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 two frame heights and has an adjustable suspension with multiple sizes of hip belts types and sizes. Please know we are making improvements to our FAQ section and are available to chat and answer questions 7 days a week.
If your torso length is near 17in / 43cm the medium frame height will be best. If your torso length is near 19" / 48cm then choose the large frame. If you don't know your torso length you can use your height as a guide. The cut-off between sizes is 5'9 about 175cm.
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
WHAT SIZE FRAME IS BEST FOR ME?
I'm between sizes
If you are between sizes (5'9-5'11) get the medium. Still unsure, measure your torso (google it :). Less than 18", get the medium. Need an assist, we are here to help. Chat or text us 602-833-8448.
What are the differences?
Differences between the medium and large Athlete Packs. 1. The medium pack does NOT have the "pass-through" zipper on the inside above the ATLAS logo. Unfortunately there was not enough room to include.
2. The large size pack has two small pouches at the top of inside backpanel. The medium size pack has one large pocket. 3. The frame heights are different (see next faq).
Size of medium vs. large?
The large size Athlete Pack is 2" taller than the medium.
How does this differences impact volume
There is a small difference in volume. The medium holds about 3-5 liters less non-camera gear than the large pack.
Can the frame be removed for daily use?
Yes for sure. We have lots of customers that run the packs "rucksack" style for daily use. So no belt, frame and super light loads.
WILL MY CAMERA GEAR FIT?
Sony: All bodies. Up to 200-600
All sony bodies fit with grip
CANON: No battery grips. Up to 70-200
5D series bodies without battery grips can be stored upright.1. The medium pack does NOT have the "pass-through" zipper on the inside above the ATLAS logo. Unfortunately there was not enough room to include.
What dividers come with the pack?
A total of 13 dividers. 3 longs. 3 mid and 8 shorts. And there is usually no need to purchase more (unless you like to organize small items like batteries and filters).
PACK SPECS AND DIMENSIONS
How deep is the camera core of the Athlete Pack?
If you place a tape measure inside the camera core the depth will measure around 4.25in / 10.8cm. However, this measurement does not include the space gained with the lid closed. Practically speaking you can fit gear up to 5.25" / 13.7cm towards the top of the camera core as this section has more wiggle room than the bottom.
How big does the Athlete Pack get?
The Athlete Pack can be setup to be just 7in / 18cm deep and 22in / 55cm tall.Or as deep as 13in / 33cm and up to 26in / 66cm tall. It's totally up to you!
QUESTIONS ABOUT WAISTBELTS
What's the differences between the belts?
Generally speaking the Adventure belt is more comfortable as it offers two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle. The Athlete belt has a single foam layer and is more minimalist.The Travel belt is just a fabric wrap without any padding. Photo's and videos of all items will be available soon! The Adventure extender is a piece of webbing with a male and a female buckle on each end. You would need an extender if you are between sizes (as an example).
Does the Adventure Belt fit the Athlete Pack
Can the pack be used without a belt?
Yes and removing the belt is super easy. Once removed the small pouches tuck into the back of the lumbar padding for a seamless look.
I'm between sizes?