Patagonia Ascensionist Pack

No backpacker worth his backpack would leave the country without bringing something durable, spacious and, in our case, stylish. The Patagonia Ascensionist Pack fits the bill on all three of these criteria and we were glad to take it with us during our recent trip to Thailand.


The Ascensionist comes in either a 35L or 45L size, and either white or orange colorways. We chose the 45L pack for maximum space and to give us enough room to bring some souvenirs back to the US. Even though we traveled through Thailand during the dry season, we were glad that the Ascensionist had durable water repellent fabric finish, which repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times.

The size and fit of the pack are really good. Waist straps, chest straps and padded shoulder straps make an extra 50 pounds a breeze. The open top design includes a rain skirt and drawstring closures with an additional cinch down strap. The bag itself is solid, it feels as durable as canvas without the weight. The only complaint we had was with the zipper pouch at the top. It doesn’t seem large enough to fit anything of value and it rather difficult to open when everything is cinched down.

We love this bag. We would take it anywhere again and certainly plan to do so. It’s strong enough to survive the South Face of Denali, but cool enough to wear around town or campus.

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