Patagonia Altvia Pack

Editor choice Patagonia Backpacks - Altvia

Patagonia has long made iconic outdoor gear and introduced their new hiking brand, Altvia, in summer 2021. The Patagonia Altvia Packs are a great line of backpacks optimized for hiking and climbing. Patagonia Altvia packs have several subtle and sturdy features that make these packs ideal for lengthy hikes.


Pack Lid
The pack lid opens and closes through a drawstring that goes through the front border of the lid and wraps around the main compartment. This creates a secure, well-packed enclosure, and also gives the Altvia it’s appealing design. This design also makes the pack a bit tricky to open and close.  However, once the pack lid is closed, you don’t need to worry about it popping open unexpectedly.

Main Compartment
We tested Patagonia Altvia in three sizes: 14 liter, 22 liter and 36 liter. Each size provides plenty of space for overnight or weekend alpine backpackers or lightweight hikers, assuming that you are an efficient packer.

Hydration Pockets
The hydration bladder is located inside the back pad. Unlike most other packs, the bladder is attached using velcro rather than a buckle. The velcro adhesive makes connecting a hydration water bladder very easy.

A little zippered pocket is attached to the back pad. It’s similar to the underside of the lid. It holds vital items like my passport and immunization cards that I wish to keep separate from my main burden.

Back Panel
The Patagonia Altvia pack has a suspended mesh panel in the back of the backpack that is made with ribbed foam placed under the mesh panel. The reduces back-to-pack contact and increases ventilation.

You also don’t feel the hydration bladder through the rear panel, which is great. With other backpacks, you can usually feel the water squishing around. The Altvia is different and keeps the back dry and separated from the water bladder.

Shoulder Straps
Patagonia’s Regulator® Airmesh shoulder straps join to the rear panel of the pack through a mid-wide yolk. This prevents the shoulder straps from resting on your neck and ensures the straps are evenly distributed. The straps are breathable and comfy, and due to their lightness, and also dry fast when wet. Each strap has two cross straps for gear. There’s a daisy chain on each shoulder strap which also doubles as a phone or beverage holder.

Additional information

Specification: Patagonia Altvia Pack




100% recycled nylon


477 g (1 lb)


18" x 9.25" x 8.5"

Pack capacity

14 liters


Rain cover included, Hydration compatible, Highly breathable Regulator® air mesh shoulder straps


Shell: 4-oz 140-denier 100% recycled nylon ripstop, Boot: 4.1-oz 210-denier 100% recycled nylon ripstop, Rain cover: 2.2-oz 100% recycled polyester taffeta, Back panel & straps: 100% polyester mesh, Stretch-mesh pockets: 9.4-oz 66% nylon, 34% spandex, Lining: 3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled polyester with a PU coating

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