The award winning Atlas Athlete is the most versatile camera pack on the market. Available in two sizes (based on torso length) and three colorways, the price of $465 USD includes the pack, removable frame, a custom fitted hip belt, a full set of 15 dividers and tethered rain-cover.

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Athlete Pack History

We designed the Athlete Pack because camera bags are all giant boxes!  We wanted a thinner, more nimble design that holds weight close to the body and doesn’t impede movement in busy urban areas or while moving over terrain.

The other big difference, with camera bags you have to buy different size inserts or core units known as ICU's or camera cubes. These systems add costs and weight and have a design that is detached from the structure called a "pressure fit". Pressure fitting resulting in a fundamental compromise to a bags load carry why camera bags seem to feel much heavier than they weigh.

With the Athlete Pack, we've designed a solution that has been battle tested and used worldwide for since 2018. During this time we have produced and sold approx. 7500 units.

Exterior Measurements

Height | Med 21" / 53.5cm
Height | Large 23" / 58.5cm
Height | No Frame 20" / 51cm
Width 11" / 28cm
Depth 7" / 18cm
Laptop Fits 16" MacBook
Min Liters 20 liters
Max Liters 40 liters
Weight 4.95lbs
Warranty Lifetime
Theft Coverage 1 year (USA only)

Inside Measurements

The Athlete Pack is incredibly shallow when compared to traditional camera bags.

Height 14.25" / 36cm
Width 9" / 23cm
Depth 5.75-6" /14.6-15cm


Height 9" / 23cm
Width 9" / 23cm
Depth 5.75 /14.6cm


What's Included with Purchase

Pick your pack and hip belt, that's it. Everything you need comes included in the box! There are no camera inserts or core units that need to be purchased. The inside of the Athlete Pack includes our patented Origami Camera Core (TM) that lets you shift space between the front and back of the pack with a simple push or pull - a true on the fly solution.

When it comes to fit and comfort, the Athlete Pack comes fitted based on your torso length and includes an overbuild harness and suspension system and custom fitted hip belt. Please see the fitting guide below to determine the right fit.

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Pack Features

+ Choose size based on torso length
+ Choose custom fitted hip belt based personal preference
+ Fully adjustable shoulder harness with load lifters
+ Removable frame / stay included
+ Numerous attachments points from MOLLE to axes and sleeping bags
+ Incredible weight distribution and support
+ 10mm thick dividers that curve and spoon camera gear
+ Removable proper hiking hip belt
+ Single-fold Origami Camera Core (TM)
+ 10mm thick dividers that secure gear
+ Weatherproof 240 Double Rip Stop shell
+ Dedicated water bladder pocket with velcro hang-tag and outlet ports for tube. Carry 80-100 oz of water.
+ x2 stretch side pockets (fits 48oz nalgene)
+ x2 hidden dump pouches (also fits 48oz nalgene)
+ YKK Buckles and Zippers
+ Plus many many more...

Torso Fitting Guide

Please scroll down for to see the complete set of instructions for torso fitting.

Hip Belt Fitting Guide

Complete details are available here >>

S/M ATHLETE HIP BELT 28 - 32IN | 71 - 81CM 26IN | 66CM
M/L ATHLETE HIP BELT 32 - 36IN |  81 - 96CM 31IN | 79CM
L/XL ATHLETE HIP BELT 36 - 42IN |  96 - 106CM 33IN | 86CM
S/M ADVENTURE HIP BELT 28 - 34IN | 71 - 86CM 27IN | 68CM
M/L ADVENTURE HIP BELT 34 - 40IN |  86 - 102CM 30IN | 76CM
L/XL ADVENTURE HIP BELT 38 - 46IN |  97-107CM 33IN | 84CM
XL / XXL ADVENTURE BELT 44 - 52IN |  111-127CM 36IN | 92CM

Detailed Pack Specs.

The Athlete Pack can be setup and sized in numerous ways. Get answers to your questions about size and specs here.

Features & Functions

The new GEN2 Athlete Pack includes a bevy of features and functions designed to exceed your needs and delight you in ways a camera bag simply can't.

How Camera Gear Fits

Stop bagging and start packing your camera gear. The Athlete is deep enough for a 200-600 but not tall enough to have the body attached.

Athlete Pack Reviews & Accolades

RATED 9.2 / 10

Carryology reviews and scores the Athlete Pack

"Over my ten months with this V2 updated pack, I have traveled with it extensively, and not just because I’ve been testing it, but because I’ve trusted it and wanted it with me on my adventures. That is the greatest compliment I can give a camera pack, I want to use it, and I can’t wait to see where the Atlas Packs Athlete Pack takes me and my camera gear next. After all, a happy pack is a dirty pack." by Senior Editor, Laurence Fry, October 6, 2022

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Outside Magazine

Outside Magazine featured the Atlas Athlete Pack in their Summer Buyers Guide. FYI: This is the gen1 Athlete Pack model (available from 2018 - 2021). The logo on the prior generation of packs was much larger and came in light gray.



A big update to the Athlete Pack is the new bigger style grab bag handle. In addition to making the pack much easier to grab, the heat shrink on the outside can be reheated and repaired. Over time you will find it may get some scratch or even gouges that can be smoothed out with a little flame!



The construction of the frame sleeve has been changed to allow for the connection of accessories such as the Origami Insert (as shown here)


The front of the Athlete Pack includes a set of lash loops that run the full length of the pack. These loops have always been part of the design of the Athlete Pack.



Updated the foam and tension for the mesh to improve circulation and pack comfort.

Let's grow from 20 to 40 liters

In the example below, the black Athlete Pack on the left is compressed all the way down to about 20 liters. At this size, the Athlete Pack is basically sized liken an "every day carry" and is incredibly thin and measures just / 18cm deep. Don't let the slim profile trick you, at this size, that’s enough room for ALL your camera gear PLUS a 16" laptop, snacks, ipad, jacket, water bladder and more...

And for when you want to "get out of town", slide the divider and see how much the yellow Athlete Pack expands out. The front of the Athlete Pack can be expanded to store up to 30L of additional non-camera gear by releasing the side compression straps.

Athlete vs. Adventure

When compared to the Adventure Pack (as shown in gray below), the large size Athlete Pack measure the same height 23In / 53.8cm.

Athlete vs. Adventure Specs Compared

MEASUREMENTAthlete PackAdventure Pack
Medium Pack Height 21in / 53.5cm 23in / 58.5cm
Large Pack Height 23in / 58.5cm 23in / 58.5cm
Height No Frame 20in / 51cm 20in / 51cm
Exterior Width 11" / 28cm 11.25in / 28cm
Exterior Depth 7in / 18cm 9in / 23cm
Fits Laptops Up to 16" MacBook Fits up to 17" laptops
Minimum Liters 20liters 35liters
Maximum Liters 40liters 60liters
Pack Weight 4.95lbs / 2.25kg 5.95lbs / 2.7kg

    While torso fitting is best, height works 86% of the time.

    + If you are 5’8 / 1.7m or below, the medium size pack typically fits best.

    + If you are taller than 5’11/1.8m the large size pack typically fits best.

    Between sizes, swipe right...


    Torso length provides the most accurate measurement for backpack fitting.

    + If your torso length is shorter than 18" / 45.5cm, the medium size pack typically fits best.

    + If your torso length is longer than 18"/45.5cm the large size pack typically fits best.


    Learn to measure. Swipe right...


    1. Cut a piece of string 18"/45.5cm
    2. Hold the top to your C7 vertebrae and drop the bottom end.
    3. Now feel all the way down to where string ends. It will fall either above or below your Iliac Center (essentially your love handles and where you rest your hands when you are putting your hands on your hips).

    PS: If the string goes past your love handles, that means your torso is shorter than 18" = medium size pack. If the string ends before
    your love handles, that means your torso longer than 18" = large size pack.

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Athlete Pack FAQ's

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Athlete Pack FAQ's

The large size Athlete Pack has a pass-through zipper between the camera and non-camera sections above the ATLAS logo. The medium does not.

The large size Athlete Pack has a second set of frame flaps for a smaller travel frame. The medium does not.

The large size Athlete Pack has double small pockets on the inner backpanel. The medium has one large pocket.

Fitting Questions

Go shorter if in doubt, if the pack is too tall fitting will be a challenge and the weight will not distribute properly.

The tipping point between sizes (for both the Athlete and the Adventure Pack) is an 18"/45.5cm torso length.

Changes are good you got the right size but just need help getting fitted. Please hit the chat and connect with the Pro Team so we can get your all setup and ready to go!

Shop Policies

You get 100 days to return or exchange. Please see our complete details on our policy page.

Warrany and Pack Care

While a dirty pack is a certainly a happy pack, a cleaned dirty pack is even happier.
To clean the shell and zippers, give your pack a steam shower for 15-20 min and use baby wipes and microfiber towels to clean the ripstop and get into the grooves around the zippers.


To clean the inside of your pack. Remove all dividers and gear and from the inside of the non-camera section, push hard on the bottom of the camera core so it pops-out.

Shipping FAQ's

Estimated shipping rates and delivery times will display on the cart page. We are currently shipping a bit faster than indicated.

1-2 days after your order.

Reach out to the Pro Team and let them know you need a shipping bump.

Yes of course. Shipping rates are shown at checkout.

Still have questions? Tap chat and connect with the Pro Team!