Patagonia Altvia Pack 36

The most eco-friendly backpack of 2021



1lbs. 11oz.

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If Captain Planet had time to hike, he’d spend his weekends wearing the Altvia. This all-purpose pack gets eco cred for a few reasons. First, the shell fabric, bottom, rain cover, and lining are all 100-percent recycled—and the DWR coating is PFC-free. Second, the 140-denier ripstop nylon exterior and 210-denier packbottom offer hand-me-down toughness. Our tester spent a season in the Altvia trekking around the desert outside Moab, Utah, and saw no wear, even after slinging it through sand, cactus, and talus. The pack’s suspension handled up to 30 pounds during overnights. Our only complaint: The toplid pocket is integrated into the cinch closure, so when it’s full it weights the pack shut, making it tough to dig around the main packbag one-handed.

unisex S/M and L/XL