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Patagonia Atom Sling Bag 8L

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March 21, 2023

Perfect size

This is my new daily bag. Big enough for all my stuff but not unwieldy. Nice compartments for organization.

March 20, 2023

Super Functional

I used when I was on vacation in NY. Is big enough to put my wallet, my gloves, beanie, portable charger for my phone, my phone and a bottle of water. I love it

March 19, 2023

The best useful bag.

I found this bag about 6 years ago. My eight years tomboy granddaughter wanted it. I ordered 1 for her. This bag is very light, water-proof, cute looking and has a big space to carry many things. I fell in love with this bag. I ended up ordering 7. Some of them, I gave to friends as a gift. I would definitely recommend others to try this bag. This ... Read Moreis my favorite Patagonia bag. Thank you, Patagonia.

March 17, 2023

Perfect bag for short errands

Perfect bag for short errands and easy hike down the beach.

March 12, 2023

Perfect size

I am so happy with this bag. I bought it for international travel. It is perfect.

March 1, 2023

Perfect fit

Fits well on my body. Not too big not too small. All the zippers are in convenient spots. Good quality material and stitching.

February 28, 2023

Perfect for Jeepers

This bag is epitome of comfort and convenience!! It slides around with ease when I need something out of it, its durable, and great for everyday use.

February 26, 2023

Solid 8L cross body bag

After months of looking for a nice and comfortable cross body bag, the Atom sling is growing to be one of my favorites. Capable of fitting a standard sized iPad Pro, I am able to use it on my daily transit into work in New York. With its added pockets, I can snugly fit a few additional items that I use everyday. After using it for about a week, I d... Read Moreid notice that the strap does fit a little weird and rides up into my neck a little. Not a deal breaker after playing with the adjustment for a while. The front straps are great for holding down my umbrella or a yoga mat. You can also tuck them away if you want a flatter look. All in all, very happy with this purchase and it came at a great price when compared to other quality bags on the market.

February 25, 2023


I like this. I use it for more tactical and books stuff with a divider inside, so its pretty snug. I notoriously carry a lot if stuff (multitool, knives, pen, keys, ear buds, charger, book, flashlight, pistol) usually in my pockets, but this helps manage my load way better especially in the summer. Comfy and the strap is padded and long so its easy... Read More to take on and off.

February 22, 2023

Perfect compact EDC bag

The Patagonia Atom Sling is a backpack that truly stands out in terms of both design and functionality. As someone who cares deeply about the environment, I appreciate Patagonia's commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. And this commitment is reflected in the quality and durability of the Atom Sling. With a capacity of ... Read More8 liters, this backpack may seem small, but it's incredibly versatile and can hold more than you might think. The weight of the backpack is also a huge plus. It's lightweight and easy to carry, making it an ideal option for those who need a bag that won't weigh them down. The backpack has a number of features that make it a great choice for anyone in need of a functional and practical bag. The main compartment has a zippered pocket to hold your phone and other small items, as well as a key clip to keep your keys organized. The front pocket is also very useful for storing smaller items, such as your wallet or sunglasses. One of the standout features of this backpack is the single-strap design. It allows you to quickly and easily swing the bag around to the front for easy access to your belongings. This is especially useful when you're on the go and need quick access to your phone or wallet. Additionally, the backpack is made from high-quality recycled materials, which is a great feature for those who are environmentally conscious. Overall, I highly recommend the Patagonia Atom Sling. It's a great backpack for everyday use, and its small size and lightweight design make it a versatile option for those who need a bag that won't weigh them down. The quality of the materials is excellent, and the attention to detail is impressive. Whether you're commuting to work or exploring the great outdoors, this backpack is a reliable and stylish choice that you can feel good about using.

February 22, 2023

Perfect back for essentials

I mainly for a trip to Disney World, we have a toddler and I thought it would be perfect to carry things necessary for the park. It was perfect for that and a lot of other situations. Build quality is fantastic and it fits perfectly. Its a must buy.

February 20, 2023

Minimalist Day Tripper

Easy on and off. Super Fun colors, hard to choose. I used this sling for my daily outings on my rent trip to India (out for the day, short walks with my journal/water bottle/Yoga mat.) Carries yoga travel mat/and or jacket/layers comfortably with straps. Love the phone holder and double compartments. Wish the smaller zipper pocket had an internal s... Read Moreecure zipper pocket (as a wallet) for safekeeping. Also my Ipad just fits inside. Would be nice to have a hair more volume to the body.

February 20, 2023

The pocket is not large

The pocket is not large enough to fit my iPad with its protective cover. The zipper for the main compartment needs to be about 3 inches longer. The tablet sleeve a little more space to allow for protective covers to be included. Perhaps an 11 liter bag size.

February 10, 2023

Cute bag

Can fit a lot of things in this little sling pack. I use for work ..good quality This is my second sling. Definitely recommend

February 10, 2023

Small backpack/purse

My girlfriend has a small backpack and she uses whenever we travel internationally. I have always wished I had something similar that was relatively small, but efficient and far better than wearing a fanny pack or carrying a purse. This is perfect!

February 9, 2023


It has so much space, but it's compact! I love being able to throw my layers in there when I run. It's so efficient for concerts as well.

February 9, 2023

Its In The Bag

Bought this to use with E-bike. Carry when riding to keep essentials

February 8, 2023

Cute carry on

Big enough to carry what you need when traveling. Comfortable and reasonably accessible on the inside. Like this style better than the older ones which are smaller

February 7, 2023

Nice product for grocery runs

Nice product for grocery runs or quick errands.

February 6, 2023

Nice size bag

I use a Patagonia sling as my purse and it holds everything I need. I have an older model, and am intrigued with the newer design. The top pocket is larger as well as the strap pocket. There is no waist strap on the newer one, but I rarely used the strap on my old one. This would be the perfect bag if there was a pocket on the backside of it (again... Read Morest the body) to more securely store a passport/cash/valuables. You can do it Patagonia!

February 5, 2023

The perfect versatile bag

I have never been so pleased with a purchase. I take this bag everywhere. Holds a book and my kindle if I am out and about. Took it with me snowshoeing and it held my water bottle and an extra pair of gloves. I also take it to Pilates and Yoga every week and strap my yoga mat to it. This bag is perfect.

February 4, 2023

Convenient bag for essentials

This is a great bag to bring just the everyday essentials- it comfortably fits a hardcover book and 6x9" notebook, and has a pocket on the strap that's easily accessible when wearing for a wallet or phone. With a little effort it can fit the smaller size iPad Pro in addition to the items mentioned above. The compression buckle straps tuck... Read More in to the outer shell for less bulk and more inside space. I imagine if you didn't bring a book like I do, it could also fit a small lunch. I replaced my 16L backpack with this and it works perfectly. No extra space though, which is something to consider if you may need to bring more than the essentials once in a while. I usually bring a folded tote bag in case I pick up anything extra.

February 4, 2023

Sling back

The sling back I got it for my self. It works perfect for my life .. love it

January 28, 2023

Great sling

This is my 3rd atom sling. First purchase was 8 years ago and it is the only bag I have that my husband will throw on without trying to hand it back immediately. I upgraded to a new one and purchased one for my husband so he can stop sticking his gear in mine. Lol! Recently purchased a sling for a gift and she loves it as well. It is roomy, sturd... Read Morey, and has style. Love it!

January 18, 2023

CUTE! Perfect size for doing errands

This is great for easy hikes, walking around and doing errands, travel and even wearing at work to keep all your stuff together and organized.

January 17, 2023

Compact Easy Carry

Super light and pretty big! I can fit what I need taking it for a walk or work. Can easily fit an ipad too.

January 15, 2023

Carry All The Snacks

Does what its intended to do. Carries a small load efficiently. I suffer from crazy hanger episodes and this allows me to avoid that unfortunate experience.

January 11, 2023

Very comfortable

This sling bag is perfect for my commute to work and my hikes on weekends. I love it

January 10, 2023

The sling bag is attractive and handy! I got the mustard and its beautiful

I really like the sling bag itsI really like this sling bag. Its super convenient very attractive color. I do wish that the main pouch was a little bigger

January 9, 2023

Great space

Not too bulky while still providing ample space. Great bag!

January 8, 2023

Super cute!

My 19 year old daughter received it as a Christmas present. She loves it. Its comfortable, lightweight and a nice size. She uses it as a hands free purse or bag to carry smaller items in.

January 7, 2023


My husband asked for this for Christmas. He got the Hemlock Green and LOVES it! Perfect for all his needs!

January 6, 2023

Great bag

The atom sling bag holds everything I need and more. Super comfortable fit

January 4, 2023

Perfect size

Love this bag for concerts!

January 4, 2023

The perfect sling bag!

I decided to upgrade from my Merrell sling bag to the Patagonia Atom Sling and I am so glad I did. It is a perfect fit and I can feel the quality fabric and stitching! I use it for everything!

January 2, 2023

My favorite bag!

This bag is perfect for casual wear any day. I'm able to fit a nalgene water bottle in mine along with other items, would definitely recommend!

December 30, 2022

Top Quality

The new design of this bag is a big improvement from the previous model I have. The compartments are much better now, and the quality is fantastic as always.

December 30, 2022

Perfect gift

Purchased for my husband, he loves it and uses it daily. Definitely recommend!

December 29, 2022

Great bag, bad material

I bought this sling as a gift for my husband. It's a great size and a beautiful color, however after only 10 days of wear the material of the bag that rubs against your back and chest started showing sever signs of pulling and piling. I would add pictures but the review wont let me. My husband really likes the bag, but were both just disappoin... Read Moreted of the quality (especially considering the price).

Response from Patagonia
January 10, 2023

Hello Alexis, thank you so much for writing this review and we are very sorry about the issues you've encountered with this product. We have reached out privately via email so we can figure out a solution for you.

December 27, 2022

Lacking an organizer pocket

The size of this small sling pack is perfect for everyday wear and short adventures. Unfortunately, it is true that the pockets are just big empty spaces without any sort of sub-compartments for organizing your smaller items. Not a great design but overall a well-made bag that will last me a long time.

December 26, 2022

Love the look, color, and convenience. Back has permanent dents. My daughter️s does too.

My sister has the older version of this bag. I liked hers so much that she bought me one for my birthday. I have only used it a handful of times, but it works for my needs. In reading the reviews, it seems some people do not like it because it will not hold an iPad or tablet. That prompted me to re-read the description, which never claims to do so.... Read More It is a rather small bag. It holds my wallet, keys, lipgloss/chapstick, iPhone, etc. it is not gigantic by any means. But it is convenient. I like the design. I am 5'7, 149 pounds with broad shoulders, straight/average build. I do think it could benefit from a slightly longer strap. Or perhaps could come in a second size since sometimes when you adjust things too much one way or the other, it causes them to fit incorrectly. My sister and I like ours so much that my daughter got one for Christmas. :-) I was actually on the website to send an email to Patagonia to let them know that mine appears to have some permanent damage on the back. I actually noticed it when I first opened it, but thought maybe it was just from being packaged or in the store. I assumed it would eventually go back to "normal." It hasn't. I noticed the same thing on the back of my daughter's bag, and she just opened it yesterday. There are less indentations on hers than there are on mine. My husband thought maybe they were snags, but they are not. It almost looks like holes poked into cloth over styrofoam. My birthday was in October and the dents have remained. At first I did not think it mattered because the dents are on the back of the bag, but at that price, it should not be damaged prior to use. I have bags that are 10 or more years old with no such damage. It does not look like the Patagonia review submission form asks for/allows a photo but I will post one if there is a a second step. I will be emailing them pictures. Also, Patagonia, your submission form will not allow for apostrophes and it is driving me crazy! Someone needs to fix that. I changed every contraction in my review because they all looked wonky.

Response from Patagonia
January 6, 2023

Thank you for submitting this detailed review, Sara; we appreciate your feedback! We're sorry to hear both of these bags still seem to be misshapen. Please keep in mind, we guarantee your satisfaction so if you need to you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) either of both of these bags. Please let us know how we can help!

December 24, 2022

Nice bag

This bag seems to be very close to what I want, though maybe not. As many others have noted, the main opening to the bag is rather small. Not a deal breaker, but still cumbersome. Also, the phone pocket on the strap is not big enough to fit any phone Ive seen in the last ten years. Patagonia, how can you not know how big a phone is these days? Hone... Read Morestly, even if you werent aware, why not err on the side of too big?

December 20, 2022

Honestly the perfect daily bag

I am obsessed with this little pack. I had the older version that I wore constantly for two years, and just now upgraded to the new bag. The pockets on the new version are so much bigger! This bag fits everything I need with me to run around town, go to work, and Ill use it occasionally on small day hikes as well. I love this bag and I recommend it... Read More to all my friends.

December 20, 2022

Sling Bag Perfect Size!

This sling bag is great for hiking, biking or traveling!

December 14, 2022

NM colors!

love the sling and specifically bought this one because of the yellow/turquoise/red colorways. nice pockets to keep your stuff seperated.

December 13, 2022

Good bag, but needs bigger access to main compartment

I traded in my older Atom Sling to get the updated version. This is a great everyday bag, however, I am disappointed that they inserted pieces of unnecessary fabric that lessens the capabilities of how wide the main compartment can open with the zipper. I am not able to fit a tablet that I was able to do more easily with the previous version. Kind ... Read Moreof wish I kept the previous version instead or Patagonia could make one without the zipper cover on top and bottom.

Response from Patagonia
December 19, 2022

We're sorry to hear that the newest iteration of this bag is a disappointment. Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) so we will be happy to help you with a return. We'll reach out to you by email to further assist you. Thank you for the review, Branden!

December 10, 2022

bag is hella dope, def buy

love this bag, and like I said its hella dope. I have two complaints. The strap isn't ambi. This would for sure be 5/5 and not 4/5, if the strap could be connected on either side of the bottom of the bag. I'm also not feeling the mesh pocket on the strap. As legit as Patagonia gear is, totally feels like I'm going to snag and rip the... Read More mesh very soon. Those are my only dislikes. Would I buy it again, for sure, I def would.

November 30, 2022

8 L Bag

I have one as does the rest of my family, I dont like how they took out the stitching from the back padding on these new ones but overall these bags are amazing. Wish there was more color ways. Im about to by my 3rd one and would highly recommend. I wear it everywhere and other than getting dirty it is well built.

November 30, 2022

Great activity bag.

Great activity bag.

November 19, 2022

On the fence.

I purchased this to replace an older version because I wanted the updated features. Most of those changes I love as they make this such a handy, multi-use bag. The only thing that truly isn't working for me is the small opening to the main compartment; its cumbersome to get in and out of. If I work at it, I can get a lot into that space. I don... Read More't want to have to do that on a regular basis. That lack of convenience is the reason I don't use my sling more often and also why I wouldn't always recommend it to a friend.

November 19, 2022

Everyday bag

This bag works great for what I need! This easily holds my wallet, keys, phone, and my kids epi-pen and still has plenty of room for so much more. I have gotten the Is that a Pata-Gucci? question. Its a great bag!

November 16, 2022

Great little pack for every day and my walks

I came across this bag when searching for something I could carry while walking for exercise. I go at least 4 miles/6k each walk and wanted a bag that wasn't big or bulky, yet large enough for the essentials I carry with me: a 40 or 60oz water bottle, my keys, electrolyte tablets, medication, lip balm, phone, and a few other small things. This... Read More bag has been perfect! I use the largest compartment for my water bottle and the padding in the back wall of the bag prevents the bottle from digging into my back. The outer compartment is where I keep almost all my other stuff. And I stick my lip balm and some tissues in the little compartment on the strap for easy access while on the move. I've used the bungee cords on the outside to hold shirts that I've taken off after getting too warm, and I can also hook safety lights and reflectors onto them. The padded strap is very nice so nothing digs into me, and the strap is easy to both tighten and loosen when I need to swing the bag forward and back to get my water bottle. Clearly I am VERY excited about this little thing and feel it was a great purchase. (And from a great company!) My mobility feels so much more free while walking so it's made my walks even more enjoyable.

November 13, 2022

Great bag

Perfect size, sits flat against my back and comfortably so

November 9, 2022

Best Sling

If you're looking for an EDC sling, this is it!

November 1, 2022

Perfect for traveling

I bought this to keep my passport and money on me at all times. It worked perfect! I used it on my two week trip to Japan and I used it the entire time, It gave me Great peace of mind. In addition to the great size and comfortable feel, It is also very comfortable to wear with the backpack part in front of your body to protect your valuables while ... Read Morein busy streets and trains. I was able to easily stow away my micro puff hoody size medium without a problem in the larger zipper part of the bag. Highly recommend

October 27, 2022

Great bag, could use more organization

The bag is great. Its the perfect size, great color options, well made. The only downfall i found was that all the compartments are just big holes. The bag could use some more organizational pockets and compartments, or at least just one.

October 21, 2022

High Quality

I bought this bag about 2 months ago and have used it a few times and it does every thing I've needed it to and more.

October 17, 2022

Small But Mighty

The perfect bag for a light half-day hike or an urban day-trip. The pouch can hold a phone or a small tablet, a wallet, some knickknacks, as well as any skinny water bottle under, say, 20 oz. The sling is a bit tricky to put on, so practice at first. I love the exterior buckles, which I often use to carry a sweater or a rain jacket.

October 16, 2022

Great bag

I use this bag for taking my paints on a hike with me. It is perfect size for my watercolors, brushes and small sketch pad.

October 16, 2022


I have two Patagonia atom 8L bags in the previous iteration and I really love them, but with the change of seasons the rougher mesh backing is a bit too abrasive on nylon jackets. I was seeking a similar bag as a replacement. I use them as an EDC as opposed to a purse. I noticed Patagonia recently introduced a new version with some interesting new ... Read Morecolors and features. I decided to give one a try. I love the color, but I personally feel the bag is much bulkier than my previous one. Being a larger chested woman, the pocket on the strap is so uncomfortable even without the phone inside. I know others love being able to carry their phone in the chest strap pocket, but its entirely too bulky and obtrusive. Ive never carried my phone in the strap pocket anyway. The front pocket of the bag offers more space than the previous model, however the very short key clip is located here, so I attached my large key fobs here along with my small wallet. I do not want my keys scratching other items. Patagonia please make your key clip attachments longer so you dont have to remove your keys from the bag when using them. A small improvement when trying to unload groceries or herd children into the house. The main compartment has been divided. In theory its a great idea, but for practical purposes I felt that I was not able to carry nearly as much in this compartment due to the bulky divider. I only carry a spare pair of prescription eyeglasses, tissues, hand lotion, a small hairbrush, a pack of gum, and my iPhone SE which did not fit well in the main compartment even if I split these items within this divided pocket. I am aware other people like to carry their iPads/ tablets with them daily, but I feel this bag was originally designed as a small daily carry due to its size. I do not want to carry my iPad with me when out and about running errands or on a hike. I only used the bag for a few days thinking I would adjust to it, but I could not wear it comfortably. Frustrated, I checked out the Patagonia ultra light black hole sling 8L. So far I am enjoying the weight, the three zippered compartments, and the strap is not as bulky as the atom. Much easier to adjust the strap. I keep a small hand sanitizer in the open stretchy strap pocket. If it falls out when I slide the bag around, its not a big deal. Wish Patagonia offered more colors in the ultra light black hole sling. I prefer the ultra light black hole sling 8L over the newer version of the atom.

October 14, 2022

i love this sling pack

i love this sling pack , it is my forth one , the only thing i wish, i wish it was a 10liter instead of 8 ,but still am very happy with it, can put jacket attached to front. much Aloha for your product.

October 11, 2022

Great organization

Well-designed if you are looking for something smaller than a backpack and accessible without taking it off. I do find that the strap slips off my shoulder wearing certain coats. Anyone else have this issue?

October 11, 2022

Perfect for a day hike!

Perfect size for a hike! I can fit my Nalgene, sunglasses, and whatever else I need for a day hike in mine. Its very comfortable and I use mine all the time. Not great for biking or running (which I don't think its intended for, to be fair), the bag tends to migrate to the front. I love it!

October 9, 2022

Perfect bag for walking, running errands

Patagonia lived up to its guarantee and replaced my beloved atom sling bag after the zipper broke. The new bag is even better: the small pocket has been expanded, making it a great place to stash keys (with a handy clip), masks, lip balm, etc. The strap has a flat zippered pocket for easily accessible IDs or mass transit pass. The bag fits comforta... Read Morebly over the shoulder and fits a water bottle, layer, with a protective separator for your electronics. Highly recommended!

October 8, 2022

Perfect bag

Love the size of the bag. The zip pocket that goes across the check is so convenient!

October 7, 2022

Diaper Bag

We wanted something small and compact when we go to sports events. This bag can fit wipes, changing pad, a few diapers, little toys, a change of baby clothes and the front pocket can hold our phone and wallet. We love it

October 4, 2022


I use it for GoPro cameras and wallet, my lg cameras I can leave home

October 3, 2022

Strap pocket

I am in love with the bag and have purchased two. The only further improvement suggestion is I would like the strap pocket to be able to accommodate my larger faced phone. Other than that perfect bag. I Love how easily it swings around for opening.

September 28, 2022

Very happy

Very happy. Well made.

September 26, 2022

Perfect size.

Love the size and front pocket for my phone! This bag is wonderful. Only one suggestion, add a out side pocket for a water bottle or umbrella. This would make it the perfect all around bag!

September 23, 2022

Best sling bag around!

This is my 4th sling bag. I use it instead for a purse. Super convenient to wear across body while shopping, hands free. I don't ever have to worry about setting it down. Its very durable, holds a lot of stuff when needed.

September 20, 2022

Great product overall, but bulky

I love this bag. It has a great number of zippers and pockets. It can hold a wallet, water bottle, keys, and phone no problem. My only complaint is the fabric feels kind of bulky and clunky. It is not soft and moveable. However I will be keeping it due to Patagonias known durability and ethical practices.

September 19, 2022

3 Slings Later...

Purchased newest 2022 version and have but one regret: front strap for phone is so wide that I'm tired of a huge swathe of material sliding all over. Issue? Big bust. However, I love the Sling! One more issue: I do agree with several customers that the Sling needs a waist belt. Mine has flipped over my head just tying my shoes. Hahaha! Life!

September 13, 2022

I love how my new

I love how my new back sling fits me . I use it when I have my granddaughter and I need my hands free. Its big enough for a water bottle or two and a snack for a day at the Zoo

September 11, 2022

Sling bag 8L

Perfect size. A couple enhancements that would make it ideal for my needs. 1) a zippered pocket at the back (outside) of the bag. It would keep secure wallets and such when walking in a crowded place. 2) a hook inside the main compartment as well. Again, I can hang a small pouch with essentials. Will keep things from falling out of the bag, if the ... Read Morebottom is cut/sliced. Please note that both suggestions above are made to make the bag more usable and secure in crowded places.

September 9, 2022

Utterly faulty design

I bought the original Atom back in the day. It was ok, though small. This second iteration is much worse. Filled with excessive unnecessary amounts of padding that make a small capacity outright useless. And where are the pockets???? An iPad won't fit. An Amazon fire just barely. Put in just a book and sunglasses and you're out of space. ... Read MoreIs this a joke? Lose the padding and increase size to 10-12 L and you could have the best day pack in the world... Still looking for perfect sling...

September 8, 2022

A Waste

The strap is trash. Everything else is good.

Response from Patagonia
September 20, 2022

Hi Christopher! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the strap on the bag. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

September 7, 2022

Perfect if it were 1/2 inch longer

Sling is great with pocket for phone close and handy. Not big enough for iPad! Major problem for flights. Like it can be swung around body for access without taking odd ( as must do with a backpack)

September 7, 2022

Sling pack all day

Love the style and the choice of color. It is big enough to put a good amount of things. it also can fit a medium size tablet. Lots of compartment for your keys, wallet and snacks.

September 6, 2022

Mom bag

Got this for a daypack for Disney, airports, etc. Hope was that it would fit several water bottles, a small sunscreen, phone, and a few other things. But it absolutely does not. Crammed full, it fit 2- 16oz water bottles, phone and a few other small things. We were already at our destination when I realized how small it was, or I would have returne... Read Mored it. I was going to say maybe its good for something else, but honestly Im not certain what its intended use is for it is so small. Perhaps a kids soccer game?

September 5, 2022

Not just a bag. Practical,

Not just a bag. Practical, well made.

August 30, 2022

Nice Bag but not for bigger breasted women

I loved the bag but being a bigger breasted woman the bag did not look right or fit right for me and I had to return it.

Response from Patagonia
September 7, 2022

We're sorry to hear this bag didn't work for you! Thank you for this feedback, Denise; we will share it with our product designers. Please let us know if we can be of any help with that return.

August 25, 2022

New redesign leaves me reminiscing on the old bag

TLDR: The Atom 8L is a great daily bag for essentials. There are some definite highlights to the redesign for Summer 2022, but also some drawbacks. Read on for more context. Let me start with the positives. - Size and function: perfect for daily items like chapstick, headphones, journal, wallet, keys, etc etc etc. The sling makes it easy to swing... Read More it around for access then toss it back. - The two external mini straps are great for attaching an extra layer (jacket etc) - The shoulder strap attachment point at the bottom of the bag has been upgraded and reinforced. This is a major PRO to the new design, as that was the point of failure on my old Atom. - The fabric has also gone through an upgrade and seems more durable overall - An added grab loop at the top makes it easier to carry by hand and to hang up on a hook - The diameter of the shoulder strap has been enlarged for more comfort. Negatives to the Summer 2022 version: - Older editions of this bag had a hip belt. The removal of this is SUPER sad. :( It helped keep the bag in place while riding a bike - without it, the bag falls forward. Crucially - it also could distribute weight to your hips if you've filled the bag up, and when not in use, it had a little stow away spot. Now all the weight can only be carried on the shoulder. - I totally get why the small pocket on the shoulder strap has been enlarged - probably for phones. But the lightweight mesh on that part feels a bit fragile. I liked it better with a small pocket for just chapstick or other teeny items. - A mesh pocket for a wallet used to be on the high side wall of the large interior - this was GREAT! It kept the wallet high and easily accessible. This has been removed. Now, the interior is a black hole and everything just sits at the bottom. - The divider in the bag has been beefed up with a layer of foam in the divider. I would imagine this "helps" the bag stay in two "halves," but in practical use, I found that it made it more difficult to access the half farther away from your back and easier to access the side closer to the back. I think this foam piece also makes the bag unnecessarily heavier. - The last thing that is a definite buzz-kill on this version is that the main compartment zipper used to be really easy to operate one handed. For whatever reason, the way the new zipper is situated on the spine (along the foam structural piece) of the bag causes the zipper track to bend and get snagged when trying to open/close with one hand. If you're a first time Atom Sling buyer, you'll probably be stoked on this bag because most shoulder sling bags out there (notably Kavu) don't have a waist belt, and if you're comparing sling bags, this is STILL a great choice. But . If you had an old one and loved the features I mentioned here, you might be disappointed. Because I was so used to and enamored with my old Atom, I actually chose to return this iteration of Atom to Patagonia and find an old model on eBay. At the end of the day, I still love Patagonia, and this bag is still a good one. My hope is that future versions bring back the creature comforts and versatility that made the old Atom ridiculously awesome vs just great. One thing that could be added that the old version didnt have is a pen holder! I actually had a friend with an industrial sewing machine add that feature into my old bag haha. NOTE: Remember this is for the Summer/Fall 2022 version. If you're reading this and its a new release, some of what I've written may not be applicable anymore.

August 16, 2022


The Atom Sling Bag 8L is a comfortable bag to carry my belongings on hikes. Carrying a backpack sometimes was tough on my back. The Atom Sling Bag takes care of that problem.

August 15, 2022

A little small for a commuter bag

I thought the Atom 8L would be a perfect commuter bag but due to the shape it does not fit a 13" surface or probably any other similar sized, small, laptop. The length of the computer is less than the length of the bag but overall it's quite a bit too big. It does fit an iPad. The bag has the quality one would expect from Patagonia and i... Read Mores super comfortable. I've had other slings that fit weird, this one has a perfect shape for me. I'm a guy, 5'9, and about 175# with a fairly muscular build. Even though the bag will not work for it's original purpose, I am keeping it to use on day hikes or similar because it is super nice.

August 14, 2022

I thought this product would

I thought this product would fit my laptop as a replacement of the current bag I use for it. Unfortunately, it does not come close to doing so. I had checked the measurements, but the opening is too small. I will return the product. Not anyone's fault, just what it is.

August 12, 2022

Very handy over the shoulder

Very handy over the shoulder bag I use when traveling and daily use. Hold essential items plus my camera for street photography.

August 12, 2022

very well made but cumbersome and heavy for not much storage

Really wanted to love this, so well made and very attractive, but kind of a heavy pack even empty - and not much stuff fits inside.

Response from Patagonia
August 16, 2022

Hi Lorraine! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the pack. We truly appreciate this feedback, and we'll share it with our design crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

August 12, 2022

Perfect for travel

I recently went on a 14 day trip around Scandinavia, the Atom Sling Bag was the perfect pack to have. I could carry all the essentials I needed for daily excursions, included a shell or fleece that I could strap on. The Atom was less bulky than a traditional back pack and hugged my body better during travel on trains, buses, bikes and trams. Numero... Read Moreus people approached me in Amsterdam and Stockholm wanting to know who made this pack. I was offered cash by on German fellow in Berlin. I recommended a small reusable flask since most water bottles cannot be accommodated. Held in rain in Denmark and the heat in Holland.

August 11, 2022

Almost perfect

I dig this sling for an EDC bag. Capacity size is good. A bit tight for my iPad but manage to fit and a medium sized paperback or Moleskine. Keys, phone & wallet - done. Have used to carry my Zoom podcast recorder also. Another inch in length would be welcomed. But IMHO whats needed - Id gladly trade the additional carry straps for a water bott... Read Morele carry pocket.

August 11, 2022

Cant put it away

My son bought this for me two years ago as a present and I have not put it away since. It fits all my daily essentials and then some. The small pockets are perfect (one for keys, the other for my work badge and small items), the main compartment has a divider which is handy, and the sling is so easy to carry around. I cant go back to a purse or any... Read Morething close (and weirdly people even compliment me on the bag). Its one of the best presents I have ever received!

August 9, 2022

Useful sling

I purchased 2 of these one for me and one for my husband. He really loved his and used it for 5 days in Disney. I did not end up keeping mine. I liked the bag (although a bit more organizing pockets would be nice). The reason for returning it was the strap. I found it cut into my shoulder and neck area too much for me and was not comfortable even w... Read Moreith a lighter load in the pack. Maybe because I am on the shorter side at 5 3. I would also prefer a strap that could be used over either shoulder.

August 9, 2022

Great, but...

It's a very nice bag, but I was incredibly disappointed to learn that unlike older versions, this does not include an extra cross strap for biking. It really, really needs one and I am baffled as to why Patagonia chose to omit it.

August 8, 2022

Great sling bag

I walk to do errands a lot and wanted a bag that didnt annoy me for everyday use. This works well! It is comfortable to wear and functional. I really like the front pocket for my phone or keys. I would like more organization for the inside pockets, or perhaps an outside pocket or two to easily stash keys/lip balm/pens. I like how I can slide it aro... Read Moreund to access the pockets without removing it. Overall, a great bag - just a few modifications would make it perfect!

August 7, 2022

Atom Sling Bag 8L

I recently broke my wrist and chose the atom sling to replace a purse for attending therapy, food shopping, etc. It works great!! I have had several compliments and inquiries. Once, on my feet, I will use my A-Sling for my daily walk, shop, etc. I also like the bright color with the gold 'Patagonia' signage, like on my clothing products, ... Read Moreluggage, etc. This is because I believe in Patagonia's business & life model! Mil Gracias!

August 2, 2022

Miss the old sternum strap!

This is my third Atom sling. The first was my first fishing pack was smaller, but it had that great sternum strap. It really kept the pack secure on my back scrambling over the rocks along the shoreline. I got the dedicated AtomStealth sling for fishing and repurposed the old Atom to my EDC but it cannot fit my iPad. I retired the old Atom due to a... Read More zipper blowout. The new Atom is great; padded sleeve for iPad albeit a very tight fit. My Galaxy A12 does not fit in the strap pocket, but It fits in the other pockets. I really only regret the missing sternum strap. Please bring it back in the next iteration. I purchased my new Atom in Pampas tan from the Alpine Shop in St. Louis, Mo.

August 1, 2022

Perfect size for small electronics

Perfect size for small electronics and pocket overflow. Love this bag

July 26, 2022

Strange fit

I have two issues with this sling bag. First and worst for me is my iPad wont fit in the bag with a case on. If I take the case off there is barely enough room for it. Without the case there isnt enough protection. The second issue is how the sling fits on me. The sling wont stay on my back, it slides up. It also bumps into my chin. I tried to shor... Read Moreten and lengthen the strap to see if I can get it in a more comfortable spot. Just no luck. There are many nice features such as the zipper pouch on the strap and the two compartments, but it doesnt work well for me.

Response from Patagonia
July 29, 2022

Hi Cathy! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the size of the bag and the way it fits. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

July 26, 2022

Awesome bag just a little to small for my needs

Overall the bag was awesome, it was just a little small for my need and that's more on me than on the bag. I bought this as a edc bag for work and other activities, the only problem was it didn't fit everything I wanted to put in it. What did fit was a rain Poncho, 32 oz Nalgene, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, phone, 10,000 miliamp bat... Read Moretery bank and some pocket trash. If that's all you carry on the daily then this bag will be awesome. If you carry more than that then you should probably get a bigger bag. P.S. if you are someone who is looking for a pistol sling this thing would be awesome as long as you are ok with ironing some velcro to the inside. The large pocket has two partitions so you could use the smaller one for your pistol and the larger one mags.

July 24, 2022

Perfect bag for my hikes,

Perfect bag for my hikes, bike rides or just being out and about in the city.

July 24, 2022

Great small pack for day outings

This is great for that small pack for carrying just a few things - and it Is nicely design for easy access to 3 zippered pouches.

July 24, 2022

Almost perfect!

I have had a few different Atom Slings over the years and appreciate the roomier pockets both interior and exterior as well as the handle at the top. I am missing the mesh pocket on the interior and hope you bring that back. I would love to know if you ever plan on making Atom Sing with Black Hole fabric.... that would be perfect! I am happy to see... Read More the Black Hole Waist Pack 5L. The Black Hole Atom Sling would be the perfect addition to the Black Hole line. Thanks for a great bag -the Atom Slings are the best!

Response from Patagonia
July 27, 2022

Hi Michelle, we currently do not have plans to bring back the mesh pocket, but we'd be happy to pass you feedback over to the appropriate members of our team.

July 18, 2022

Convenient bag for everyday wear

This Atom Bag 8L has completely replaced my purse (except for in dressy situations). It is the perfect size, comfortable, and convenient. I wear this everyday to go shopping or on the hiking trails. Highly recommend this bag!

July 12, 2022

Now my everyday bag.

I got this to use while biking, and now its all I use! I have used Kavu sling bags before and I like this better because the material moves easily across the body, whereas canvas tends to catch on clothing. Perfect placement of pockets and I can open the zippers with one hand. Love that. Overall great bag.

July 12, 2022

Beauty and Function

I love this bag. I have it in 4 colors. I have expensive purses but this is my go to bag for 3 years now. Comfortable on my shoulder when shopping, hiking or biking.

July 10, 2022

Very useful bag!

Lots of ways to use this bag! Fits a lot more than I expected and is a great way to carry what I need while on the go

July 9, 2022

The Perfect Sling Bag

I purchased this sling bag for short hikes and walking around NYC, and it was exactly what I was hoping for! The zip pocket holds my phone, even with its heavy duty case on. The two main compartments are perfect daily-carry items and can accommodate a 1.2L water bottle. The adjustable straps allow me to carry items that are too large to fit inside ... Read Morethe compartments. The strap is also very comfortable for all-day wear. I definitely recommend this sling!

July 8, 2022

Improved Perfection

The 2022 updates to the atom sling made a a great bag very nearly perfect. The addition of a full grab handle where the strap meets the bag is appreciated. As is the reconfiguration of the main and front pockets. I can easily carry just what I need to get through a short day hike - water, 10 essentials, snacks , phone, notebook and extra layer OR w... Read Moreork - iPad Air in keyboard case, notebook, phone, mouse, earbuds, cables and power bank. Especially love that the strap pouch now easily holds my iPhone 13. Thank you for the updates.

July 7, 2022

Almost nailed it

I really like this bag, but with no option to adjust for use on the other shoulder, I can't justify a 5-star rating.

Response from Patagonia
July 11, 2022

Hey Andrew, thank you for the feedback, we'll share your thoughts with the product team. If you're unhappy with your bag, you're absolutely welcome to begin a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

July 1, 2022

Perfect everyday purse/shoulder bag

I'm a busy Mom, and needed a bag to hold All The Things. This sling bag is comfortable, stylish, roomy enough for everyday items, and easy peasy to quickly slide around to the front to get at the big pockets. I do own an obnoxiously large Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which does not fit in the small pocket on the strap. No worries, it goes in a main ... Read Morepocket with my wallet, keys and sunglasses case. Get this bag - you won't regret it.

June 30, 2022

Versatile and sleek

The atom sling is a classic Patagonia crossbody sling that comes in so many cool colors/color combinations. The main pocket has a divider that makes it easy for me to pack a book along with a pouch containing other small necessities. The pouch on the actual strap is helpful for putting my phone and other items I want quick access to. Only issue I h... Read Moreave is the strap doesn't always stay on my chest in the way I want and requires adjusting.

June 27, 2022

Great little backpack!

Use it everyday in Chile until someone stole it out of a church! Will be buying another one. Fantastic backpack while walking or riding a bike.

June 26, 2022

The Best Re-Design

The new re-design of this style blows the old style out of the water. This sling is more navigable on the inside and the front pocket that is on the strap that goes across the chest is big enough to fit my cell phone. The saffron print it so cute! The perfect everyday bag but also well suited for activities such as hiking and skiing.

May 29, 2022

Sling bag

His bag is fantastic but I wish there was a spot to put your water bottle

May 27, 2022

User friendly

I had been cyber-dating this bag for a while before ordering it to replace a very old, small canvas Kavu bag. Likes: pockets are on the same side with easy, smooth working zippers. Pockets are big enough for everything but not so big you have to dig for anything. Fabric is water proof/resistant/repellent (hiking in heavy rain- everything inside sta... Read Moreyed dry). Im ambivalent about the small pouch on the front.

May 23, 2022

Best bag ever

Finally I have found what I have been looking for. This is the perfect cross body bag for everything. I love taking it to the park with my children or on an easy hike. It's very durable and functional. I also find the straps don't dig in or bother me. I would highly recommend. Easily fits a Nalgene bottle, wallet keys sunglasses etc

May 20, 2022

I feel like there's design flaws...

This bag seemed great when i threw it on my shoulder in the store, but as soon as i put a few things in it and did some walking, i noticed just how irritating various points on the pack are. First, the pouch on the cross-body strap should have been made to bulge out BELOW the belt... instead it bulges up on the top side and digs right into my neck/... Read Moreadam's apple. Second, the padded portion of the cross-body strap is also oddly made. In my opinion, it needs about 2 more inches of length. The padded end of the strap that sits between the strap's buckle and my chest CONTSTANTLY dug into my chest and made my skin irritated with any and every move i made. If the padded portion was longer, it would easily make it to my side where it would likely not touch my pectoral/chest. Lastly, i don't know if it's the material or just the strap design, but wearing this bag with any sort of collared jacket or unzipped jacket is a NIGHTMARE. The strap seems to just pull everything up into your neck. I found it near impossible to wear this bag with my Nano Puff. On the good side, the functions of the bag are phenomenal. Love the easy acces buckle in the front, the straps on the back for holding extra gear/jacket, and how perfectly the pockets open when the bag is spun to your frontside. Unfortunately, i did end up utilizing Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee to return this bag after just a month's use.

Response from Patagonia
May 24, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Kyle. We're so sorry to hear this bag was so uncomfortable! Please let us know if we can be of any help with that return, or in finding something that will work better for you.

May 17, 2022

Atom Sling 8L

bag was the perfect size for my 9 year old nephew but had to return as the zipper would no allow 10inch ipad with protective case to fit in bag. if zipper allowance was just half an inch larger would have been the perfect bag for his daily items 10inch Ipad and phone in strap pocket. he was so disappointed.

May 11, 2022

Perfect size and color

Very happy with the sling bag, nice color and size, love it, super confortable to use, and I was even able to fit a 1 liter water bag, better than the camel bag.

May 1, 2022

Great bag gets better!

I've had 4 or 5 various Atom Slings over the years and loved every one. I used them around town, biking, travel, carrying camera lenses, etc.. With each iteration there were some good and some bad updates. The 2022 Atom Sling seems to have nearly solved them all. The pesky, rarely used and ALWAYS in the way waist strap is finally gone! YES! ... Read More The pouch on the shoulder strap is finally big enough to hold an iPhone 13 Pro, or with a little persuasion, an iPhone Pro Max! GREAT! The main storage compartment will even hold an iPad Pro11" in a case! Fantastic! The main bag now has a top handle! A LONG overdue improvement! My only negative DRAB colors! Cmon Patagonia, bring back FUN colors! This is definitely the best Atom Sling 8L version yet!

April 27, 2022

Great Pack!

Love this day pack! Highly recommend it!

April 20, 2022

My 5th Atom Sling 8L for my collection

I just bought my new sling in Canyon Hike: Saffron, a beautiful print, at The Great Outdoor Store, which is my favorite local Patagonia provider. Patagonia has made a wonderful bag even better: the zippered sleeve in the strap is wider and longer, the front zippered pouch is larger as it goes from the top to the bottom of the bag, then the divider ... Read Morein the larger section of the bag also goes from the top to the bottom of the bag! I wear my sling on my hip/towards the front for security and easy access as I walk a lot outdoors. I have tried many official handbags over the years, but none compare to my Patagonia Atom Sling 8L!

April 1, 2022


I love the wide strap. The zippered compartments are so easy to access when wearing.

March 28, 2022

The ultimate EDC sling pack

The Atom 8L is the Goldielocks size for an everyday pack, its not too big or too small, its just right. Ive been using an older version for about 5yrs and really liked it but felt it could be a tad better with some minor tweaks. Well Im not sure how Patagonia read my mind but they did with this updated model. The smaller zipper section is a little ... Read Morebigger, they changed the internal table sleeve into a divider for 2 equal sections, they enlarged the should pocket, and added a handle to the top, and polished everything else. Essentially they made the best EDC sling even better, just cant say enough good things about this quality sling pack.

March 23, 2022

Significant improvements made from previous generation

Just used this at Disney and it was perfect for an all day excursion. The previous generation atom sling was very good. This one gets even better. Patagonia replaced the small loop on the sling strap for a more durable well stitched grab handle on the back. great for hanging a Nalgene with a carabiner. The pocket on the sling strap is now larger an... Read Mored can hold a bigger phone. i dont have a iphone max anything but i have a 11 pro with a 5.8 screen and it could hold that and my ridge wallet comfortably. The smaller compartment in the front has now essentially doubled in size. Before it had a vertical stitching halfway but they removed it and now the compartment stretches across the entire pack. Finally they redesigned the larger compartment and made it more convenient for opening and closing from an angle which you would be doing the majority of the time. I loved using this pack and you will too.

March 21, 2022


I love my Patagonia sling bag! Is super comfy and reliable

March 21, 2022

Good bag

I bought this bag for skiing. I was wearing a day hiking backpack to carry water and snacks for my two kids on ski days. But you cant wear backpacks on a lift. Getting my 4 and 6 year old's on a ski lift safely while fighting my backpack was not my idea of fun. So i bought this as a solution. You just whip it around backwards super quick which... Read More keeps the lift operators happy and I can still get my kids on the lift. I have loaded it with two 24oz bike water bottles and snack along with my wallet/keys/phone etc. It's definitely full with all that. The chest pocket fits my Iphone 12 mini with an otterbox defender perfectly or it fits my smaller two-way radio for when my wife stays in the lodge(terrible cell service where we ski). I also use this as my bike commuting bag as well. It holds all the stuff i need without weighting me down. I wouldn't mind a keeper strap that comes under the other arm for more active pursuits though. I have been wearing this on a trail and leaned down to fix something and it comes sliding off. I take the bad with the good though.

March 18, 2022

Weird fit

I couldn't figure out how to wear it comfortably. I really wanted to like it, and I really wanted to travel with it in April. It was just uncomfortable.

March 17, 2022

A Big Improvement on Last Years Model

The 2022 Atom Sling is a big improvement on the 2021 model. The back of the sling, as well as the strap, feature a new, softer fabric that isnt abrasive to clothing, as the old padding was. Also, the hang-loop has been repositioned to make hanging the sling easier. Its a great all-around sling for hiking, skiing or casual wear. Perfect size, stylis... Read Moreh, and rugged. I love it.

March 16, 2022


My sling bag is made very well, so durable, nicely finished seams.

March 16, 2022


Ive been waiting for this one to change. They listened to the feedback and now the strap pocket fits an iPhone 12 Pro no problem. Great bag

March 14, 2022


I am a larger guy and the phone pocket was just too close to my neck. It was uncomfortable. They could add an under armpit strap, increase length of bag... Both might help bag sit higher up on back. The other Patagonia Atom I owned had the same cellphone pocket, but the padded strap was not wider where the pocket was. Also would have liked beefie... Read Morer straps and no double fabric on front of bag and larger openings for zippered access.

Response from Patagonia
March 22, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Ryan! It's extremely helpful to our product designers in improving our products from one season to the next. We're sorry this one isn't working for you. As you probably know, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if you like.

March 9, 2022

Great but different than original

I have a previous Patagonia Atom sling from around 6 years ago. This new one has some great new features like a separation divider piece on the larger compartment. It lacks the belt strap!! The belt strap was KEY for hiking with this on.

February 24, 2022

Perfect for a small day hike or just to run errands!

Love how versatile this bag is! I have used it for a small day hike where I just want to pack a camera, snacks, and a some smaller accessories. I have even been able to fit a thin jacket. I have also been using it as a purse to go to the market or run other errands. I love being able to put it around my shoulder and not worry about it. The straps a... Read Morere adjustable and is a great fit, even around my larger chest.

February 24, 2022

I love my Atom Sling bag!

Absolutely love the sling bag! Fits all my daily essentials, the outside straps allow me to strap a rain jacket or water bottle to it! Highly recommend.

February 19, 2022

Surf cast dream bag

Perfect for surf casting Fits a Plano 7 x 11 hard case for lures and plugs perfectly in the large compartment. Stash some extras in the smaller pocket.

February 2, 2022

Not color correct

I bought the tan Atom Sling 8L and was super excited about it. However, the color was not really even close to tan. The outer color of the bag was fine, but the lighter color in the middle of the bag as a very noticeable pink undertone. I wasn't expecting it. Will buy another, just another color.

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