The Patagonia Toromiro Backpack — what an epic name. I had to browse the web to see why Patagonia would use this name and a wiki search taught me the Sophora toromiro is a species of a flowering tree unique to Easter Island. Due to heavy deforestation in the 17th century, the Toromiro eventually became extinct in the wild. It was only recently that it was reintroduced to the island by way of a scientific project where the only remaining plants of this species with a documented origin were propagated in the 1960s from seeds collected from a single tree. Epic! Needless to say, I’m a fan Patagonia and their environment friendly approach.
At first touch it feels deceptively light, but at 16.5 oz it’s identical to most bags its size. The exterior is made with 100% recycled polyester and treated with a durable water repellant (DWR) finish. This is a nice feature for the eco-minded outdoors enthusiast. Although the backpack doesn’t come with side bottle holders, there are plenty of lash-down points on both sides and an additional one located right in the front. The shoulder straps are featured with Patagonia’s ergonomic Human Curve. They’re thinly padded and smaller than usual, but they feel really good around the shoulders. I also like the small details and contrast of colors found in the zipper linings, braided pull tabs, top handle, and adjustable shoulder straps.
What’s unique about this backpack is its top-loading feature. By unzipping the top from one end to the other, you can have full view of your contents and conveniently fill the main compartment to the brim. What’s also cool is the top portion of the body doesn’t cave in and maintains its rectangular shape even when it’s not full. This is nice for people who consider packing food or other delicate things. The main compartment has another polyester lining and a laptop sleeve padded on both sides that can be strapped down with an adjustable buckle. The quick access pocket is found at the top and the diagonal front pocket can be filled to the top where the front lash-down point meets the main compartment zipper.
I really like this backpack for all the things mentioned above, but also because it is versatile for any occasion. The cost isn’t bad for a bag that is unique and equally convenient for the user. You’ll also notice that Patagonia plays around with colors that goes wonderfully well together. Find it on Amazon!
- Dimensions: 16.5″ x 12″ x 6″
- Weight: 16.5 oz
- Capacity: 22L
- Materials: 100% recycled polyester body, 100% polyester interior lining