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Patagonia Refugio Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated April 2019

3.68
based on 1,443 reviews


We have checked more than a thousand reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Refugio - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


75% of the reviewers give the Patagonia Refugio a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (62%)
Good (13%)
Average (9%)
Poor (6%)
Bad (9%)





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the 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.

Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Patagonia Refugio models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity28-30 l (1709-1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.35 oz (0.6 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height8 in (20 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Travel
Hiking
Cycling
School
Backpacking
Sport



Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Patagonia Refugio features:
  • Sternum strap
  • Compression straps
  • Hydration bladder
  • Hydration compatible
  • Side pockets

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Water bottle pockets

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.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
2828 l1.35 oz0.05 oz/L



Rankings


vs Patagonia Bags

The Patagonia Refugio ranks #19 compared with the other Patagonia bags.

17Patagonia Atom
3.84
Patagonia Atom
18Patagonia Fore Runner
3.70
Patagonia Fore Runner
19Patagonia Refugio
3.68
Patagonia Refugio
20Patagonia Chacabuco
3.59
Patagonia Chacabuco
1Patagonia Snow Drifter
4.70
Patagonia Snow Drifter

vs All Bags

The Patagonia Refugio ranks #1961 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1959Mobile Edge Express
3.69
Mobile Edge Express
1960Patagonia Refugio
3.68
Patagonia Refugio
1961Arcteryx Mantis
3.68
Arcteryx Mantis
1962Watershed Big Creek
3.68
Watershed Big Creek
1963High Sierra Access
3.68
High Sierra Access



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Patagonia Refugio vs 5 other, similar bags.

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Patagonia Refugio vs Patagonia Chacabuco


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68
BEST
Based on 1,443 reviews
Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$


Patagonia Chacabuco
Patagonia Chacabuco

3.59

Based on 65 reviews

Capacity: 28-32 l
Weight:
Price: $$

  • The Refugio is rated a little bit better than the Chacabuco.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,508 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Refugio is 7% smaller than the biggest Chacabuco (30 L vs 32 L).

FeatureRefugioChacabuco
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

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

Only the Refugio is available in these colors:
Grey
Red
Pink
Yellow
Orange




Patagonia Refugio vs Patagonia Paxat


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68

Based on 1,443 reviews
Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$


Patagonia Paxat
Patagonia Paxat

4.17
BEST
Based on 97 reviews

Capacity: 30-32 l
Weight:
Price: $$

  • The Refugio is rated somewhat worse than the Paxat.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,540 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Refugio is 7% smaller than the biggest Paxat (30 L vs 32 L).

FeatureRefugioPaxat
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets
Water resistant

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

Only the Refugio is available in these colors:
Red
Pink
White
Yellow
Orange




Patagonia Refugio vs Patagonia Yerba


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68

Based on 1,443 reviews
Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$


Patagonia Yerba
Patagonia Yerba

3.85
BEST
Based on 152 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.3 oz
Price:

  • The Refugio is rated a little bit worse than the Yerba.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,595 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Refugio is 4% heavier than the biggest Yerba (1.35 oz vs 1.3 oz).

FeatureRefugioYerba
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Green
Pink
Yellow

Only the Refugio is available in these colors:
Grey
Red
White
Orange




Patagonia Refugio vs The North Face Borealis


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68

Based on 1,443 reviews
Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Borealis
The North Face Borealis

4.32
BEST
Based on 18,864 reviews

Capacity: 28 l
Weight: 2.2-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Refugio is rated somewhat worse than the Borealis.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 20,307 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Refugio is 7% bigger than the biggest Borealis (30 L vs 28 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Refugio is 78% lighter than the biggest Borealis (1.35 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureRefugioBorealis
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Green
Grey
Red
White
Yellow
Orange

Only the Refugio is available in these colors:
Pink

Only the Borealis is available in these colors:
Purple
Brown




Patagonia Refugio vs The North Face Recon


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68

Based on 1,443 reviews
Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,700 reviews

Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Refugio is rated worse than the Recon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 17,143 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Refugio is 3% smaller than the biggest Recon (30 L vs 31 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Refugio is 93% lighter than the biggest Recon (1.35 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureRefugioRecon
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue
Black
Green
Grey
Red
White
Yellow
Orange

Only the Refugio is available in these colors:
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Purple







Selected Reviews


Utah Outside

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.

Posted 5 September 2010 by Jared Hargrave - Read full review

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Last updated on April 19, 2019