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Ascensionist Pack 55L

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November 1, 2022

Perfect size

I bought this backpack to do a 2 week backpack trip through Japan exploring the different cities and rural parts of the country. It was comfortable to fit all my clothes and didn't weigh me down by being oversized. I would highly recommend. A small front pack zipper would be nice for easy access but without that it was still perfect for what I... Read More used it for.

September 16, 2022

Not whatI expected

I am sorry to write this, but I am really disappointed with this product. As a climber, I use it in harsh conditions and expect it to keep my things dry. But after my first approach with it in rain, all of my clothes and gear was soaked in water and I was freezing all night. My old, cheaper backpack would handle this rain. And it feels also kind of... Read More uncomfortable for me when it's loaded.

Response from Patagonia
September 27, 2022

Hello, thank you so much for your review and we are very sorry to hear about your items getting wet. Sadly, this is not a waterproof nor water-resistant pack. There is a PU liner to help with water protection, but when the pack is left too long in rain it will soak through. With that said, if you are not entirely happy with your pack, you are more than welcome to start your [return](https://www.patagonia.ca/returns.html) at any time.

April 10, 2022

Performed well on the CO Trail!

I brought this pack on the CO trail last year for over 250 miles of thru hiking. Overall the pack performed well, despite it not being a dedicated thru hiking pack. The weight is actually comparable to some of the marketed 'ultra light' packs out there. I really like the streamlined design which makes checking this bag at the airport a no... Read Moren-issue. It performed relatively well in the rain, however the material did eventually soak through - I recommend getting a pack cover if you plan on rain (though this is true for most packs). One item that could be improved is more external storage, though I realize this is a climbing pack - some streamlined side zips or a pocket would be nice. However, given the large number of straps and attachment points i was able to modify the pack and add a water bottle holder etc. The pack rides well on my frame, I'm 5' 8" 150lbs and the small / medium fit fine with a good weight distribution between the hips and shoulders. The blue color is also nice and makes it easy for people to identify you on trail. Overall I am pleased with this purchase; I am planning on taking this pack back on the CT this year to finish the trail.

April 6, 2022

Great pack

I'm very happy with this purchase. The back support inside the bag can be taken out, a feature I really like as I don't always have a need for it. The Ascensionist Pack is extremely versatile, allows you to carry a plethora of items, is durable, comfortable, and looks awesome. I highly recommend, my only squabble; I wish it had come in bl... Read Moreack, but the red is doable. Patagonia keep doing what you do!

January 16, 2022

very packable, light weight. only wore it in the garage so far.

Out of the box looks great, we will see how buckles work with gloves. off to Canada Rockies for the winter. Will send info .

December 19, 2021

failed to strengthen the shoulder strap with backpack

After 6-day cross-country and 5-day hiking, the interlock between left shoulder strap and backpack was literally broken. Average load is around 14-15 kg. No solution to tackle the issue at this moment...

September 23, 2021

Not actually an alpine climbing pack

I got this pack for ice climbing, mountaineering and winter missions primarily, and I was quite stoked about some of the features it offers like the ''slimming it down'' and its big volume that allows for big missions. Unfortunately I have to report that this pack did not hold up to a classic alpine mission in the Bugaboos. I d... Read Moreon't know where the people that designed this pack alpine climb, but when going up for a week with gear and food split between a crew, a pack will weight approx. 40lbs. On this instance one of the Ascenscionist straps actually tore at the seams because of the weight. This is fairly dissapointing because other packs in our crew held up to the weight. Other things that are very poorly designed on this pack: (1) when removing the brain and back panel to transform it into a multi-pitch pack, this bag is super burly, like a ball on your back without any structure at all. Very annoying for climbing with. (2) why on earth would there not be a side zip here? if someone is actually going to use this for a long approach or a multi pitch it might be conceivable that access to layers and food and water will be needed. Without a side zip and any other side pockets (which would be totally fine if there was a side zip), layering and un-layering means ALWAYS taking the brain off, undoing the top and reaching in a dark tunnel of chaos instead of unzipping one thing quickly. Finally I have to say that this pack has very strange straps that will make your shoulders sore, and this was true for me and my partner that used the pack for a day. There was potential here, but overall it's a disappointing product.

Response from Patagonia
October 1, 2021

Hi Alexandra. Thank you so much for your detailed feedback on this pack and why it didn't work for you. You're welcome to return it. Thank you.

August 31, 2021

Great Bag

I just recently got this bag and used it on a 3 day alpine climbing traverse in the Canadian Rockies. We were carrying all gear, bivied and lived out of the pack for the trip. The material is tough and stood up to the abuse from the local limestone and the bag carried well for me both while hiking and climbing. Other reviews mention that lack of a... Read Moreccess to the pack via zippers etc. but in my opinion an Alpine Climbing pack should cut down on weight and losing the extra "bells and whistles" is how you do this.

August 29, 2021

Untethered Big Boy Style

This pack is a perfect big guy pack. Carry everything I need plus all the stuff my 3rd grade daughter doesnt want to haul! Plus I can cinch it down for lighter carrying with comfort. Mahalo Patagonia gang

August 27, 2021

Great pack for the backcountry

I was surprised to read all the mixed reviews here. I was looking for a reasonably sturdy but light and versatile pack for backcountry hikes with some scrambling, glacier traverses etc. I have tried and tested multiple packs over the years from various brands and this is the first pack I truly enjoy carrying for prolonged periods of time. I use thi... Read Mores pack for 3 to 4 day backcountry trips and with tent and all gear it weights around 12-14kg. The pack handles this kind of weight really well, sits comfortable on my back and does not bounce around. Even when running a few km it feels great and does not bounce. I cannot comment on the durability yet as I have only used it for one summer with about 100 hours of the pack on my back but so far it is holding up well.

August 5, 2021

NOT designed for long approaches or lightweight climbs

This backpack is terrible at doing everything it is ''designed'' for. Gear hauler for long approaches? I loaded this pack with gear and food for the Bugaboos (20kg load) and when I picked up the pack to put it on my back one of the straps seams tore up. Great. As a bonus, this pack also rubs your shoulders in a way that you wil... Read Morel eventually get a rash from the straps (both me & my partner got them while our friends with a similar load & different packs didn't). Streamlined? More like inaccessible. The lack of a side zip makes this pack a long dark tunnel. Getting anything (snack on that long approach? Layer? Water refill?) impossibly annoying. A side zip is such a small thing that would improve this pack so, so much. Full-on missions in the alpine? No. This pack doesn't downsize nicely for alpine trad. It's actually super bulky and a second pack is necessary for that purpose.

Response from Patagonia
August 5, 2021

Thank you for your helpful and thorough feedback Alexandra. You may find that our new [Altvia Pack](https://www.patagonia.ca/product/altvia-pack-36-liters/48915.html) resolves some of the issues with strap placement and irritation as well as storage. However, it does not come in the larger 55L size at this time. We will happily pass your review along to our design team.

June 29, 2021

Good but didn't last long

I loved this backpack and had it for around a year until it started to breakdown. Used it for rock, ice, some ski mountaineering, backpacking, and some a bit of other random activities. Both straps have broken and are now hanging by only a quarter of the stitching they had. The bag was awesome until this though, but I wouldn't try to load it t... Read Moreoo much until they improve the straps. Day ice climb? Sure. Overnight with tent, skis, ice rack, rock rack, and a 70m rope? Use a different bag.

Response from Patagonia
July 6, 2021

We're sorry to hear about the lack of durability on this one. We appreciate the feedback and highly encourage you to connect with your local [Patagonia-owned store](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/). Taking your pack there to discuss the usage and what is going on with it, and they can evaluate it. Your pack is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee, so please don't hesitate to reach out. We'll be happy to help!

May 19, 2021

I am Confused by this Pack, why does it Carry so Well?

Let me start by saying I have 45L discontinued version. I have had a lot of climbing packs over the years, this the first one that I hardly notice is on. Why? I am trying to understand what magic you did here? There is clearly a difference between this pack and my other packs. Most packs feel heavy in the shoulders after 30mins. I don't get th... Read Moreat with this. On a climb, its almost invisible. It stays out of the way. I really love the moveable hip pads, finally gear loop I can actually use. I also love the Ice axe bars, works faster than loops for me. The thing I don't like is the top closure, (which is what I thought I would like) its hard to load an empty pack with my rack. I understand the design was trying something new to address that very problem, but I have not figured out how to use it yet. Every time I stuff the first gear in its a fight. I also do not like the way my rope has attached to the top. Its too much of pain, so I just stuff the rope inside now, where I prefer to cinch it under the lid. It looks the 55L fixed this issue. All and all the best climbing pack I have every owned....

April 10, 2021

Great pack but shoulder straps need to be redesigned

This could be a fabulous pack but the shoulder straps are too far apart and make the pack uncomfortable. I was super excited to try it out on a recent 3 day ski touring trip. Right away I could feel the shoulder straps being too far apart. They sit too far out on your shoulders. I thought this might go away but it didn't. The pack was always j... Read Moreust a bit uncomfortable. When I got home I compared it to other brand name packs that I own and the shoulder straps are definitely further apart than any of the other packs. They need to be approximately 1-2 inches closer together. If Patagonia redesigns this pack with the shoulder straps closer together than I would highly recommend this pack. It has great features, excellent fabric, is very adaptable and is better than most other similar packs out there. It would be a simple fix to move the straps in closer together - hopefully they read this.

March 23, 2021

My new favorite bag

Perfect size. Amazing storage flexibility. Light. Secure. Will be using this for any multi day trips, climbing, hiking, camping, skiing.

January 29, 2021

Great features but sore shoulders

I was really excited to get this pack for climbing & longer skiing outings. The features are great- my partner is super jealous of the bomber system that holds my ice tools in place. You could never loose one with this pack. I really wish this pack had side access tho. It’s annoying to unpack everything to get 1 thing. This being said it’s an e... Read Morexcellent no fuss pack meant for alpine expeditions. Asides this, I have to say that the way straps pull on my shoulders make them super sore even if most of the weight is in the hip belt. It’s almost as if no matter what I do, the pack pulls my shoulders back a lot and ends up making them sore. I’ve tried adjusting it in different ways, but nothing seems to work. It’s a great pack but because no adjustment seems to solve this issue I might end up giving up on it.

December 27, 2020

Comfortable and Reliable

I took this bag WWOOFing for a year across Canada and it held strong through the journey. The padding is not too bulky and super comfortable, after wearing it for long periods of time I felt no discomfort. The adjustable straps and clips make it great for when you have less to carry but still want a secure hold on your belongings. A simple design w... Read Moreith no extra pockets (one small pocket is inside at the top). However I do wish there was a larger volume bag available.

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