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Patagonia Refugio Review

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4.6 Rating based on 1,469 reviews
Patagonia Refugio
We have checked 1,469 reviews of the Patagonia Refugio. Having checked all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5.

Average rating 4.6 based on 1,469 reviews
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Reviewers like these things about Patagonia Refugio

  • Users have noted that the Patagonia Refugio backpack has a generous main compartment with dump pockets, making it quick to organize things on the go.
  • Many of the reviewers commended the internal organization feature of the backpack for keeping electronics and other supplies.
  • Laptop users found it easy to store their gadgets due to a padded sleeve dedicated for laptops.
  • Other reviewers remarked on its sufficient comfort and support brought about by its back panel and shoulder straps.
  • Users recommend the bag for everyday use, for occasional hike and travel.
  • The presence of several pockets to store gears received praise from users, especially those who are into high-intensity activities.
  • Users liked that it can hold a variety of things well.
  • Other users commended its ability to store items safely and securely due to its zippered pockets.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the bag might be smaller than expected.
  • Due to its relatively small size, a few reviewers felt that it could use more small pockets for small valuables.


Patagonia Refugio popularity compared with 9057 other bags. The Refugio is a very popular bag.

The barchart to the right shows how the popularity of the Refugio have developed from 2008 to 2017.

Selected Reviews

Utah Outside
Jared Hargrave
Posted 5 September 2010
If you’re a hardcore outdoorsman thinking the Patagonia brand will get you a pack for an ascent of K2, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re a student with lots of books, a parent that takes the kids down to the river walk, or someone who occasionally wanders the trails above town, then the Patagonia Refugio is probably all you’ll need, and it’ll make you look good doing it.
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DimensionsHeight17-20 in (43.2-50.8 cm)
Width11.5-13 in (29.2-33 cm)
Length8-10.5 in (20.3-26.7 cm)
Weight1.3-1.5 lb (0.6-0.7 kg)
Price range$$

Based on 27 reported specs.


  • Compression straps
  • Side pockets
  • Sternum strap
  • Laptop compartment
  • Organizer panel
  • Sunglasses pocket
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Water resistant
  • Hydration bladder
Actual features depend on model


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

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Bag photos from Amazon.de (backpack).

Last updated on April 15, 2018

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