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Patagonia Atom 8L Sling Bag


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    16 Reviews


    Ready to ride.

    Patagonia designed the Atom Sling Bag with a single strap and teardrop shape that stays put whether you're hiking to a lake or commuting to class. This simple design enables the bag to be accessed without having to take it off—just spin it around to your chest and you can take whatever you need from the main compartment. Patagonia also added 3D spacer mesh to keep shoulder strap and back panel comfortable and breathable. The Atom's recycled polyester is strong and light, and its DWR coating helps keep gear dry in the face of light rainfall.

    • Small sling pack grips your back like a climber on granite
    • 8-liter capacity suitable for quick jaunts around town
    • Soft-lined tablet sleeve and smartphone pocket
    • Padded shoulder strap and back panel for breathable ventilation
    • Item #PAT023H

    Tech Specs

    [exterior] 630D nylon (50% recycled), PU coating, DWR finish [interior] 200D recycled polyester
    8L (488cu in)
    Shoulder Strap
    adjustable, padded mesh
    1 tablet, 1 smartphone
    zippered side
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Nice bag, but pricey for what you get

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

    I used this bag for fly fishing over the last weekend. Worked well. Has two more pockets than the Cabela's Advanced Anglers Sling Pack, but it is twice the price. As far as a fly fishing day bag, it works really well, especially the strap pocket. You can also swing it around for easy pocket access. Definitely a luxury item.

    I See What All The Rave Is About!

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

    I finally broke down and bought this... At first, when I saw everyone wearing these I figured it was a fad that would die after a while and felt like such a nerd for buying one because I don't think I have had a sling pack since I was in 5th grade. Its almost like when you would wear your backpack with one strap to be cool... BUT... I realized why everyone is so in love with this sling! I am really not a purse gal and was really over dragging my backpack everywhere. They are actually very stylish and the sling holds everything I need it to and is the perfect crossover from a pack to a purse. So, If you are like me who drags everything around with them that is completely un-necessary this bag is perfect for you! I usually use it from work to the farmers market etc. (so hip) It holds all of my daily necessities I would put in my purse plus I can strap a jacket on it on my way to work.

    My little on the go bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag is perfect to take anywhere: work, hiking, grocery store, beach, etc. It holds just enough of the necessities and puts itself in a very comfortable position on your back. Great work Patagonia!

    My new go-to bag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Absolutely happy to finally get one of these sling bags. I thought it'd be too small but the bag has worked everywhere from the beach to the office. I can't stress how happy I am with it.

    It is so light I forget I even have the bag on sometimes. The straps literally save my life when I need to pack an extra jacket. The pockets fit my galaxy just fine. The small zip pocket fits my keys AND my badge for work!

    What is this? Made for Elves?

      I'm surprised at all of the 5* reviews! I'm a huge fan of Patagonia and have a staple of their products, but this Atom bag is extremely lackluster for the price. I give only 1 star for the warranty and 1 star for the material. However, it gets zero stars for real world utility. Personally, I'm a woman who doesn't like to carry purses. I prefer slings, crossbodies, and satchels. So, I thought this would be right up my alley!

      I wanted a bag that I could carry daily in a tight minimalist package. The "package" is tight, alright. This bag is way too small and can only hold some of your essential items. The phone pocket with "stretch mesh" barely stretches at all. Basically, only very tiny thin phones will fit. The best use is to carry my keys in it and maybe my ID/travel card.

      This so-called "sling" is the equivalent of a woman's clutch purse. All looks and almost no substance. If Patagonia were going to ask me how they should update this sling to be truly useful in the modern world, I'd offer them these few pointers:

      1. The stretch mesh pocket on the strap should actually stretch. It's just too small to fit medium-size phones.

      2. Expand the depth of the inside 14L. That way, it could fit not only tablets, but also a small ultra book. I'm self-employed and do a lot of work on the go.

      3. The front pocket should expand across the entire bag. They literally only give you have a pocket of space. So, when the small pocket is stuffed. It looks really crammed on only one half of the bag and flat on the other half. In other words, it looks lopsided.

      I'm just so disappointed. A slightly larger (12-14L) sling with good pocket clearance, but a nice no frills structure was exactly what I was looking for, but this isn't it. I'll keep it mainly because it's the best replacement for my laptop bag that I can find that isn't too bulky or lacking aestheticly.

      Do better, Pat...

      Perfect travel/concert bag

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have used this for air travel to either concerts or music festivals in other cities and have to say this is by far my favorite bag I have ever owned. To be perfectly honest this is purse that looks sporty enough to pass as a pack. There is plenty of room with straps to lash as big enough jacket as you need. The best feature is that they designed the bag to allow you to easily slide the bag to your front side with everything easily accessible.

      love, love, love this!

        just arrived today, so quick by the way, tore it open and could not be happier. ordered for an upcoming european river cruise trip. wanted something a bit sporty, practical and easy to wear and keep with me at all times. this bag appears quite small, but don't let that scare you. it has plenty of room for what you need. lots of hidden areas and expansion designed in the bag. looks great, simple, super comfortable as well! perfect!

        Versatile Storage

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This pack is awesome and can be used for an unlimited number of uses; from cross-country skiing to a disc golf (frolf) bag. It has an internal pocket which is great for holding items secure, and the general pocket holds quite alot of space. My favorite features are the two straps on the front, which allow for a jacket and a number of other items to be secured to the front. The strap on this pack is easy to adjust and is extremely comfortable; even unnoticeable at times. My friend saw me using this a few times and next thing I know, he got himself one. Another great and unique product from Patagonia!

        Travel Friendly

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

        I'm a woman who hates carrying a purse -- I prefer to put things in my pockets, but with women's clothing having small or even fake pockets and phones getting bigger and bigger these days, that's not always a feasible or good looking option. Purses also aren't super versatile or functional most of the time.

        The Patagonia Atom 8L Sling is a great alternative because it has the convenience and small size of a purse, while being functional, durable, and sits on the body more securely than a regular purse would. You could wear this around town, to work, on a hike, or even biking in the city or park (I wouldn't use this for mountain biking/downhill biking though as it has the potential to slide around or be awkward).

        That being said, I'm really pleased with this bag! I've never really used a sling style bag, but after seeing a co-worker's older Atom I became interested. Not having weight on one shoulder doesn't feel as weird as I thought it would, and I really like that I don't have a bag swinging around my side when I'm walking. It also looks different than a traditional backpack which I like as well.

        Things I have fit in this bag with extra room/without bulk:
        - (1) 300-400 page book
        - A wallet
        - iPhone 7+
        - Beanie
        - Hairbrush
        - Miscellaneous women's products
        - Pen/pencil
        - Earbuds
        - Glasses case
        - Chapstick
        - Keys

        I could probably fit more items in here if i wanted to, but even that list has more than I usually carry with me on a day to day basis. The folds in the front of the sling are neat because they stretch to free up more space if you are carrying a lot of things. The pocket on the strap is another nice feature for things like chapstick, cash, earbuds, gum, etc. The two straps on the outside can be used to strap things to the pack as well. This is a perfect travel bag for any occasion.

        Color -- true to the photo. I went with the Sprouted Green color and it's the same shade/brightness as it is on the website.

        Perfect for a small carry-on bag.

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

        Bought this bag for my girlfriend as a gift, seeing she had an upcoming trip to California and wanted a smaller bag for flying and hiking. This performed admirably, seeing its ultra-portable size and comfy sling-style carry. There's a small front-zip pocket on the front, plus a larger main compartment with a stretch sleeve for a compact tablet. Its simplicity is one of its biggest strengths, especially when you don't need to haul a bunch of stuff.

        Fabulous and Convenient

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great for hiking because it perfectly fits a water bottle plus some other small things. It is also perfect for music festivals because you can keep it close to your body and move it to the front. Doesn't sag like a backpack either

        Perfect for travel

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought this to mainly use when I travel on flights for my personal item in addition to a carry on. It fits my water bottle, over the ear headphones, phone, wallet, keys, book, with a bit of room to spare. I like that the pack stays close to your back and doesn't bulge out when fully packed. Highly recommend.

        Glad I bought this

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Ordered this for a recent trip, and I'm really pleased with it. It's more compact than the bag I usually carry around, but still accommodates my 9.7" iPad perfectly. There's expansion room in the front pocket, and everything I needed for the day fit right in. I even lashed my sweatshirt to the straps when I didn't want to wear it. The pack is extremely comfortable to carry and allows easy access.

        Good for DSLR

          Bought this to use as a camera bag for my Nikon. It is perfect for what I need it for. Easy to swing to the front for easy access and just the right amount of pockets for a few things. The only drawback for me is that it is shoulder specific and is the opposite side I normally wear satchels and slings on. I'll get used to it!

          Really Diggin' The Updates!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Reader's Digest Version: A great, multi-purpose alternative for folks who are overwhelmed by purses, backpacks, or messenger bags alike.

          Non-Reader's Digest Version: I've wanted an Atom Sling for as long as I can remember - but could never really rationalized getting one since I had a fanny pack that worked just as well. Well, obviously I bit the bullet and I'm so stoked I did.

          Right off the bat, I noticed that the new Atom has a slightly different aesthetic. It appears to be a little more round in its silhouette, and there is a new "crease" down the middle (I'll touch on that momentarily). It still features subtle pops of complementary colors, but they're a shade more passive than what I've seen in years prior. I bought the Channel Blue and it's like a cross between royal blue and a rich navy. Super pretty.

          The sling has three zippered pockets. One immediately on the sling, which I've found is best suited for lip balm and keys. While the larger compartment is ideal for your wallet, tablet, or other necessities. The last, medium-sized zippered pocket DOES fit an iPhone 7+ (what's up bad eyesight) with an Otterbox case on it, albeit the pocket accommodates it slightly begrudgingly (but not like I'm going to rip the zipper off).

          Also, there are four U-shaped, open details: these are super convenient. Say you're not a huge fan of the webbing straps across the backside? Okay, no problem. Simply un-buckle the straps and stuff them into the little U-shaped details. Voila, same low-profile design, but without the straps.

          Two of the most notable changes are as follows:

          - The "crease" down the middle of the pack. At first, I thought this was just for aesthetics, but when I stuffed the pack full I noticed that the "crease" expanded to accommodate for the additional stuff I had in the pack. Really nice touch, especially when using the Atom while traveling.

          - No more stabilization webbing belt. In reading reviews about the previous Atom's belly band seemed to fit kinda funky. The bag doesn't feel any less functional without it - I can still bike around town, go for light hikes, and whatever else and the bag won't scooch around all weirdly. That being said, my only real hands-on experience is with the new Atom, so I could be blowing smoke.

          Bottom line: I'm extremely pleased with the updates, granted they're all I know, and I'm enjoying the versatility that the Atom has to offer.