Built from lightweight yet durable Cordura, the Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 14L is designed for years of long rides from the bike park to the backcountry. With two primary storage sections and a 2-liter hydration bladder included, this pack is intended for carrying your every essential on longer rides.
The larger panel opens via a zipper that runs halfway down either side of the pack. It has enough room to accommodate the full hydration bladder, a tube, a burrito, and one non-insulated jacket like the Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket.
The lower, smaller panel opens with a clamshell zipper holding essential tools, some energy bars, a wallet, and keys. With all this gear, the pack doesn’t seem at the limit of its holding capacity, nor does it feel bulky.
The stretch panel on the back of the pack is large enough to stuff a jacket inside to keep it more accessible. This spot is also capable of holding a size large helmet during extended hike-a-bikes.
Two additional zipper pockets, large enough for a phone or energy bars, are found on either side of the hip straps. The 2-liter bladder and bite valve are fairly standard, while the drinking tube is secured by a small clip on the right-hand shoulder strap.
Beyond the features you would expect on any pack, what sets the Nine Trails 14L pack apart is the sheer number of times I forgot I was even wearing it. The mesh back panel, along with well-articulated straps and waist belt, keep the pack centered regardless of how rough the terrain becomes, while allowing good air flow. In rainy conditions, the durable water repellent (DWR) kept all of my belongings dry, without a fussy rain cover.
I am 6’1 (185cm) with a 40″ (101cm) chest and weigh 165 lbs (75 kg) and tested the Large/ Extra Large pack.
The Nine Trails 14L retails for $139 and is available in sizes S/M and L/XL. The color I tested is called Forge Grey.
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These products are backed by Patagonia’s warranty program, meaning any rip or non-functioning zipper can be sent in for repair.
Thanks to Patagonia for providing the Nine Trails backpack for review.