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This is a handy hand bag! I like to use it when I go out for a bike ride or a break from work or out to do things with friends around town. It fits the essentials like wallet, water bottle, keys, some snacks and a lightweight layer. I saw some other reviews about the zippered pocket on the strap not fitting a phone and I find that my iphone 7 fits ... Read Moreperfectly even with it's case on, I just have to stretch the stretchy fabric a little but not enough to put strain on the zipper stitching - meaning my phone fits great in the strap pocket which is nice because it can be easily accessible and not adding bulk to my pants or jacket pockets.
Versatile sling perfect for short hikes
Just what I need for hikes with my dogs. Enough space for my water bottle and the dogs' water plus, protein bars and more. My favorite feature is the rotation for easy access. I do wish the strap pocket was big enough for my phone, but I still love the sling.
Versatile with a Pop of Color
I've never been a purse type of gal. I had a Patagonia Atom Pack from 2002 that I inherited from my mom and wore it out. That pack was more of a tear-drop shape, lighter overall in the amount of material and had a waist strap. I love this pack since it's versatile and easy to carry around. Since then, the Atom pack has morphed into more... Read More of an oval, rounded rectangle shape - this 2021 model has more backpack-like padding and a more supportive shoulder strap. It has two layers of material that do effectively shed rain. The two main pockets, the top one and the main compartment do seem a little smaller than years past. It is possible that the extra material padding all-around makes the pack feel less-flexible as you stuff things into it. I've fit a 32oz nalgene, kindle, sunglasses case, 5X7 pouch, and phone into the main compartment, it fits, but it starts to feel tight and make it hard to push things into the top pouch where the key clip is. Competitors for this sling are few, the closest I got was the Osprey Daylite sling (discontinued) the overall quality was not as good as Patagonias. As a result, I opted to go for the deep red color to add a pop of color to my mostly navy and black outwear. I am glad to be using the sling again, there are just a few changes in size.
Atom Sling Bag
Love this pack, I traded in an older sling pack and this one if far superior. Like the way it is tailored t sling over my back. I use it daily to carry 2 cell phones, keys, glasses, face masks and etc. Very comfortable and is designed so its easy to access at chest level when you need to open. Has three separate compartments.
Lightweight, compact bag
I bought this for trail walking and light hiking and it's worked well so far. It's large enough to carry 2, 32oz canteens, wallet, keys, sunscreen and a collapsible doggy water dish. My one complaint is that the phone pouch on the strap is not large enough for my phone, despite having some stretch to it.
Too small overall
I love the idea of this bag. However, it fits practically nothing including my phone. The pocket for the phone was very small and my phone did not fit. It was sturdy, but bag itself would not carry much.
We're sorry to hear this bag didn't work out for you, Molly! We appreciate your product feedback. If you haven't done so already, you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any assistance with that!
I cringed rating 2 stars I am a loyal Patagonian for over 30 years so its hard to be hard on my favorite brand. Front pocket is too small and product video misleading, unless you own a IPhone 1 sized 2 x 3. It would be great to have larger front pocket to fit current size phones and an exterior bottle holder
Hey Viggen, thanks for the review! No need to cringe, feedback like this is a very important way that we're able to improve on our designs, so thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We'll pass this valuable info along to our teams. In the meantime, we recommend checking out the [Ultralight Black Hole Sling 8L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/ultralight-black-hole-sling-backpack-8-liters/49020.html?dwvar_49020_color=BLK&cgid=root). The strap pocket should work for your phone and the interior is big enough to carry a water bottle if you wish.
after researching on your website it appeared to be good for my needs. 17x10x3. but when i went to pick it up at my local store it measured 13 inches. pretty disappointed but took it home and made it work. other than the misleading size i like it a lot. you might want to tweak the description stats or otherwise clarify.
This is a light sling, well suited for day travel around town, BUT, the small slash pocket where one would expect to be able to fit a phone is too small to fit a phone with a protective cover. This is a COMMON flaw with travel gear in general. Everyone thinks it is quite clever to provide these storage spaces but assumes we knock about with our $50... Read More0-$1500 devices as they arrive out of the box. Every sane traveler has a protective phone case. Ever tried to buy a new phone in Mozambique?
Hello Gordon, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very sorry the pocket design did not work out but your feedback will help us make improvements in the future. You are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the item.
Packs a Punch!
I use this sling when I ride my bike around town for errands - perfect fit and stays on without moving an inch. I recently took this to Maui and wow!!!! I fit sunscreen, phone, water bottle, wallet, a light jacket, and a towel. The straps on the outside of the bag helped keep the towel on in place NEVER fell or moved.
Its a perfect size to fit what I needed. The one two issues is: (1) I wish the shoulder pocket would fit my phone (2) the strap is too large. When I go to tighten it theres a lot of extra string hanging so I have to fold it. It doesnt look very appealing.
Thank you so much for the feedback Kayla. We'll pass it along to our design team.
Too small to be of much use
I bought this to be used as an everyday bag but couldn't fit enough in it for it to be of use. The small outside pocket on the strap is too small for sunglasses in a case or for a smaller sized iphone. The smaller zipper compartment fits keys but little else and the largest compartment fits very little and has only one subdivider - no small po... Read Moreckets. Certainly would not be good for hiking as there is no water bottle holder. This being said, if you want a small bag to carry a few snacks and a small wallet - this might work for you.
Hi Claire, it sounds like the Atom Sling Bag 8L - One Strap Backpack isn't quite what you expected as far as size. Try taking a look at the Stealth Sling 10L, it's a bit roomier and has a few larger compartments for bigger items, https://www.patagonia.com/product/stealth-fly-fishing-sling-10-liters/48328.html?dwvar_48328_color=INBK&cgid=root. You're also welcome to contact us to make an exchange or return if you're unhappy with your gear. Please feel free to call or initiate either process through our website.
Don't try to put any phone in the pocket made for the phone. It very small, and I have a small phone. Can't make it work. It could be a defect, but who knows.
We're so sorry the pockets didn't fit your phone Faron. We're always happy to provide pocket dimensions before you purchase. Feel free to return your sling for something that will work better for your phone.
Modest bag, big guy
Low profile is a plus. Tablet, e-reader, phone in the main compartment. Handful of misc on the secondary pocket. Stuff stayed put.. but I wouldn't say it was great at organization (maybe if it had more pockets?) Carries on the back well enough, with a low profile.. mostly sits well under my arm when seated. In and out of a car, running errands... Read More, and then for a 5hr flight. I'm a slightly bigger, and taller guy. A longer padded bit would have been nicer for side carrying.. 6" more? The unpadded strap kept creeping up against my neck when carrying this way for too long. The cell phone pouch is ostensibly great... for a smaller phone. Didn't work for mine, and didn't seem like a good place for my wallet. ymmv. Did stuff a spare cloth mask in it. Good for a casual use, or as a personal bag for carry on. Not sure i'd choose this for a hike.
I was excited to replace my dingy older Patagonia sling bag with a fresh model. I was especially glad to see that the pocket in the strap was now designed to actually fit a cell phone. Unfortunately, the new bag is a good bit smaller than my old one and too tight for even my basics. And the phone pocket doesn't fit my phone. I'll keep wat... Read Moreching for a larger option but had to return this one.
Hello Kelly, thanks for the review on the Atom Sling. We're sorry it didn't end up working out. We recommend checking out our [Ultralight Black Hole Sling 8L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/ultralight-black-hole-sling-backpack-8-liters/49020.html?dwvar_49020_color=BLK&cgid=root) as a potential alternative. While it's still 8L, the bag is a little less structured so you could fit more, and the front pocket works for some phones. We'd be happy to send over measurements if you're interested, please reach out to customer service.
Versatile and incredibly useful
I purchased this product as a last minute road trip travel backpack to Colorado. It was the perfect addition. It was light, and durable. The backpack perfectly fits a 23oz water bottle, cellphone, Gopro, and snacks. The exterior straps perfectly held Nano jacket in place while trekking through various areas of CO. Great buy!
Comfortable and functional bag
I purchased this bag for a trip to Colorado. We did a lot of lite hiking with our young school aged children. This bag was the perfect size for a water bottle or two, as well as a lot of snacks. The pocket in the cross body strap is perfectly convenient for my phone.
I would really like to provide in-depth feedback on this product; Im not sure if I'll be able to do an adequate job in this online-survey format. I bought this bag to replace a much-loved and well-used old Atom Sling. The older sling bag was so superior in so many ways -- I'd hoped the new one would have fixed a couple features the origin... Read Moreal missed on, such as a strap pocket that would fit a typical smart phone. The new bags strap does accommodate smartphones, though it is positioned in a way that presses uncomfortably against my clavicle. The phone pocket on the strap isnt in a particularly convenient location should you need to check directions or see who is calling you. Also, the strap pocket doesnt appear to be water repellent in any way. The mesh pocket inside the older version of the sling bag, that was convenient for stowing and finding small items (lip balm, hand lotion, etc.) is gone. There is a small, zippered pocket on the front of the new Atom (replacing the sunglass pocket on the old bag?) with lanyard and clip for keys. The lanyard is much too short and, being the same color as the interior of the bag, is hard to quickly spot and grab my keys when Im coming in the door with groceries. I expected to be able to put my wallet in this small front pocket but, with my car key fob and house key on the lanyard just two keys, there isnt enough room left to easily zip the pocket closed with my wallet inside its small, credit-card size wallet. The inner pocket in the larger compartment on the old bag was a convenient place to carry a water bottle: the pocket kept the water bottle from sitting on top of the other items I carried reading glasses, gloves, small notebook, face masks and such. The inner pocket on the new bag will only fit my reading glasses, wallet, and phone. Everything else on the other side with water-bottle side is in a jumble that I often must dig through to find what Im after. The bottom line here is that the new bag carries less and doesnt let me find what I need simply or quickly. My original reason for buying the Atom Sling was to carry things with me when I cycled to the gym or rode across town and either didnt pockets or didn't want stuff dangling in the pockets of my shorts. The belly strap on the old Atom Sling helped keep the pack in place when leaning over the handlebars. I was disappointed to find that the strap had been deleted from the new version of the bag. Im sincerely trying to make the new version of the bag work for me. I travelled internationally with my old Atom Sling; I'm not sure if the new one will be suitable for that purpose. One more thing: why is the Patagonia name on this bag upside down?
My new everyday bag
I got this because I wanted something that would be a smaller everyday pack that could still fit some essentials (a water bottle, a switch, maybe an extra layer and things of that nature) and honestly I wish I would have purchased this sooner. It fits everything I need it too without being too big for everyday use. My only grievance is that the str... Read Moreap runs long cause I've had to tighten it up to almost it's max and there really isn't a way to pin up the excess strap that hangs down. But overall if you're sick of using a full size backpack everyday but aren't really a purse person this would be the product for you!
More Than Meets The Eye
I got this bag a few months ago and it quickly became my go-to. I use it primarily when rollerblading to hold a pair of shoes. It fits a pair of sneakers (US Mens size 9) with some space to spare in the main pouch. It also holds my wallet on the shoulder pouch, and my iPhone 12 Pro + wireless headphone case + keys in the smaller pouch. It also has ... Read Moremany straps and buckles so you can get creative and add a lot more on the outside. I once loaded it up with everything above, plus an ultralight camping chair, water bottle and binoculars. The build quality is top notch, its light and comfy, and the bag always feels secure on my back. Cant think of anything bad to say.
Perfect size and function
This little bag is the best ever. I have the smallest version and its perfect on the go. It carries the essentials and just a bit more. And the little pocket in the strap is really handy for things you take in and out all the time. The key holder is also great. I LOVE this bag.
I do wish Patagonia had included a waist/hip belt. Time will tell how well the zippers remain functional. I bought this a month ago, so little used yet.
Hey Susan, thank you for leaving us a review on the Atom Sling Bag 8L. We appreciate the feedback on the waist belt suggestion, we'll be sure to pass that along to our design team. The zippers should be functioning no matter what, if you find this to be an issue in the future that would be covered by [warranty](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee). Please feel free to leave us a review once you've gotten more use out of it, we'd love to hear about your experience.
Highly Functional and Convenient
Its so easy to sling the pack around to your front side whereby the zippers are staring you in the face, begging to be opened. Positioned with intention, the pockets dont dump their contents when unzipped. I use it as my go-to walk the dog (or for any outing with the dog) pack. It holds my keys, phone, wallet, dog poo bags, dog treats, ball for fet... Read Moreching, and a collapsible dog water bowl, all comfortably without feeling over-stuffed. It is thoughtfully designed, and highly functional with great comfort to boot!
Great bag, almost perfect...not quite.
I really like this little bag, but it could be improved. One, it feels slightly too small in terms of storage. Would love to see this bag in a 10L to 12L size. Secondly, I found in the corners of the internet that this bag used to have a secondary strap that could loop around the front to keep it more secure to the body. I was sorry to see this rem... Read Moreoved, as it would be great for wearing while riding a bike. Lastly, I'm a lefty, and would be great if there was a lefty version. All that being said, the strap is great, the material is great, and it's very comfortable to wear.
Overall nice bag but could be better
This is a well made, attractive bag. As others have mentioned it is quite small. I would prefer a size in between this and a full backpack. I got this primarily to use when road tripping national parks etc and getting out of the car for short hikes, etc. It basically replaces a purse for essentials, which is fine and more or less all I need, as I w... Read Moreould use my backpack for longer hikes, except it would be difficult to fit anything larger than a typical disposable plastic water bottle inside, esp if youre carrying other items. The zipper pocket on the strap is useless, way too small for a phone. My phone barely fits in the smaller zipper pocket on the main pack but its a squeeze to get it in there. This has the potential for an awesome pack if it held slightly larger volume and if the two smaller zipper pockets were larger. Note to curvy/large chested ladies, the strap wraps awkwardly under and around my boob, something to be aware of.
Hi Jen, we really appreciate you reaching out with this helpful feedback. We're sorry to hear that there are some aspects of the bag that aren't ideal. Please feel welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this is you aren't wanting to hold onto it.
Love it - But 1 major problem!
I love the bag - I use it as my everyday purse! The major problem is that the mesh fabric on the back of the purse pills my clothes where it rubs. I solved this problem by sewing a piece of cotton fabric over the mesh panel. My sister had the same problem with hers and I just covered her mesh panel as well. Patagonia needs to change the design caus... Read Moree no one wants a purse that ruins all their clothes.
A surprisingly roomy bag, but...
Okay, I bought this to use for casual wear, but the primary objective was a bag to use on my ebike. The size is good & it is comfortable for the most part BUT when I ride, the weight of my gear slowly sends it off my back and it bounces to my side. I think if there was a double, Y shaped nylon toggle with another strap that would secure it at m... Read Morey waist, this would be prevented. I also wonder about the tiny pocket on the strap. I have an iPhone 5SE, about the smallest phone on the market, but with my phone cover on, even it doesnt fit. The pocket makes the strap wide enough for it to rub my neck (especially when it slides off my back an to my side.)
Hi Lorraine, thank you for taking the time to write us this helpful feedback. We are sorry that there are some features that aren't very practical for you on this bag. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back if you decide you don't want to hang onto it.
Smaller than advertised
About a month ago I complained this sling pack is actually about 14" and not 17" as described. Patagonia responded and eventually a customer service representative confirmed that I was right and the description is inaccurate. I like the pack and I am not returning it, but the false description has not been corrected as promised and anyone... Read More expecting a larger pack may be disappointed when it arrives. Since we are ordering over the internet, we should be able to rely on Patagonia quality for a good customer experience.
This is a great sling bag, almost perfect for my uses, but in my opinion, there is room for improvement. As a bag for short hikes/walks, quick errands, going to the gym or just needing more than your pockets but not a full on backpack, it does pretty well. I would like it to have more versatility so it could be truly used as a true ALL-day-go-every... Read Morewhere-pack. Here are my suggestions for improvements: 10 or 12 liters would be a better size for the main compartment so it could hold just a little more and maybe a slightly larger tablet. Right now I can fit a 26oz Yeti water bottle in there with maybe one or two other items such as a rain shell, extra T-shirt, small towel, second smaller bottle, etc. Without the Yeti, I've been able to fit a Nintendo Switch and a portable charger, book or rainshell and some snacks...You get the idea. It's already good, but a little more space would make it awesome. Make the shoulder strap pocket bigger! It doesn't fit larger smartphones. I've used it to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer or a mask or my multitool or pens. I have a minimalist wallet that could fit, but I prefer to carry that in my front pants/shorts pocket since there is no security pocket, which brings me to my next suggestion: add a small security pocket towards the top of the bag for passports, ID cards, small wallets etc. Speaking of pockets, make the outer small zipper pocket about an inch longer. This would make it able to fit a larger smartphone if you don't want to use the shoulder strap pocket. Would also be nice if it could be carried on either right or left shoulder. Water repellent zippers would be great too. All this being said, I really like the material and the ergonomics. The nylon is sturdy and the DWR treatment adequate for light rain showers. It's really nice to be able to swing the bag forward and have the zippers perfectly positioned to get your stuff out without taking off the whole bag. Once the strap length is adjusted properly, I like how it sits close to the body comfortably and the mesh material on the back is soft and pretty breathable. Overall, as with all things Patagonia, this is a great well constructed product. With a few tweaks it could be elevated to the next level.
Excellent bag for short hikes and Birding
The 8L Atom Sling is proving to be an excellent pack for Birding and short hikes. It holds a water bottle, field guide, small camera, plus other smaller needed items. The pocket on the strap is too small for my phone (a non-issue for me), but the smaller outside pocket fits it perfectly. All in all, a GREAT little pack.
Please fix the material to reduce pilling!
I've had an Atom 8L for years and I love it so much. it is SO versatile and holds way more than you'd guess. The ONE problem is it causes all of my clothing to pill. I really want to use this bag but it ruined so many of my tops.
Thank you for this valuable feedback, Emily! We're glad that the bag has worked well for you but sorry to hear that the fabric on the back has caused so much trouble. Your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and we encourage you to return it. Our Customer Service team will be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/), in addition to recommending other bags that might work for you!
Not the best
I ordered the sling because of the great reviews and its super cute but ended up returning. Neither cell phones fit in the pocket and the strap is not adjustable from each side meaning it would be more comfortable for a left handed person to have easy access to the pockets. I have a toddler so this was a necessity. Going back to my trusted and chea... Read Morep eddie bauer sling. Please make this more customizable!!
great product that took some getting used to
Well designed product and very comfortable! I used it for 2 weeks beach hopping in HI and loved it. Sometimes I wish it was a bit bigger. It also goes over the opposite shoulder that I would normally use so that took some getting used to. Great product.
Disappointed. Description is inaccurate. I wanted a small, unobtrusive sling pack to carry something 15" long and some water and food while day hiking. I spent some time on the web checking out various packs, eliminating anything 15" long and shorter. I decided on the Atom Sling 8L at 17". However, I discovered it is actually a littl... Read Moree less than 14" long. There are no pictures showing how it is measured. What about the other Patagonia sling packs? Should I subtract 3 from their advertised lengths? Otherwise, it seems to be a nice pack. There is a buckle on the chest strap so it can be put on and taken off without worrying about maneuvering around any head gear. There is a very small pocket on the chest strap that can barely fit a 4 oz. bottle of bug spray. It could be more useful if it was larger. There is a strap across the chest strap that could be used to hold sunglasses, but it rests on top of the shoulder or in back when the pack is on, so that wont work. No idea what its for. Just be aware, this pack is smaller than you would think. I was planning to attach some photos, but I guess we can't.
Hi Bruce, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're very sorry to hear about the discrepancy that you experienced between the measurements provided on our site and the bag you received. This sounds like it may be a quality issue with the bag received. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance!
THE ATOM SLING BAG WAS SO GREAT UNTIL....
You guys removed the support / stabilizer strap! My old bag from a few years ago was so perfect, i loved everything about it. But as with all good things, they eventually come to an end. so i retired my old Atom sling bag, and went to buy a new one, come to find out you guys have completely removed to support strap! So if you want to wear the bag f... Read Moreor any activity other than just a casual walk, the bag will just flop around, and if you bend over with it on, the bag will just slide over your head and fall off! Please bring the support strap back !!!!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on the newest iteration of our Atom Sling Bag 8L. We'll be sure to let the appropriate teams know about your thoughts on the support strap. While our Stealth Atom Sling 8L is made with anglers in mind, it could be a great alternative for you. Click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/product/stealth-atom-fly-fishing-sling-pack-8-liters/48327.html?dwvar_48327_color=FGE) to check it out.
Compact / The right amount of storage
I use this pack daily to carry an extra layer or for stowing a layer I have taken off. Great for carrying rain gear. Comfortable to wear and easy access when needed. Also great for throwing in a couple of fly boxes, tippet, etc along with a light lunch for a day of fishing.
Can fit a surprising amount in here!
I had a full size two strap backpack for work and a small designer purse for everyday things, got tired of switching my wallet/other necessities between the two all the time so I wanted something a little more versatile that still had enough style to look nice for whatever I was going to do. This is just the thing I needed!! Honestly couldn't ... Read Morehave designed it any better. I also use it for shorter day hikes, as I have a 1L CamelBak bladder that fits perfectly in this back with everything I have in it and the straw can come out of the top and be looped through the strap to stay in place. It's ideal for everything I imagined using it for and more!
I thought it would be a little better quality for the price. The zipper is disappointing. Is it for doesn't seem like it's going to hold up. It's on the cheaper side as far as zippers go. The actual material the bag is made of is nice and sturdy. The strap is padded and that is nice. I just don't think it's a great quality ... Read Morebag it's an okay bag.
We're sorry to hear that the Atom Sling did not live up to expectations. Please note, one of our offerings is repair, so that should definitely extend the life of the bag should it's durability become an issue. If you find you still feel unsatisfied with your purchase, feel free to [send it back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I wanted to love this pack. It was a little awkward over the one shoulder and unfortunately the inside compartments were way too small. It didnt work for me but I think others will love if they want the small space. Something just slightly bigger than this with two shoulder straps would be great. Looking for something smaller than a regular backpac... Read Morek
We're sorry to hear that this one didn't work for you, Andrea! We recommend you take a look at our smaller backpacks like the Altvia 14L, Atom 18L, Arbor 20L or Tamangito 20L. Please let us know if you'd like any [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return or exchange your Atom Sling Bag!
Smaller and less useful than you might think...
First the good - it carries well and is well made. Unfortunately after that I don't have much to say that's good. - Neither the pocket in the front, nor the small pocket on the main section will fit a phone OR my sunglasses. In fact the front strap pocket is almost useless (my wallet sort of fits, but...). - the small rear pocket will h... Read Moreold keys, and a phone charger, and my wallet, but that hardly seem like a safe location. - So that leaves the main pocket for everything else? My, camera, sunglasses, passport, and phone all shoved into one section with a small divider? Honestly don't get the intended use for this one.
Thank you for your review on our Atom Sling Bag. The Atom Sling was designed for day to day casual use. The pocket on the front strap was intended to be able to hold a phone, we're sorry to hear that it didn't work for yours. Feel free to reach out to Customer Service with more information on what phone you have so we can pass the word along to our Quality Analysts. If you're interested in another comparable bag, we'd recommend checking out the [Stand Up Belt Bag 3L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/stand-up-belt-bag-3-liters/48390.html?dwvar_48390_color=COI&cgid=root). You can wear it as a belt or a crossbody, and the front pocket should be large enough to accommodate the essentials.
Versatile! A few tweaks needed for perfection
Like other reviewers, I find this bag to be really useful in most situations. I like it as a work bag, but use it for day trips too. I shove my reusable bag in it when I'm at the grocery store. I even found the lash straps great to clip things on my back. Some things that may turn someone away from this item, and change my mind on repurchasing... Read More would be: -Lack of waist strap (It slides when you bend over) -No inner zip compartment (not a huge issue, but nice to have to keep things from all sliding around when vertical) -If you have a large phone, you may have an issue (I have a Galaxy, the front strap "Phone" pocket I find better used as a chapstick and pen pocket)
I was looking for an alternative to a standard backpack fora day on the hill and found this to work the best. Easy to adjust on the chair and it fits everything you need for a day of skiing or snowboarding. The best of all is the ability to move it to the front of you body when riding a lift. Highly recommended.
Changed my life!
My girlfriend gave it to me for Xmas 2020. Changed my life! She saw I was always looking for key things - wallet, keys, glasses, iphone, mask, charger, pen, etc. Now I keep them in my sling bag. My personal life, professional life and social life are so much more organized. I am calmer and I save so much time! Great product!
Awesome EDC bag
This is the small e.d.c. sling bag I had been looking for. It holds everything I need to keep with me on a daily basis and it does it with style. And I do carry quite a bit gear in it, extra glasses, power cell for the phone, extra batteries for flash light, gloves, wallet, a small tool kit in a maxpedition pouch, small roll of gorilla tape and a f... Read Moreew other things that I won't mention. I would of given it 5 stars but I think it could improved. Here is my suggestion, center the strap on the top of the bag, make the bottom of the strap switchable to either lower side, like with a quick connect buckle, and add a small zippered pouch inside the bag. But it is still an awesome little sling pack that I am sure I will use for years, unless Patagonia uses my Idea! Thanks for a quality product at a great price.
Perfect purse alternative
Ive never liked standard purses, so when my husband bought this bag as his man purse of course I borrowed it. Then rushed right out and bought my own. Its just the right size for my wristlet style wallet, phone, hand sanitizer, mask, sketchbook and pencils, and a few small personal items. I use it daily to bring my things to work, walk the dog, etc... Read More. It looks as nice and is as comfortable to wear with just a few items or with extras like a small water bottle for a short hike. I just saw the new colors, and decided to trade in my forge gray one for the new black painted meadow color. Love that Patagonia offers the gear recycling program so someone else can enjoy the gray one, and I can get a new fun color without feeling guilty! Highly recommend.
I've been looking for the ideal birding bag.. one that allows me to carry my bird book, a small water bottle, my phone , keys, tissues.. all easily accessible AND .. THIS IS IT! I'm in love with this bag. The only down side is that it doesn't have a small hide-away waist strap. If I wanted to wear this on a bike or for longer hikes a... Read More waist strap would be ideal. But, for a couple hour birding trip it's fantastic. I'm teach people about birds and now all of my students want one because they see how wonderfully mine functions.
not big enough
I was given a bag almost like the 8L atom but is was slightly bigger with an inside zipper part I was under the impression it was the same but my mistake was not like the one I had been given so was bit disappointed.
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This sling is fantastic. It fits a surprising amount of stuff including water bottles and iPads. The pocket across the strap no longer fits newer phone models, but it's perfect for cash, chapstick, keys, etc. I have used this bag at the farmer's market, at amusement parks and I take it on my boat. Its unisex and everyone in my family borr... Read Moreows it.
Great for Dog Walking
I got this pack from my kids for my birthday after mentioning it to my son. I like the sling and the ability to have it in back and zip it around front to adjust the music or get something. I do find that it feels a bit "small" on my 6 foot plus BMI that I don't want to say. I wish there was a bigger model, with a larger pocket on th... Read Moree sling, and a larger pocket on the exterior, and perhaps another pocket on the exterior. That being said, I like it a lot. Oh, and I sometimes wish there was a way to have like a waist strap or something to keep it from flopping when I have to bend over to pick up the dog doo.
First off I love the bag! And to everyone complaining about the cell phone pocket, just use the large compartment in the back! Itd be ridiculous for the shoulder strap to accommodate your tablet sized smart phone! The strap pocket is great for small items like keys, a mask, or chap stick. My one knock would be on the right shoulder carry, I'm ... Read Morenot sure why its setup like this. Other than that its perfect
Plastic bag??? Still????
I love patagonia as a brand and their mission, I was excited to see the item arrive in a paper-ish bag however the actual item came in a plastic bag. Ive received products from other sustainable companies that have found alternatives. This is a relatively small complaint however I feel that Patagonia could easily do better (and I want them to becau... Read Morese I love this brand!). It also makes me concerned that each item in the store arrives in individual plastic bags. The bag itself is a DREAM, makes my water bottle feel like nothing and fits my XS max phone with a case on it in the compartment. The compartment on the strap is very convenient for car keys, house keys, etc. Wish Id gotten this sooner honestly!
Great bag but Iphone XR users beware
This is a great bag, I've been wanting one in this sling style for awhile and someone I met told me she had several and Patagonia were her favorite. I chose this one over the lighter weight one because it seemed more structured/substantial but I also liked that it had a zip pocket for your phone so it wouldn't fall out when you turn the b... Read Moreag (the other appears to have an open ended pocket). Unfortunately the phone pocket is my biggest complaint- my iphone XR does not fit in it so I'm super disappointed. Without any case on the phone, it just barely fits and you have to really push it into the pocket but with a case (I have a speck case so it's not super thin but also not a big otterbox type case either) it is not at all doable, I tried & tried to get it in there but a full corner was not able to make it in. It seems like a great bag but without a handy place to keep my phone I had to return.
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