Patagonia Refugio Pack

Priced: $63.75 - $85.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 133 reviews.
Patagonia Refugio Pack -
A 3-compartment daypack with a padded laptop sleeve, Air Flow mesh back panel and shoulder straps, sternum strap and V-pull compression straps for load management; holds most 15 in. laptops. Zen design meets catch-all versatility in the Refugio backpack. With three pockets it keeps you organized without feeling fussy. The main compartment holds much of the load and comes with a raised, padded sleeve with buckle closure; accommodates most 15-inch laptops. The sleeve, equipped with a tube port, accepts a hydration reservoir when your feet leave the cement. Pens, business cards, keys and other small necessities go inside the second pocket. An exterior, vertical zip pocket provides quick access to a wallet, plane tickets and a phone, and a brushed tricot-lined pocket protects sunglasses or an audio device. Stretch-woven side pockets accommodate a full range of water-bottle shapes and sizes. Air Flow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating. The sternum strap has an emergency whistle, and compression straps stabilize contents. Made from 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave, with an 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon bottom. The lining is 200-denier 100% polyester. All fabrics have a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Features:
; interior padded sleeve is raised off the ground to protect most 15 inch laptops from impact; sleeve secures with a buckle closure and doubles as an insulated hydration reservoir complete with tube port.
• Exterior, vertical zippered stash pocket for quick access to essentials; exterior lash points; brushed tricot-lined pocket for sunglasses and electronics; stretch-woven pockets accommodate a full range of water bottle shapes and sizes.
• Body: 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave. Base: 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon. Lining: 200-denier 100% polyester. Stretch-woven pockets: 92% nylon/8% spandex. All treated with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
• Technology: Deluge DWR - Patagonia’s proprietary durable water repellent fabric finish, Deluge DWR, lasts substantially longer than standard DWRs. Garments with the Deluge DWR finish have like-new repellency after years of extensive use.

Lining and Layers:

  • Exterior vertical zip pocket provides quick access to a wallet, plane tickets and a phone; microfleece-lined pocket protects sunglasses or an audio device

Fabric:

  • Made from 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave, with an 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon bottom; all fabrics have a Durable Water Repellent finish
  • Micro-fleece lined pocket protects your shades or MP3 player
  • Exterior vertical zippered stash pocket for quick access to essentials; exterior lash points; brushed tricot-lined pocket for sunglasses and electronics; stretch-woven pockets accommodate a full range of water bottle shapes and sizes

Padding:

  • Generous main compartment with dump pockets for quick organization on the go; secondary compartment with internal organization has plenty of options for electronics and supplies, along with a secure lanyard for keys; interior padded sleeve is raised off the ground to protect most 15˝ laptops from impact; sleeve secures with a buckle closure and doubles as an insulated hydration reservoir complete with tube port

Hydration:

  • Hydration-ready for hiking and cycling

Pockets:

  • Pens, business cards, keys and other small necessities go inside a second pocket

Manufactured:

  • Made in Vietnam.

Straps:

  • Airflow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating
  • Air flow mesh shoulder straps and back panel; adjustable sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Sternum strap has an emergency whistle; compression straps stabilize contents

Features:

  • 28 L (1709 cu in) 21" x 13" x 10.5" Computer Sleeve: 13.5" x 13" x 2"
  • Patagonia Refugio also features a top-mounted, reinforced haul handle and exterior lash points
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Refugio Pack 28L by Patagonia is a daypack with three compartments and an airflow-mesh back panel and shoulder straps, sternum strap and V-pull compression straps for load management.
Find refuge from too much stuff. This three-compartment daypack lets you carry enough gear to linger, but not so much you'll get bogged down. The main compartment holds much of the load and comes with a raised, padded sleeve with buckle closure that protects up to a 17-inch laptop. The sleeve, equipped with a tube port, accepts a hydration reservoir when your feet leave the cement. Pens, business cards, keys and other small necessities go inside the second pocket. An exterior vertical zip pocket provides quick access to a wallet, plane tickets and a phone, and a microfleece-lined pocket protects sunglasses or an audio device. Stretch-woven side pockets accommodate a full range of water-bottle shapes and sizes. Airflow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating. The sternum strap has an emergency whistle, and compression straps stabilize contents. Made from 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave, with an 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon bottom. The lining is 200-denier 100% polyester. All fabrics have a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.


The House

The Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack is one of the most decent selections of packs used for hiking, camping, educational purposes, and many other uses that require a daily need for hauling your stuff. With three compartments designed with an air-flow mesh back panel and sturdy shoulder straps, the Patagonia Refugio Backpack also offers a convenient compatibility compartment for storing your laptops or netbooks. The external stitch woven pockets also give you easy access to your water bottles of various shapes and sizes. Durable and great for on-the-go individuals, the Refugio backpack is ideal for everyday use.


ProBoardShop.com

If you're planning on going camping or hiking, and other outdoorsy fun, the Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack is something to look forward towards using for your next adventure. Armed with three main compartments and also compatible for safely holding your laptop, netbook, or tablet, these features are created with durable 100% nylon with an air-flow mesh back panel and shoulder straps. Having a Refugio Backpack by your side when pursuing these great outdoor endeavors will help with the rest of your journey.


Appalachain Outdoors
One of the most versatile packs Patagonia makes, the Refugio Pack 28L Backpack gives you the option of taking it into the woods where it will withstand normal day pack wear, or using it for general purposes. Either way this pack will far exceed your expectations.
Denali

Patagonia Refugio Pack is an adventure backpack with air flow mesh shoulder straps and back panel and top-mounted reinforced haul handle, and a spacious main compartment that includes smaller dump pockets for on-the-go, easy organization. This pack features a padded laptop sleeve that fits most 15in. laptops that protects from impact and is secured with a buckle closure and doubles as a hydration bladder holder with tube port. Additionally, there are exterior stash pockets for easy access, adjustable sternum strap with emergency whistle, microfleece-lined pocket for sunglasses and smaller electronics and stretch-woven pockets for full range water bottles.


Evo (2013)
Whether you're heading to work, class, or the woods the Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack has got you covered. This three-compartment pack provides the space you need for a full day adventure, and the organization to keep it from becoming a full-day backpack cavity search. Airflow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating while the adjustable sternum strap has an emergency whistle, and compression straps stabilize contents.

KonaSports.com
The Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack is durable and ready to travel, featuring an oversized main pocket, padded laptop sleeve and heat-venting air mesh on the shoulder straps to keep you comfortable and going the distance. This bag has a durable water repellant finish and tough cloth materials as well as a reinforced top handle - to make sure you don't lose things coming to the end of your journey.

REI

You'll find refuge from too much stuff when you carry the Refugio daypack. This 3-compartment pack lets you carry enough gear to linger, but not so much that you get bogged down.

Imported.


Half-Moon Outfitters
Generous main compartment with dump pockets for quick organization on the go; secondary compartment with internal organization has plenty of options for electronics and supplies, along with a secure lanyard for keys; interior padded sleeve is raised off the ground to protect most 15" laptops from impact; sleeve secures with a buckle closure and doubles as a hydration bladder holder complete with tube port
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Access Type :Top Loader
Activity:Casual
Bag style:Backpack
Body:420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave. Base
Capacity:1709 cu in/ 28 L
Carry-on size:Yes
Checkpoint-friendly:No
Dimensions:21 x 13 x 10.5 inches
Fabric:Body
Fits laptop size (in.):17 inches
Gear capacity (L):28 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):1,709 cubic inches
Hydration Compatible :Yes
Laptop Pocket :Yes
Laptop Sleeve Dimensions:13.5 x 13 x 2 in
Laptop compartment:Yes
Lining:200-denier 100% polyester. Stretch-woven pockets
Materials:Body: 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave
Material :Nylon, Polyester, Spandex
Number of exterior pockets:4 + main compartment
Volume:25 L / 1526 cu in
Weight:(1 lb 11.3 oz) 774 g
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Patagonia Refugio Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Travel Pack

I bought this pack primarily to lug through airports as my carry-on bag. I typically check my luggage and just need something to hold travel essentials. I chose the Refugio because of the lack of a waistband, which is just clutter when trying to stuff a pack into an overhead bin. The straps and mesh back are very comfortable. The compartments are well organized to carry enough, but not too much, even if your luggage gets delayed. Construction is clean and detail-oriented. My only negative comment is that I would have gladly paid the extra money for burlier, tighter zippers. They seem good, but not quite enough to withstand a soaking (although the main pocket's zipper has a protective flap). Please see my picture of what I was able to get into this backpack with a little room to spare. The stuff on the left fit in the pocket closest to one's back, the dedicated computer pocket, and a couple of magazines could fit, too. The stuff in the middle fits as it is arranged, with the flip-flops (men's size 11, for scale) in the bottom, the Minimalist boardshorts, silkweight capilene longsleeve T-shirt and cotton sweatpants by a different manufacturer all ready for comfort adjustment. The two tan bags hold electronic accessories like chargers and adapters and a cheap phone to use when you're "there." The black case above holds toiletries in carry-on sizes ready to be pulled out to deal with the TSA, and the other thing is my razor. Just above that are a couple of "sundries." Above that, the two items that fit in the small pocket at the top of the pack, sunglasses (in their bag) and a small headlamp. Finally, to your right is what I got into the outer pocket, namely, a bunch of smaller stuff (I only show a little journal book and a couple of pens, plus my small camera case, but more would fit), and then about three books (Here: One big novel, one big guide book and a pocket dictionary of the local language).
GlobalSkiSurf at Patagonia on 11/09/2011

I needed a pack for daily usage that was padded for a laptop during the week and could take a beating on the weekend. This bag is perfect. It seems like Patagonia gathered people from all walks of life and sent them out with normal plain jane packs and told them to write notes on what would have been nice to have because they aced this pack. A small top fleece lined zipper pouch which is awesome if you travel as you can stowe it under the plane seat in front of you and still have access to your phone, iPod, etc without making a scene and making the person next to you mad. The front vertical zipper is a great feature as well as it makes things of all shapes and sizes easily accessible. I also liked the straps and all the loops is had to attach carabiners to for additional items if need be. The laptop pouch is perfect in size and still gives ample space for other items as well. As others have mentioned on the weekends loose the backpack and put in a bladder and it has an opening for a water straw for your camelbak. Again, this thing rocks and holds a load of stuff. As an example (because when I read reviews I like stories) I recently went to the UK, in my pack, I packed a laptop, external HD, mouse, cellphone, iPod, phone, wallet, sigg bottle, 6 packs of trail mix, charging cords, binder, pair of jeans, socks, 2 boxers, polo, tshirt, and toiletries... all this and I had no problem getting it under the plane seat in front of me and it was weighted well with the straps that I was not too fatigued at the end of my flights... again, great pack!

cor4677560 at Backcountry.com on 06/06/2012

Really great pack!

Have been using this pack for several weeks now, I find it incredibly well-designed. I use it mainly for back and forth to work stuff. Back sleeve holds my 15" laptop securely, have not tried it with the hydration bladder but I'm sure it will be fine. The smaller, more easily accessible pockets are very handy (sunglass, cell phone) and the main compartments are extremely roomy. Appears to be rugged construction (no surprise there w/ Patagonia) the small hanging loop has been handy for coathooks, nails, etc for keeping the pack off the ground. The looped straps, (which some use for ice-axe storage?) I believe are designed to allow for expansion and compression of the pack - I actually have not yet needed to expand the thing, it's got room to spare for a day's worth of food/clothing change/water. The side pockets hold most standard beverage containers - standard quart sized bottle sits in comfortably. My only advice for the next gen of this pack would be a mesh section or 'weep' holes to allow for condensation of beverage containers to escape out of the side pockets. Still give it a 5-star overall.
cityntrailguy at Patagonia on 02/11/2012

Another Terrific Knapsack

This is the third different Patagonia knapsack I’ve purchased in the last three years. I use a Patagonia knapsack everyday for business to carry my notebook computer, documents and other items. I used this everyday knapsack a month ago when I took my daughter and two friends to an arts festival. It was too small for everything I needed to carry. I decided I needed a larger knapsack, but I wanted one with lots of pockets and interior compartments. So I bought this one. I field tested it this past weekend at Disney World in Orlando. It performed above my expectations! It was comfortable to wear in the hot Florida sun. I particularly liked the mess back and straps. The pack had enough room to carry everything I wanted to carry, including raincoats, drinks and snacks. And lots of pockets and compartments to keep things organized. (I didn't have to search for my raincoats when the rain came suddenly. They were stored in the nice sleeve in the back compartment for easy access.) It is just the right size for a theme park visit, festival, day hike or other one-day trip.
book at Patagonia on 05/16/2011

The pack is not heavily padded to protect every electronic gadget available. (I have a pack for that.) It is lightweight, roomy, and strong. I put the Macbook Pro 15" with power cord, etc., in its slot with room to spare, then proceeded to stuff the bag full of a long weekend's worth of clothes - toiletries, underwear, pyjamas, two pairs of jeans, three shirts, and a pair of shoes. I bought this pack because I go to Sierra Leone regularly. I carry my pack through airports and the jungle. I need a bag light enough and big enough to carry the laptop, underwear, toiletries, several lappas and tanks, a dream sack, a towel, two pair of sandals, pjs, and my lesson plans. After being stuck a few times with my old, super-padded, heavier, less roomy bag, I was determined to get something better, and this bag is it. NB: I bought the magenta as it was on sale. My 21-yr old grandson was a little hesitant to carry it, thus earning himself a lecture on homophobia. If the color would be a problem for you, try a different one.

tri5592572 at Backcountry.com on 06/12/2012

Pack and Laptop Bag

I got the Refugio Pack for my 17"laptop, because sometimes I walk to work and bring my laptop. It's comfortable, even with a relatively heavy load and the laptop against my back. I picked a bright color, to match my vibrant personality -- and avoid being run down by drivers ;) Luckily for me the bright colors were still in the store -- on sale! Once packed the bag is good, but an extra opening above the laptop inner padded sleeve would be nice -- instead of having to peel back the main compartment to get the laptop in/out. Also, it's best if the bag is empty while putting the laptop in/out. (This is why only 4 stars) It's not the biggest capacity bag, but that was what I wanted. So many backpack-laptop bags for 17" computers are like carrying a suitcase on your back! Also, this one is a good day pack when not carrying a computer. I'm about 5'7" and the pack is long against my back -- from shoulders to lower hip -- but if it wasn't, the bigger laptop wouldn't fit.
Work2Play at Patagonia on 09/13/2011

I purchased this backpack as the companion piece to my MLC Patagonia travel bag for a solo 18 day trip to Australia and Tasmania. The travel bag was great (it held my clothes), but it was the backpack that was the workhorse on this trip.I had it stuffed to the gills with books, binoculars, diving mask, water bottles, showering stuff, and granola bars and it performed better than I anticipated. The outer most zipped pocket is a bit lame, but worked well for travel documents. The backpack fit very well when packed (although when empty it rode a bit high on my back, as other reviewers have said) . I comfortably lugged both pieces of luggage hither and yon including to Tasmania in the rain and from the trains station in Sydney, Australia up the hill to a hotel across from the Botanical Gardens. The bags looked tight and gave the impression I knew what I was doing (but looks can be deceiving). I highly recomment the backpack and the travel bag, and I just purchased another set for my daughter.

mwmp527997 at Backcountry.com on 09/01/2013

Nice color scheme

I bought the color : Prickly Pear and it is awesome looking. It's like a Ninja Turtle shell on your back, the looks anyway. I also have a kawasaki motorcycle and it matches the lime green official kawi color. A lot of small touches here and there that sets this backpack apart from the rest. Very spacey yet doesn't look overly huge. I am using it for school(college) and it is enough to fit school supplies + books + laptop + other electronics. You can tell it is very high quality from the construction (from looking and feeling) and seems like it will last a very long time. The zippers, straps, etc. operate smoothly.. little things that usually fall apart on other backpacks. Someone mentioned that the fabric makes a lot of noise but i don't even notice it. It is made out of nylon after all. I think they discontinued this color; such a shame. Oh well, I got it when patagonia was having clearance for half the price. Awesome steal-- I mean deal!
ggpatagonia at Patagonia on 09/15/2011

I was looking for the perfect bag to carry a bunch of items on a week long trip. By a bunch of items I mean, DSLR camera plus extra lens, shell, journal, guide book, glasses, water bottle, umbrella, AND THE BEST PART it doubled as a diaper bag. Yes, after all that, there was still enough room for 8 diapers for the day, blanket, change of baby clothes, wipes, toys, snacks, etc. I am really impressed with how the bag distributes the weight. Even packed full it still feels light. I needed a bag big enough, not huge. This bag is the perfect fit for me, 5'10" and fit my wife, 5'4", well. Super comfortable, easy to adjust, and indestructible. Tough bag, handled rain just find. Went with the black, I like that it's more discrete. The colorful bags look fun but I just felt like disguising the zippers was safer for where we were going. My wife and I fought over who got to wear it, it's that cool.

bry5573963 at Backcountry.com on 09/11/2013

comfy under load

I bought this pack through the web specials kind of on a whim. I didn't really need ANOTHER pack but the price was too good to pass up. I'm glad I did! The laptop sleeve is well padded and allows the computer to lay flat across your back without it feeling akward or top/bottom heavy. The interior is just big enough to carry an extra set of clothes to the gym or on a day trip/hike. Both front compartments are well placed and there are enough pockets to store essentials. The top "sunglasses" zippered pocket is perfect for carrying an ipod/phone, etc. I like this pack because it is lightweight and just big enough to carry what you need plus a tiny bit more. It is not overburdened with unnecessary compartments. I've found that the more pockets a pack has the more likely a person is to fill them, even when the need isn't there. I can't do the Refugio justice with words. It's great!
Elska at Patagonia on 04/04/2011

Negative Reviews:

Loved the look - but ouch!

I loved the look of this pack (ordered it in Ikat Purple) and it had almost all the features I wanted for a travel daypack. In particular, I liked the fact that it was lightweight, roomy and water-resistant. So I loaded it about 2/3 full with my laptop (4.5 pounds), a large binder, spare shoes and the assorted bits and bobs (phone, keys, wallet, sunglasses) that I would be carrying when I travel, and set off for a 15-minute walk to my office. Ouch! Within a couple of minutes, I could feel that shoulder straps were poorly positioned for me, and my neck and shoulders started to feel strained. I had read some reviews from women who mentioned this issue with some Patagonia daypacks, but I thought I might be ok because I'm medium-tall (5'7") with very broad shoulders and not much of a bust. But, sadly, this pack doesn't sit comfortably at all. After 7 or 8 minutes, I started to need to lift the bag up off my shoulders to get some relief, and by the time I got to the office I was carrying it in my hand. I use daypacks regularly and have almost never had a problem like this with other bags (even loaded 30L ones) in the past. So maybe it's an issue with the position of the straps either on this pack, or on Patagonia packs in general. I'm going to return it and try a different Patagonia style, but I fear that I might have to try a different (heavier and less attractive) brand altogether.
FrogNYC at Patagonia on 07/11/2013

I was really excited to get this bag after reading all the nice reviews. I bought the Tuscan Olive color. The colors turned out nice, I thought the pockets were all very functional, the bag is overall super good looking, but I put on the backpack and the straps seem to be too close together- it presses down on a really weird spot at the base of my neck even when there is nothing or very little in it (it is a very very lightweight bag). I am a 5'8", 130 lb college girl. This should not happen. I was sad to have to return it :( If you usually where your backpack with the straps let way out down your back, this might be a good bag for you.

hanp6598 at Backcountry.com on 09/17/2012

Leaking zippers

Got caught in a pretty serious downpour last week while in Austria. The DWR fabric worked as advertised but the zippers allowed some serious water to enter ALL compartments, especially the small top compartment. It was a very hard rain but I expected better performance.
DonG at Patagonia on 08/11/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Cute, but didn't fit my laptop!

I ordered this backpack to get my laptop and supplies to/from work and also for travel. It's difficult to find a backpack that fits my Dell 17.3" laptop, but I was really hoping this would work. I could slide it into the laptop sleeve, but I could barely zip the zipper around my computer. The corners of my computer looked like they wanted to poke through the fabric! So there is only some fabric between that end of my laptop and the rest of the world, which is frankly not enough. This seems like a more casual-use backpack and isn't really a serious laptop bag. Very lightweight though, and colors are nice-looking.
MTwoman at REI on 01/01/2013

Replacing MLC with Refugio for Business Travel

White on front of bag is already dirty, will probably replace with black bag. I purchased as a lightweight bag for carrying 2-3days personal clothes and laptop. 12" Thinkpad laptop is too snug to fit with my sleeve. When not storing the laptop, the water pouch stores a water bladder, which is sweet. The bag also holds 2 giant nalgene bottles. Great bag for storing jacket, a laptop w/out a case, book, phone, map, compass, emergency kit, extra shirt, food and plenty of water. Does not store hiking/trekking poles.
aspinwall at Patagonia on 08/06/2010

not sure yet - try it out

I'm not sure about this pack yet. The back panel it really, really stiff. We were birding the other day and it was so stiff I could hardly hold my binocs up. So I'm not sure whether I like it or not. I love the color and the size, but it has some pockets inside the main area that are just dumb. They just get in the way. Simple would have been better!
skua at Patagonia on 02/25/2011

not sized for women/shorter torso

I thought I would really like this backpack for work but found it too long for my torso so I had to return it. I also tried the REI Quantum Daypack but it, too, had to be returned. None of the "women's" backpacks have the features I want so I'm still looking for the right bad.
June Nelson at REI on 05/05/2013