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Patagonia Refugio 28 backpack Review

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Patagonia Refugio 28
We checked 1519 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5.

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What you need to know

The Refugio 28 is a backpack with a capacity of 1709 cu in (28 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 Refugio 28 the backpack scored 4.6 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 (1,519 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Refugio 28.

The height of Refugio 28 is 20.9 in, width 13 in and depth 10.6 in. A standard A4 folder is 10 x 12 cm, so there should be room for such a folder in the bag.

the backpack weighs 1.5 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 40 which is allright. So in other words, Refugio 28 have an average amount of room compared with the weight of the bag.

the backpack is made of 450 d 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 Refugio 28 is suitable as cabin luggage per the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Patagonia
Model: Refugio 28

Capacity: 1709 cu in (28 litres)
Weight: 1.5 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 40
Height: 20.9 in
Width: 13 in
Depth: 10.6 in


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Refugio 28 ranks #9 of all the reviewed Patagonia bags.

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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 Refugio 28 got an average design rating of 3 out of 5.

Something went wrong with the design of Refugio 28. 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 Refugio 28 quite average.

Price of the backpack

The price of Patagonia Refugio 28 is very average when compared with other backpacks. Even when you consider the capacity of the backpack, the price is just -10% different from the price of the average backpacks.

You can therefore find backpacks that are both cheaper and more expensive than Refugio 28.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Patagonia Refugio 28 bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Patagonia Refugio 28

  • 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.

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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Last updated on August 16, 2018