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Refugio Pack 28L

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March 31, 2022

Nice Daypack

Nice pack. I just used it for the first time on a birding trip to the outer banks. Not crazy about the front vertical pocket but I guess that it is meant for quick access for documents , etc. It does not have a top lined pocket for sunglasses which I think is a big miss. Otherwise, it was comfortable and fit everything I needed for daytrips out in ... Read Morethe field.

February 23, 2022

Very comfortable! Great backpack!

I love all of the padding on the backpack. I am 57 and it sits nicely on my back. Love all of the pockets in to. Great way to be organized!! Will definitely be purchasing another soon;)

January 24, 2022

Excellent fit for multiple purposes

The backpack is a perfect size for multiple use. Great for work, weekend trips and daily hikes. It fits snug on the shoulders and is stable on hikes. The computer and tablet sleeve are well padded. The two spaces available are well designed for multiple use.

January 15, 2022

Functional backpack for everyday use

Don't know if I can critique this backpack at all. It works so, so well for everyday use. Water bottle pockets work well, laptop sleeve works well, it's a good size. Would recommend. Only suggestion: put nametags into the backpacks to encourage sense of ownership!

December 27, 2021

Durable Backpack!

I ordered this backpack for my significant other for Christmas. The one he was using for work was falling apart and I LOVE my Patagonia backpack. He is so excited to start using it since he has seen how well mine has stood up over time!

December 25, 2021

Refugio pack

Needed a water resistant pack for both school and hiking. Not too big, but accommodates laptop and essentials. Comfortable.

December 17, 2021

Super happy

Well made, versatile backpack. My high schooler loves it!

December 16, 2021

Solid bag but lost key features of previous version

I had a circa 2010 version of this bag and absolutely loved it for a multipurpose work/commute/recreation bag until my son claimed it as his school backpack. Some of the buckles failed and when it could not be repaired Patagonia very kindly replaced it with the new version. I like the new bag well enough and it serves its purpose for bike commuting... Read More with my 15 inch macbook. It is sleek, simple, and discrete, especially in the black color. The fit and carry are great. I like that the compression strap goes over the mouth of a water bottle in the side external pocket to hold the bottle in securely. I agree with other comments that it feels smaller capacity wise than 28L. My main complaint about the bag, especially relative to the previous version, are related to useful design features that were eliminated. First, Patagonia eliminated the top, soft lined stash pocket for quick access to sunglasses, keys, a pen, etc. My last bag, the Osprey Quasar had a similar pocket along with the earlier Refugio and I always used it. It is so convenient. Instead, there's an awkward vertical pocket at the front of the bag, which is a carry over from the older Refugio. This is not super functional because of the shape and I would not put anything in important in there for fear the zipper would slide down exposing items to slipping out. Secondly, the internal organization is lacking. In the main pocket, there's a laptop sleeve that works perfect for my Macbook. On the outside of the laptop sleeve, there's a document sleeve that's only half depth, which doesn't make sense to me. It's not deep enough to protect papers from getting rumpled, so I don't get the purpose. There's a smaller, secondary compartment vertically in front of the main compartment. This is pocket has two smallish organization pockets on the divider panel. The older version has more small pockets up and down the divider panel for biz cards, cords, chargers, pens, storage devices, granola bar, etc., that prevents items from getting lost in the bottom of the bag. Again, the bag works well and I am sure some like that it is streamlined, but items that were eliminated doesn't change the shape or bulk of the bag. And, the elimination of the organizational features makes it less user friendly than the previous version, at least for a working/commuting purpose.

December 3, 2021

Great every day bag

Great durable, casual bag. Fits under the seat of a plane very nicely. Comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

November 26, 2021

Great Purchase

This backpack is very nice. The only thing that was wrong is the labeling on the front is peeling off.

November 22, 2021

Great backpack!

I bought this backpack for my dad. He is a teacher and now uses it every day. Hes also really excited to use it as his personal item when he travels internationally. Now I want one for myself!

November 9, 2021

Smaller than it looks like

I purchased this item after I learned it was the default backpack in Facebook. The materials are high quality and it is well made. However, it is smaller than it looks like. If you look closely at the picture, there is almost no distance between the back and the first zipper, this means that pocket (which is the main one) has very little capacity... Read More. Inside, the tablet inside pocket is very tight; I have a tablet with a keyboard and I cannot fit it there. Overall, I can fit my laptop, a tupperware with my lunch, but if I want to include my noise-cancelling headphones I need to stack it on top of the tupperware. No extra space for a sweater. Finally, while the outside pouches for bottles are high quality as well, they tuck inside, meaning the subtract even more from the space of the backpack.

Response from Patagonia
November 16, 2021

Hi Juan, we're so sorry to hear that the Refugio Backpack 28L didn't meet your needs. We do have larger packs available and one that might interest you is our [Chacabuco Backpack 30L]( It's slightly bigger with ample pocket room, big enough to fit most 15" laptops.

November 4, 2021

Perfect fitb

Have worked in the industry for 25 years. Rolled through plenty of packs in that time. The ones that stand up to the abuse are always Patagonia. Same with the base layers/mid layers I wear. Never trade them for anything. Except for maybe new stuff from Patagonia. Thank you guys for rockin and rollin always! And thanks Yvonne for Black Diamond.

October 24, 2021

Best school backpack

I purchased one for my first son when he went to high school 4yr ago. Skill looking like a new bookbag. Very sturdy and well made. I bought 2nd one again for my other son's junior high school bagpack. I think they will use this bag all through their college years and more.

October 23, 2021

Love. But. Tears up shirts

Absolutely love this backpack, it holds everything I need for work And super light I noticed in previous reviews people complained about the material that against their back tearing up their clothes First time I traveled with it no problem, this last round totally tore up sweatshirt and material was all over the backpack Super bummed, really wish t... Read Morehis backpack wouldve worked.

Response from Patagonia
October 28, 2021

Hi Courtney! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the backpack has caused some abrasion. We completely understand the disappointment. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

October 17, 2021

Comfortable and roomy

Great backpack for school and for every day use. Good pockets with different sizes. Fits binders and laptop.

October 12, 2021

Great backpack

This is our second Patagonia Refugio backpack. We've had our last one for almost ten years. So that should tell you everything you need to know! I love the navy color of this new one. I'm not crazy about the vertical zipper on the front section (I preferred the old tiny compartment on the top of the bag that this model used to have.) But ... Read Moreoverall I love it. It feels great to support a company with such good values.

September 27, 2021

Nice Bag, Not Waterproof!

Generally love this backpack- I use it for school and I occasionally take it to work. It's worked great for the 2 years I've had it- but every time it gets even slightly wet, the inside of the bag is soaked: not great for someone who lives in a rainy place. Other than that, would recommend!

Response from Patagonia
October 6, 2021

Hey Ella! The Refugio Backpack is not intended to be waterproof. So, if you're living in rainy conditions and are looking for more weather resistance from your pack, we'd recommend checking out our [Black Hole]( series.

September 22, 2021

Almost there.

Its got decent storage. However, not enough divided compartments, and the straps feel like theyve got folded cardboard inside of them. Also, not the best at ventilation.

September 22, 2021

Life-changing Backpack

Im honestly going to recommend this backpack to everyone I know. Ive always been someone who thought all backpacks were created equal. This backpack changed my mind and I realize now that nice backpacks are literally life changing. This backpack is so roomy and makes it feel like Im barely carrying anything in it. Its extremely structured and the s... Read Moretraps are amazing and dont dig into your shoulders. Even with my laptop, tablet, notebooks, and everything else I need, it feels and looks like Im carrying nothing. This backpack is 100% worth the money because youll never have to buy another.

Response from Patagonia
October 1, 2021

So glad to hear you're loving this pack, Sam! If you ever need assistance with a repair or warranty issue, know that your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee]( We'll be happy to help!

September 15, 2021

Sturdy backpack

Nice looking, sturdy backpack. Good for school or camping.

September 14, 2021

great quality

perfect for college but also handy as an everyday backpack for more then just school use

September 11, 2021

Great pack!

Very simple yet stylish backpack. I use this for school and work and it fits all my material! Also luckily very easy to clean/disinfect since I work in the medical field!

September 5, 2021

Great backpack

I like how the bag has a nice sleek view but Im not so fond of that it doesnt fit all my books for school and that it isnt water proof

August 29, 2021

Good Daily Driver

Its my every day bag. It hold my stuff and looks good doing it. My 10yr old daughter thinks its cool so maybe that counts for something too?

August 24, 2021

Fits Perfectly.

This Patagonia backpack is replacing an Osprey backpack Ive had for quite a while. Finding one that fits right is a challenge. This backpack fits well and holds all I want to carry for the day.

August 21, 2021


Good materials and super stylish. Good casual everyday carry bag.

August 18, 2021

great pack for work and travel

Love the organization of this super comfy pack. Its sized right for a full day at the office or a day pack for travel with lots of room and great organization. Maybe the best casual daypack I've ever owned!

August 9, 2021


This pack is awesome! Fits everything I need for remote work and overnight travel. Seems to be sturdy and holding up well.

August 5, 2021

Best 25-30 Liter Pack Made

This is a replacement for one that was stolen. I looked at a lot of packs and this was by far the best. The large zipper pocket on the front is great for phone cables, batteries, sunblock, energy bars, or whatever else you need quick access to. The side pouches are perfect for water bottles, hats or sunglasses. The 3 inner zip pockets are good for ... Read Moreanything else you want to carry.

July 29, 2021


It just feels high quality (and it is). The color scheme is just what Ive been looking for. I love the two big pockets, and the two net pockets on the side, it holds lots of stuff and has been used for work, school, and camping :)

July 29, 2021

Great backpack

What a amazing backpack lasts forever and is great!

July 16, 2021

The bag I didnt know I needed

I was confused about a couple design things 1) there is no pen holder 2) inside the back middle pocket, the zippered small organizer pocket doesnt have an opening behind it to slide in items 3) the top handle is thin and not padded 3) what is the front pocket with upward zip for? After using the bag for about a month I have leaned to trust the Pata... Read Moregonia design. The front pocket is perfect for snacks and easily accessible when the bag is flat (when youre not wearing it), and the zippered pocket and top handle function well. I do wish this had a dedicated pen slot, but I just hook a pen inside the non-zippered pocket. Also love how this bag stands up on its own and the side pockets easily hold a 40oz hydro flask or 32oz nalgene.

July 6, 2021

No place for pens, not enough compartments

I'm planning to retire this bag because it doesn't have any pen holders and not enough compartments to store little things I always like to have with me, like pain reliever, eye drops, mints, etc. Overall, it's a very high-quality bag that lasts for years (I'm on my second and it probably has another three years in it). It als... Read Moreo fits under most airplane seats, even if it's full. But I'm tired of being frustrated with too much stuff crammed into its tiny inner stash pockets and "external stash pack." I need something that will help me stay better organized.

July 6, 2021

Purchased as Diaper Bag, Using as Everything Bag!

I couldn't find a backpack type diaper bag that suited my style nor seemed durable enough to withstand being truly used in real life or on adventures. This backpack has the perfect combination of small pockets and large compartments. I got the Skip Hop bottle cooler and pronto changing pad which adds the basic features that backpacks marketed ... Read Moreas diaper bags include. This has plenty of space for those items and for any other clothes, gear, water etc. that we might need when heading out of the house with the baby!

June 25, 2021


Bought this 2 second same backpack for my son. He already had the pack in a different color so he gave me his and I got him the black pack that he wanted. Overall really love the pack and Patagonia in general, only complaint or ask I have is for All their mens long sleeved clothes and outerwear to get longer sleeves options or tall sizes maybe. Hav... Read Moree bought and returned several jacket due to sleeves being so short

June 19, 2021

Well Balanced Bag

I really like the bag, it is fashionable but also feels really good when carrying things. I have taken it traveling and I am planning on using it for school as well

June 12, 2021

Great diaper bag

We were looking for a diaper/kids bag for outings with our preschooler and newborn that didnt scream diaper bag, was easy to open/close, stood up on its own, and held water bottles and all the other stuff we need. This bag has been great! Comfortable for me (5 11) and my husband (6 4). Has the right amount of pockets to keep things organized and ea... Read Moresily holds everything we need: snacks, wipes, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc, changes of clothes for the kids, diapers and diaper fanny pack for easy bathroom trips for diaper changes, 2 water bottles (including big 32oz HydroFlasks), baby carrier, and puffer jackets for 2 adults and kid. And well able to use it as a regular backpack once the kids are older too! Really happy with this purchase!

May 16, 2021

Solid and lightweight

This backpack is pretty much perfect for day trips. Fits a change of clothes, the water bottle side pockets are sufficiently deep that your bottles wont fall out, and the backpack is super light.

May 13, 2021

Cool Design but NOT Super Comfortable

I like the design and color a lot; however the comfort level is less than my expectation. Especially it causes shoulder pain even after a short period of carrying the bag. I suggest anatomy team to work a little more on this.

May 4, 2021

Great School/Work/Day Pack

This pack reminds me of a classic school pack: great space for laptop, books, lunch and water bottle.....and an outside pouch for masks. It's also comfortable enough for short day hikes and explorations with the family

April 22, 2021

Perfect everyday bag

I love this pack. I tend to use this as my everyday, commuter bag. The water bottle pockets are fantastic, I can fit my 32 oz bottle with no issues. The zipper on the very front of the bag is perfect for stashing a light jacket.

April 14, 2021

Backpack Fit

I love the pockets and the size of this bag, but the straps are mildly uncomfortable for heavier loads within the bag.

April 4, 2021

Just right

Great backpack, just the right size. Laptop pocket has a clip, keeps it snug. Plenty of space for a day hike or ultralight 2-3 day. Only wish it had a couple of pen pockets stitched in to the utility pouch in the middle compartment.

March 30, 2021


This pack is great!

March 19, 2021

Comfortable design and fit

I use this bag for work where I keep things light and also when I am going away overnight or hiking/skating and need a place to store my shoes while I skate. I like the pockets the backpack includes. The front pocket is good for easy access things but can also fit a pair shoes if youre going somewhere. First zipper pocket has organizational featu... Read Moreres for small things like lip balm, sunblock, meds, etc. I like that the backpack looks slim but can fit a lot. I really hate other bags for looking so large when you put 1 think in them. This isnt the case here. I am a 60 female and it fits me well and it feels comfortable on my body. The bottle pockets are super stretchy and tall. I can fit a wide reusable water bottle in there easily and there is a strap there for taller bottles/to thin out the bag. The chest clasp is good too. It doesnt feel like itll snap off. I feel like the overall fabric quality is heavy duty and the stitching looks like it will last. The zipper work well. Super happy with my purchase.

February 27, 2021

Just Right

This pack is comfortable, roomy, and the material its made of is tough. I bought it for my son and he's completely happy with this product.

February 27, 2021

Back pack

Fits my needs perfectly!!

February 25, 2021

Perfect Daily Gear Bag

As a designer, I have the need to pack and keep my gear organized throughout the day. This is perfect for carrying my drawing tools, sketchbooks, and tablet for site meetings.

February 25, 2021

Perfect Multipurpose Bag

I use this daily for work and it has plenty of room, I also have packed it several times for short hikes (<1 day long) and feel it's perfect for my needs and uses. Highly recommend if you're looking for something a little nicer than a regular backpack.

February 10, 2021

Great Backpack!!!

Its been a few weeks now of use and Im pretty happy with this product. The back compartment is a bit confusing, but other than that its a very good backpack!

February 1, 2021

Great buy!

Excellent customer service. Great for casual hiking and commuting!

January 30, 2021

Great durable stylish backpack

It arrived very quickly, love the bright color, very durable and well made.

January 16, 2021

Hurts shoulders

If you have a wide neck and or shoulders I can not recommend this pack. Digs into the sides of my neck and makes it very uncomfortable for long wear. Other than that the pack performs as expected. Just make sure its not too small for you before buying

Response from Patagonia
February 23, 2021

We hear you loud and clear on the straps and have made improvements and edits on some day packs that will be coming out for Spring '21. Feel free to reach out to us to get some added information on this, and if you'd like, you can begin a return for this one [here](

January 11, 2021

Perfect for work/travel

Bought this backpack to carry my laptop and use for when I travel. It has gone above and beyond my expectations. It carries my laptop and all my electronic with ease and isn't big and bulky like most other laptop bags I have tried. I appreciate the durable water bottle pockets on both sides. Great pack!

January 3, 2021

Breathable material, but at a cost

I purchased this product to serve as a light backpack for when I&#x27;m skiing or doing short hikes. I was not a fan of the material used on the straps, It feels like flimsy nylon that would rip if I accidentally caught it on a branch or fell in the snow. I would Not feel comfortable storing over 10lbs in this pack. Besides the material used, the... Read More overall design of the pack is well thought out.

Response from Patagonia
February 12, 2021

Thank you for this thoughtful feedback, Steven! The Refugio is designed to be an everyday pack or a travel pack that will work for a hike in a pinch. You may prefer a slightly more technical pack that can be used for everyday or urban use in a pinch. Check out our Nine Trails, Cragsmith, or our winter Snowdrifter pack. Reach out if you'd like any [help]( to return or exchange your pack!

December 31, 2020

Does it fit a 32 oz Nalgene?

Had the previous model, loved it. I'm curious as to whether it fits a 32 oz nalgene. If anybody knows please let me know.

December 24, 2020

Great back pack

Easy to get into, fits shoulder great

November 30, 2020

Great backpack at a great price!

This backpack fits me very well. I find North Face backpacks runs large. I love this bag. It&#x27;s fairly simple and has two AMAZING side pockets that securely holds my canteens. I think all bags should have two side pockets that are functional. Last but not least, I bought this bag as my baby backpack. I returned my eddie bauer baby backpack I bo... Read Moreught from target. The bag was not as spacious, crappy side pockets, and poor material with NO lifetime warranty. Additionally, I got this Patagonia backpack for cheaper the the baby backpack from Target.

November 4, 2020


I love this bag! Very versatile and low maintenance. I used this for work and as gym bag. Highly recommended.

October 31, 2020


Hey guys! I really love the quality of the bag, the zippers are very flush as well. Your color ways are always a plus. I havent purchased a daily backpack from you guys before so I am pretty happy with it. Runs a bit small which is exactly what I was looking for; nothing to heavy, lightweight but durable. The only downsize to this bag is the first ... Read Morezipper compartment, its a little too exposed for my liking but I like the simplicity. All in all I love your products, super happy :)

September 27, 2020

Nothing it won't carry

I do a lot of traveling back home and use this as my overnight bag going from place to place. There is nothing that gets left behind as everything I need has its place in my backpack. Everything from my computer to toothbrush and everything in between. The color is sharp and the bag is durable x 2. I would definitely recommend this backpack to a f... Read Moreamily member or friend and would only get raves. Thank you for such a quality product. It will get used.

September 11, 2020

Savage pack

Yoooo, this is the best backpack Ive had in years, super convenient and affordable! Out here stuuuntin at school and work!

August 4, 2020

Works Great

This pack is great, I use it to commute to work and it holds everything I need! I bike so I put my work clothes in it and it holds everything with space to spare. The pockets all over are great and super useful for holding and organizing all the things I need to carry. The water bottle pockets are so nice.

July 21, 2020

Perfect for my gym commute

I got this bag to be able to carry my gloves and a change of clothes for kickboxing while riding my bike to the gym. I needed something weather resistant because I live in Florida. A week in I got stuck in a huge storm and I am happy to report that the bag held up! Everything inside was perfectly dry, which is good considering I keep my phone in it... Read More. I also use this to keep rock climbing gear in (mainly the harness and shoes) for the indoor gym. I use this bag about 4 to 5 times a week and it hasn't ripped or anything. It has the perfect amount of space for what I need to carry. I would highly recommend for anyone commuting by bike or if you just want a decent backpack that's reliable.

June 17, 2020

Very handy

Got this as a present and I love it.

April 22, 2020

Extremely Durable and Efficient Bag

I purchased 2 of these for my kids when they were in Middle school and my daughter still uses hers and she is about to graduate College! My son completely abuses his and I bought him another one a few years back although he still uses the old one once I put it in the wash lol. Anyways these bags have gone through the ringer being continuously stuff... Read Moreed with heavy books and what have you. Because of how well they lasted, I purchased myself a bag last year with no regrets. This would make a great daypack, travel pack or school backpack. The family now owns 4 and I think I am going to order another for myself to use exclusively at our cabin.

March 2, 2020

Best Commuter/Travel Backpack Out There!

I&#x27;ve purchased several backpacks for daily work/commuter/travel use recently. And I&#x27;ve returned them all. Except for the Refugio. It&#x27;s the keeper and I should&#x27;ve just ordered it first and saved the time and hassle. I find the design both ergonomic and thoughtful. I really like that there are two main compartments and not just ... Read Moreone. The rear section has slots for both laptops and tablets that keep them protected (and from shifting around), along with space for an umbrella, notepads, etc. The forward compartment is great for organizing pens, pocket knives, glasses, and your lunch. Naturally, what you put into yours depends on what you need, but this backpack can easily hold gym clothes and other gear. And there's a third zipped outer compartment that's great for keys, wallets and anything else you want to get to quickly. But I think my favorite feature are the two side pouches. These are both deep and capable of securing pretty much any size cup or bottle. I carry a 20 oz. insulated coffee mug and a 30 oz. insulated mug for iced tea/water. Both slide into those pouches and are held securely. With inferior backpacks I've had one or both of these mugs slide out and hit the ground when I bent over or was getting out of the car. Not with this Refugio pack. Safe and secure! So when you couple these great features with Patagonia's high level of quality - in materials, design, construction, and customer service - you get a pack that you'll come to love and rely on for your daily use.

February 20, 2020

It Backpacks Very Well

Great backpack. Use it everyday for commuting to work, going to gym, playing hoops, and just going about my day in the city with family in tow. Durable and it has all the right pockets, zippers, straps, and whatnots. Fine size for a day hike or light overnighter. I have not experienced any issues with the backpack damaging my clothes as other revie... Read Morewers mentioned. Only minor qualm is the side water bottle holder things could be a bit tighter because my water bottle always falls out when i set the backpack down haphazardly.

January 2, 2020

Love it

Well designed - so well thought out. Great pockets on inside. Feels lighter than it really is. Patagonia 28L backpack is great. Love love love it.

December 30, 2019

Patagonia men’s sweater jacket

Loved it! It is so light weight and super warm in cold weather. Perfect for traveling.

December 29, 2019

Well made product and fast

Well made product and fast shipping.

December 24, 2019

New back pack

Very satisfied with the quality and was impressed with how quickly it arrived. I have always been impressed with the quality and design of the products.

December 23, 2019

Refugio Pack 28L

Perfect size for travel. I can fit my laptop and Ipad and some overnight clothes. Nice and sleek. fits easily under the seat on the plane or overhead.

December 21, 2019

Refugio Bag 28L

I love that this backpack has multiple different pockets within each compartment. I use the center zip compartment on the front of the bag for storing snacks so they&#x27;re always easy to get to. The bag fits nicely and is easily adjustable. I also like that there are clips to strap in water bottles so that they don&#x27;t fall out when I lean ove... Read Morer.

December 17, 2019

The backpack looked great and

The backpack looked great and was very well made. My son is delighted with it.

December 8, 2019

Excellent pack!

Really great spot to organize everything. The size is perfect for a mountain day trip or running off to work and then the gym. Thanks for a super, well-thought design!

November 30, 2019

Daypack is Perfect

Holds all my gear and distributes weight well. No issues with construction or number / size of pockets. Recommended with 5 stars.

November 22, 2019

Classic pack

This is perfect for my MacBook Pro and holds up against the elements on my daily commute.

November 22, 2019

Great daily pack

I use this pack for work and short weekend trips. It has all the bells and whistles you need, but nothing you don't. 2 water bottle holders is great. My one recommendation would be a waist strap for hiking/biking. Other than that, this is the perfect multi-purpose backpack.

November 21, 2019

Back pack

It’s for my 10 year old daughter. She loves it and says it fit just what she needed.

November 20, 2019

Just what I needed!

This backpack is awesome! Nice and roomy for all my stuff!

November 19, 2019

Great all around backpack

This bag follows me to work almost every day and on trips around the globe. It has plenty of storage for everyday commuting use as well as a great travel sidekick. It has a good amount of organization for your computer,passports, cables, earphones and plenty more. the side pockets are perfect for a water bottle and/or your travel coffee mug.

November 16, 2019

Refugio 28L

A great pack, sturdy, well designed and very comfortable. I just wish it had more interior pockets.

November 12, 2019

Great so far

I’ve only had this backpack for a couple of weeks so far but it’s the perfect size, not to bulky or to small, very comfortable to wear, I’ve primarily only used it for everyday use, but I can imagine taking this as a daypack, or even for a couple day trips, it really fits more than you’d expect

November 8, 2019

Super practical

I use this bag to travel. I was able to fit 10 days worth of clothes. I like the front pockets for easy access to passport and handy items.

November 5, 2019

all was fine

all was fine

November 2, 2019


Just the right size and has great compartments. Like the dual water bottle holders on either side.

October 12, 2019

Durability and pilling problems

Both shoulder straps are tearing apart at the seams. I have owned this backpack for two years, and used it for both hiking and for university. The backpack has been taken care of well, but has not held up to the test of time. I have since put tenacious tape over the torn seams which has helped, but planning to send this in for repairs/replacement a... Read Mores soon as I get a break from Uni (which unfortunately will be another few months). One other complaint is that this backpack has ruined multiple of my shirts by causing an incredible amount of pilling in the lower back region. The material used as padding for the back and shoulder straps seems to do a very good job of destroying shirts, flannels, and even my anorak. Have spent many hours trying to repair these items using a razor to remove pills. All that said, the form and function of the backpack are great. I appreciate it's many fairly simple features and its very medium storage size.

Response from Patagonia
October 24, 2019

Thank you for your detailed feedback and we're sorry about the pilling and durability issues with this pack. When you are able to, most definitely send that in to us for a [free repair or a warranty return](

September 27, 2019

Great pack

I love how versatile this pack is. When im not using a black hole pack, this one comes in a close second place. Mainly because it is not as water resistant as the black hole, but it definitely does not let your stuff get soaked in the rain as other backpacks do. The design is great and perfect for everything from school to a short camping trip or h... Read Moreike.

September 26, 2019

28L Textile green

This is an awesome backpack. The greenish/yellow paired with navy is sharp. I originally got the 26L navy and red which I thought too small and exchanged for the 28L which is same price for both sizes however Patagonia was having a sale so that was even better! 28 L is not huge just right, I am 5&#x27;2&quot; and 110 petite it&#x27;s perfect to fit... Read More all my ski wear and beach stuff. Had a jansport 30L but it was lacking pockets for orginizing.

September 23, 2019

Refugio Pack 28L

Excellent. Perfect size and durable. Definitely meets my everyday needs.

September 22, 2019

I love the design

the products are perfect and the quality I love

September 19, 2019

Refugio Pack is perfect for our new high school freshman.

Our son does not have time to go to his locker between classes. This pack handles his laptop, binders, with space to spare.

September 18, 2019

Perfect for college

Bought this pack for my daughter to use at college. It is perfect in every way! She's 5-3 and it fits very well on her body. She loves all the compartments to keep everything separate and organized, plus the water bottle holder is bonus. Purchased in Big Sur Blue. She loves it. Thanks Patagonia!

September 14, 2019

the perfect backpack

Honestly I am extremely picky with backpacks and it tools me months to find this one. If you’re a person on the go, always buys, and always carrying a lot of stuff/always prepared for anything this is Definitely your bag.. I can’t say I use it for its intended purposes (like hiking and whatnot) but I put backpacks through hell and pack with school/... Read Moreminimalistic traveling... this bag also has AMAZING support for you back and literally nothing feels heavy. Love all the pockets love the style and conviene. 10/10 in my opinion

September 14, 2019

Great Pacific blue color, well made.

Zippers are where you need them and overall design is very well thought out and ergonomic.

September 14, 2019

Highly Satisfied Customer

I bought the Refugio 28l for mainly for school, work and weekend trips. This pack is perfect and meets all my needs. Ample space, comfortable, durable, well made, lightweight & plenty of room for books, laptop etc. The kind of high quality you expect from Patagonia. Thanks again, well worth it!

September 12, 2019

Refugio pack 28L

This pack is terrific. The size is perfect. I use the pack for work and it fits all my gear. The pocket in front is great for storing, wallet keys, cell phone ect. The interior of the pack has padding for a lap top but I easily store equipment relative to my work . Great purchase -love Patagonia

September 11, 2019

Great for school, work, or hiking

This is our second refugio pack in 28L that my family has purchased. I love the many storage compartments and size. It’s perfect for older kids or adults to carry and to use. The reason I gave it four stars is that the older model has three compartments on the top which we love and the newer one has a zip up front compartment. Another drawback is t... Read Morehe loss of the smaller zipper compartment on the top. We use the compartment on the older model for things like keys, cell phones, and Kleenex. We don’t have to dig around for what we need. Other than that the quality and space is great!

September 11, 2019

Do everything backpack

This was purchased for use as a diaper bag primarily. It fits everything and more for two kiddos. The great thing is that when we hike it comes along no problem and we don’t have to move things between bags. The water bottle holders are secure even when bending over and moving around a lot. The zippers can also be opened with one hand and are very ... Read Moresmooth. The overall quality of materials and build is excellent.

September 9, 2019

School pack

Bought two Refugio 28L for my 4th and 6th graders and they love their backpacks!

September 7, 2019


I honestly thought it was gonna be a bit bigger but that’s on me. It’s perfect for me. I use it for school and it’s great for carrying my laptop and IPad. Just keep in mind if you have to carry a lot of books do not pick this up. I usually carry my folder and around 4 books which can make the backpack a bit heavy. Overall it’s great for everyday. I... Read Moret’s comfortable, the mesh feels great on my back and shoulders. I do recommend this product for those who are looking for a nibble yet adventurous backpack.

September 7, 2019

Everyday back pack

2nd one I have purchased. Just wish there was a pocket across the front zipper area. Really can’t put anything of importance in there or it will fall out when unzipped all the way down. Otherwise it is perfect!

September 7, 2019

Patagonia does it again!

I got the Refugio 28L Pack to use in place of the messenger back i’ve slung over one shoulder for years and it’s exactly what I was looking for: sleek, sturdy, simple and very functional. Laptop fits snuggly in the padded pocket, the water bottle pockets are spacious and grab the bottle tightly. In the two inner sections and the outer zippered sect... Read Moreion ther are plenty of storage areas and pockets for everything i need. It’s another quality Patagonia product!

September 6, 2019

I love this thing...

I bought this backpack for school and it is honestly perfect, it has pockets for everything without being overwhelming and it simply looks and feels great, it’s the perfect size. I was also delighted when I walked into class and my best friend had bought the same one in black!

September 5, 2019

Great for school

Bought back pack for my high school son. It has several compartments that work great for carry iPad safely, water bottle and front pocket for small items

September 5, 2019


Perfect for my planned mountain hiking. I’ll order it in another color.

September 3, 2019

Good pack for school and hiking

As the title says. I like that the laptop area clips shut and there's a small pocket in front of it for chargers or whatever you decide

September 2, 2019

tough, well built

I love this pack so much that i bought two! (my son fell in love with it too so I had to buy him one)

September 2, 2019

Decent pack. Would love more versatility

Love the look, feel, and wearability of this pack. One thing I wish for is a bit more versatility in terms of the compartments and sections. The front outer pocket is vertical and only useful for tall items. I also wish there were some smaller compartments and some spaces for keys as well as pens / pencils etc

August 31, 2019

Love the backpack. Kind of

Love the backpack. Kind of small for my school stuff, but I’ll make it work!

August 29, 2019

New Work Backpack

I&#x27;d been using a UA backpack for the past 5 or so years and it had just about completely worn out. I&#x27;ve had black hole bags for travel and sling bag I use for fishing so I figured I would give the Refugio a shot. In short, I love it. It&#x27;s got just the right amount of space for my laptop/folders and the mid pocket has a fair amount ... Read Moreof smaller storage pockets inside of it for medicines and such. Water bottle holders on the side work great, I can comfortably hold a tumbler sized cup or a bigger water bottle with no issue. The only part of the backpack that I'm not a huge fan of is the front pocket, having it split down the middle really limits what you can get in there. I've mostly used it for smaller things like pens and such so far.

August 27, 2019

Patagonia 28L Refugio

I love it, I had for many years the earlier model. Used it for camping, school, short trips, until I used it left it out in a very humid climate and it molded. The new model is just as effective, the design as sturdy. Definitely something I endorse.

August 26, 2019

functional and cute!

Great everyday bag for books and daily needs.

August 21, 2019

Terrific for travel

I used this walking through London and the urban environments of Germany. The size is terrific, not so much space that it got really heavy, but big enough to tote multiple rain jackets, an iPad and some food and water for myself and my family. &quot;Filled&quot; I could still move around trains and pedestrian areas without becoming an annoyance (we... Read Morell, with the backpack) to others. Two external pockets for water worked well, and the separate enclosure was great for keeping my iPad separated from food and detritis. The small pockets inside the compartments allowed me to keep track of passports, keys and money. I really enjoyed this. Initially I was concerned about not having a waist belt, but determined that keeping my pack light was key to enjoying travel and having the pack on my back.

August 21, 2019

Refugio 28L (mens)

I very much enjoy the pack overall. The color schemes available provide nice options for customers. Big fan of the side pouches capable of fitting my 32oz water bottle. My only gripe with the back pack itself is that there aren&#x27;t enough compartments for smaller items or for a bit more internal organization specifically in the middle pouch. Als... Read Moreo, the sun glasses pouch that has been featured on some of your back packs in the past is something that I miss from this design. Overall, I enjoy the back pack and I'll survive without a little less organization. Have a good day.

August 20, 2019

Refugio Pack 28L

This is a great all around backpack. I have been using it daily for commuting and wasn&#x27;t sure it would fit my 15&quot; MacBook that has a protective case but it fit perfectly in the padded sleeve of the backpack. We&#x27;ve use the pack for day trips around town and taking it full of kids snacks and diapers for a day at the baseball park. I re... Read Moreally like the water pockets wide enough for a 32-0z. Nalgene bottle. If I could make one change it would be incorporating a small padded pocket in the top for sunglasses. My wife wore it around the city for a few hours and she didn't like the way the straps felt nor did the cross-chest strap fit. I know there's a women's version available which may address these concerns in their design. I'm really happy with the pack and highly recommend.

August 17, 2019

Great bag

Love this backpack. Got it for my daughter for school. Lots of pockets, awesome color and holds her 32oz Hydroflask in the side pocket perfectly!

August 16, 2019

love it!

I love this bag - tons of space for textbooks, notebooks, etc. and love the color! I would give it 5 stars but the laptop compartment is not as secure as in north face bags ive had!

August 15, 2019

fits all

all you need for a day hike or an overnight. School bag too and lots of space and pockets. Good zippers.

August 15, 2019

Not as nice as the previous version

Still a great backpack, but subtle changes removed some nice features that were included on my older version. The new version doesn’t have the cloth top pocket for glasses.

August 14, 2019

Reflugio 28L Backpack - Unbeatable Quality

This is only the second backpack that I&#x27;ve owned in 10 years. I bought a Patagonia backpack about 10 years ago and it has lasted through 8 years of school, handfuls of adventures, and is now hanging on my wall covered in patches from all the places it has seen. If you&#x27;re looking for a reliable backpack that can be used for any adventure i... Read Moren years to come, then this is the only backpack that I would recommend.

August 12, 2019

Great carry along!

Thoughtful pockets and placement. Love it, worth the price!

August 12, 2019

Great work bag

Great laptop bag/work bag. Have traveled with it once and been my day to day go to for several weeks now. Really like it. Can be a bit noisy but overall very good.

August 10, 2019

Great all purpose backpack

Currently using this for short work trips - large enough for laptop and overnight stuff and great for plane travel. Will shortly be using on first vacation so more air travel then pack for hiking. Looks great too.

August 10, 2019

Not enough little pockets and should have a full padded laptop sleeve

It looks nice and works fine. I wish it had some of those skinny pockets for pens, that would be a helpful little feature. But my main problem is that the laptop sleeve covers about 2/3 of my 15” MacBook, leaving about 1/3 exposed where it could get scratched when you pull other things in and out of the pack. It would be great if they added a few i... Read Morenches of the sleeve so the entire laptop is protected when it’s in there. Right now I have an additional separate laptop sleeve in there to keep it all padded. Kind of annoying.

May 9, 2019

Great style and quality

Great style and quality

May 8, 2019

Comfortable and spacious

I use this for school & it serves its purpose well!

May 8, 2019

Paris trip

Loved it! Very versatile. Wore it everyday while traveling throughout Paris, stuffed it with 1.5l water bottle on each side and had our jacket and sweaters, etc....inside and snacks. Loved it, the finish has a nice sheen to it which I like. Don’t know how waterproof it is because it only lightly sprinkled on my trip. I highly recommend it.

May 8, 2019

Refugio Pack 28L

This backpack is the best one I’ve ever owned. Compact yet enough room for daily travel. I’d highly recommend the Refugio Pack 28L

May 8, 2019

Nice fit!

I got this backpack for field work to carry my ruggedized tablet and cords in. It works great! Side pockets work well for a water bottle on one side and sunscreen on the other!

April 16, 2019

Ruined all my jackets and shirts

I love this backpack but the only bad part is that it completely ruins the lower back of my jackets and shirts. I can’t completely give it a 1 Star bc it’s a decent backpack size and stuff but Honestly I would stop using it if it wasn’t the only backpack I own.

March 25, 2019

Tears up clothing

I really loved this backpack at first for work. The design/look, space, pockets. A great balanced set up for the price. Read few reviews stating that it ruined some of their clothing. Wasn&#x27;t too concered about it too much til it actually happened to me. I noticed today that there was small holes on my polo shirt after work. Was pretty disapoin... Read Moreted. I recommend to simply not that put that type of material on the back panel and shoulder harness. They need to fix that on their future work asap. Whoever is reading this beware of your clothing that day. Honestly I don't know if I should get a new daily backpack now or I'll just have to wear clothing I careless and use it only when I go climbing.

February 19, 2019

Love it!

One of the best Backpacks i ever own, super light and with a lot of space to fit all i need.

February 5, 2019

Do not use in heavy rain

This is a fine backpack for most normal uses, but if you are looking for a bag that will protect what you&#x27;re carrying from heavy rain this is not your best bet. Until today I have been very happy, but today I walked for 10 minutes in very heavy tropical rain and got home to find all of the important papers and my laptop inside completely soake... Read Mored. My laptop is now unable to turn on and I fear completely ruined.

December 19, 2018

Best lightweight, large capacity pack I own

Highly encouraged by sheer ownership, and the discreet logo being almost hidden enough to make me wonder, I looked up this company (Patagonia) to see what else they made... I ride BMX bikes alot, but also ride MTB and road bikes frequently, and just generally enjoy using a backpack to carry things in. I&#x27;ve had to carry a briefcase in a previo... Read Moreus business I was in, and thank you Lord, I'm on my way to opening a bike shop soon, and I'll be using this backpack for my daily commute. (Riding a bike with a hard, square, briefcase while wearing a suit?!) I own several backpacks but this is my favorite to get to use, being lightweight, yet holding alot, and also being comfortable to wear. Summer or winter, this pack seems to be a great choice for riding. It has two huge side mesh pockets w elastic for drinks/gloves/tools/snacks/ whatever. The front vertical zip pocket is different, but large enough to be easily utilized.. For me, it became the perfect spot for my rather large JBL Charge 3 bluetooth speaker so that I could play it while riding, yet be able to hear it, access it easily, and not be vulnerable to theft, damage, etc. This pack seems to be feather-lite when empty and almost unnoticeable to wear, yet holds an amazing amount of stuff when it's packed,

December 4, 2018

Not too small, not too big, just right.

I use this pack as an everyday utilitarian pack, beach, work, weekend trips. I like the shape. It feels slightly taller and less wide than some other packs I’ve had. The vertical outer pocket is convienent for accessing regular items like keys of boarding passes. Only point of improvement is the water bottle pockets in my opinion. In my experienc... Read Moree the stretchy material dry rot after years and then you can’t use them for bottles because they fall out. I’d prefer an adjustable strap to secure the item. With the pocket similar to the strap above it used for compressing the pack when packed.

November 17, 2018

Great Adenture Pack

I got this back back in 2016, and it has been working great for me ever since. I usually have to get a new backpack every year but ever since I got this one, I have been saving a lot of money. I have used this pack everywhere, from going down to the beach, or doing some serious hiking, or even just using it to go to school. I have even used this pa... Read Moreck a few time for when I have gone backpacking, it was able to hold my hammock, straps, food, blanket, and nano puff/ torrentshell. I have had to walk through the rain, and once I reached my final destination I was relieved to know my stuff was still dry.

October 12, 2018


I was super excited to get my Refugio 28L because my sister has one from Spring 2017. When I received this pack I was very disappointed at the loss of the fleece lined sun glass pocket as well as the lack of as many organizational compartments in the middle pocket. The front pocket with the vertical zipper serves almost no practical purpose and wou... Read Moreld be much better if there was still the little pocket on the inside like in the previous models. The pack still looks sick and is very comfortable, but beyond the external beauty of the backpack a lot of the organizational features that made old models of this backpack truly shine have been gotten rid of unfortunately. I hope to see the Refugio's updated exterior matched with a few of the features that made the older Refugios incredible backpacks.

July 5, 2018

Not as good as old style Refugio

I used to have the older version of the refugio backpack. It broke and I replaced it with this new version. I have to say that I much prefer my old backpack. This one just doesn&#x27;t live up. The zipper going vertically through the center of the pack is essentially pointless,I have yet to find anything I could possibly store in a slot like that. ... Read MoreThe space isn't as great. The only aspect of the pack that I like is the slot specifically fitted to hold a laptop. Overall,unimpressed,go back to the basics,guys.

May 4, 2018

A Great Airport Travel Companion

I have waited 2 months before writing the review to make sure I get it right. This pack is a very good airport travel pack. It fits the bill for a separate laptop compartment,so easy to slide in and out of TSA and it holds lots of stuff. The middle pocket is the largest- holds a ton of stuff,the front pocket holds plenty with smaller org and zip po... Read Moreckets. Pro's holds a lot,3 zip compartments,material better than I first thought,shoulder straps very comfortable with a weighted pack. Cons: Zipped pockets only go 3/4 so you gotta dig to get stuff in bottom out- I mean dig- a few times I thought I did not bring something as it got lost in the bottom. The other con is there is no small top zip like my last Patagonia pack so wallet/keys etc get thrown into the cavern

April 28, 2018


Bought for myself during the Christmas,amazing size but my only problem is that the breathable mesh on one of the straps is becoming undone. It's causes a poking,scratchy feeling when wearing a short sleeve tee with the bag.

April 23, 2018

Ruins clothes

I read other reviews about this but thought they were maybe odd situations. Nope. Has already ruined a hoodie and a tshirt that I loved. In general the backpack is not very comfortable either to begin with. Sure,I&#x27;m a broad shouldered guy but I&#x27;m no Arnold yet this backpack kills my traps and shoulder. The straps are way too close togethe... Read Morer

February 25, 2018

Quality Product

I needed something light and available for commuting. Found just what I needed in the 28L. Our Rock Creek store didn't have a variety of colors to choose from (I ended up with the red pack) but it still serves its purpose.

February 1, 2018

Loved it,but...

This was a requested Christmas gift. I loved the look and design of it. Probably my favorite backpack I&#x27;ve ever had until I realized there was something terribly wrong with this pack; it was honestly ruining any and all clothing I was wearing with it. On two different occasions I wore brand new clothes (shirt and sweatshirt) and it completely ... Read Moreruin ones the lower backside of my clothes. Piling all over it from the rough mesh on the back of the pack. Super disappointed because I loved this bag! I wish I had read the other reviews with similar issues before hand!

October 15, 2017

Solid backpack,but with a few design flaws

I have a 4 year old Refugio pack that I loved and used heavily ever since I got it. It still looks great after everything I&#x27;ve put it through. I bought a new Refugio this year since I was wanting a new color,and gave my old one to a family member. I loved that it was very water resistant - I walked in the rain with my laptop in the bag frequen... Read Moretly and never worried about any damage. The separate laptop pocket in the new one is nice. However,my main issue is the placement and design of the water bottle pockets. It's almost impossible to get a water bottle in there while you are wearing the bag,if there is anything inside the bag. I have to ask for help putting in my water bottle. I did not have this issue with my old one.

October 5, 2017

good design but ruins all clothing

I bought this backpack a month ago and was very excited for my first Patagonia product! It&#x27;s an awesome design but ruins every type of material I own. It has ruined knit sweaters,cotton t-shirts,fleece hoodies and polyester leggings. I messaged a customer service agent who said they never heard of this issue before (even though Aaron posted on... Read More here before me) and I would receive in-store credit and suggested a new backpack with the same mesh backing. It would be cheaper for me to buy a new backpack than purchasing replacements of the destroyed items. I'm switching back to NorthFace.

September 10, 2017

Great back pack but..

I chose the Refugio backpack after trying several others at REI. The fit is great. Comfortable. With the right amount of internal compartments to stay organized while leaving enough room for large items. My only complaint is regarding the breathable mesh. It causes piling on my t-shirts,especially on the lower back area. Initially I thought I was... Read More being petty or that it was due to cheap t-shirt fabric material. However,after ruining a few t-shirts I'm now ready to retire this backpack. It is cheaper to bay a new backpack that continue ruining my favorite tees.

July 22, 2017

Amazing Pack,Even Better Customer Sevice

I was in Chicago for the day,with my old Refugio in tow,and I decided to stop in the Patagonia store to get out of the rain. (If only I had my torrent shell) I looked around for a bit and realized I&#x27;d been meaning to get the top handle fixed on my bag,which ripped completely off ina freak situation. They were more than helpful and told me the... Read Morey've could take it off my hands and hav it shipped out right then and there. I couldn't do that since I had all my stuff in it for the day,so they gave me a form to ship it with once I was back home and it's would be repaired for free,except for shipping. I was more than happy. I perused the store for a bit more when one of the employees came up to me and asked how attached I was to the bag. Slightly confused,I said not at all,and he told me they'd just take the bag off my hands now and give me the brand new model! I walked out of the store into the rain as happy as could be,with my brand new pack in tow. (The Refugio was already my favorite bad,the new model just perfects it) I had an amazing experience and wish I could thank the Chicago staff more! You already had a lifetime customer,but now I'm even more convinced that you guys not only have the best products,but the best people as well! Cheers from Michigan!

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