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Arbor roll top pack 30L
I was looking for a good lightweight practical travel pack, and I was attracted to the colors and read the positive reviews, so I ordered this pack. I really like this pack, but I dont love it. It checked off most of my list except that it does not have enough large internal pockets, extra slots or hidey compartments. I do like the side zip which a... Read Morellows me to access the inside so I do not have to always unroll the top. I like that the top can be rolled down if there is less in the pack, or unrolled when you want to put more inside, like a jacket. I also wish there were more gear loops to put carabiners on the front or side of the pack (I only saw ones on the straps and the bottom.) I ended up putting a carabiner inside the front snap so I can secure my Hydro flask sitting in the side pocket. It would have been a deal breaker for me if there were no side pockets. I put my ID tag in the zipper pull of the front pocket.
I was in need of a flexible and comfortable backpack to take on flights. This works well. The roll top allows for expansion for my coat or other things. The side zip feature for my laptop was very convenient while going through security. Also, storage are for laptop was well padded. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
Too large and too thin
The backpack design is nice-has commuter/traveler vibe. However, its like a shell and too thin. It has a big space and if you dont fill the backpack then things are going to roll inside. Im a bit disappointed but probably going to use it for travelling.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Hey Kira, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that you're disappointed in the pack. That is the last thing we want our customers to experience, so you're welcome to send it back and [check out our other options](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/luggage).
I really love the bag it runs a little big for me but it doesn't bother me at all! Its super spacious so I can literally fit anything and everything in there. Im a student so a lot of the times I can just carry my school work, lunch, laptop and others in bag and I would only need this bag! I didn't feel a need to carry an extra tote or an... Read Moreything to help me carry more stuff!
Good rolltop pack
This pack has a lot to like: Discreet look, comfortable when loaded, durable fabric, easy access for laptop and dual water bottle holders. Only thing missing is a slightly larger interior zip pouch to help with organizing. The current one is only big enough for keys.
Got the pack to use commuting and moving from class to class as a teacher. Love the two side water bottle pouches. The inner key catch is key as the front pouch holds more than I could imagine, lunch, pens, mouse, lesson plans etc. I know its not the typical Patagonia take it to the high peaks review but this thing is tops!
The best multi use backpack that looks professional if necessary
If youre on the fence about buying this bag for work, do it. It looks nice, holds a lot, and doesnt look or feel huge when youre carrying it. Im also able to fit my yoga mat in it when its unrolled. Very multi-functional. Get it (if you need it)!
I am recently looking for the just right every day backpack for my commute to work which involves walking or public transportation. I have nothing but good things to say about this bag but I will be returning for something that blends better with my work wardrobe. I am particular about how I use my bags and wanted an open-mouth, single interior com... Read Morepartment backpack with padded laptop pocket. I determined after testing a few zip top packs that I need a backpack on the large size, but also size-flexible to accommodate a variety of goods I may be taking with me on any given day day. Roll top bags seemed like the perfect adjustable solution. I appreciate the artful color blocked minimalist style of this bag (kind of hard to find a backpack that works hard functionally but doesn't look super utilitarian- again, my plan was to use for work). Also appreciate other design features such as the bottle pockets on each side of the bag that are NOT a black mesh, as is typical of so many other backpacks. (another specifically personal style preference!) This is truly a BIG BAG and for a person who would need to carry laptop, charger cords, purse, tupperwares for lunch & breakfast, snacks, shoes, scarf/hat, I packed this up and had no concerns about fitting all of this and still being able to stuff a light jacket on top at the end of the day if the weather changed. So if you need a large bag for daily use or travel, this could be a good contender! I am very petite and though this didn't feel uncomfortable or strangely oversized or anything when I packed and and put it on, my partner did say it looked large on me.
This is the perfect bag for me! Previously I used classical arbor 25 with buckles and I liked it for the design and huge capacity. But the buckles were not very convenient in everyday use. And often I just left them unbuckled. I lacked fast access with zippers and side pockets. And now you did it, guys! It looks so dope, huge capacity and convenien... Read Morece! The last backpack I bought! From Russia with love!
Great bag, but as commenter below mentions, they've kind of dropped the ball with that side zipp into the laptop compartment. I also find the response quite disingenuous as it ignore the valid point that this is a roll top that's been treated water protection, so was clearly intended to be somewhat rain resistant. Simply pointing to other... Read More bags in your line that you believe are *actually* water resistant merely marks this one out as being falsely advertised. In truth a basic cotton backpack design would be more protective than this one, as it wouldn't have a hole directly next to the corner of my laptop acting as a water conduit.
Comfortable, practical and pretty
Very classy looking bag, while also being super practical because it's really big, but I don't look like I'm going hiking when I wear it at work. Also just really well made. I rarely buy bags and this one looks like it's going to last long, I'm really happy with it!
Great work bag
While I was uncertain whether this bag would be too big for my needs, it's been just what I needed for all the things I tote to and from work. I can comfortably fit my notebooks, folders, computer, extra layer or rain jacket, lunch bag, etc. in the bag with room to spare! The side pockets are great, too, for holding a Nalgene or thermos. My on... Read Morely suggestion is that in the future, the shoulder straps are set slightly further apart for those of us with smaller chests/narrow shoulders but this issue was mitigated with more weight in the bag. All in all, I'm quite happy with it!
Great office bag
This bag is great. Looks professional enough for a back back for my office. The bag fits my larger technical laptop which is 17 it would fit a much larger laptop if you dont use the laptop slot. There are few pocket inside and i dont mind that at all. The laptop sleeve would alternatively easily fit by mac air and ipad pro. The roll top is cute but... Read More makes digging into the bag to find things a bit challenging. A sacrifice Im willing to make for a more polished looking backpack. I think the water holders on the outside are unnecessary. Personally Ill use them for pens and earphones. I dont recommend that anyone buy this for hiking. This would not be comfortable for a female for long period.
Lack of attention to detail on a bag designed for water resistance.
If youre reading this review on a ROLL TOP backpack you probably have some interest in the backpacks water resistance. Its a relatively affordable backpack so I wasnt expecting to be blown away but I was hoping for at least a competent level of water resistance for bike commuting. They treat the material with DWR and the roll top functions great, b... Read Moreut it all starts to breakdown when you look at the quick access zipper. The zipper allows you to access your laptop and the rest of the bag. This zipper is not water resistant at all. It is not coated, it is not a resistant material, and most importantly because of the design of the bag it doesnt even zip up all the way. So now you have a roll top bag design for water resistance with a vertical zipper that doesnt even fully seal letting water directly into the bags compartment where your laptop is. They could easily fix this by either using an actual water resistant zipper, or adding a zipper garage (its honestly laughable they didnt do this as it would be a tiny piece of fabric). Its a bummer because this size range with decent water resistance and water bottle pockets is pretty difficult to find. Hopefully they fix the zipper in the future, but I cant gamble with the contents of my bag every commute. I always want to support Patagonia because of their environmental commitments but they make it so hard sometimes.
Response from PatagoniaJune 24, 2021
Hey there, we appreciate the constructive feedback on our Arbor Roll Top Pack. As you had mentioned, this bag is water resistant, but it will not be waterproof. If you're looking for an alternative that is waterproof but non-submersible we recommend checking out the [Planing Roll Top Pack 35L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/planing-roll-top-surf-pack-35-liters/48470.html?dwvar_48470_color=TOIB&cgid=luggage-waterproof-bags-non-submersible) as a replacement. Otherwise, if you just need something that's weather resistant but not waterproof, the Black Hole Pack 32L would also be worth a look.
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