Active lifestyles, on-the-move schedules, and fast-paced workflows are all tough on our technology and equipment. Luckily, the Patagonia Black Hole fills the void and accommodates it all. With light and sturdy polyester ripstop fabric and highly waterproof and durable finish, this is a strong choice if you plan on working and cavorting in the elements and need to tote along a laptop as well. With a few surprisingly fun features, this backpack caters to the active, adventurous working individual. A perfect option for those seeking a water-resistant backpack for bike-commuting to work or hanging out in the elements.
As a contender for our favorite bike commuting model, this pack is perfect for getting anywhere you need to go. The weather-resistant outer is impervious rain (during our test), and it proves to be incredibly versatile. That said, the Thule Paramount is a better bike commuter because of its enhanced laptop protection, expandable storage options, and additional features. The laptop and main compartment feature two separate side-zipper access points, making it easier to use. Plus, it has better attachment points for a bike light and helmet. We also appreciate the reflective tape on the back that the Black Hole 25L does not have for biking at night. That said, while the Thule Paramount offers great weather protection, it's not as bomber as the Black Hole. The Thule doesn't get in a light storm, but the fabric does eventually leak (not into the laptop compartment). Therefore, if you plan on being in the worst weather, the Patagonia Black Hole 25L is a better option.
Patagonia updated the colorways for the Black Hole 25, but otherwise, it's the same pack.