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Patagonia designed the Atom Sling Bag with a single strap and a teardrop shape that stays put whether you're hiking to a lake or commuting to class. This simple design provides a lot of convenience for you, since you can access the bag without having to take it off—just spin it around to your chest. Patagonia also added 3D spacer mesh to make the shoulder strap and back panel more comfortable and breathable. The Atom's recycled polyester is strong and light, and its DWR coating helps keep your gear dry in the face of light rainfall. It also features adjustable buckles that let you lash more items to the pack when it's full.

  • 3D spacer mesh shoulder strap and back panel
  • Single-strap design with teardrop shape
  • Recycled polyester with DWR coating
  • Zippered main compartment
  • Adjustable buckles

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4 5

Very handy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros - Versatile and very well made/tough. I use it primarily as a lunch box for work. I actually used it the other day as a pistol range bag. I can certainly see how this would work well as a day hike companion in the spring.
Cons - For my day to day purposes I felt like I had to cut off the waist strap. It's pointless if you use the sling for daily commuting and there is no way to hide or draw it up. You either have to use it or cut it off.

Unanswered Question

Where is the "waist strap"designed to attach to the sling? The attachment slides up and down the sling. Strap reaches easily at sternum, doesn't reach easily at waist where sling is all the way around the back.

4 5

bought as a gift

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my wife for an upcoming trip and she absolutely loves it! the only complaint is that she wishes the front pocket on the sling was a bit bigger to fit her phone. other than that, a great product!

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know that this bag is meant for hiking, but I actually use it as a camera bag. It is very comfortable and fits all of my necessities. I have a DSLR with a standard lens (not that big) but I still have room in the bag to fit a 24 oz water bottle. There aren't exactly pockets on the inside, they act more as sleeves. I cannot stress enough how great the bag is, the functionality spot on, it's lightweight, and perfectly designed.

Is there a water bottle compartment? If not can you recommend a small bag just for a few snacks, small camera & water bottle for short hikes

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No water bottle compartment, but a water bottle and snacks can fit inside the main compartment. I am able to even fit my 24oz insulated water bottle, which is pretty big. Just make sure to have a secure water bottle lid/top, because if it spills inside, everything else will get wet.

Does this bag have a front waist strap that can snap in for it to be more secure during biking, skiing?

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Yes the Atom does have a waist strap. The video below shows it a bit for you.

5 5

Awesome little pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for hikes and other activities where a full on backpack would just be overkill. I love the little side pocket for sunglasses and exterior straps which I have been using to tie down extra layers or whatever else might not exactly fit inside the pack. I also bought a 1L Camelbak reservoir which fits perfectly in the interior pouch... One small complaint about that - there should be a slit in the top of the bag to run that drink tube out, but there is not... So i just have the tube running out the top of the zipped pocket. Works just fine but looks a little weird. There is a loop on the main strap to hold that tube in place though, so thats nice.
Overall, I'm SUPER happy with this little guy. Ive had it for about 6 months now and it is holding up really well. Well worth the price tag!

Awesome little pack
5 5

Great Commuter/All Around Bag

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I picked this up for a friend who has been asking for one for a while, and it seems to be the ticket! To start, the bag is super easy to adjust. The clip up front is easy to manage, so you don't have to sit there wrestling to get the bag on or off. The zippers are smooth and easy to use, so you can access your stored goodies without trouble. That Patagonia mesh is another plus as well- makes it more comfortable to wear, and the spacing adds breathability, so it's great for commuting. Hands down sounds like this bag is a winner- I'm going to have to grab one for myself!

5 5

Greatest Commuter/Travel purse ever!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a cute, super functional and all around awesome purse LOOK NO FURTHER!! The Patagonia Atom Sling Bag is the one for you! I love this little guy he fits all the essentials, Wallet, Keys, phone, bike lock, lip balm and extra sweater (if needed)! I can't believe it took me this long to find this bugger (Props and Kudos to Fellow Gearhead Cory D.). I am so happy I have. It has all the room, with separate pockets to keep everything organized, that I need to go to my local event/concert/market etc. via bike and keep my hands free! I wish I had this pack while I was living in Italy too! It would have been perfect for all my traveling needs. A feature for the cyclists out there it has a waist strap so it doesn't move around on you when you are peddling extra fast to get to where you need! Did I also mention the main strap has a clip on it so you can take it off and on in a literal (not figurative) snap?! The mesh backing helps dry quickly as well when sweat comes into play as well. I have the Dark Currant color and it's so beautiful! Just as pictured it's a deep wine color and the accent pick zippers just make it that much more cuter!Truly another awesome product made by Patagonia! Bravo and I can't wait to tell all my friends about it...oh wait I have! hahaha