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Patagonia Lightweight Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 1,761 reviews

We have checked more than a thousand reviews and found 14 reasons to buy the Lightweight - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

87% of the reviewers give the Patagonia Lightweight a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (72%)
Good (15%)
Average (1%)
Poor (7%)
Bad (3%)


Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Patagonia Lightweight

  • Reviewers agree that the Patagonia Lightweight pack keeps the hands free and moves with the body.
  • Other reviewers praised its bright, stylish color.
  • Reviewers found that the bag is sturdy and well-built.
  • Users pointed out that it is packable and lightweight.
  • Other reviews thought that its size is just perfect.
  • Testers indicated that it stood up well in the washing machine for cleaning.
  • Other reviewers said that it has tote bag handles as well as backpack handles and places for water bottles.
  • They also mentioned that it has a space to hide away the straps.
  • Users thought that it could hold a ton.
  • Laptop users praised its buckle that can be clipped off and on quickly without unthreading the straps.
  • They have also mentioned that it is made from supple, featherweight fabric that stuffs away into its own pocket for easy storage.
  • According to those who have used the bag, it carries whatever the day requires.
  • They also said that it features a large zippered main compartment for easy access.
  • Testers also noted the presence of an external zippered organizer that swallows the entire bag when it's not in use.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the pack is too pricey.
  • Another user had an issue with the lack of a key clip.


Crowdsourced specs across all Patagonia Lightweight models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20-45 l (1220-2746 cuin)
Weight iconWeight0.1-1.1 oz (0-0.5 kg)
Length iconLength13-18 in (33-46 cm)
Width7-14 in (18-36 cm)
Height9-16 in (23-41 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Patagonia Lightweight features:
  • Bluesign approved
  • Carry-on size
  • Quick drying
  • Moisture wicking
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Water resistant
  • Hydration bladder
  • Waterproof

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

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.

2626 l1.1 oz0.04 oz/L
3030 l1 oz0.03 oz/L
4545 l1.1 oz0.02 oz/L
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Patagonia Lightweight
Average for 22,435+ different bags


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The Patagonia Lightweight ranks #5 compared with the other Patagonia bags.

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The Patagonia Lightweight ranks #658 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

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

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Patagonia Lightweight vs Patagonia Black Hole

Patagonia Lightweight
Patagonia Lightweight


Based on 1,761 reviews
Capacity: 20-45 l
Weight: 0.1-1.1 oz
Price: $$

Patagonia Black Hole
Patagonia Black Hole

Based on 1,398 reviews

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

  • The Lightweight is rated slightly worse than the Black Hole.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,159 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Lightweight is 167% smaller than the biggest Black Hole (45 L vs 120 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Lightweight is 118% lighter than the biggest Black Hole (1.1 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureLightweightBlack Hole
Bluesign approved
Carrying handle
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Moisture wicking
Organizer panel
Quick drying
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water resistant
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Lightweight is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

PMags people


A light pack that fits more than enough gear, clothing and food for non-technical day trips.

Posted 8 July 2012 by Paul Mags - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019