Patagonia, one of the most trusted names in outdoor gear, has just released a new line of technical, trail-ready backpacks – the Patagonia Nine Trails daypack. The line will consist of four daypacks of different size, ranging from 14 to 36 liters, and geared up for any occasion.
The Nine Trails daypacks aren’t completely new; the line has previously consisted of your standard running hiking bags. But the new the Nine Trails daypacks are a little different, designed to be light, functional and minimal. They have one large zipper that allows easy access to the main compartment, with two hip pockets, two expandable side pockets, and one stretchy back pocket. It’s hoisted onto your shoulders and kept tight by the requisite chest strap, buckling hip strap, and the two compression straps on the sides that keep things comfortable and cozy.
The back of the Nine Trails features a frame sheet, made of perforated foam pods, and with thermal, moldable mesh. This allows it to remain breathable and dry, and lets you stay cool during high octane activity. The hip pads are molded to the contours of the body and designed to allow for increased airflow. There’s space for a hydration bladder, and a 3D-printed bladder-hose holder on the shoulder strap; the 14L model even comes with a 2-liter hydration bladder ready to go.
The material is 210-denier Cordura ripstop fabric for the main construction, with a 200-denier polyester lining. It’s coated with Durable Water Repellent and polyurethane coating that keeps the rain off; all but the most torrential of downpours, at least.
So who’s it meant for? Just about anybody, or anything. The minimal design makes the smaller bags look appealing for day hikes and trail running, while the variety of sizes (20L, 28L, and 36L) means it is ready to go for just about everything. There is also a 14L version intended for biking. It’s out with the New Year – not in time for Christmas, but in plenty of time to rev up for next season.