The winner of our rock climbing daypack review is the Patagonia Linked Pack 18L. It performed well across a range of areas and scored highly in all five of our evaluation criteria. The Linked is sewn from a combination of 630, and 940-denier polyurethane coated Cordura nylon, which makes it one of the more durable packs in the test. Our testers find that it climbs better than the other contenders in our fleet.
Patagonia has released the Linked 18L in lieu of the original Linked 16L. Keep reading to see what else you get with this pack in addition to an extra 2 liters of storage!
The exterior is sleek but includes a rope strap and well-placed anchor points for lashing on extra gear. We also appreciate the versatility of a removable hip belt and sternum strap. The sternum strap was surprisingly tricky to adjust, and some of our testers found it a little tougher to pack than the competition, given its slightly smaller size. Nonetheless, it earns our Editors' Choice award and deserves real consideration from anyone looking for an excellent multi-pitch climbing pack.