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Review: Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L Travel Pack

Travel Pack
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L

$169, 32L/1,831 c.i., 1 lb. 12.6 oz./810g

One size

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If you’re like me, whenever you’re flying somewhere for a few days, maybe a week or more, you ask yourself the same question: Can I do this without checking luggage? Not only do I loathe paying a luggage fee, but I don’t want to give an airline the opportunity to lose my luggage. Plus, I like the convenience, low expense, and the ethically and morally correct choice (in this age of climate crisis) of using public transportation to and from airports—which is really only feasible when carrying one small, light, portable bag or pack. For me, the carry-on of choice is the Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L.

For starters, I generally like having a small and light pack or bag with shoulder straps that I can throw onto my back to move quickly through airports; wheeled luggage of any size quickly loses its convenience when you’re in a serious rush in an airport, have no choice but to go up or down stairs (which I prefer, anyway, to standing on an escalator behind a line of stationary people), or are taking subways, buses, or trains.


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The Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L back panel and shoulder straps.
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On my most recent trip, flying cross-country to visit family and friends—two flights and a layover of 90 minutes or more in each direction—I wanted to avoid checking luggage (for all the reasons given above). Packing frugally, I fit everything I needed into my Black Hole Pack 32L for a weeklong trip, including my laptop and clothing and gear for a two-day hut hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. (I wore my hiking/running shoes traveling and strapped an empty hiking daypack to the daisy chains on the front
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