Unlike the Patagonia, it has a basic organizer for pens and such in the deep front pocket and a laptop sleeve in the main. The Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote does not.
I also had trouble keeping the straps hiked up on my shoulder, and found one strap sliding off fairly regularly. It required just a quick adjustment, but it can be annoying. The Patagonia Travel Tote in tote mode. The Patagonia Travel Tote in backpack mode.
This works great as a tote but makes no compromises in backpack performance. Totes are great for lighter loads, but heavier ones place a lot of strain onto a single shoulder. A lot of bags that convert from totes to backpacks make sacrifices in backpack performance in order to get things working right as a tote. The Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote does not. It is a fully featured daypack complete with ventilated shoulder straps and stowable waist and chest straps for heavier loads.
Most ultralight packs forgo padding and features in the name of lightness, which is fair. But the Patagonia shows that a bit of compromise goes a long way. I also liked that the shoulder straps can fully stow away by unclipping them at the point of adjustment. The bag looks cleaner in tote mode as a result. This seems less elegant than designs that use the tote handles themselves as the shoulder straps, such as the Marmot Urban Hauler. While the Patagonia has a distinctly outdoorsy aesthetic, it embodies the more fun and whimsical aspect of being outdoors as opposed to the more aggressive, performance-oriented bags from most outdoorsy brands.
Build quality is excellent. The whole bag is made of water-resistant, ripstop nylon but the top uses a lighter 70D material to save weight while the bottom consists of a more durable, D double ripstop material. Both top and bottom are treated with polyurethane, and the top gets an additional silicone coating. The only internal pocket is the pouch it stuffs into, which dangles from the top of the bag. It is the perfect size for magazines.
Alternatively, you can fit a MacBook inch or an inch Air, but any computer 13 inches or bigger is a tight squeeze. Both are large enough to accommodate a wide-mouthed Nalgene with no issues. As for other minor annoyances, while the shoulder straps stow easily when not in use, the tote straps do not. They just dangle when not in use. The tote straps are a good length for most people, but can look a little short on taller people.
This elegant minimalist backpack has clever straps and nice features, all at a good price. The Marmot Urban Hauler has the most elegant tote-to-backpack conversion mechanism out of any bag we tested. To go from tote to backpack, you simply yank the straps through the loops and they turn from tote straps to backpack straps that also keep the top closed. Unlike the Patagonia, it has a basic organizer for pens and such in the deep front pocket and a laptop sleeve in the main.
The drawstring closure on top easily accommodates a baguette should the need arise. But at 17 inches tall 3 inches more than the Patagonia the main compartment itself is deep enough to swallow anything shorter. Overall, the Urban Hauler is a compelling minimalist backpack.
However, the same features that make it a good backpack inhibit its performance as a tote. The Marmot Urban Hauler in backpack mode. The Marmot Urban Hauler bunches awkwardly in tote mode. But in tote mode, the straps and the sleeve need to be parallel in order for your computer to rest flat against your side. The Patagonia solves this issue by having separate straps for tote and backpack use.
In order to truly replace a backpack or shoulder bag, I set out to find something with individual pockets to stash my wallet, keys, and maybe a tablet or notebook. Unfortunately, most totes that met these requirements happen to look like diaper bags.
The Patagonia Headway Tote is an example of what I wanted to avoid. The Outback is one of the few bags I came across that paired the organizational features I needed with the elegant design I wanted. The full-grain leather handles are comfortable and felt secure on my shoulder.
The same leather covers the bottom of the Outback, which both reinforces the bag and makes it easy to keep clean. I tested it with a spray bottle of water, soaking the sides and zipper closure of the Outback for one minute after filling it with towels. There was some minor leakage around the zipper, but otherwise they stayed dry.
I recently spent a month living out of the Outback, and it easily fit all of my electronics and doodads and then some. Among them, a inch MacBook and charger , iPad Air 2, water bottle, notebook, pens, keys, wallet, battery pack, a few charging cables and wall warts, two pairs of headphones in-ear and over-ear , and a portable Bluetooth speaker.
Plus, there was room left over to shove in a few shirts, a change of pants, and some socks and underwear. This comes in handy for sliding it under an airplane seat it fits, by the way. I also appreciated the bright gold, reflective lining in the main compartment that brightened the interior, making it easier to find items that tumbled to the bottom.
Two of them could fit a Moleskine notebook, one is the perfect size for a 9. We respect your privacy. You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments. You can also send us a note or a tweet , or find us on Facebook.
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