Bring it all.
Apart from having a very unique name, the Chacabuco Backpack is Patagonia's largest daypack for those who can't leave gear behind. This big backpack boasts two generous main compartments, one with a padded sleeve for most 17-inch laptops. The padded sleeve also doubles as an insulated sleeve for reservoirs thanks to the integrated tube port. Breathable, padded mesh makes sure the back panel and shoulder straps are comfy on or off the trail. Patagonia made the Chacabuco out of a highly durable recycled polyester with a DWR coating for superior water-resistance. This pack also features a zippered pocket for quick access to essentials, small pockets for sunglasses and car keys, stretch-woven pockets for water bottles, and shock cords for bulky items like an extra layer.
- Everyday backpack built for trails and sidewalks
- Large capacity suitable for a day's worth of adventures
- Internal laptop sleeve with padded protection
- Padded mesh back panel and shoulder straps for comfort
- DWR-treated fabrication for weather protection
Fit is a Little Off
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So, for so long I have always thought backpacks like these all generally fit the same. Having the opportunity to wear many different styles/brands, my mind has been changed. I bought this and it has always felt like it wasn't adjusted quite right, I think I have played with and adjusted in every way, but haven't found that "feels so good" setting. Tons of space and well organized and set up to wear on the trail and pound the pavement during the week. All in all I am satisfied with the bag some improvements could be made.
Causes clothes to wear out
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased this pack to replace an old messenger bag I used for work. The construction and material of this pack is good, however, the rough material on the backside of this pack have caused many of my clothes to prematurely wear out. The shoulders and lower back of my shirts and pullovers I have worn with this have pilled, and in some places almost worn through. I want to use all my clothes and packs as long as possible, but I cannot justify continuing to use this pack. This is the first item I have ever gotten from Patagonia that I am not satisfied with. Before purchasing I had read other reviews mentioning this problem, but I ignored them. I wish I hadn't
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Wouldn't recommend for hiking/strenuous activities, but bought this as a gift for my dad and he loves it as a daypack for work. Easily holds laptop and everything else you need to carry you through your day.
Not That Great
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
My younger brother has had an older version of this Patagonia backpack for about 4 years now and really likes it. After checking his out I decided to buy this one but was disappointed with a few different things once I got it. The quality didn't compare to my brother's and seemed to be a much poorer design. I ended up returning it for a different brand, and of course since it's Patagonia shipping was not free - Lame.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Patagonia makes a great product and this is no exception but this bag is better for cruising around town rather than for hiking .
Okay But Not Great
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After my partner's hiking backpack got stolen that she was using for work we purchased this as a replacement. Lucky she no longer needs a daypack for work because this probably wouldn't stand up to the test.
Overall seems to be a great pack - ample storage space that is well organized. The first long hike with it she got a really bad migraine - possibly just the general way weight is distributed with the pack - and she said it felt like it was pressing on a weird spot on her neck/shoulders. Maybe because it was the men's fit and not the women's this was a problem but she often uses men's packs without having this issue.
Great pack for general use (love the material) but not able to be used the way we intended.
Kendra from Patagonia shares her thoughts on the Chacabuca 30L Pack
|Men's / Unisex|
|S / M||L / XL||One Size|
16 - 19in
(40.6 - 48.3cm)
19 - 22in
(48.3 - 55.9cm)
17 - 21in
(43.2 - 53.3cm)
28 - 36in
(71.1 - 91.4cm)
32 - 42in
(81.3 - 106.7cm)
28 - 40in
(71.1 - 101.6cm)
S / M
L / XL
15 - 18in
(38.1 - 45.7cm)
18 - 21in
(45.7 - 53.3cm)
14 - 18in
(35.6 - 45.7cm)
26 - 34in
(66 - 86.4cm)
30 - 38in
(76.2 - 96.5cm)
26 - 38in
(66 - 96.5cm)
- How to Measure:
- -Have a friend locate the bony bump at the base of your neck, where the slope of your shoulder meets your neck. This is your 7th cervical vertebra (C7). Tilt your head forward to locate it more easily. This is the top of your torso length.
-Place your hands on top of your hips bones, with fingers point forward, thumbs in back. This it eh "shelf" on which your pack will rest. The middle of an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs is the bottom of your torso length.
-Using the tape measure, your friend should measure the distance between the C7 and the imaginary line between your thumbs. Be sure you stand up straight when being measured. You know should have your torso length.
- Measure around your waist just above your hips.