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Patagonia Ascensionist Review

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4.9 Rating based on 3 reviews
Patagonia Ascensionist backpack
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We have checked 3 reviews of the Patagonia Ascensionist. Having checked all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.9 out of 5 (it is one of the 3 best hiking backpacks we have reviewed!)

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  • 50% choose the Patagonia Ascensionist 30 (the most popular model)
  • 95 shops checked

We read and checked 3 reviews from experts and users. Here's what they think about the Patagonia Ascensionist bag:

Reviewers like these things about Patagonia Ascensionist

  • Most reviewers find it relatively light and simple to wear.
  • The price is quite affordable for most users.
  • Simple yet streamlined climbing backpack with added space to carry more climbing gear and overnight kit.
  • Durable and light thanks to its nylon ripstop with great abrasion and tear resistance.
  • Accommodates large number of axes in ice axe carry system.
  • Daisy chains on side and front panels to provide options for lashing, manages various side loads with compression straps and easy access to basic and small items on zippered pockets.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Most users found removing padded hipbelt too difficult, as it could save up to 140gm weight, especially because you cannot remove the wide webbing belt which is sewn on the back.
  • Water management is also not that simple for some climbers. It lacks in side pockets and hydration system exit. To drink some water, you need to take off the backpack. It is not convenient when climbing as you cannot stop every half an hour just to drink.


Average rating 4.9 based on 3 reviews
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Selected Reviews

The Alpine Start
Posted 1 April 2014
A great 35L pack, that with one small mod, becomes an awesome 35L pack.
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Packing in this bag

Ice climbers packing

Backpack Specs

Patagonia Ascensionist
Capacity35 l (2135 cuin)
Price range$$$
Based on 3 reported specs.

Patagonia Ascensionist 30

Patagonia Ascensionist 30

50% choose this model (most popular choice)
DimensionsHeight21-22 in (53.3-55.9 cm)
Width11-12 in (27.9-30.5 cm)
Length6 in (15.2 cm)
Price range$$$
Based on 11 reported specs.

Patagonia Ascensionist 40

Patagonia Ascensionist 40

50% choose this model (2nd most popular choice)
Capacity40 l (2441 cuin)
Price range$$$
Based on 14 reported specs.


  • Abrasion resistant
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt
  • Sternum strap
  • Ultralight
Actual features depend on model


Check how much you can pack in the different Patagonia Ascensionist models:


Silver medal
Ranks 2 (top 10%)
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Bronze medal
Ranks 29 (top 20%)
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Bronze medal
Ranks 27 (top 20%)
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Silver medal
Ranks 45 (top 10%)
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Patagonia Ascensionist photos from Amazon.de, eBags, REI and REI. All specs and features are based on automatic shopdata reports. Please check the specs/features before buying.

Last updated on May 26, 2018

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