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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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5 5

Great purse alternative!

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

I bought this bag for my girlfriend as a gift. She doesn't really like to carry a purse but still have somewhere to put her stuff. This has worked absolutely perfect for that!

4 5

Great smaller bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag survived two weeks of cross country driving to two different music festivals, tumbling down a hill (stayed on me the whole time!) and is still in great shape. I wish it were just a bit larger, but at this point I have too many stories with this bag to let it go! No problem holding my keys wallet and phone in a waterproof Pelican case and a nalgene in the main compartment, my small camera in the front pocket, and a notepad in the other one.

5 5

versatility, roomy, overall good design

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Note: this review applies to an older version - patagonia removed the 3rd pocket above the main compartment.

Had 2 models (2008 and 2012) of this so far (wore out the zipper on the first). The bag has a place for everything: a 'cell phone' pocket, a tiny compartment on the shoulder strap, and 3 divided areas within the larger compartment (1 elastic band area in the back, and 1 zippered mesh area on the outermost area). Even used the outer buckled straps to carry items that won't fit in the bag (e.g. a wrapped up sweatshirt, a bicycle tire pump). The *best* part (to me) is being able to flip the bag to your front while walking / biking / etc, and access the items inside without having to stop. Also forgotten to zip it a few times and yet never lost anything thanks to the design.

Picture compares 2008 model (left) to 2012. Not sure when / why they eliminated the 3rd pocket.

versatility, roomy, overall good design

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

Responded on

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

Finally!

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

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

CALLING ALL LADY CYCLISTS/TRAVELERS!!!
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