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  • Lightweight, bomber ripstop nylon is weather-resistant and highly packable
  • Easy access top-loader with drawcord closure; zippered stash pocket; internal sleeve is hydration-compatible
  • Open, highly breathable mesh shoulder straps and back panel; adjustable sternum strap
  • Top-mounted, reinforced haul handle
  • Micro daisy chain provides multiple lash points

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Specs

Best Use Travel
Bag Style Backpack
Gear Capacity (L) 20
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 1,220
Number of Exterior Pockets 1
Material(s) 210-denier ripstop nylon
Dimensions Unavailable
Weight 1 lb. 0.9 oz.
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Business adventurer Yes, I bought this because "I'd rather be outside" I work professionally and hike on weekends, this backpack is it! Water-resistant feature is key. Only down side, I wish a better laptop carrier in back but I just got a shell for my laptop so it works great. Patagonia is always the best choice, in every Patagonia purchase I'm happy.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for travel, acceptable for gym/city The Lightweight Blackhole line (new in 2016) is, indeed, much thinner (and hence more flexible) material than the original thick and stiff Blackhole pack and bag line. I like the look and feel a lot and, in general, think the Lightweight line is well suited to travel where bulk and weight override brute strength, but think the regular Blackhole line is better for hard daily use and expedition travel. I compared this to my first generation Blackhole Mini Mass when I got home (the current second gen is now called the Messenger). The thicker Blackhole material works better on the Mini Mass, which benefits from the extra structure. On the other hand, the Lightweight Blackhole material on this Cinch Pack is an ideal thickness for this size/purpose bag. Don't get me wrong: the Lightweight Blackhole material is still plenty thick and tough - 210-denier nylon with a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) exterior laminate. Note than unlike a polyurethane interior coating, this is an exterior separate sheet of material laminated to the underlying nylon. It's (probably) similar to the laminating procedure used to make rain shells. The TPU exterior laminate adds abrasion resistance and water repellency to the pack - it will never "soak out" (but this isn't water proof since the seams aren't treated). What is will do is repel all dog and cat fur (most packs attract fur and lint like magnets) and will never get soiled by dirty floors, conveyor belts, spilled food or sodas. Literally, just sponge wipe it clean (except for an untreated bottom patch). The negatives are potential long-term cracking (but never heard of any) and potential long-term rub-spots wearing through the laminate. There are 4 storage areas: exterior "baggy" slot with the baggy-side material on the INSIDE, interior body-side hanging zipper pouch, and water bladder/laptop slot. I call the exterior slot a "baggy" slot not because there is a noticeable exterior bulge, but because on the interior the material that makes up the back panel IS gathered to provide some real volume to this storage compartment - it isn't just a classic flat slot with no real useful volume. So instead of a conventional flat slot, we get an exterior slot that can accept a bulkier wind or rain shell without distorting the outer panel. Clever - hard to explain and visualize, but the minute you check it out in person you will see what I mean. Personally, I can stow a lighweight (but still lined) windbreaker in here without the hassles and bulge that happen with flat panel slots. I'm not sure whether I miss external mesh water bottle slots on the Paty Cinch Pack (found on the same-sized REI Flash 22), or appreciate the cleaner lines without them. In any case, Paty also offers a size-up 26L panel loader with mesh pockets in the Lifghtweight Blackhole line. The Cinch Pack is 17 ounces, the 26L panel loader is 19 ounces. The Cinch Pack, per Paty's published specs, is 32" for carryon "personal item" measurement purposes (sum of height, width, and thickness) while the 26L is 36", which is about the maximum size for a personal item on those airline websites that publish measurements. The Achilles Heel of the Cinch Pack (and of the 26L panel loader) is the soft fabric/mesh back panel. It is a light gray, so it will soil. It is NOT waterproof or abrasion resistant. It's not usually visible, either, and using the TPU laminate on the back panel would make it hot, sticky, and grab our shirts/jackets. Still, it's the one vulnerable area on an otherwise tough pack.
Date published: 2017-04-11
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Is easily packable? looking for a daypack that could pack into luggage or my larger backpacking backpack. If anyone has suggestions for decent packable daypacks I'd love to hear them!

Asked by: beeth
This pack can be easily packed and is a great choice to pack into your luggage or a large backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-04

What are the dimensions if anyone knows? Thx

Asked by: Vicki
​The dimensions are 16 x 10.5 x 5.5 inches
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-14

is this version water resistant? would it work well carrying a laptop in the rain biking to work?

Asked by: laurel
Yes, this pack is built with a TPU-film laminate and a DWR finish.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07
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