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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for commuting and travelling Awesome. It doesn't try to be more than it is. And it does everything. Lots of laptop bags look too technically geeky. Lots of school bags fittingly look like they're for kids. Lots of backpacking bags scream out "I'm outdoorsy." Lots of these urban rucksack bags look overstated. I had to get another Arbor Pack after my wife got jealous over how much I enjoyed the pack and took it for herself. I never thought I'd see the day, but she subbed out her designer bags for this pack for her office commute. Recommendation: The attachment points don't have much reinforcement, so be careful how much weight you attach. And you'll need a slim carabiner to get into the attachment openings.Try the Nite Ize S-Carabiner - Size 3. It's a perfect match.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits bigger laptop than expected I bought this bag about 2 weeks ago in the plain navy color. The finish is attractive and the fit is comfortable, with the load being distributed nicely. The main reason I wrote this review is for the laptop storage. All the reviews mention that bag fits their MacBook. I have a 15.6" Lenovo with dimensions 15.12 x 10.4 x 1, so I was skeptical about it fitting. Lo and behold, my laptop fits in the storage compartment! I was very pleasantly surprised. My only gripe is that my bag has already developed a loose thread on one of the shoulder straps after less than 10 wears. I'm waiting to see if it's just an aesthetic issue or if worsens. Still gets a 5-star from me for the laptop fitment.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for air travel I use this pack for my "personal item" when I fly. It fits nicely under the seat in front of me, and it has a couple pockets for small items and a sleeve for my laptop. If you want a lot of pockets and organization, it's probably not the pack for you. If you want versatile storage with a couple pockets to stash some smaller items, give this pack a try. Did I mention that it's comfortable fully loaded? I'm tempted to get a second in case mine ever wears out....
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice laptop bag Pros: Looks great, comfortable for commuting, padding between laptop compartment and where bag comes into contact with back, fits 15" macbook pro, weather shouldn't be major issue unless you plan to use bag for long hikes in inclement weather (outside of my intended use), large front pocket and smaller pocket under top flap, waist strap. Cons: Could use nalgene compatible pockets on both sides of bag... I think the leather patches might fail with a full water bottle clipped on (I was able to fit both of my 1.5 L and 1 L bottles in large front pocket, but makes access to water cumbersome), 15" macbook pro fits but takes a little work to get it in laptop pocket. Given my with experience with patagonia's warranty/repair policy/process I am bumping the rating from a 3 to a 4. Otherwise, I would have given it 3 stars. Definitely the best option available in its class.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Commute in style I am very pleased with this backpack that I purchased for my commute to work (purchased black/forestland color). Decreased rating based on design only, backpack in perfect otherwise. Pros: Plenty of space in main compartment, comfortable to wear, appreciate the water resistance coating (though would recommend purchasing a cover) Cons: The two additional compartments lack organizational compartments you'd find in a traditional backpack, where is the water bottle sleeve???, the adjustment straps for the shoulder straps are extremely sensitive; I have to readjust each time I put on the pack.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All purpose bag Dude... All I have to say is this bag is amazing! I took everything out of my last bag and put it in this bag. The weight distribution of this bag is so great!! I don't feel the weight of all my stuff like I did in my other bag. Patagonia u guys out did yourselves on the design of this bag. This bag will be my carry on weekend bag, laptop commuter bag and day hikes! Very happy with my purchase. I agree that a nalogene pocket would have been legit but I'm just going to hang it from the side.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all purpose bag Got the arbor pack 2 days ago and very satisfied so of the few packs at this price point that truly repel water. Endured a drenching downpour, longer than 15 minutes and when i arrived at my destination my gear inside was all dry. Perfect. Two external zip pockets come in handy as the top loading main compartment will have you digging for smaller items that make their way down to the bottom. A good looking bag as well.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for everyday After a long time searching for a good bag to take on weekend outings, I found this day-pack, which I bought immediately. It's pretty simple, lightweight, I can fit a lot into it; doesn't have very many pockets or extras. However, it looks great, I get a lot of compliments on it. I still love it!
Date published: 2014-08-12
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Questions & Answers

Can you hook a water bottle on the side of the bag with one of the squares?

Asked by: dkrois
Depending on the water bottle, you can attach the bottle to the lash points on the side.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-16

Is this backpack waterproof or water resistant?

Asked by: smc0726
​This pack is coated with a light DWR which will offer some protection in steady rain for a short period.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-28

Do you think I could fit a 3 liter bladder in this pack?

Asked by: jordan
​A 3 liter reservoir will fit in the sleeve.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-17

Where is this bag made?

Asked by: dbeg
This item is made in Vietnam. Please keep in mind the country of origin can change over time and some items are sourced from multiple countries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

what does checkpoint-friendly mean?

Asked by: marsbar
TSA will begin to allow customers to leave their laptops in a bag if the laptop sleeve is a detachable pocket or has a butterfly zipper so that the laptop is unobstructed when going through an x-ray screening. This bag does not allow for an unobstructed view so it is not checkpoint friendly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04

Does Bay Blue/Ikat Fish Small come with a yellow or red strap? Each photo shows a different color for the strap.

Asked by: mding
​That color combination currently comes with a yellow strap.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-11

Are the little leather looking squares on this pack actual leather or synthetic?

Asked by: jasminecrandall
The patches are made of plastic based synthetic leather.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-24

Are the straps on leather squares to hold things on the side of the pack included?

Asked by: EmmaBear
Straps or webbing for the leather patches are not included.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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