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Perfect Combination of Size, Space, Simplicity and Quality
Needed a new backpack for work but wanted one that was high quality but simple in design. Went and tried on every "work" backpack at REI but this is the perfect backpack where even the little things have been thought through. Laptop pocket has been designed with a curved opening so my14in Lenovo easily slides in without binding up, anothe... Read Morer smaller pocket for my notebook + 2x accessories pockets on the inside and outside. Super spacious single expanding main pocket. Full length water bottle pocket on either side and it's super light. Great Backpack.
More like just a Grey Hole...
I ended up returning this one and getting an older version which has a much more sturdy back paneling, this current version is delicate almost mesh-like and if you are wearing it through abrasive veg, it will not hold up and will hold onto seeds and such and soaks up water like a sponge - back to the previous backing material please (understanding ... Read Morethat it may be a sustainability issue. I do appreciate the work that goes into making planet-friendly products)!
Bring back women's size!
I tried this on at my local gear store/outfitter. Super bummed you guys discontinued the women's sizing for your backpacks! I have a petite frame with a shorter torso, but have generally been able to wear your prior years of women specific bags. I was looking forward to adding a black hole to my collection for an upcoming trip & everyday c... Read Morearry, but since the smaller women-specific bag was discontinued, I will have to look for something from a different brand. I hope you bring back the women's fit to bags in the future, or at least offer different sizes for those of us with small frames/short torsos.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 17, 2023
We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass it along to our design team. We hope you'll find a bag from us in the future that is a good fit for your small frame. In the meantime, check out [Worn Wear](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/shop/backpacks) for a gently used Black Hole pack from previous seasons and reach out to our Customer Service if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help!
Awesome back pack!
I got the Black hole 40 L duffel about a year and a half ago and loved it, so I decided to try out the backpack. I initially got this backpack to use at a summer camp that I work for just a day pack, but there are so many uses for this thing! I have used this backpack for school, to hold my climbing stuff, and to hold my ultimate frisbee gear. I re... Read Moreally love the black hold collection with the waterproof fabric that comes in handy so often. While I really like this backpack, I do think that the sizing of the back panel is odd and a little long. I have one of Patagonia's old chacabuco 28L backpacks that I use for school and the back is like 3 inches shorter. I'm not really sure for the reason for this design and regardless I still love the backpack but it's something to be aware of when purchasing. Overall a great bag.
Space Age Pack
Good quality, wouldn't mind a few more zipper pouches, but does the trick for a basic lightweight go to bag for your essential needs. Stylish for sure. Still fresh & hasn't been truly tested all winter into summer 2023 to see if it can take a beating in the elements, namely, extreme heat and moisture. Thinking it will. Definitely reco... Read Moremmend for a basic all around backpack that will suit your needs whether its work, a light hike, or events / activities. Straps comfy. Only gripe is the thin strings attached to the zippers are pretty weak, not like the standard heavy duty tabs you have on other makes / brands to open and close with. That was corrected with some clip ons that I ordered to make it work more efficiently. Overall, a winner.
Bring back the larger backpack opening
I really like this bag, however I noticed that this current model has a smaller opening vs the one my partner bought back around 2014. His 25L blackhole backpack has the same large opening as the current 32L backpack. I exchanged my 25L for the 32L just for the larger opening (but really wished I didn't need to since I like the smaller 25L on ... Read Moremy frame). Highly recommend (and wish for Patagonia) to bring back the larger opening and it would be 5+ more stars!
Black Hole Backpack
This backpack is great for me because Im up in Oregon attending the University of Oregon and weather up here is off and on with rain, run, cloudy, and of course snow. This backpack is really helpful for any use for me. Weather quality on this backpack is the reason for my purchase. This backpack is really good and its perfect for everyday care to c... Read Morelasses and to work.
Great quality but small
This thing is awesome for toting to and from work with my laptop and a few misc. items. I was hoping to be able to use it more for travel but it is just not big enough and the ripstop material does not stretch so there is not much jamming stuff in there. Overall amazing product
Excellent craftsmanship, I have had
Excellent craftsmanship, I have had a COMPLETE set of Black Home bags . 25,40, 70 etc and all 3 roller sizes . I also use the cubes . They have accompanied me all over the world . My travels are not so worldly as of late , but my black hole bags look about as good as they did new , and have always delivered whatever the task . I recently started re... Read Moredoing my collection in the green/ brown camo pattern . My original black bags never wore out , just like the camo :) . Zippers are all still intact , and attachment straps etc are as well . I even gave 25l camo bags to several friends and family as Christmas gifts as it was the number 1 go to bag for day or weekend trips .
Very Well Built
I purchased my 25L back hole bag about a month ago and have been very impressed by its functionality and superb build quality. Unlike previous backpacks I've owned, this one makes me feel confident that I can take it anywhere and use it for anything, without worrying about it damaging it or having it fall apart. There are plenty of functional ... Read Moreand well placed pockets, the straps are comfortable and adjustable, and the waterproof outer layer means I don't have to worry about rain soaking through and hurting my laptop or tablet. I can't reccomend this bag enough and I wish I had purchased it years ago.
I wanted to love this backpack. I love the shiny black material and the way it looks. But I must say the design is not the best. Its such a deep backpack and the top opening is so small. Things get lost so easily and its hard to see whats actually in the bag. I wish the opening was bigger or the bag was a bit shallower and wider.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 14, 2023
Hi Dan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the bag. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Dissapointed in New Blackhole Fabric
I own serval Blackhole products and love them. I recently purchased this backpack to replace my old one that was stolen out of my car. But, I have to say I am less than impressed with the feel of the new Blackhole fabric. The fabric feels much thinner and not nearly as durable. I compared it to serval of my older blackhole bags and it is completely... Read More different. This also makes the bag have much less structure to support it when nothing is in, or you are loading it. Real bummer that there was a change.
Great bag but hate the top pocket
I've had this pack for a couple of years now and it's held up well and works well for the most part. My biggest complaint about it is the top zip pocket. It flops open and everything in it falls out because it ends up completely upside down. The zipper should be on the upper part so you don't have to juggle everything each time you a... Read Moreccess the pocket where you end up needing to stow the most important items bc it's the easiest part of the pack to reach.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Thanks for the feedback, Beth. If you find the pocket to be too bothersome, you can begin a warranty return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Versatile and tough
Ive had this bag for about two years now and its perfect. Its been with me all over Europe, and Central America. I lived out of it for 9 days (in tropical weather) and had everything I needed, with easy access pockets to the necessities. It can take a downpour as you're walking to class or on a hike, and even rock through a blizzard on a ski l... Read Moreift. Its tough as hell and looks just as good as the day I got it. If I somehow manage to kill the thing, Ill be getting another.
Disappointing new version
Had an older version of this pack that I purchased around 2012. Carried it all over the world for business and personal travel, and it was fantastic. Great interior pockets for organizing pens, passport, phone, electronics cords, and various other small items that need to be handy. Sadly it was stolen in early 2022. This new version is very disappo... Read Moreinting. It lacks the old one's interior pocket options - in fact it doesn't even have pen pockets - and I find access to the the separate laptop pocket to be very inconvenient. I find the new large diagonal top opening to be awkward if the pack is fully loaded and you want something further inside. I'm watching Patagonia's used gear site for the old one.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 11, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Kent! We are incredibly sorry to hear that this new version did not meet your expectations. Please rest assured that we will be passing this along to our Product Designers so they can look into this product a bit deeper. In the meantime, we would recommend checking out our [Refugio Pack](https://www.patagonia.com/product/refugio-daypack-26-liters/47913.html?dwvar_47913_color=BLK) as it offers a bit more pockets for organization.
Why did Patagonia discontinue Women's size??
I bought the Women's version of this pack (23L) a few years ago and I use it almost every day. I purchased this pack for my stepmom this Christmas from REI because I love the 23L pack so much and have been so impressed with how well it fits for people with a shorter torso and smaller frame. I didn't realize that Patagonia only makes the f... Read Moreull 25L version and not the smaller size anymore. After my stepmom tried it on, the length of the pack and straps were far too long, so we returned it. We scoured the internet and found a 23L pack being sold on eBay and purchased that instead. Patagonia, please bring back the version for smaller bodies!! I love that pack!!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 11, 2023
Hi Finley, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the sizing of this pack. We're sorry that length was a disappointment! You may occasionally find a gently-used 23L on our [Worn Wear site](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/). The 23L Pack was 20" long. You might take a look at the Refugio Pack (17.7") or the Arbor Lid Pack (19"). Keep an eye out too for our redesigned Altvia/Terravia Packs this spring, which will feature a variety of sizes for different torso lengths.
I read 10,000 reviews of as many backpacks. I had carried an REI backpack that I had loved for years. It was worn out, and I didn't want to buy the same bag again. This bag is fantastic. I carry it to work (bike commute) at a university, and I just took it to Mexico for work/fun. It has plenty of space and pockets. Big recommend!
Loving this bag so far. Using it mostly for going to/from work, and it's perfect. I was initially worried to size down from my last bag (30L) to this (25L), but its very functional and well designed, so I don't notice much difference. Deep and more narrow than my last bag, but easy to get into. Couple loops that function as handles for ea... Read Moresy grabbing, but are discrete and don't look bulky. Three smaller zip pockets are perfect sizes and hold all the goodies (pens, snacks, odds, ends). Great bag.
Worst Bag We Have Ever Owned
My son wanted one for college. During packing for his flight, we noticed the bag ripped by the zipper area. For an expensive bag, we expected more durability. We are definitely disappointed and dissatisfied by the performance.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 6, 2022
Hello Bernard, thank you for your review. We agree wholeheartedly that a new Black Hole pack should not be ripping within a few months of use. We checked your account and see that you've already returned the bag. If something like this happens again in the future (which we hope is not the case) please reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) so we can work to rectify the situation for you.
Great Backpack would love subtle changes
I really love the Black Hole backpacks. The design is great and it's pretty much exactly what i was looking for. It's functional, comfortable, and I think the colors are awesome. Things I would improve: - Waterproof bottom (setting it down in the rain leads to a wet pack) - Maybe reverse the position of the top zipper so it's conn... Read Moreected on the back side. Having the top flap connected to the front can feel awkward when loading it if the top pouch already has weight in it. This caused the back to collapse inward. - I was a fan of the Original internal organizing area from the bigger pack, though I do like the zip pouch !
'That's what she said!'
I was sent this pack as a replacement for a similar Black Hole 25L pack that I purchased about 5 years ago. Unfortunately this pack seems to be a lot smaller. Perhaps my old pack was stretched or something, but I just can't fit the same amount of gear in this one as the old one. I though 25L = 25L, but apparently not. It seems more like 23L. I... Read More use this bag for work and I have had to use a smaller Black Hole pouch to carry some of the items that used to fit in my original bag. Additionally the 'Black Hole' material feels cheaper than my other Black Hole bags. I've only had it a few weeks, but it sure is different than my previous bag. FYI, the main zipper broke on the original. I wish I would have just gotten it repaired instead of replaced. BTW, I would give the previous bag FIVE Stars.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 27, 2022
Hi Matt, thank you for submitting this review. We do periodically make slight changes to the shape and dimensions of a bag, which might affect how the contents fit. In addition, we changed how we measure the volume of our bags a few years ago. The volume for our packs and bags is actually calculated precisely with 1cc volume balls. Since all of our bags and packs are soft-sided, and outer pockets are filled too, there is some room for squish and stretch - in other words, there is more volume available in something like the Black Hole Pack than what the outside dimensions show. We then pull out those volume balls and calculate the space that they fill - this is what we then use for the volume measurement of the pack itself. It's an industry-standard process for calculating the volume of a soft piece of gear that can hold more than its flat dimensions would lead you to believe. With regard to the surface fabric, this newer bag is made with recycled materials that may have a different feel. In any case, we want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so if you wish, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
backpack for ski patrol
I bought this backpack for ski patrol and it looks like it is set up perfect for all my gear, and i like that its waterproof because we all kinds of weather in VT. Since the material is waterproof i was able to get scotch velcro strips to connect the patrol cross which is so nice not to have to sow it on the bag.
I use this product for travel. Unlike the backpack it replaced, it does not fit under an airline seat and requires placement in the overhead bin.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 9, 2022
Thanks for your review Daniel. We want to point out a feature on our website so you can avoid this in the future. On the product page you'll find a tab underneath the pictures that reads "Specs & Features". If you click on that tab and scroll down to the grey box with the header "Notes" you'll find the dimensions for the pack. This pack measures in at 22" x 10.5" x 5.5". If you find that it's not working for you, you can begin a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Sturdy, waterproof, ideal pack
Really love this pack. Its performed even better than I thought. Bought for day hikes but used it to travel to Galapagos for a week stayed waterproof in bumpy boat rides, fits everything plus a little room here and there for souvenirs. Also squeezes under the airplane seat for a long flight. Top pocket does a nice job with wallet/keys/phone/sunglas... Read Moreses. Its small and balanced enough to do some trail running with, or a day hike. My only suggestion is that it falls over to the front when fully loaded, rather than standing up on the ground. Thats a bit of an annoyance. Otherwise, a perfect 10!
Almost a Perfect Backpack
I love my blackhole backpack it's been great for hiking and walking to classes. My only issue with this backpack is that there is nothing covering the zippers. This means that whenever it is pouring rain, it will for sure leak into the rest of the backpack and get whatever items (laptop) very wet. I know it isn't waterproof but a flap ove... Read Morer the zippers would really help stop water from coming in.
Good bag, pockets a little big
The pack is great overall. The only issue I really have is that all of the pockets are quite large. My previous pack, the Tres Pack 25L, had several smaller pockets to store a wallet, phone, sunglasses, etc. When I am biking the contents of the bag get thrown around within the larger pockets, making it difficult to keep everything organized. Otherw... Read Moreise, great bag and great customer service at the Honolulu store.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 11, 2022
Hi Dennis! We truly appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Feedback like this is crucial to improving a products design for future seasons. We'll share this with our design crew to keep in mind for future seasons.
Dare I say perfect
Easy 5 star review on this one. Id call myself a bit of a backpack snob. If thats a thing. Anyway this has just 3 simple pockets which is all a backpack needs. At least one made for daily use and maybe some short trips or a not super serious hike. 1 main, 1 front, and the 1 pocket on top for quick things like a set of keys or sunglasses. Very durab... Read Morele from what Ive seen so far. The ONLY two things and these are just weird preferences by myself id improve. 1) Wider water bottle slot on the sides. Or ones that stretch a bit easier to fit my nalagene bottle. 2) I like backpacks with a lighter contrasting interior. That makes it easier to see whats inside. Also I think it adds just a little extra touch . Again two very minor things but want to share because maybe someone from the design team will see this someday.
My Daily Everything Bag
I treat this bag like my purse and use it for absolutely everything. Plenty of space without feeling bulky when maxed out. I like the designated sleeve for my IPad. The small external zip pocket on top of the bag is perfect for quick grabs like keys, a phone, or sunglasses. I haven't done any air travel yet while owning this bag, but I'm ... Read Morehoping it fits nicely under the seat in front of me which is an important feature for me.
Sturdy, simple, and stylish.
Love this bag. Bought it to replace my Herschel, which was falling apart. There's plenty of quality and comfort in this bag. Love how sturdy the zippers feel. It has plenty of room for the day-to-day things I do and I always bring it with me when I travel. Most importantly to me, it has the right amount of accessible pockets. I like that it do... Read Moreesn't have too many bells and whistles. It's very practical. I use a technical bag for technical things, and this bag for everything else.
Use as an addition to my travel bag
This is a great bag. I have used it as an addition to my carryon/check in bag so that I have my essentials in case something happened to my other bags. The only thing that would make this bag better is if it had a waist belt. The straps start to weigh down on me when I change the purpose of the backpack to a backpack for day hike use. Just a recomm... Read Moreendation. Otherwise, the bag is great...I can stuff a lot of things in there and still have room for more.
Great Travel Pack
I have multiple Black Hole bags which I have used in the wilderness and for international travel. I purchased the pack as a carry-on bag to hold incidentals. Perfect size, especially for extended weekend type journeys. Love the internal pockets with easy access. Fits well under seat. Light weight. I should note that I have seen past reviews complai... Read Morening about the zippers not being waterproof. Having had my different bags in literally every type of weather, I have not found that to be an issue.
Love the looks and wanted a business pack--I have the 25L which is as small as it gets and I wish it was smaller for my purposes--laptop--phone--few files, etc--product IS AS ADVERTISED so not complaining about that--just wish there was another pack better tailored to my needs
Costa Rica's rainy season could not get through this black hole
Just came back from 3 weeks in Costa Rica during the rainy season. It was beautiful and wet. Whenever we went out for any kind of adventure, we took our black hole packs with us. The rain (and there was plenty of rain) stayed out the whole time. They kept our gear secure and dry everywhere we went. This is the only bag we will use.
Ive had this pack (25L) and used frequently for about 5 years. It has held up very well. I've used it as a weekend suitcase, work bag and for hiking. It fits a ton of stuff- 3 days worth of winter clothes plus shoes, or a computer and files, or a full day of hikings worth of snacks/water/ kids sweatshirts- with no problem. The water resistance... Read More makes it ideal for taking to my kids sporting events too. Hope this pack stays around for a long time so when mine finally wears out I can buy a new one!
I have been looking for a backpack that is lightweight, yet has some internal dividers. Too much structure and it becomes too heavy. This backpack is perfect. So far Im using it for commuting. I pack lunch, shoes, water bottle, no problem. The straps are remarkably comfortable, as is the back. Bottle holders are good size and placement.
Good for travel with a lot of useful pockets
I love this bag. When combined with the 40L black hole for carry-on travel, it can't be beat. All the zippers run smoothly and there are two external pockets in addition to the main pouch for smaller items you want quick access to. The chest cross strap is a must for me for outdoor use.
I really love this backpack and the construction is top notch. It holds a lot of gear, but not as much as I would like to be comfortable. I use it for school and the gym. I just have my laptop, tech gear pouch, pens&pencils, gym clothes, lifting straps, gym wedge, and a water bottle. It fits all that, but makes it too full to comfortably get th... Read Moreings in and out. Especially the laptop compartment inside of the bag. It makes it very difficult to get the laptop in when its stuffed. I am going to get the 32L because it offers more space and a wider opening to access things. Plus the compartments are larger and has a dedicated laptop compartment as well.
Light and waterproof but not very durable
This is my third Black Hole backpack. They generally last 1-2 years before having problems with the zippers, material degradation, or holes emerging in the water bottle holder. They're lightweight and waterproof so ideal for rainy days going to work or hiking. I hope Patagonia invests in more durable materials for future versions.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 30, 2022
Hey Stephanie, we appreciate the feedback on our Black Hole Pack. Generally, the materials we use for these bags are quite substantial and can last for a really long time. With that said, usage varies from customer to customer. We're always happy to extend the life of your bag with our repair program, if interested you can begin a repair order [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Keeps stuff dry
Its the perfect backpack for keeping my stuff dry for the rainy bike commutes to work. The main compartment has enough room to easily store my lunch and work garb. I mostly use the internal section meant for a laptop to store my U lock for the bike. The small compartment is the right size to store keys, sunglasses, energy bar, etc. For me it is a c... Read Moreomfortable fit- especially while riding. Best of all, recycled materials are used as part of its construction!
Excellent - with some reservations
Ive had this model of backpack for 4-5 years. I use it daily. Im carless, so chose it for its water resistance and spaciousness for the inevitable stuff I carry. I like its simplicity, limited internal pockets, easy access top pocket, side pocket and effective water bottle pockets. Its a good comfortable fit. Things that havent worked so well: - ... Read Moreits not as water resistant as Id hoped, especially the top pocket. Wouldnt recommend keeping paper, electronics or wallet in there. - the main compartment zip has a curved configuration that shapes the pack nicely, but also means that it doesnt zip easily around the curve. This is also the area that has failed for me and required return for repair. Unfortunately the pack didnt come out of that repair especially well either, with odd discoloration and damage to the black body fabric surrounding the zip. - the padded area of the shoulder straps are very moisture absorbent (rain, sweat) and dont dry out quickly I havent found a daily pack that I like more, but I wish this one was just a little bit better
I carry this everywhere
This is my daily pack. I use it to carry a 15" laptop for school or work, along with everything else I need for the day. It's my carry on/essentials bag for traveling, and I can fit a jacket, snacks, water, 15" computer, headphones, cables, notebook, and backpacking pillow easily for long flights. It's also great for short hikes... Read More in the mountains. The outer mesh is really durable. I've had similar packs in the past that would rub & develop holes if I stuffed too much in the outer pockets, but this has been holding up really well. The classic finish on the outside gives it a little water protection as well, which is nice for misty days outdoors.
Nice, "thin" pack
I purchased this specifically as a carry-on bag, and it's dang near perfect. Plenty of room for a laptop, and a tablet, and your jacket, etc. Not to mention room for a water bottle on the sides. Fits in even the most full overhead, and is really comfortable to wear as well. One of the best packs I've bought (and I've bought plenty!!)... Read More.
I bought this pack and the large cube. I don't understand what the little holes on the front strap that is running down the front. Would be nice if somehow the cube could attach to the front somehow. Would be nice if there was some more detailed instructions... Some thought could make this product even better. Why cant we attach photos?
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 21, 2022
Hello Robert, it sounds like you may be referring to the vertical daisy chain that is on the front of the backpack. They are quite handy for attaching gear to the pack with a tie or carabiner. Please [click here](https://youtu.be/b_1Oxel-YPM) for an example.
Rad Pack !
Lightweight, fits the body well. Water resistance is sufficient for drizzly wet weather. Compartments are designed well, easy for organizing. Laptop would be safe in this pack. External side pockets are taught to keep things in place, yet forgiving in flex for easy bottle storage. Good for mountain biking, cross country skiing, daily use to the off... Read Moreice ! Recommend this pack ! Its also flashy and fun !
Day Pack - Solid
In preparing for Kilimanjaro I started using g this pack on training hikes and its perfect. Top load with top pocket to keep small items within easy reach. The side panel pocket is also useful for items you may need in a hurry: binoculars, map device, rain jacket. Highly recommend!
Great School Pack!
This pack is (almost) perfect for a student. What I love? Well, it's big enough for the necessities, but not too big that it's wasting space. I can usually fit a laptop, iPad, 1-2 textbooks, and some snacks no problem. Just about anything you'd need on a daily basis can fit. The water bottle slots on each side are perfect. My 26oz ye... Read Moreti fits just right. I'll bet a 32oz would be fine, too. This thing is rugged. Rain or snow, the bag just beads water and everything stays dry inside. What I don't like? While I like the simplicity of the bag, I wish there was maybe one or two more small compartments to put things like pencils, pens, erasers, and other small things like that. That being said, there's a mesh pocket in the main compartment that works pretty well.
love this backpack
I use this every day for school and love it so much. Never have to worry about my stuff getting wet or dirty in the rain, at the beach, or anywhere I take it. Its capacity is perfect for some adventure gear or all the books and items I need to take with me daily for school. Highly recommend.
Great little pack, but has a hard time fitting even small laptops
As the title says, this is a great little pack, but has a hard time fitting even small, slim laptops. I bought this for the specific purpose of traveling with a laptop, so that's a bummer. Pack is perfect for the trial/ski hill though, and so well built, that I ended up keeping it anyway. If you're looking for a laptop bag however, I'... Read More;d hold out for the 32l. With a little more space, this will be a great laptop bag too.
Best bag ever
Im writing this review after owning this bag for over three years and I still love it! I use this bag for work (hauling around a laptop at a University) and travel (airplanes, cars, buses, trains, etc.). It has shown zero signs of wear. It can hold anything I need. The top and front pocket are perfect for immediate things I need to grab (snacks, ch... Read Moreargers, hand sanitizer). Also, my stuff stays dry. Run to this purchase!
Great pack, but not totally water resistant
Love this pack - I've used it for 3 years now, commuting by bike or walking to school in rainy/snowy Montréal. It's comfortable and fits a good amount (while keeping me from overstuffing it). However, I walked to the gym with it on in light rain (10 minutes) and after climbing for 2 hours, the shoulder straps were still soaking wet becaus... Read Moree they absorb so much water. It wasn't a huge issue but it definitely leaves noticeable wet marks on your back. In the same vein, I would avoid putting any electronics/paper on the top zippered pocket because water will seep right through. Not sure if it's the same for the main compartment but I usually stash my laptop and notebooks in the laptop compartment and pile a jacket or something else on top to buffer it in case it does leak.
From good to perfect
This is my fourth black hole backpack and this one is perfect. The addition of exterior water bottle holders, the traditional top opening, opposed to a roll top, and a perfect sizing so you can loose the compression straps embodies why I think its perfect. It has the right amount of smaller pockets but not to many. Your laptop and tablet along with... Read More all your cables stay organized and easily accessible. I am also really happy with the removal of the waist strap from previous versions that is not needed on a bag of this size. As the title reads: from good to perfect.
This bag is amazing. Very weather/water resistant, compact, just the right about of pockets and space. Its got a great ergonomic design so it sits fairly high on your back and distributed the weight in such a way that it feels very light. Its extremely comfortable. I would, and often do, recommend it!
One of the best backpacks ever
I was on the hunt for a new bag, a bag that could fulfill all my needs and desires. I had a bag once, in university, that could do it all! Carry my school books, fit a whole 30 rack, and pack for a weekend. This bag was sadly lost many moons ago and left a huge void in my life. Until that day I saw this bag in the rack on my local REI. The moment I... Read More stepped it in I knew it was fate. This bag has been by my side for 4 years now, through hikes, flights, storms, urban bicycle commutes, and so much more. It has never failed me. The organization portions are limited, but efficient. The pockets fit my nalgine perfectly. It is large enough to pack clothing for a few days and still fit as a carry on under a seat. I use it daily to bike to work and carry my uniform, pens, notebooks, and my tool roll up with no need for extra space. would be lost without this magnificent item and my hat is off to Patagonia for crafting such a flawless product.
Perfect Smaller Size Daypack
I wanted a smaller daypack to haul along on river trips - one I could clip to the raft and have the contents stay mostly dry - but one that offered a little more organization than a simple dry bag. This works perfectly. It's a very manageable size and holds a jacket, camera and water bottle along with some odds and ends. While not exactly wate... Read Morerproof, it's held up well to repeated splashing and a few good storms while keeping the contents dry. It transitions well back in town too - fits a modest computer or tablet and has good organization. I've never really overloaded it, but with a moderate load it's comfortable to wear for most activities. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight it is. A very good all around daypack if keeping things dry is one of your goals.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 28, 2021
We're glad you're loving this pack, and we appreciate your detailed and thoughtful feedback. If you are looking for a more waterproof design, please check [THIS](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/luggage-waterproof-bags) bag section of our site.
Best Back Pack
I have used Patagonia gear for decades. The back pack is used everyday when walking, running, or biking to a shopping destination. Looks great. Highly functional. My blue one has lasted 10 years, and but for a bad zipper situation, remains highly functional. Only bought the new one because I loved the color!
Best All-Purpose Backpack
Never written a reward before, but this bag has gone through rain, sleet, and snow in Chicago, hiking across the west, and just went through a tropical storm in NYC with this bag. The bag is stylish, understated, and the perfect size for every day use from the city to the mountains. The bag can get full rather quickly, but the 32L option is also th... Read Moreere if thats a concern. I cannot stress enough that this is the perfect bag, I plan on having it my whole life and Patagonias lifetime warranty makes this a certainty even in the unlucky event that the bag gets messed up.
Used primarily for work Plenty of room for laptop and work gear Waterproof is the main reason
Response from PatagoniaAugust 4, 2021
Thanks for your review, Jay! We're so glad this bag is working well for you. Please note that this pack was designed to be water-resistant but it's not truly waterproof as water can permeate the fabric or enter the pack through the zippers in a hard rain or submersion. You'll see our [waterproof options](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/luggage-waterproof-bags) on our site, and we have some great new ones for 2021!
Very Comfortable Pack
I almost bought the woman's 23L version of this pack but opted to get the 25L unisex one because I wanted the bright red colored one for riding my bike in traffic and hiking during hunting season. I'm 5'9 slim build and the pack fit great for a woman, I'm glad I bought it. It's got plenty of room for extra clothing, sanda... Read Morels, lunch, binoculars and pockets for small objects and the two side panels were stretchy enough to hold two 34 oz water bottles. Most comfortable back I've ever worn and you can't feel objects poking you in the back when stuffed full. Great pack and it fits snug on the body that not having a waist strap isn't any problem.
This is the minimalist bag I chose for my 3 mile bike commute that sometimes includes some easy singletrack. Lap top and notebook have their own sleeves, otherwise I have first aid kit, jacket, lunch, and thermos inside. My Yeti 16 oz Tumbler and 30 oz water bottle are both a tight fit in the outside pockets but its doable if you want/need to squee... Read Moreze in there. Wish those outside pockets were a little larger, but then maybe things would fly out? You can also leave the top unzipped a little bit to squeeze in a few more items if you need. I use the zipper pockets for wallet, keys, sat text device, pens, pencils. All in all I chose the smaller version to keep things simple with the bag and what I bring each day. I end up frequently squeezing the bag full, but still like the lap top pocket and style of the 26L over the 32L (althought I havent seen the 32L). I had to travel on dusty roads with it in the bed of a pickup truck recently and it was great how quick the outside of the bag cleaned up and the inside of the bag is dust free.
Great Bag, would add one thing
I love my blackhole 25L backpack, I have used it for the last 4 years as diaper bag and now just kid go bag with my twins. Also use it when we go on day hikes. This is where I really wish it had a hip belt. A hip belt would be game changing. My shoulders definitely feel the weight of the bag a couple miles in.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 2, 2021
Hey, thanks for the feedback on our Black Hole Pack 25L. We're glad to hear that you've gotten a lot of use out of it. We'll pass the feedback along about the hip belt. In the meantime, check out our new [Altvia Pack 22L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/altvia-pack-22-liters/48905.html?dwvar_48905_color=NGRY).
I find the tall/narrow design of this pack exceedingly comfortable and practical. Even with water bottles on both sides, the bag does not extend past my personal width and makes moving through doorways, etc. very easy. Compartmentalization is simple yet functional. Straps are comfortable and spaced far apart so that it avoids pinching at the back o... Read Moref the neck/shoulders. Black is definitely the way to go, it is understated enough that it does not draw any undue attention and can be used in a wide variety of informal/formal settings. Would buy again.
Excellent Daily Pack
This is a wonderful pack. I work as a hotshot firefighter, we essentially live out of our buggy two weeks at a time and more often than not are camping outside. The waterproofing is a great feature, and the layout of the pack just works. Size is just right for a daily pack as well. Patagonia delivers again, thank you.
Great pack for wet sports
I bought this to replace an old Plaining Divider pack for my trips to the pool. I decided that because gear goes in dry and comes out wet, this made more sense. Also, with COVID my drip to the pool is more likely to include a walk in the rain and the Plaining pack wasn't as water resistant. So far, everything has stayed dry in the rain (even t... Read Morehe glass case I keep in the top pocket. The 25L pack holds a towel, a floater, large paddles, a toiletries kit, a swimsuit, flipflops and goggles with room to squeeze in a few things if I stop off for a prepacked lunch item or a couple entrees from Trader Joes. I don't know if fins would fit, but my guess is that the daisy chain could be used for securing fins or a snorkel. The only drawback is that the toploading designs makes the pack easy to tip over, which can be a nuisance.
Great Size and Style
This backpack is the perfect size for me to take my things to work either walking or on the bike. It has a laptop pocket and another pocket inside perfect for my notebook. I personally would love it if the second pocket fitted my A4 sheets but this doesn't effect my overall experience of the bag not having that. On it is really comfortable and... Read More fit nicely into my back. I got the black colour and I think its sleek and will last a long time. I would recommend.
I wear this while riding my motorcycle on my commute. Its large enough to hold my laptop, planner, lunch, water bottle and dress shoes. The space is mostly one big pocket with sleeves for the more important stuff. I love that the top zippers dont go all the way down the sides, so Im not fighting to get them back up over awkward shapes.
I bought this bag to use for day hikes. There is a fair amount of storage and I like the water resistant material. I wish the bag had waist straps and I dont like the opening to the main compartment. The bag doesnt open wide enough and the main compartment itself is really a black hole. Its hard to organize the main compartment and you end up blind... Read Morely digging through the bag to find stuff. Overall, just ok.
BlackHole backpack's kryptonyte
I would have liked to do 3.5 stars. Been using this bag over past 2.5 - 3 years...as you would expect, bulletproof for the most part. Two problems, biggest being the side, stretch mesh pockets, they stretch and get holes after only a few years. Not sure how Patagonia can solve this one, but if they are building products to last, they need to. Also ... Read Moreif you dont get a dark color expect the blackhole material, which must have some type of resin coating, to change color (my grey is now green).
Response from PatagoniaMarch 5, 2021
Hey there! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review. We have passed this along to our Design Team who are constantly working to improve our gear based on customer feedback. As far as the color changing, we haven't heard of this happening before so this could be due to a quality control issue. Please [reach out](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) at your earliest convenience so we can figure out what's going on. Thanks!
I ordered this backpack at the start of the semester because my other backpack was just too small. I am so happy with the size, I can fit necessary textbooks, computer, and notebooks as well as having enough extra room on top to be able to stash a snack or hoodie for later in the day. I am also in an area that receives a lot of snow and rain- the w... Read Moreaterproof/resistant material really helps keep my laptop and books dry. Cannot wait to take it out with me in the summer for hikes!
Perfect work bag
Ive been searching for a good work bag. I have a work laptop and couple notebooks that I bring back and forth from home. Also have an ID badge on a carabiner that I hook to the outside. I put a couple pens/pencils in a portable zippered pouch. I put my electronic cords in a portable zippered pouch. I pop these into the front compartment with my wal... Read Morelet. My car keys are on a carabiner as well and I attach these to a loop on the front of the bag. Therefore, I dont need a purse! Everything fits perfectly, the backpack looks great, and feels sturdy!
My Favorite Pack.
I love this bag. I've been using it for years now in a variety of different ways. I use it when I bike commute, hike, vacation with the kids, etc. It's incredibly versatile and has held up very well. It does a really good job of distributing the weight. It's been my favorite bag for bike commuting even though it's not really mar... Read Moreketed towards that use case. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I can't answer any of the questions above. This was a gift for a great-grandchild and, as such, was specifically requested. This was the second present from Patagonia requested at Christmas we had sent directly to her in Alaska. Patagonia was WONDERFUL, from ordering to delivery dates.
Just bummed. I love the blackhole bags. I have 35L/45L/60L/70L. One of them is an older blackhole backpack and the new material isn't nearly as durable. I feel like over the years with the blackhole series specifically, Patagonia is trying to cut costs which is a bummer because it results in these bags being less durable. Obviously this sucks... Read More. I was so excited for this bag and its just a bummer. These bags used to be more water resistant and actually durable if it was an outdoor or work bag. The changes in the past haven't been this substantial but these newest changes for at least the 25L feels like it's gone too far. I'm just bummed as it's a very thin material compared to older models. Patagonia has exceptional customer service so I know will tell me, I can just return it and am considering that, but its just a bummer. If its your first time getting a black-hole, you'll probably love it but for those of us who have been using them for years.. I just hate to see the quality dropping. I no longer consider this a viable outdoor / work bag for all conditions.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 5, 2021
Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful feedback, Josh! This is very valuable for our designers. Please do reach out if you'd like any [assistance](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return or exchange under our Ironclad Guarantee.
nice all around pack
This is a tough, good looking, comfortable pack. For my purposes, it's generally too big for most day hiking, but that's just my personal preference. It's great for casual use and organizes my school stuff well. I also like it as a bike commuting bag given how water resistant it is. However, it would be even better with some waterpro... Read Moreof zippers like the black hole products used to have a some point.
You'll Find Yourself Using It for Everything
I know I'm not the only one who has been stuck in a rainstorm only to come home and find my papers and phone wet because my backpack isn't waterproof! I'd rather spend money on a pricey backpack than buy a new laptop, put on a hoodie that's damp, or have my soaked backpack leach onto the clothes I'm already wearing. I'... Read Morem looking forward to snowshoeing with it . If you live in a rainy or snowy climate, I'd recommend this line from Patagonia to protect everything you take with you on your commute, hiking trips, or extended travel where you'll be roughing it.
For almost two months I searched for every review of this backpack. I wanted this purchase to be a longlasting decision, and I think it will. I bought (my first Patagonia product ever) the new Crater blue (so very similar to the Dolomite blue) and it's light and perfect. The material is so cleanable (taking into consideration Covid-19), also ... Read Morehas a lot of space but always keeps a compact shape. The laptop pad is really thick and secure! (better than expected). To improve: the letter of the logo started to lift off within a week, and the easy access pockets are hard to reach when the backpack is being worn. But even with those details, this is the backpack I always wanted and always will. Thank you, Patagonia.
Perfect all-around bag
I originallly bought this bag for my work commute & it was great but then started using it as a travel diaper bag for my 1 yr old and it works so well (normal diaper bags are not comfortable to wear for extended amounts of time). Great backpack for both uses.
Best in Class
Ive used this bag for both daily use and as a carry-on as a computer bag. Additionally, Ive used this bag daily in a foreign country for several months at a time. Ive had this bag since 2017 and like the rest of the black-hole line-up, it has outstanding accessibility, holds more than enough for a quick jaunt or as your backpack carry-on and wipes ... Read Moreclean in a dusty environment. If you are looking for a bag for either a daily commute or a sturdy carryon you will be more than please with the pockets and space this bag offers either for accessing a handheld device, water bottle, or quick boost of energy from a bar.
Amazing All-Around Bag
Ive used this bag for a month now and love it. Its slightly big for daily use, but that works for me. It fits well and comfortably on my back with a slightly narrow design. Im able to carry a variety of tumblers in the side pockets (one tall one that normally falls out of other bags). I use this primarily for daily use, but it also worked perfectly... Read More as my only bag for a five day trip (summer clothes). Highly recommend this sleek, stylish, versatile, and comfortable bag.
Amazing All-Around Bag
Ive used this bag for a month now and love it. Its slightly big for daily use, but that works for me. It fits well and comfortably on my back with a slightly narrow design. Im able to carry a variety of tumblers in the side pockets (one tall one that normally falls out of other bags). I use this primarily for daily use, but it also worked perfectly... Read More as my only bag for a five day trip (summer clothes). Highly recommend this sleek, stylish, versatile, and comfortable bag.
Best pack ever
Im not one to write reviews, but for this product I can say that it is hands down one of the best purchases that I have made, and it fully deserves a review. I purchased my black hole in 2016 and to this day there has been nothing that has gone wrong with it (aside from showing its mileage superficially). This pack got me through college, has accom... Read Morepanied me on over 500+ miles of hiking, been around the world multiple times, and has kept my things dry and safe for all of it. Like a previous reviewer said, it is not completely waterproof, but it does pretty well in a tropical downpour on trail or in the city. I have used this bag for my small item nearly every time that I fly, as it fits under even the smallest economy seats with ease. The side pockets are large enough to hold a 40oz metal water bottle without compromising your internal volume (huge in my opinion), and the elastic still isnt worn out yet! I can not recommend this pack enough. I do not know when my pack will kick the bucket, but I dont think that it will be anytime in the next decade or two. Aloha.
Best bag ever!
I have owned this bag now for three years and it is truly incredible. It was my first Patagonia purchase and it has certainly not been the last since. I used the bag for two years in college, which if you are a college student you know it takes a beating. It still looks brand new. I go to school in the PNW with tons of rain and the bag works great ... Read Morefor walking even in downpours. I will say that the bag can leak if you are in the rain for more than a couple of hours. I learned this while living in Ireland. This bag has traveled the world with me and I couldn't recommend it more. It works great as a carry-on, fits under economy seats and if you are a good packer lasted me for up to a week-long trip. Spend the extra money on a great bag that will last you years!
I've waited about five months
I've waited about five months before writing this review, just so I could see how the bag held up over time and what I liked/disliked about it. I was surprised at how well the top loading design worked, and the top pocket is the ideal size for small items such as pens, headphones, or a wallet. I used this bag primarily at university, as well a... Read Mores a weekend bag for some travel. It is on the smaller side as far as backpacks go, but I intentionally bought the 25L to prevent me from bringing too much stuff. It would comfortable hold my laptop, two textbooks, and a couple notebooks, with some room to spare. For airlines, it was small enough to be considered a personal item, which was nice. I took this bag on a couple hikes, and decided that this was not one of it's strong points. The lack of hip belt made a pretty big difference, and I think I will be using a different backpack the next time I go outside. The only downside I can see to this backpack is that it might be too durable for my needs. The material quality and craftmanship is top notch, but I cannot imagine too many scenarios where I would need as heavy duty of a bag, especially for day to day activities. If price is not a concern, this is a quality bag that I expect to last for many, many years.
I bought this backpack when I was a freshman in college. I wanted something that could carry my stuff to class without it getting ruined by rain or snow. Now, two years out of school, it still travels with me to work every day, and everytime I travel on the plane. It fits everything, it protects everything, and 6 years later it slides onto my back ... Read Moreand fits like a glove. Weve been all over the world and country together! The fun will go on.
49297 is NO 49296
This new version is in NO WAY as good as the first generation. In every imaginable way, product #49297 is WORSE than its predecessor product #49296. Material. Size. Compartments. Zippers. EVERYTHING is worse. My family has owned 6 of the old version...will return and never again buy the new version.
Laptop sleeve protection is poor
Deeply disappointed - Laptop sleeve does not provide protection at the bottom - cost $1400 to repair laptop - flawed design
Response from PatagoniaMarch 30, 2020
Hi Arifa. We're really sorry this happened. Please feel free to return it if you're unsatisfied with its performance. We've emailed you offering a free shipping label and provided you with all the necessary instructions. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. Thanks again.
Love this Backpack!
It’s my favorite backpack. My 15inch MacBook Pro fits perfectly. Just enough pockets to keep the things I want separated and organized. The two side outside pockets hold my yeti mug and water bottle. It sits comfortable on my shoulders. Easy to keep at the center of your back. Would love to see Patagonia make these in a Stormfront version. It would... Read More be sweet to have a fully waterproof backpack to store my computer and valuables.
Great everyday pack and more
I love the Patagonia black hole bags - I own 2 duffles and a couple of the travel bags. I purchased the day pack for everyday use for its durability, water repellent finish and size. My only complaint with the bag is the inside zipper is very difficult at times to open and not smooth.
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