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Patagonia Ascensionist 40 backpack Review

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Patagonia Ascensionist 40
We checked 3 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.9 out of 5.

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What you need to know

The Ascensionist 40 is a backpack with a capacity of 2441 cu in (40 litres). This bag is therefore bigger than most everyday backpacks and gives you room for everything you need.

Patagonia Ascensionist 40 the backpack scored 4.9 stars out of 5 in our analysis. the backpack therefore got a fantastic rating that is better than almost all other backpacks.

Our analysis is based on just 3 reviews, so it's less sure than most of our analysis.

the backpack is made of polyamide/polyester (synthetic fibre).

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Patagonia
Model: Ascensionist 40

Capacity: 2441 cu in (40 litres)
Weight: -2.2 lbs
Weight/capacity score: -40
Height: -0.4 in
Width: -0.4 in
Depth: -0.4 in

Design review

Our panel reviewed the bags based on anonymized photos. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. Patagonia Ascensionist 40 got an average design rating of 3 out of 5.

Something went wrong with the design of Ascensionist 40. When compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed, the score of 3 is below average. The design is therefore something most people don't like.

All the design ratings were exactly 3! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally found the design of Ascensionist 40 quite average.

Price of the backpack

Patagonia Ascensionist 40 is priced a bit higher than many other backpacks. Considering the capacity of the bag, it's around 20% more expensive than the average backpacks.

The slightly higher price is sometimes a sign of quality and a respected brand, so itt might be worth paying the slightly higher price of the backpack.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Patagonia Ascensionist 40 bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Patagonia Ascensionist 40

  • 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.

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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Bag number C406/31192

Last updated on August 16, 2018