I love Patagonia gear, unfortunately this pack is…
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I love Patagonia gear, unfortunately this pack is a failure. The reason is that its compression system is woefully inadequate. Patagonia tried to copy Osprey's straight jacket system, but didn't give the pack the stiff wing sides that Osprey uses.
There is no option to compress the soft sides of the Crosstown. The result is the pack that compresses into a wedge with most of the weight hanging way off the back. Bad idea, even my 5-year old Mountainsmith compresses way better.
Other gripes- a laptop sleeve that is useless for anything but the laptop; that's a strange idea for backpack that is touted as an all-arounder. The pack is fairly discreet, although the large Patagonia logo pressed into the front pocket gives it away.
Crosstown is pretending to be understated, but in reality not understated at all. The carry system would have been comfortable of not the unfortunate compression system that makes all the weight jut out away from your bag.
I give this effort from Patagonia a "miss" mark...
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Free Shipping. Patagonia Crosstown Daypack (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Crosstown Daypack by Patagonia Zippered main compartment has a suspended, self-adjusting padded laptop sleeve that holds up to a 17in. laptop Updated with out 1,200 denier recycled polyester A secondary zippered compartment opens to a portable office organizer system Front catch-all sleeve with hidden zipper that provides easy access to documents; stretch-woven water bottle pocket Fleece-lined top pocket protects sunglasses or electronics Airflow-mesh backpack straps and back padding for comfort and breathability Adjustable sternum strap with built-in safety whistle; removable waistbelt and stowable attachment straps SPECIFICATIONS: Volume: 28 L / 1709 cu in Weight: 907 g (2 lbs) Fabric: 1-oz 1,200-denier 100% recycled polyester. Lining: 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% polyester. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Crosstown or cross-country, the Crosstown commuter bag by Patagonia keeps you organized whether you're office-bound, hiking the steep and narrow, or somewhere in the global commute. Inside its zippered main compartment, it features a suspended, self-adjusting padded sleeve that accommodates up to a 17-inch laptop. A secondary zippered compartment opens to an office organizer, and a front catch-all sleeve (with hidden zipper) provides easy access to documents. With a stretch-woven water-bottle pocket, a fleece-lined top pocket that protects sunglasses or electronics, 3-D spacer-mesh backpack straps and back padding for comfort and breathability, and an adjustable sternum strap with built-in safety whistle. Made with 1,200-denier 100% recycled polyester with a canvas texture, polyurethane coating and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
This backpack from Patagonia is an all-in-one pack with recycled fabric to help you reduce your footprint. PRODUCT FEATURES: Airflow-mesh straps and back padding for comfort and breathability Removable waist belt and stowable attachment straps increase versatility Front catch-all sleeve with additional document pocket and fleece lined top pocket to protect electronics Stretch-woven water bottle pocket so you have something to sip on while waiting in line for train tickets Material: 1200D Recycled polyester Volume: 1709cu in Pack Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 10in
- Appalachian Outdoors
When you're beating crosstown traffic on the way to class or work, throw your stuff in the Patagonia Crosstown Backpack. Patagonia made this all-in-one pack with recycled fabric to help you reduce your footprint. Stash your work documents, phone, change, or keys in any of the Crosstown's various organizer pockets.