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Cragsmith Pack 32L

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August 25, 2023

Needs more pockets.

This a great bag. The only thing is that I wish there were more pockets in it. Theres only one small pocket inside the lid of the pack. The pocket is pretty small. It would be great if there was another on the outside, to stash keys, headlamps, bug spray, etc.

August 13, 2023

perfect with a third party hip belt

Upon getting this bag I was disappointed about the hip belt not being padded but thankfully there are options for third party padded hip belts. At this price point, this bag should really come with a padded belt especially if its meant for climbing. Good thing the original hip belt is easily removable. The after market padded belt clipped on perfec... Read Moretly and looks like it was meant for the bag

August 6, 2023

Not a fan

I bought this for a day at the crag and decided to return it. There's really nothing special about this backpack. It has one large compartment and one tiny little zipper space at the top. I prefer at least a few compartments for my things. There was nowhere to strap a helmet and other things to the back. Also the hip straps aren't padded.... Read More The top is nice so you can place your rope and strap it down but it was uncomfortable for my head and I couldn't really look up. I found the Patagonia snowdrifter backpack to be better suited for my climbing needs.

Response from Patagonia
August 8, 2023

Hi Catherine, thank you for this detailed feedback. We're sorry this pack didn't meet your needs as well, but glad you've had better results with the SnowDrifter. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!

April 12, 2023

Travel Bag

My intended use for this bag is carry-on travel. I love the way it opens completely in the back, intended for ropes, but works great for travel luggage!

January 28, 2023

Awesome pack for travelling and climbing!

I got this pack juste before I left on a climbing trip to El Potrero Chico, Mexico and my trip would'nt have been the same without it. The fact that you can open the back pannel is a must to have for packing all your gear and not have to take everything out from the top to find what you need. I used it everyday to get to the crag and I was abl... Read Moree have everything organized easily! Most of the people I was climbing with were suprised of how nice and easy it was to get to my gear. Overall great pack for travelling and going climbing. Simple and durable, I would definitely recommend this pack! Cheers Patagonia!

October 5, 2022

Great backpack for Europe!

I used the backpack as my only luggage for a 2 week trip in Europe that spanned 5 countries. Was able to carry on the backpack on Ryanair flights. The 32L Backpack holds a lot of gear, and is comfortable to walk with, even when fully packed! I highly recommend as a travel backpack.

February 16, 2022


I have the 32L Cragsmith original, which WAS the best, lightest most AWESOME climbing pack ever...a ring tailed cat back in the canyons in Red Rocks ate through the top pocket but I duct taped it and used the pack for years like that. When it wore thin, I bought a new one and found that Patagonia did away with the padded waist strap---BAD MISTAKE a... Read Morend absolutely RUINS this pack!!! Why would they do such a thing to such a perfect pack? So I returned it and got the 45L but it was HUGE (too big for a day of cragging) and I gave it to one of my male climbing partners..lucky for him. PLEASE consider bringing back the padded waist strap/hip support. It looks like a very common complaint for this pack. I'm sure the decision to do away with the padded waist belt was made by a male; the smaller pack is much better suited for women but we still need to carry our ropes and gear and we need to have that padded waist/hip support to carry it comfortably. PLEASE reverse this mistake in the next batch! Most of my outdoor clothing and gear is from Patagonia..I am a huge fan of the company.

Response from Patagonia
February 18, 2022

Hi Jeanne! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are sorry to hear about the disappointment with the waist belt. Its such a bummer to hear that it wasn't comfortable, but this is really valuable feedback. Comments like this help us to improve products for future seasons so we'll pass this along to our design crew!

December 20, 2021


This bag is just perfect. Spacious, comfortable, and light weight all built with incredible attention to detail.

December 15, 2021

suprisingly perfect

I'm a surfer and I live in Hawaii. I recently did some day hiking through Europe- Greece, England, Madeira and Germany. I took this bag and it was so perfect. Ok, it was summer and I travel light BUT I fit everything I needed for a 2 month trip inside. what was additionally sick though, was that it fit as carry on with all the airlines so I di... Read Moredn't have to check a bag. It's comfortable to wear and the rear flap makes it super easy to access everything. I used it at the local crags in Trier, Germany and my brother (who is a dirt bag climber) gave it the thumbs up and wouldn't give it back. So thats where it lives now. I recommend this pack and I also recommend shoppers look outside of their chosen sport as so many of Patagonia's products cross over into other forms of activity really well.

December 11, 2021

Perfect Cragging Pack

Great pack, like all things Patagonia it is built well will last a long time.

September 30, 2021

Great travel backpack!

This is a perfect size for travel and fits easily under the plane seat. This is a better version of the original Maximum Legal Carryon (MLC). If there were a version in the 24-25L size range, it would be the ultimate slimline commuter (train/bus/car) for work use!

July 25, 2021

Hip Belt Unusable

Pack is a nice size and features are great. Rear access zipper panel is sturdy and make for great cragging organization. Can easily hold a rack and rope. Unfortunately, I will have to return it for one major flaw: the hip belt. The hip belt has large plastic webbing attachment pieces that lie underneath the shoulder strap attachment. The placement ... Read Moreis not ideal to begin with, but the tension from the shoulder strap ensures it will constantly be digging into your hip. It is without a doubt the most uncomfortable pack I have ever used. I used this pack twice for a 30-45 minute approach and each time I had actual bruises on my hip. If you are only using the pack for very short approaches and cragging and do not plan to use the hip belt, then just cut it off and it will make a great pack. However, if you plan to carry any real load or walk more than 15 minutes with the hip belt on I would not recommend it.

May 26, 2021


I love patagonia gear, and as a woman I'm super stoked when I can find gear that fits me in all black. So I was really excited to get this pack, and super bummed once it actually arrived. I'm pretty average sized, and my partner (who is male and a little bigger than me) got the 45L in a size S/M. Once the packs arrived I realized the extr... Read Morea features he had and was super frustrated. I tried his on, thinking I would just exchange it, however the S/M 45L was massive on me, and fully loaded would have sat too high for me to manage. I wish I could say that he and I are able to go out climbing all the time together (then he could just carry some stuffy for me ;), but I regularly go out on my own. Even though I'm smaller, I still need a place to store my wallet, keys, phone, climbing tape, snack bars, etc etc etc. Small people need pockets too ya know! After yelling "Patriarchy Patriarchy" a few times, I took a deep breath, and decided to look them over. I don't really see any reason why the 32L couldn't fit a full size outer lid pocket and pockets around the waist band. I know that day packs don't usually need those items, but those of us out on a full day climbing still do. It's a decent enough pack, and I'm sure I'll make it work for a little while, but I wouldn't buy it again without those features...or without the 45L coming in an ACTUAL Small. I don't recommend the "Cragsmith" 32L for people who actually climb.

Response from Patagonia
May 26, 2021

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Cragsmith Pack 32L. This bag was not made specifically for women, however, it is smaller than the 45L which typically leads to less features. Nonetheless we appreciate the feedback and will pass the word along. To check out the features on any bag, go to it's product page and scroll down to "Specs and Features" or the product video, this will give you a better understanding of what you'll be getting. If you decide you're ultimately unsatisfied with your purchase, don't hesitate to send it back to us. We would be happy to have a discussion with you and figure out your measurements so we can find a bag that works for you with all the added features. One worth checking out would be our new [Altvia Pack 28L](

November 27, 2020

Quality that Supports a Bike Crash

I recently crashed my bike as I was commuting to work. The quality of the pack and the stiffness of the material allowed my fall to break as I slammed into the sidewalk. I also checked my helmet and there was no damage to my head or helmet because the backpack runs so close to my head. The straps kept the pack close to my body and it turned a prett... Read Morey gnarly spill into a cushioned fall that could have been a lot worse.

August 22, 2020

How many reviews does it take ?

Several people have noted that this pack lacks the top compartment like the 45L, along with a sufficient hip belt with hip pockets that actually work. Come on patagonia... we all love your products. Do right by us and update this pack.

Response from Patagonia
October 29, 2020

Thanks for giving us some feedback on our Cragsmith Pack 32L. We appreciate you sharing your experiences with the pack and have passed your suggestions on to our design team.

July 20, 2020

32L Compared to 45L

If you're deciding between the 45L and 32L Cragsmith, this review is for you. Long story short, the 45L reminds me of something I'd use to go backpacking around Europe, the 32L is sized more like a typical day pack. I'm a 6 ft, 185lbs dude, climbing sport and top rope routes. Ultimately I find the 45L to be more comfortable, mostly d... Read Moreue to the better designed waist strap, and large enough to carry multiple people's gear. The 32L is perhaps better sized for an individual, solo day of rock climbing. However, the waist strap isn't as comfy. Both have similar zipper systems which are TERRIFIC for accessing gear and keeping things organized throughout the day. In the end, I've decided to keep both, but am going to give the 32L to my girlfriend (and borrow it every now and then if I'm being perfectly honest). The longer version of this story follows: I originally bought the 45L thinking it would be best to carry both my gear and my girlfriend's gear. For whatever reason I also liked the idea of carrying my 60 meter rope inside the bag instead of slinging it over top of my bag like I normally do. And WOW! I was able to fit ALL of our gear (4 pairs of shoes, a 60m rope, 2 harnesses, 1 helmet, water bottles, a set of quickdraws, belay devices, chalk bags and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting about) and still had some room to spare. Just as importantly, the bag was really comfy to wear too. The 45L will work really well on longer trips (like if I need to carry a tent, for example) and when the temperatures start dropping so I can pack additional layers. Yesterday I tested the 32L, this time with no girlfriend. I was still able to cram a lot into the pack (1 pair of shoes, 1 harness, 1 helmet, 1 big water bottle, a set of quickdraws, a sling, a quad anchor, an ATC, a Grigri, a Helinox Chair One) and, just like before, STILL HAD ROOM TO SPARE. This can be seen in the photo I posted with the bags opened next to each other. As in the past, I slung my 60m rope over the top of the bag with relatively no issue. The only complaint I have, however, and I've read this in other reviews too: the waist strap is not nearly as comfy as the 45L. I read this complaint before buying the 32L, but since my old bag also had a basic webbing-like waist strap I didn't think much of it. If anything I thought the complaint seemed to be a bit on the fussy side. But after feeling the comfort of the 45L, the 32L waist strap definitely felt insufficient especially considering that I assume most rock climbers CRAM their bags full of gear / water/ snacks. But, if you're the type of person who is fine with carrying all of that weight on your shoulders, I suppose the 32L strap isn't a big deal. Me, however, I before distributing that weight onto my hips.

May 13, 2020

Perfect for international travel

This review will be useful for shorter people (I'm 5'2) who want to use this bag to travel internationally. I first bought the 45 L bag in black and used it for two intl. trips (Greece and Mexico), then exchanged for the 32 L bag in black (TY, TY THANK YOUUUU Patagonia Customer Service! Mmmmuah!). Let me first say that both bags are BEAUT... Read MoreIFUL. There is quality in every detail. The 45 L is huge (it is a bit big for carry-on only and does fit under the plane seat in front but it sticks out onto your foot space), it has the extra top pocket and the hip pockets. I like the top pocket, it was nice. The hip pockets, meh. Not really much fits in there. I wished I could remove them and keep the belt. The 45 L just was a bit big for my frame and needs. Especially since I want to learn to travel lighter. As mentioned, Patagonia let me exchange for the 32 L. I just received it. I feel like I already know the bag. No top pocket =( but that's okay bc it helps with size reduction. And still a top zipper for easy access at the airport, with an inside zip pocket. No side hip pockets and the hip belt can be removed if desired. To me, this bag is perfect. I love that it is a simple design without too many outside pockets that ppl can get into. But it does have two sleeves for water/map/books. It opens like a suitcase. I like all of the handles: outside top and bottom, inside there are two more. The handles make it easy to take it on and off when putting in / taking out of your vehicle, fully loaded. Both bags are light on their own. I love the black. I take very good care of my stuff and know I will have this for years. I am so happy.

December 18, 2019

What I Needed

I did not buy this bag for climbing but for snowboarding, OCR events and weekend getaways. I've only used it once but it's as to be expected with Patagonia — as described, sturdy and ready to take a beating. Looking forward to all my trips with it.

November 23, 2019

Just what I wanted for

Just what I wanted for hands free travel through airports. Love the double access for ease of packing.

November 22, 2019

Large bag for multiple purposes

Large bag for multiple purposes

November 6, 2019

Simple and elegant design

I love this bag. I am a male, 5´4 / 164cm, so thanks Patagonia for having a S/M version. It fits perfect. I was in search for something like this for a long time. It it so simple and elegant in its design. I do not like bags with many compartments. It makes the bag confusing and cluttered. I always have to decide where to put what. Its like Chek... Read Morehovs gun, if the pocket is there it wants to be used. So id rather do not have more pockets than i need. I always prefer to use extra modular containers if i need more compartmentalization. It makes the bag very versatile and functional! It also looks good all the time because it does not collapse due to the padded body. Dont know why you guys only market this as a climbing gear bag?! I use it for traveling, backpacking, as a general purpose sports duffelbag for my muay thai gear and for bike commuting. Tip: a simple elastic bike net with six hooks can be attached to the six front straps, which makes it easy to carry some light extra load or put wet clothes for drying while walking. If you ever decide to update the cragsmith here are my suggestions: - lockable zippers (the zippers can be perfectly aligned to lock all four with one lock) - some nice vintage multicolor variants (think old bikes) OR a classy unicolor navy, sand or olive I love this bag.

October 2, 2019

Great Camera Bag

Sold my F-Stop Lotus, this is about the same size but far more streamlined and much easier for airline travel (fits into small commuter planes). Stretchy side bottle pockets are great after not having them on the F-Stop. I would like another flat pocket for papers/maps and perhaps some scuff resistant waterproof material on the outside back for whe... Read Moren you have to set the pack down in wetness or mud. And a smaller logo. I’m a larger man but I use the smaller women’s pack, fits fine. Waist belt is not much value, would be nice if it were able to be added after the fact.

September 19, 2019

Not the right pack for me...

I was looking for a traditional backpack as opposed to a pack as technical as the Cragsmith. Ended up exchanging it at the Santa Monica store for a Nine Trails 28L. Great service at this and all three SoCal stores I’ve visited.

September 4, 2019

Missed the Mark, Super Bummed

First let me say I am the biggest Patagonia fan around. So I was super stoked when I found this bag on sale. This past weekend I used it multiple days in a row to haul stuff to and from the crag. Fitting a 70m rope, water bottle, guide book, snacks, some slings and gloves and other climbing stuff plus a sweatshirt, shoes, and a harness in it was a ... Read Moretight fit. The design of jsut zipping open the back and having a little tub for all your gear was great. The bag is nice looking and seems sturdy. The straps are great for hooking a helmet on.'s got one fatal flaw (aside from maybe being too small for my needs, but that's not the bag's fault). The hip belt is just webbing and has clips that attached right to the back of the bag. When carrying a bunch of stuff, the webbing is NOT comfortable and digs into your hips and doesn't actually help distributing the weight of the bag. Also, the little clip parts dig in and rub which is SUPER uncomfortable. I see the bigger bag has nice padded hip belt. Why oh why did Patagonia skimp out on this bag's hip belt? 32L full of climbing stuff is definitely more than enough to need a hip belt for comfortable carrying on approaches of more than 15 minutes! Really disappointed. I wish I had just gotten the bigger version of this with hip belts, but since I used it enough to discover this stupid flaw, now I can't return it. Don't make the same mistake!

Response from Patagonia
September 17, 2019

We're really sorry you're disappointed with this bag's hip belt! Please note that you are welcome to [return]( it back to us under warranty.

August 22, 2019

Photography pack! Light, simple, backcountry approved.

Like many photographers I'm constantly looking for 'the best' camera pack. The photography I do is unique in that I'm normally on long mountain bike rides when on a shoot. Most photo packs are overbuilt, too heavy, over thought, with every bell, whistle, and trinket you could think of. I love the simplicity of this pack. It&#x27... Read More;s light, protective, easy/fast access to gear, and fits my small and/or medium f-stop cpu perfectly with ample room for the other gear/food I'd need while being out in the backcountry for a day on a bicycle. The S/M size fits nicely for me (6' tall) and doesn't ride too high and hit the back of your head while riding down zesty trails! I know it's kinda of a niche use for this bag, but when I'm on the right trip, this bag is the right choice! ps, the L/XL is quite long! Be sure to check measurements before ordering.

June 13, 2019


Let me start off by saying this backpack is great. I plan on using this as an everyday carry(I work at a climbing gym) and to crags for both trad/sport and winter bouldering. Right off the bat the pack feels large for a 32L pack. I could fit two pairs of shoes, 70m 9.2mm, 20 cams, two sets of nuts 1-11, 15 x 18mm QDs(phantoms), around 10 long sli... Read Morengs in various lenghts, grigri, a few locking carabiners, two cliffbars, a small pouch with tape, spare brush, rep/med kit etc, harness, chalk bag and an arc'teryx atmos synthetic down jacket. On the outside I got one 1L water bottle a helmet and in the other side pocket you can fit enough food for atleast one day. But... Why did you not put a padded hip belt on this pack? I tried to read the description of this pack and by just the name: CRAGSMITH. I would assume Patagonia intended this backpack to carry climbing gear.. which gets heavy when you fill all that space. I just cant wrap my head around the fact that Patagonia put on a webbing strap as a hip belt. For a longer approach its really uncomfortable. Whatever the weight you carry, a comfortable carrying system is always better. I will try to attach a hip belt to this pack Regarding the lack of smaller pockets for sorting gear on the inside/outside. Just bring a pouch for smaller stuff.. or just toss it in.. its a bucket. you will find it anyway. Back panel... does not breath

June 9, 2019

looks better than the old version but room to improve

I am a big fan of Patagonia and bought a lot of clothing and backpack for outdoor and daily use. I have both old version cragsmith 35L and the new version cragsmith 32L for one day sport climbing use. I like both backpack basically and the new version looks more stylish and solid than the old version. The back opening is really good to access the c... Read Morelimbingt gear. The side pockets are good for holding water bottle, hiking pole and clip stick. However, there are some room to improve in the new version and in some way I find the old version even better than the new versoin. Hope Pataonia can improve the backpack in the next model considering the below comment: - please add the padded hip belt on the 32L version. Eventhough 32L is small, we usually carry the whole set of climbing gear. It is heavy enough and deserve to have a hip belt for better support. :-) A thin a small one like the old model is enough. Even smaller or thinner one maybe also ok. Without the padded hip belt, the strap always twist in the buckle that we cannot adjust the strap easily. - the metal buckles on both sides come off easily. When it comes off from the loop, the strap swing and hit people or other thing easily when walking. - there is a plastic hook on the right chest strap for holding the tube of hydration pack. When we put down the backpack from the shoulder, the plastic hook always catch the sleeve of the T-shirt. - last comment is just my personal preference. I like the blue colour on the new cragsmith. I think it is better to avoid using the bright and light colour for liner. For both new and old version of blue cragsmith backpack, Patagonia also use lime colour for the liner. It looks nice. However, climbers always stuff the dirty climbing gear or climing shoes inside the backpack directly. These bright and light colour liner get dirt easily and cannot be cleaned very well once the mud or dirt mark on it.

February 14, 2019

Great for Travel

I used this backpack for a month long trip around Europe. I was able to fit in two large compression cubes, a large toiletry bag, my laptop, and an electronics pouch. For this purpose it was fantastic - I needed all the space I could get to pack my clothes in. When I take it hiking with me it also works very well, but that's when I wish it had... Read More the same top access pocket the 45L does as other reviews have mentioned. I usually just throw a pouch in to make my own extra pocket and it works great. I've also used it as my carry on item with no problems.

January 8, 2019

hip strap pinches

I love the accessibility of this pack as well as the foam structure that keeps my gear safe. The back panel to this pack does not breath, my back is usually soaked by the end of a mild/easy hike, more so than I expected due to the breathability of other back panels like the refugio (may be due to weight difference) The hip straps on this pack pinc... Read Moreh my hips pretty bad, where the shoulder straps and the hip straps intersect. I am 5'4 and 120 lbs about a size 4. It is my understanding that the 45L was designed with padded hips for weight bearing, although the 35L is a smaller pack it is still meant to haul gear to the crag , and would benefit from padded hips as well. Unfortunately the 45L is bigger than what I need for a day at the crag. I can fit my 70m, a half rack or two sets of draws, shoes, helmet, snacks in this pack and a packable jacket. great piece, I would recommend the 45L but not the 35L.

December 24, 2018

nice backpack

There is a small (fits my iPhone 6 plus and some keys) storage compartment inside the top cover, but limited space, so only 4 instead of 5 starts. Otherwise it's a well-built, nice looking pack with lots of room and easy to adjust straps.

August 5, 2018

Awesome pack

I use this for trad climbing, mostly cragging and it is perfect. easy to pack and super easy to sort through everything. just throw it down and unzip it and everything is there in front of you. also nice top compartment. honestly its perfect

August 1, 2018

Could have been a top seller....

This bag is perfect in all regards except the missing top access like the 45L. Most people don’t want to lug around a 45L bag all day, but still desire rapid access to gear. As others have noted, please add the 45L top compartment and add some better color ways. The bag is executed perfectly except these two major missteps.

July 7, 2018

Almost nailed it....

I agree with the previous review. Everything about this bag is pretty much spot on EXCEPT it doesn't have the separate top lid like the 45L version. I have both,and the separate compartment it a game changer. Otherwise,your small items (like phone,energy bars,guidebooks,etc) end up mashing up with your regular gear. Other than that,they'v... Read Moree improved pretty much every issue with the previous cragsmith 35. It also feels bigger than 32,similar to other 40l bags. tldr: get the 45L,unless the size is really an issue. Patagonia,please redo this version with a separate top lid.

May 17, 2018


This pack is almost perfect,but it extremely misses a top lid compartment (like the 45L version). Not having that was a deal breaker for me. Please make a new 35L model just like it (removable waist strap,exterior stretch pockets,zippered back panel,etc) + top lid compartment!!!

April 18, 2018

Perfect carry-on only pack

I bought this three years ago for my month long Europe trip and I'm still super pleased with my purchase. The bag still hasn't seen a proper crag,but it has made carry-on only flights and long weekend canoe camping trips a breeze. When I purchased this I was looking for a backpack that would open up like a suit case for easy access,and th... Read Moreis fit the bill perfectly. I'm on the petite side and I appreciated the adjustability of all of the straps,including the top of the shoulder straps - everything sits comfortably. I love how sleek and streamlined this pack is. For those thinking of dismissing it because it doesn't have a waterbottle holder: the side zip pocket is deceptively roomy even with a pretty full pack; I was able to keep my 750ml bottle stowed away safely in it.

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