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Patagonia Atom Sling Bag - 488cu in


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    28 Reviews


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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
    • Item #PAT00EC

    Tech Specs

    [body] 450D recycled polyester, [base] 450D recycled polyester ripstop, [lining] 200D polyester, DWR coating
    488 cu in
    Shoulder Strap
    [external] 1 zippered shoulder strap, [internal] zippered mesh
    Claimed Weight
    10.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    commuting, biking, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    The second color I've purchased

      I love this bag so much this is my second one! If you are even moderately active, after using a sling bag it's hard to imagine using anything else. It stays out of the way and when needed you simply swing it around to the front without having to take it off. It's really cute too! Of course, you can't go wrong with the Patagonia brand either =)

      Nice pack

        I was considering this pack for my self but bought it for my wife. It is built well and Back Country has great prices. I tried it on and it is too small. That is in the ability for it to go around me. It is more appropriate for a small guy or a women. 8L is a great size. I am looking for something larger. My wife has not gotten accustomed to using it as designed but is just throwing it over her shoulder as you would with any sling

        Too small & pocket won't fit an iPhone 6

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

        If Patagonia could make this a few liters larger and make the front pocket big enough for an iPhone 6, I'll re-buy it. I really wanted to like this (I thought it'd be the perfect carry-on bag for backpacking since I could wear it in the front while transporting my pack), but as such, I had to return it. Just a bit too small to make sense, and I would be annoyed every time I'd try to zip my phone into the front pocket.

        I carry mine everywhere ..

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I basically use it to keep things out of my pockets .. like gum, my wallet, a knife, etc and I love it. Also, it's very roomy to be such a small, subtle-looking bag .. I carry notepads and books in it now too.

        I got the all black and can't recommend it highly enough

        Very Functionional

          I've had my eye on this bag for a while and finally pulled the trigger to use while snowboarding. My biggest complaint while snowboarding is getting dehydrated. I wanted just a small bag to carry a water bottle and a few granola bars. This bag fits the bill perfectly! I was also able to put my beanie and liner gloves in the bag when it warmed up. Pocket on chest strap fit my iPhone 5s perfectly. This is exactly what I was looking for. Just the right size for a day on the slopes. Sling style was great for turning bag around to my chest when on the lift or when needing access without taking the whole thing off.

          Pretty cool

            Great shipping. I ordered it on the 18th, and it came in on the 20th! I like the size of the bag. The only issue I have with this backpack is that the color is not true to the picture. I ordered the underwater blue, but the real bag is darker than in the picture above. Everything is darker, especially the light blue. I honestly like the bag in the picture better. Other than that, I love it. It will be perfect for my Disney World senior trip!!! And Puerto Rico...

            Wanted to keep!!

            • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

            Wish my review would be a 5 star and that I could keep this awesome bag. I would reiterate everything that others below have said about "not leaving home without it" and me not being a "purse gal" either. Only thing is, that I get headaches and neck aches if I have a pack only slung on one shoulder and that shoulder being the right shoulder. So, that's me. I had to return. I wish it was ambidextris (don't even know if I used that word right). The quality of the material is great, so much better than other sling bags I have tried (I have only tried one other, just FYI). I would find that this bag would last quite a long time - several years if not more. It's lightweight, got nice padding and air flow, great places to stash's perfect. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone that doesn't have a quirk with their neck and shoulders :)

            I carry this EVERYWHERE!!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I love this little bag and I've definitely put it through some things over the last year! lol I take it with me everywhere (short treks, hiking, biking, work, the gym, walking to the market, etc...) and use it daily. The little compartment on the chest strap is perfect for my ID/Debit card/cash, lipgloss, and barely fits a decent-sized folding pocket knife (my essentials! lol). I have a carabiner attached to the top thick strap for holding a Nalgene, and the smaller/thinner straps across the front of the bag hold the Nalgene in place as I zip around. My 32 oz. bottle will easily fit inside the bag, but I usually have other things that take up too much space. This really is the only bag/purse I carry and I honestly take it with me everywhere!! If I tighten the bag down all the way, I can even run with it. I am 5'6" and weigh 110 lbs.; I think the Atom is the perfect fit and is very comfortable to wear for all-day use!

            I carry this EVERYWHERE!!

            THE purse for ladies who hate purses

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I admit it: I hate purses. It's so hard to find one that's just the right size for all the essentials (roomy but not enormous), comfortable even when loaded down with the occasional bottle of your favorite alcoholic beverage, AND cute while still remaining functional. But let me tell you, ladies. THIS IS IT.

            I bought my Atom Sling this spring before a trip to Japan because I needed something as functional as a backpack but small enough to take pretty much everywhere. I had seen a few people with them around the office before and thought, why not try it? And I am sooo glad I did, this thing is a dream! It's the perfect size for traveling -- you can fit a book, some snacks, water, headphones, and a wallet with room to spare. The straps might be my favorite part of this pack, because they make it incredibly easy to clip on your favorite jacket or sweatshirt just in case the weather turns when you're out and about. My one qualm is that the "phone" pocket on the front is a bit small for my Samsung Galaxy, but that's not really an issue because I just use it to pick up random trash I find laying around (Leave No Trace, people!).

            In addition to being perfect for traveling, I've found this bag to be an awesome size for half-day excursions. I take it with me on short hikes and scrambles, and it fits everything I need with no problems (a 1L hydration bladder, a couple granola bars, camera/phone, a light jacket, and the necessary summit beer). You can even take it to parties...let me be the first to tell you that this thing fits a six pack or a full bottle of wine. You'll always be prepared with this thing :)

            THE TAKEAWAY: Buy it. Stuff it full of fun things. Take it with you everywhere.

            THE purse for ladies who hate purses

            Great all-purpose bag!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I originally purchased this bag to use as a fly-fishing bag to complement my Simms Freestone stocking waders ( While both Simms and Patagonia make sling packs specifically for fishing, both run approximately double the price of the Patagonia Atom Sling Bag, and I didn't feel I truly needed the bag to be waterproof since I didn't plan on putting anything water-sensitive inside (the waders have a cell-phone pouch).
            I took this bag on a 3+ week trip to Alaska, and it quickly became my go-to bag, supplanting both my purse for city outings and my backpack for long hikes. I was amazed at just how much I could stuff into this little bag (water bottle, hat, gloves, keys, snacks, walkie talkie, selfie stick, extra batteries, AND a thin rain jacket) without straining the zippers. When I needed to shed my fleece, I simply tucked it under the straps on the exterior. It's also super easy to add carabiners to the exterior straps in case you want to attach any other items. I went on some strenuous 6-8hr hikes, and the only time I felt the need to actually use the waist strap was when biking, so mostly I just clipped it closed without wrapping it around my waist, and that prevented the straps from dangling. The mesh on the back made it breathable, which was very important on the long hikes. The design of the sling made it easy to access my gear without having to remove the bag, but removal was super simple, with or without unclipping.
            I also wore this through several Alaska rainy days, and while it is not waterproof, water did bead off it in lighter rains. During heavier rains, I simply wore my rain jacket over it. I did have a small pack cover for use if necessary, but never actually had to use it.

            Perfect fit for me

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            I purchased this bag because my sister has one and I loved how easily accessible everything was to her. I take my dog hiking and it's the perfect fit for everything I need on a trail for myself and dog without being too bulking and heavy. I can fit my 1L camelbak inside and alleviates my having to clip it and having it swing. I love the front little pouch for kleenex, chapstick,etc. I like the clip on the inside for my keys so I know exactly where they are and won't misplace them. The single sling strap is lightweight and comfortable with the right amount of padding. I've taking it kayaking and paddle boarding it's the perfect size, the fabric is breathable and water repellent.

            Good bag, imperfect fit

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

            The bag is nicely designed and a great size for day trips. Note that it hangs over the right shoulder, unlike many other sling bags, in case that matters to anyone considering it.

            But neither my wife nor I could get it to hang right, whatever the load or strap length. The padded portion of the strap would always ride on edge, making it more like a rope attachment than a pad. Maybe it was just our particular bag?

            Its just ok...

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            My only complaint is the way the bag sits across your chest when you wear it. The cellphone pocket is in an awkward spot and the rest of the strap is thin and hikes up. I think it looks funny so i usually wear it over my shoulder.

            The perfect bag!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I take this bag with me everywhere! It is perfect for going around town, traveling, concerts, etc. It can easily fit a water bottle, wallet, puffy jacket, and snacks for the day. I love the pockets - 2 inside and one outside - to organize my stuff.

            The only thing I would change is the front chest pocket. I currently still have the iPhone 4, which fits perfectly, but when I upgrade to basically any phone larger than that, it's not going to fit!

            Overall, I love this bag and would highly recommend it.

            Perfect Day Bag

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I bought this bag to as my day bag when traveling through Europe for a month. I wanted a bag that would hold anything I would need throughout the day, maps, money, passport, DSLR camera, snacks, etc. and it worked great!

            There is a clip inside that I could attach my small wallet too, so I knew it was safe. It was also very easy to swing to my front to access items quickly, but also feel safe when walking through busy tourist areas.

            Will the cell phone pocket hold an LG G3/4? What are the measurements of the pocket?

            EDIT: My apologies - I just realized the older model I have has a 3rd pocket that I use for cell phones - these models lack that (2 pockets only). It may not fit. really disappointed in this redesign now.

            [the older pocket on the main compartment] fits a galaxy s6 with decent room to spare, so yes, it would easily fit the LG.

            EDIT: My apologies - I just realized the older model I have has a 3rd pocket that I use for cell phones - these models lack that (2 pockets only).  It may not fit.  really disappointed in this redesign now. 

[the older pocket on the main compartment] fits a galaxy s6 with decent room to spare, so yes, it would easily fit the LG.
            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.

            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

            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.