FIRMWARE UPDATES LANDING PAGE
Nothing lasts forever. Sponge breaks down, dividers get lost along the way. Buckles crack and zipper pullers snap. Chances are, it's been a few years since you got your pack and maybe your camera gear or waist line or both are not the same anymore. If that's the case it's time for a firmware update...
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Everyone with a generation one Atlas Pack is eligible. All the new parts fit great in the older packs.
$100 BUCK BUNDLE
For a very limited time, the firmware update is just $100 (plus shipping). The price is designed to make upgrading a no-brainer. This price will not last long...
GOT A USED PACK?
Awesome and welcome to the family. It's time to make your pack feel like yours from the start. Thinking to sell your pack? Tell the new owner to update!
The Big List of New Features and Updates
There's a lot to love and still yet to be revealed about the Atlas Athlete Pack.
SIDE-ACCESS | NEW
A new side zipper (YKK Aqua Guard with sealed seams) has been added on the right side of the pack. When open, this zipper provides the user with full access to the CAMPING side of the pack.
HIP BELTS: MOLLE
The hip belts have been updated to include MOLLE loops as well as sleeping bag/pad loops. Works with all versions of the Athlete Pack.
Updates to the dump pouches (stored inside the hip pouches). For 2021, we have added an elastic draw-string.
The new Athlete Pack will be available in a total of three colorways. A new gray colorway in additional to the prior black and yellow colorways with small updates.
YKK ZIPPERS & PULLS
The Athlete Pack is now fully YKK. All of the buckles have been updated as well as small changes to zippers.
The size of the Athlete Pack raincover is larger by 25%. This better accommodates the coverage of tripods when the pack is loaded out.
TRIPOD / WATER SIDE POCKETS
The side pockets of the Athlete Pack (used for water bottles and tripods) have undergone a significant change. The bottom 1/3 of the pocket has a split layer that reinforces and protects against wear and tear from both inside and outside the pocket. It's important to note that there is a slight loss in flexibility due to the change in design, however users can expect the usage to be much improved.
Removing the frame allows for an even smaller setup should you need. Especially helpful if you need to squeeze your pack in to a tight area.
A new top access (on the inside of the pack) allows for access to the water bladder chamber in addition to zipper access from the side.
No change to the size or location of the laptop sleeve (still located in the camping section on the back side of the ORIGAMI CAMERA CORE (TM). With that said, the material has been updated to a softer felt on both the inside and outside of the sleeve. Fits laptops up to 16" wide and 1" deep.
The ATLAS logo on the front of the pack is significantly smaller and the colorway is tonal. You can expect the logo to fade out in the shadows and be somewhat visible in direct light.
TOP LID MOLLE
In addition to the MOLLE loops on the hip belt, a set of loops has been added to the top lid.
ICE & SNOW LOOPS
A full set of loops for connecting ice axes, skis, snow shoes, etc, have been added.
Loops have been added along the inside of the pack to allow for the
attachment of a new line of accessories. More details to come.
WHY TO UPGRADE
Already have an Athlete Pack and thinking about updating, this sectionis for you. I'll start with why you should update. If your kit looks like the gear shown on this page, the decision to get the updated generation is easy and well worthwhile.
WHY TO NOT UPGRADE
But what if you don't have all the latest and greatest. Many of us will have a mixed bag of gear for a long time. If you only have a few of the new lenses and don't use grip, save your scratch and do a "firmware update" instead ;).
WHAT'S A FIRMWARE UPDATE?
A firmware update means replacing your old dividers with the new dividers. Swapping out your dividers will increase the rating of your ORIGAMI CAMERA CORE (TM). This is especially true for anyone with the Sony 200-600 as the new dividers includes a full length divider option.
If you buy a used Athlete Pack on the secondary market and want to improve the rating and fit. Get the new dividers and a new hip belt. Remember, Atlas Packs are designed to last a lifetime and the warranty transfers with sale.
In terms of the camping-related new features and updates. They include MOLLE loops and connection straps for ice-axes and other accessories.
Generally speaking most of these updates / new features are secondary to the usage of the pack and should not drive your decision to update.