Nine Trails 36L Backpack
Patagonia designed the Nine Trails 36L Backpack for the avid hiker seeking a minimalist pack for all-day excursions in the wild, whether that means finding a hot spring in the mountains or hitching a ride up the island's volcano to watch an epic sunrise. Regardless of the adventure, the Nine Trails 36L has you covered with a top-loading design that readily swallows all your gear, alongside expandable outer pockets for stashing away jackets and extra layers. And seeing you'll be exerting yourself on the trail, Patagonia designed this day hiker with a mono-mesh back panel that wicks moisture as you begin to sweat, so you're not a sopping-wet mess.
- Lightweight hiking pack for the daring adventurer
- 36L volume for daytime excursions and minimalist overnights
- Rugged Cordura fabric withstands trail abuse and abrasion
- Top-loading design provides easy access to all your gear
- Expandable outer pockets for stashing layers and jackets
- Top lid pocket is great for smaller items and snacks
- Padded shoulder straps with waist belt for security
- Mono-mesh back panel wicks sweat to keep you cool
Not a fan at all
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Nothing special with this bag. Not good for anything advanced due to not being able to attach any gear to outside. It's almost framed to support alot but the size won't hold much.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought this bag mid summer to break in before trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc and I could not be happier with my decision. This bag has a solid number of pockets; great access to the main pocket through a zipper or draw cord; plenty of spots to clip on extras like a camera mount; kept my stuff dry through the three days of constant rain we got (with help from a dry cover); easily fit in overhead compartments on planes to and from; and, most importantly, shifted almost all the weight of the bag to my hips while hiking. I hiked the TMB not only with gear for the tour with stuff for a ten days in Europe afterwards and barely noticed the extra weightâmy shoulders and back were literally never sore.
Two Notes on Specs:
- I'm a tiny bit over six foot and 165lbs, 32" waist, and the small fit me perfectly
- Like one of the other reviews, I think this bag has much more than 36L of storage
Cool photo. Thanks
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I like the design of this pack a lot. The back panel is very breathable, great for warmer destinations. Also, the stretchy outer pouch is good for wet items/shoes/etc. I’m about to take it on a 2 week trip to Costa Rica and I can’t wait to load it up!
This is just my initial impression. I received Nine Trail 36L pack yesterday. I filled it with some clothing and travel gears for a quick testing.
First, it feels much larger than 36L. Did I say it 'feels'? No, it 'is' larger than 36L. It is almost as spacious as North Face Banchee 50L pack. Banchee is a great pack with an awesome suspesion, but not a perfect companion for traveling. Nine Trial 36L will be my travel pack, which I think it will be just perfect for.
Second the materials. I chose Viking Blue, and it's a stunning color in person. A bit darker than what I saw on my computer screen, which was what actually I wished for. It doesn't say waterproof, but it sure is very water resistant material. I won't be worried about not having a rain cover at all! The material is just the right thickness and has a premium feel to it unlike my North Face packs. My NF packs are light, which is good, but the material feels very thin and cheap. Also, the strap management is superb that you can make it a super clean looking pack.
Lastly, the comfort, which is arguably what is most important for a backpack. Well.. the comfort is a missed opportunity for otherwise a 5 star bag. If you never had a backpack with great suspension, you may not notice anything you are missing. Obviously it will be comfortable than any non-hiking backpacks. But, compared to true hiking packs like NF Banchee or Gregory, it's just not very comfortable. Period. I'm going to pack up with at least 20 lbs of stuffs when I travel, and I can definitely tell that I should not walk more than 2 hours with this pack on my back. The hard plastic of the exposed internal suspension rubs against my lumbar area. It should be OK over a thick coat, but I do most of my travels during summer. At least it has an aluminum stay, which is bendable, so one can bend it to fit more precise to their body shape. But, the fact it doesn't have any padding around the lumbar area is a deal breaker for me. Also, the hip belts are a too small for the size of this pack. It really is a 45L pack but comes with a suspension and hip belts designed for 28L.
For my intended purpose, which is travelling, I think Patagonia Nine Trail 36L will be just perfect. It's a nice looking bag with premium materials without too many straps hanging loose. Also, the water resistant material is a huge plus. The time will tell, but I see a huge missed opportunity - the suspension system is borrowed from its 28L sibling, which not suitable for the size of this pack. The pack is really bigger than 36L they claim to be. You really don't want to carry over 20 lbs sitting on a hard plastic on your lumbar for an extended time. I really hope Patagonia will add some padding to the lumbar area and attach better hip belts on the next iteration of this pack. Then, it will be one awesome super pack for everything.
Thanks for the review! This is super thorough and very helpful!
I had to return the pack due to the painfulness of using it. I packed it up with about 19 lbs of stuff. Took it for 1 hour walking in my neighborhood as a test before taking it to a trail. It really was 'painful' to carry. Literally, it was painful. Sure, there will be people who will say this is a comfortable pack, and I'm sure it will be more comfortable than carrying 19 lbs of stuff in bare hands, a plastic bag or a school backpack. Really - this isn't a hiking backpack. This pack is made of high-quality durable materials - a problem is that it will outlast your back by a huge margin, every day. I'm not a professional or even enthusiast hiker. I hike only 5-7 times a year. But, I'm a gearhead and been buying a new pack a year. Sounds like you? If so, believe me. This pack is super uncomfortable unless you are a professional hiker - they can carry anything or you are a bit numb.
Interesting observation! I actually bought this backpack for my hiking trip in Grand Canyon. We hiked probably more than 35 miles in 4 days. My backpack was around 30ish pounds including my 1 person tent. I did not have the same problems you were describing. I was struggling a little bit at the beginning of the hike, because I did not know how to properly use the belt strap, but after adjustments, it was like a completely different experience. Everything felt pretty balanced and the only time I complained about my backpack was when we hiked back up and I had to take off my shirt, because it got really warm. I believe that was the only time I felt the straps on my shoulders. It was a little bit painful, but did not leave any marks or bruises.
|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.