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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.
- Small sling pack grips your back like a climber on granite
- 8L capacity suitable for quick jaunts around town
- Soft-lined tablet sleeve and smartphone pocket
- Padded mesh lines shoulder strap and back for breathable ventilation
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- Q & A
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.
How large is the front pocket? Is it big enough to fit an iPhone 7?