Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Patagonia Nine Trails 14 L
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Practicality: 9 out of 10
Reliability: 7 out of 10
Packability: 7 out of 10
Ease of Use: 10 out of 10
Overall Experience: 8 out of 10
Perfect balance of lightweight yet superdurable CORDURA® nylon ripstop for years of abuse in the field; 2-liter HydraPak® reservoir included
Full-access panel-loader for easy organization of your gear; large main compartment with front tool pocket
Massive exterior stretch pocket and two quick-stash side pockets secure extra items
Low profile with long torso for balanced fit
Superbreathable mono-mesh back panel provides excellent airflow and prevents moisture buildup
Padded shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap and waist belt for secure fit
Available in two sizes: S/M, L/XL
610 g (1 lb 5.5 oz)"
Comfort || This pack has a great mesh backing that allows air flow while you hike. The straps are comfortably placed and are adjustable. However, after about three hours of hiking I notice that my shoulders become sore from the straps. There could be more cushion there, as they are slightly stiff.
Practicality || The pockets that wrap around the hip are great for storing phones, keys, and things you want to grab quickly on the trail! The size is nice for day hiking, and it stores a good amount of gear.
Reliability || The pack itself has held up against rain, mud, rocks, and heat. I have been using it for 6 months and there is little to no wear and tear visible. However, the HydraPak they provided leaks when it is full, even when put in the lock position. This has progressively gotten worse over time.
Packability || In the sense of packing things into the pack, there is plenty of room for extra water bottles, hiking books, and snacks. If you wanted to take this pack elsewhere and pack it in a suitcase, it is very easy to pack along due to its simple profile.
Ease of Use || This pack is very easy to use! The straps adjust easily, even mid hike.
Overall Experience || I love this pack, it has been a great pack to use on my daily hikes. The only draw backs I have found are the leaking HydraPak and occasional shoulder discomfort.