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Patagonia Black Hole 25 backpack Review

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Patagonia Black Hole 25
We checked 1214 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.7 out of 5.

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What you need to know

Patagonia Black Hole 25 is a modern backpack with a capacity of 1526 cu in (25 litres). This gives you room for everything you need for commuting to school and work. There is also room for a normal sized laptop up to 15 inches.

Patagonia Black Hole 25 the backpack scored 4.7 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 hundreds of reviews (1,214 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Black Hole 25.

If we look at the dimensions, the height is 19.7 in, width 13 in and depth 5.5 in. A standard A4 folder is 10 x 12 cm, so there should be room for such a folder in the bag.

The weight of the backpack is 1.5 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 35.7 which is allright. So in other words, Black Hole 25 have an average amount of room compared with the weight of the bag.

Black Hole 25 is made of 450 d ripstop polyester (synthetic fibre). The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you are flying, you will be pleased to know Black Hole 25 is suitable as cabin luggage per the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Patagonia
Model: Black Hole 25

Capacity: 1526 cu in (25 litres)
Weight: 1.5 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 35.7
Height: 19.7 in
Width: 13 in
Depth: 5.5 in

Design review

Our panel reviewed Patagonia Black Hole 25 and all the other bags by looking at photos without brand names. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. Patagonia Black Hole 25 got an average design rating of 4 out of 10.

Patagonia didn't get the design perfect with this bag. The score of 4 is only average compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed.

All the design ratings were exactly 8! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally liked the design and would consider this buying this bag.

Price of the backpack

Patagonia Black Hole 25 is price a lot higher than most other backpacks. Compared with the average backpack price, the price of Black Hole 25 is more than 60% higher!

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Patagonia Black Hole 25 bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Patagonia Black Hole 25

  • A lot of users thought that the Patagonia Black Hole backpack is resistant to any weather condition that might tarnish the state of the bag.
  • Other users recommend the bag for those who are commuting to school and work.
  • Other users noted that the bag has a lightweight design.
  • Many of those who have tried the backpack were able to secure things properly due to its pockets.
  • Several users observed that its straps could be pulled quickly.
  • Reviewers have found that it is comfortable to wear due to its back panel.
  • Laptop users found it easy to store their gadgets due to a padded sleeve dedicated for laptops.
  • Tablet users found it easy to secure their gadgets due to a sleeve dedicated to tablets.
  • Many wrote that the bag is durable and functional.
  • Another user said that its stretchable pockets make it easy to store different sizes of water bottles.
  • Other reviewers noted that there is a roomy storage space for more comfortable organization.
  • Users thought that the bag has an attractive design.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user remarked that it has a minimal protection to laptops.
  • Another user thought that the bag might be too small for him.
  • A reviewer felt that it is not fit for hiking.

Selected reviews

The Tech Toolbox
Matthew Stolper
Posted 15 February 2017
It is a reliable bag to have around. Its convenient top-loading design makes it fast and easy to access, so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing just to get something out. Whether you’re looking for a new daypack, a bag to commute to work with, or a bag to hold your yoga gear, this bag is ideal for just about any application you throw at it.
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Gear Junkie
Chelsey Magness
Posted 13 December 2016
For a light day-pack (18 oz) at $100, the Black Hole is a great product.
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RMK Outdoors
Posted 2 December 2015
Overall I was very impressed by this duffle and it will continue to be my large travel duffle for whatever I need.
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Backcountry Skiing Canada
Posted 5 December 2014
If you value your skis (and why wouldn’t you as they provide so much joy in life) then you ought to look at the Patagonia Black Hole Snow Roller to protect your investment and also make your travels that much easier!
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Skyd Magazine
Posted 22 April 2013
The Black Hole is versatile, durable, and permanent. It’s the Mercedes Benz of bags.
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Backcountry Skiing Canada
Posted 12 March 2012
We have been running the 60 and 90 Litre Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bags for our last half dozen trips and have found that the design is truly rugged.
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Our World Awaits
Uriah Nazario
The bag is setup with a thick polyester waterproof outer shell which makes it more durable. It is a compact and light travel gear.
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Our World Awaits
Uriah Nazario
It is a great size for today’s smaller electronics and offers protection in uncertain climates. With the various pockets and functions means that this is a great bag for daily use or during travels.
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Patagonia Black Hole 25 vs other bags

Patagonia Black Hole 25 ranks #6 of all the reviewed Patagonia bags.

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Last updated on August 13, 2018