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Patagonia Headway Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.06
based on 249 reviews


We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 12 reasons to buy the Headway - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


95% of the reviewers give the Patagonia Headway a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (68%)
Good (27%)
Average (4%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


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Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Patagonia Headway:

Reviewers like these things about the Patagonia Headway

  • Reviewers agree that the Patagonia Headway pack is easy to use due to its duffel-like design.
  • Other users noted that the bag is durable due to its robust construction.
  • Testers found sufficient pockets on the bag which could be essential in storing and securing things.
  • Reviewers found that the pack is versatile.
  • Other reviewers noted that it has just the right balance of travel features.
  • They have also mentioned that its back is shaped and cushioned to provide comfort and air flow.
  • According to those who have used the backpack, its shoulder strap is adjustable and comfortable to wear.
  • Some reviewers noted that its compartment is large enough to fit several essentials and personal belongings.
  • Reviewers mentioned that its back pocket is optimized to place travel documents and paperwork securely.
  • Many users were able to note that the bag could be used for travels, hikes, or backpacking trips.
  • Users thought that the design of the pack is attractive.
  • They have also mentioned that they can organize their things on the bag well.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the bag is not comfortable for long distance trips.
  • Another user felt that it sags into a soft structure when it is not full.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Patagonia Headway models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20-70 l (1220-4272 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3-3.1 oz (1-1.4 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width6 in (15 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Travel
Hiking
Cycling
School
Backpacking
Sport



Popular Models


Patagonia Headway Mlc

70% choose the Patagonia Headway Mlc

70 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Brown
Green


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity45 l (2746 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.1 oz (1.4 kg)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches


Patagonia Headway Brief

30% choose the Patagonia Headway Brief

30 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Brown
Green


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity22 l (1343 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width6 in (15 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches




Patagonia Headway brief vs Headway mlc


The two most popular Patagonia Headway models are the Headway brief and the Headway mlc, so let's compare them:

The Headway brief
Patagonia Headway Brief

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Patagonia Headway bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Headway mlc which is choosen by 70% (2.3 times as many as the 30% that choose the Headway brief).

Headway briefHeadway mlc
Most popular

Capacity and Packing

The Headway brief has a capacity of 22 l, while the Headway mlc has a capacity of 45 l.

Headway briefHeadway mlc
Biggest

For a traveller, the 23 L (1404 cuin) difference equals around 1 laptop, 1 blouse, 1 pants, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 jacket and 1 book.

Packing the Headway brief
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Headway mlc
laptop
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
jacket
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 23 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 shorts, 1 jacket, 2 protein bars, 1 football and 1 book.

Packing the Headway brief
water_bottle
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
Extra in the Headway mlc
water_bottle
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
football
1
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 blouse, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 sleeping bag and 3 packaged meals.

Packing the Headway brief
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
1
Extra in the Headway mlc
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
3

Check how you can pack the Headway here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Headway brief is 0.8 kg (28.2 oz) lower than the weight of the Headway mlc.

Headway briefHeadway mlc
Lightest

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, blue, brown and green.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Patagonia Headway features:
  • Carry-on size
  • Compression straps
  • Water resistant
  • Laptop compartment

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Adjustable torso

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Patagonia Headway models (the most popular choice is the Headway mlc).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
brief22 l2.3 oz0.1 oz/L
mlc45 l3.1 oz0.07 oz/L


Patagonia Headway
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Patagonia Bags

The Patagonia Headway ranks #11 compared with the other Patagonia bags.

9Patagonia Jalama
4.10
Patagonia Jalama
10Patagonia Cragsmith
4.08
Patagonia Cragsmith
11Patagonia Headway
4.06
Patagonia Headway
12Patagonia Anacapa
4.02
Patagonia Anacapa
13Patagonia Petrolia
4.00
Patagonia Petrolia

vs All Bags

The Patagonia Headway ranks #1050 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1048Kelty Redwing
4.06
Kelty Redwing
1049Patagonia Headway
4.06
Patagonia Headway
1050Ultraspire Alpha
4.06
Ultraspire Alpha
1051Under Armour Hustle
4.06
Under Armour Hustle
1052Hynes Eagle
4.06
Hynes Eagle



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparison of the Patagonia Headway vs the Patagonia Black Hole.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Patagonia Headway vs Patagonia Black Hole


Patagonia Headway
Patagonia Headway

4.06

Based on 249 reviews
Capacity: 20-70 l
Weight: 2.3-3.1 oz
Price:


Patagonia Black Hole
Patagonia Black Hole

4.58
BEST
Based on 1,406 reviews

Capacity: 6-120 l
Weight: 0.2-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Headway is rated somewhat worse than the Black Hole.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,655 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Headway is 71% smaller than the biggest Black Hole (70 L vs 120 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Headway is 29% heavier than the biggest Black Hole (3.1 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureHeadwayBlack Hole
Adjustable torso
Bluesign approved
Carrying handle
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water resistant
Wheeled/rolling
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Green
Brown

Only the Black Hole is available in these colors:
Red
Grey
White
Yellow
Pink





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Last updated on May 12, 2019