For the Athlete Pack, we wanted a camera bag that wouldn't impede movement in busy urban areas or while moving over terrain. The design challenge is that camera gear is very dense and heavy and needs to be properly supported or the bag will swing around too much.
To help keep the weight close to the body we experimented a lot with the depth of the camera core and how much space to allocate to non-camera gear in the front of the pack.
The Athlete Pack has 10 liter and 5in / 13cm in depth. This is enough space for a medium to large size kit and enough depth to support a Sony body with a battery grip attached.
Checkout this video from Caleb Kerr to better understand just how versatile the Athlete Pack is.
When it comes to comfort, there is nothing more important than correct fit to ensure that weight is properly loaded onto hips and not shoulders.
The Athlete Pack comes in three frame heights and has an adjustable suspension with multiple sizes of hip belts types and sizes.
Please choose the frame size that best matches up with your torso length. If you don't know your torso length you can use your height as a guide. Fitting details are included below.
One of the main questions we get is how much bigger is the Adventure Pack compared to the Athlete. To understand the comparison at the most extreme we've compared the Athlete at 20 liters to the Adventure Pack set to about the 60 liter size.
While both packs can carry up to 30 liters of non-camera gear, the Athlete Pack actually does a better job with camping and trekking gear due to the smaller camera core.
The front of the Athlete Pack can be expanded out and gear can be stuff all the way to the bottom of the pack. With the Adventure Pack the camera core is deeper and the volume is more broken up on the inside.
ATLAS ATHLETE PACK FEATURES:
CHANGE SIZES ON THE FLY
PATENT PENDING ORIGAMI CAMERA CORE
Other camera bag brands make you buy different size inserts such as ICU’s or camera cubes. These systems are expensive and poorly designed as they are detached from the structure of the bag and require a "pressure fit".Pressure fitting resulting in a fundamental compromise to the pack’s load carry and limiting access to gear along the sides of the camera compartment.
The other issue is inefficiency, there is so much wasted space in these packs and why we developed our patent pending Origami Camera Core. A simply pull or push allows you to reconfigure and shift space between the camera and non-camera sections of the pack.
Push the Origami pocket IN when you need more space for for camera gear. Pull the Origami pocket OUT when you need more space for personal items.
The Athlete Pack was awarded "Best Camera Bag for Travelers" by National Geographic.
Some questions we get about the Atlas Athlete Pack