bottles, umbrellas, or quick access to cell phone or keys. The laptop sleeve works great. I love the small zipper at the top for my headphones or lip balm. The top loop is reinforced and super sturdy for hanging on hooks. The padding makes for a comfortable fit. Highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 24, 2013

Olga

 

Absolutely love this back pack! I thought that it was going to look a bit too long on me (I am 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130lb), but it actually fits my frame perfectly. It is super comfortable, and very spacious. I can fit a laptop, a huge text book, a binder in it, and there is still plenty of space.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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