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Atom Tote Pack 20L

True To Size
November 20, 2023

Great for corporate job

Slim profile, not big and bulky, but fits the necessities

September 28, 2023

Great backpack

This backpack is perfect for work. The padded sleeve fits my MacBook and keeps it from hitting the floor.

September 7, 2023

Review: Patagonia Atom Trail Tote Pack 20L

This is my everyday carry and light travel backpack. It will hold whatever is most important and irreplaceable. It is outstanding. I pair this with other Patagonia travel bags, but this one is for the most important stuff.

August 28, 2023

Love it!

Love the colors! The padding is nice and not too bulky. The laptop sleeve is a cool little bonus! Pretty into it all.

August 25, 2023

Prefer Terravia Pack - 14L

The Atom Tote 20 L would be excellent for someone needing the removable internal accessory sleeve, which I did not. Since it was on sale, I accepted the fact that the color would become easily soiled; however, I was not aware of the fact that the Patagonia emblem would be so prominently displayed. I would prefer it to be more subtle. After returnin... Read Moreg the Atom Tote, I ordered The Terravia 14 L Pack, which is much more suitable for my needs. Thank you for all you do, Patagonia.

August 24, 2023

Perfect day pack

Got this as a replacement for my old Anacapa 20L that has been long discontinued. Love the extra laptop sleeve with zippered compartment for cords and dongles. Side pockets perfect for water bottles, front zippered compartment holds a lot. Overall very happy.

July 25, 2023

Needs softness

I really like the design and size of this backpack for me as I run small! Im petite and was happy with this purchase until I realized every I would put it on, it would exfoliate my arm because the material on the backpack straps is very sturdy but rough, a soft lining on the inside of the straps would make a huge difference, unfortunately I will be... Read More returning because of how stiff that material on the straps is, I hope this feedback is of help to improve this great backpack and make it better! Still love-ya Patagonia : )

Response from Patagonia
July 25, 2023

We're so sorry to hear this pack was so uncomfortable for you, Sandra! Nobody wants that kind of exfoliation. You are welcome to return it to any of our retail stores, or you can follow the online [return]( process. We hope we can do better by you in the future!

July 12, 2023

Small EDC Pack

What you see is what you get with this one. You have to be smart about what you put in the pockets because space is limited and not at all organized. That part is up to you. I like the mesh water bottle holders, but anything smaller than a 32 oz. will sort of float around in them. Compression straps or a draw string would be nice to alleviate that ... Read Moreissue. The grab handle is long and flimsy, and the snap button looks and feels cheap. I would like to see something a little better built, as this backpack is also supposed to function as a tote. Do not buy this bag if you are taller than 5 ft. 8 in. The straps will not work for you.

July 9, 2023

Just Right

The Atom Trail Tote is a great all purpose tote. There are enough pockets to evenly distribute the weight of your every day carry items. The detachable sleeve is a great addition and gives you the option to carry either more or less.

June 11, 2023

Great pack for travels

Ive taken this pack on numerous vacations, it fits the perfect amount for day trips, airports [under seat bag) etc. love it, so comfortable.

May 11, 2023

Great comfy basic bag

I got this bag when it was on sale, and am so happy I did. Im a short woman and its perfectly comfortable on me. I tend to prefer a simple bag instead of one with a lot of bells and whistles, and I love that this one is a basic bag with lots of comfort. Its sleek while still fitting a good amount of stuff, and can fit in urban or more outdoorsy sit... Read Moreuations. Excellent quality. I use it as a work bag, diaper bag, travel bag, and love it.

May 3, 2023

Got for day travel/tourism. Works

Got for day travel/tourism. Works well,size is what I wanted. Two complaints. The outside pockets dont secure a water bottle, they fall out. I had to add a Velcro strap. Second, less important to me, the cross strap is located so that it cuts across my throat if I tried to use it. I want the small size but not straps sized for a child

Response from Patagonia
May 3, 2023

We appreciate your feedback, Gregory! We're sorry to hear that the water bottles were too big for the pockets. Please note that an alteration does void the warranty in that area of the bag. You may wish to visit a [Patagonia dealer]( to see if the sternum chest strap can be moved lower along the straps so they are not at your neck. Thanks for the review, Gregory!

April 14, 2023

Perfect size for petites

I love this backpack. Its perfect for my petite frame. Its been a struggle to find a bag that wasnt too big for me since im short but this bag is the best backpack ive ever owned. I got it in black but I cant wait for them to come out with more colors. Patagonia make this in a forest or kelly green next!!!

April 4, 2023

No signs of wear from dune buggy rides in the Dominican!

I put this bag through the wringer on my family vacation! From boats to horses to dune buggys to shoving it in lockers and under air plane seats! Not a sign of wear yet! And passes the personal item test on Frontier! Ill buy more!

April 4, 2023

Perfect Size

I am a small person so I struggle to find backpacks that don't look gigantic on me while still fitting everything I need. This backpack is the perfect size. I am able to carry textbooks, my laptop, and water bottle without my back hurting or being crunched for space! If you're in the market for a compact, comfortable, and sturdy backpack ... Read MoreI cannot recommend this enough.

March 31, 2023

Great work backpack!

I have double shoulder replacements and was looking for a comfortable, lightweight pack to carry my laptop and essentials during a 4 day business conference. This pack was a winner! Very lightweight and ergonomically designed to distribute weight with handy pocket storage and laptop sleeve. I actually had no pain in my shoulders while using which w... Read Moreas an added bonus.

March 16, 2023

Best backpack I've ever had!!

This backpack is exactly what i was looking for. I have never owned anything Patagonia and it did not disappoint. The backpack is comfortable, compact, and cute! Its perfect for school and It will be well loved! >:)

March 10, 2023

Functional, lightweight little pack with good pockets

I got this pack because I wanted something small that could still fit a laptop, with side pockets. This checks those boxes. It looks nice and it feel sturdy while being lightweight. the two carry handles on top are a nice touch although sometimes they get in the way when I'm trying to access the front pocket zipper. There is a little accessori... Read Morees holder that can be used in it, with a mesh bag for electronic equipment etc. I haven't used it much. It barely squeezes in my work laptop, but that's okay. I can fit my laptop, a change of clothes, a 32 oz nalgene, and various other things - little sunscreen, bicycle lights etc - easily, and it feels like i'm wearing nothing as the weight is well distributed.

February 26, 2023

One of the great backpack in the market.

Patagonia backpack is minimal design and nice black color. I chose black color because Patagonia logo is not high flashy visible compare to other 50% price dropped rate of different colors. It is functional for everyday use. I bought it because there are two water bottle holders and it also provide free repair service if you go to the store instead... Read More of shipping to the Patagonia address. The backpack has awesome strength such as both shoulders-handle. Over all it is excellent quality product.

February 18, 2023


Comfortable straps & lightweight

February 7, 2023

Perfect Day Pack

Somewhere on the Patagonia website there's some guidance regarding day pack capacities/sizes. I read it, and the size chosen turned out perfect for me. And the fabric, construction etc. is superb. I always own my gear for a long time; glad to have this daypack as my little "buddy" for years to come!

January 8, 2023

Super Practical

Was looking for a tote bag to put laptop plus snacks and other gear at work but could also be used as a backpack. This was one of the only options I could find that fit the bill. Runs slightly small, and wish it had slightly more padding and a few more pockets but otherwise great bag. Fits 14inch MacBook Pro perfectly.

December 21, 2022

Inflexible stiff uncomfortable material: returned

I thought this was designed as a versatile tote and backpack, but the material is awkwardly stiff, despite being nylon or similar. When a human torso has to conform to a backpack, that's a failed material design. I returned it, lost money on shipping, first patagonia purchase in 40 years that I returned, and only bought online since i live n... Read Moreowhere near where i could see it in person.

Response from Patagonia
January 4, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear that this purchase led to a return. Please know we will be passing this feedback directly to our Design Team so they can take a deeper look into this design.

December 9, 2022

Great Bag! Almost Perfect.

I love this bag. I carry it everyday. Perfect size. I have a smaller laptop and it fits perfect in this bag the only thing that I wish would change is that the side pockets would be a bit bigger to fit a reusable water bottle better. Thats the only thing the stops me from giving this bag a 5 star rating.

October 30, 2022

Perfect fit

I was looking for a backpack for a long time. With my height I always had to choose if I want one that will fit my corp or if I want a bigger one(that will not fit). With this one I have a perfect fit and plenty of space. The insert for computer is padded enough and conveniently it can be removed and replaced with hydro-sack. There is not much pock... Read Moreets but I use a divider in the main section and it works for me. Outher pockets are very practical and well made. I would like to have a key holder in the front pocket but it is the only thing. Overall this is the perfect backpack for smaller women or children.

October 24, 2022

Almost Perfect

Pros: easy to wipe clean, great in heavy rain, fits my frame well, comfortable straps. Cons: a few weeks of use and the tote handles at the top have some frayed stitching. Also, personally, I think the logo on the front is a bit disproportional/large for the bag.

Response from Patagonia
October 26, 2022

Hi Emily, we're so bummed to hear that the tote handles on the Atom Tote Pack 20L are starting to fray. We'll reach out to you privately to assist with a [warranty return](

October 15, 2022


Side pockets too small for water/ coffee container. Great colors. Unfortunately whether it was the packaging or bag itself there was a strong odor of perfume or aftershave.

Response from Patagonia
October 18, 2022

Hi Kathleen, we're very sorry to hear that the Atom Tote Pack 20L arrived smelling strongly of fragrance. We'd be happy to help out with a [return or exchange]( We'll reach out to you privately with further assistance.

October 10, 2022

sleek and appropriate

I use a tiny laptop, and have always been frustrated that laptop backs all "hold laptop bag up to 15in" I want one that BARELY fits a 13in. This bag is great, the side pockets hold a load of stuff but when empty appear to be invisible. I could ask for just a little internal organization, but I know what this offered before ordering it. Ov... Read Moreerall, I love it

October 4, 2022

Great lightweight backpack

Overall a great bag. Love the padding on the back, the laptop sleeve, and the way it fits is perfect for smaller framed people. Only suggestion is to add a key holder to the front pocket along with one internal smaller pocket for quick access to phone and wallet. The front pocket is just one huge section so you have to do some rummaging every time ... Read Moreyou need to get something. As a solution, I use a small zippered bag in the front pocket to help stay organized. Highly recommended otherwise.

September 10, 2022

Lightweight and so easy to grab and go along your way.

Lightweight and so easy to grab and go along your way.

August 2, 2022


Super fun color and a backpack that doesn't swallow me whole.

July 26, 2022

Is this bag for women? Or unisex?

Hi team Patagonia - I just purchased this bag online and its on its way - but now Im getting second thoughts because though the bag description doesnt state if its unisex or women only - Im thinking it is a womans backpack since the photo is of a female model and when googling it - I dont see a mention that its unisex. So is it a womans backpack o... Read Morer unisex?

Response from Patagonia
September 7, 2022

Hi Ecko, the Atom Tote Pack is a unisex pack. It is a compact pack, so it would work best for people with a smaller frame, but it's not a gender-specific design.

July 18, 2022

Please bring back PAMPAS TAN

Pampas tan needs to be brought back for the restock. It is the best color and sold out very quickly. I want to purchase it so please bring back that color!

Response from Patagonia
July 21, 2022

We are sorry to say that the Pampas Tan is a seasonal color which does not have plan for restock. We have gone ahead and passed your feedback over to our design team. We have reached out to you via email on alternative suggestions. Thank you so much for your feedback.

June 13, 2022

Amazing backpack for travel and everyday work essentials

I absolutely love this bag! I use it for everyday use carrying my computer and files around. Recently i used for travel with my kiddo and loved the easy of storage, double mesh water bottle holders and the handy top handle! It made traveling with kiddo solo easier as I could hold her and carry my bag without hitting people on the plane.

May 21, 2022

Fantastic lightweight bag!

I wanted a good commuter bag that could double for hiking and was super lightweight. While my work "laptop" is a surface pro, it's still 7lbs of added weight that can add up with bulkier headphones, Notebooks, and other work related gear. I wanted something that wouldn't add to that weight and the atom bag is perfect for that. I... Read Moret has 2 side pockets for a reusable glass water bottle (sorry haven't tried wider metal bottles) about 2.5-3" in diameter, these also work great with a small foldable umbrella. While it only has one long front pocket, it has a nice matching13" laptop case with a built in front mesh pocket that is perfect for pens and chargers. This has its own laptop divider area and a Velcro "hook" to hold it all in place. All in all its paired down, sleek and sticks to the basics. Perfect if you prefer to not kill your back with tiny pockets that you're bound to over load. Love it! Oh brought it to the drive in too and fit two fleece throw blankets in it plus a trade size book and bug spray. It really can handle a lot! Don't ask my husband though, he wore it during a hike today and I asked him what he thought. He shrugged and said, "'s a bag." Lol!

April 7, 2022

Fantastic school and work backpack

I actually bought this for my 4'5" seven year old son and am thinking of getting one for myself now (I'm 5'6"). It's so durable and roomy, without being too large, and has great pockets. Of all the backpacks we have in our house across multiple family members, it's easily the best one. Highly recommend!

March 16, 2022

Great little pack

Love this pack. Great small size but can also hold a lot when you need it to. I went to another brand backpack and returned to Patagonia. This is so much better made! I like the smaller logo on the newer version of this pack. The new laptop sleeve included is also super well made with a pocket for charger and other small tech. One suggestion: I wis... Read Moreh the backpack had an internal key holder on a lightweight nylon cord inside the front pack pocket. Otherwise, perfect bag.

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