Tailored in both size and fit for a woman’s torso, the Refugio Pack has two main compartments, one external stash pocket and a clean, sleek design to keep you organized in town or on the trail.
The main compartment holds much of the load and features a lined tablet sleeve for quick access to your handheld electronics and a dedicated computer sleeve that accommodates most 15" laptops (the same sleeve also accepts a hydration reservoir when your feet leave the cement). The second, zippered pocket holds smaller items, like a guidebook or spy thriller, and keeps USB cords and accessories organized. On the exterior, a front stash pocket is just right for plane tickets or other small items you want close at hand.
Stretch-woven side pockets accommodate a full range of water-bottle shapes and sizes. Ultrasoft yet highly breathable mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating, and the straps have a straighter cut with more taper to fit the female torso. Made from 630-denier 100 % nylon (50 % recycled/50 % high-tenacity) plain weave. The lining is 200-denier 100 % recycled polyester. Both with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
In 1993 Patagonia added fleece products made from recycled plastic bottles to its collection. They were the first outdoor clothing manufacturers to make this leap. PCR (Post Consumer Recycling) clothing was a step towards more sustainable production - using less raw materials, reducing waste and better protecting human health. Today, additional sources of recycled polyester are used to make other products such as Capilene functional underwear, outer jackets and board shorts. In the meantime, Patagonia recycles not only plastic bottles, but also unusable fabric remnants and used clothing into polyester fibres, from which many of the textiles are made. The use of recycled polyester reduces dependence on oil, reduces waste volume and reduces toxic emissions from incinerators.
A DWR (Durable Water Repellent) impregnation keeps off snow and light rain and accelerates drying. It is also important for membrane clothing so that the outer fabric does not absorb water and the membrane can breathe optimally.