Patagonia's New Packs: Inspired by the Classics But Built for the Future

With 100 percent recycled materials and solution dyeing, Arbor Collection puts new spin on an old design.

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Patagonia’s new may borrow its looks from the company’s history, but the way this gear gets made is nothing but forward-looking.

The newly announced Arbor Pack line, intended for city life or light hiking, includes a ($79), ($89), ($99) and ($129). All four packs are made entirely from recycled materials, which involved reusing 8.5 plastic bottles per bag. The Patagonia also put in place a dyeing process that saves a half gallon of water per bag and produces 96 percent less carbon dioxide than conventional dyeing methods. The 600-denier recycled polyester fabric body includes a water-repellent finish.



While Patagonia got its start in climbing hardware before moving into apparel and packs, the original pack designs from 40 years ago—called the Summit Pack, and dating back to when the company was called Chouinard Equipment—had a simple aesthetic. The new Arbor packs were designed to have similar visual cues as the originals.

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The original 1970s bag.
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The padded laptop compartments double as a hydration reservoir when you hit the trails instead of the office. Main compartments include zippered stash pockets beneath the top flap, a top-mounted reinforced handle, and human curve shoulder straps.

The 15L market design, the smallest, offers a flap-less top-load design, while the 20L day pack has a front-loading zippered design. The 25L classic goes top-load with both a drawcord and a large flap pocket that seals. The 28L grande mimics the classic, but adds a bottom horizontal pocket separated by a floating baffle to keep your wet shell from soaking dry goods or possibly that extra mayo on your sandwich from interacting with important electronics.


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