Atlas Athlete Pack

All packs in stock! The Athlete Pack was awarded "Best Camera Bag for Travelers" by National Geographic. Finally a comfortable camera bag with lots of space for non-camera gear. #atlasathletepack #carryon

  • $395.00

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One hip belt of your choice is included with your pack. Belts are universal and fit all packs. Please see the FAQ section in the middle of the page for more info on the belts.
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Additional belt options include the Haenisch Travel Belt or a spare Athlete or Adventure belt. All belts fit in all packs.
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8" Adventure Extender Clip
8" Adventure Extender Clip
Looking to decrease the height of the large size Athlete Pack. Consider getting a medium size frame.

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"We’re photographers just like you and have never understood why bag manufacturers seem focused purely on “holding camera gear” vs designing a solution for camera use."


  • An industry first "Origami camera core". Allows camera section to be reconfigured between camera core and non-camera section of pack
  • 2L Water bladder pocket with dedicated tube routing through back of pack
  • Dedicated pocket for a 15" laptop
  • Custom fitted waistbelt (removable)
  • Aluminum frame / stay (removable)
  • The ultimate in comfort. Air vented mesh backpanel, overbuilt harness and suspension system
  • Meets carry-on standards
  • Front shell can expand from 5 - 30 liters
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed for small to medium sets of gear
  • Incredibly thin profile, just 7" in depth
  • Draw string top allows for easy closure and access
  • Tripods can be securely stored on either side of the pack
  • Quickdraw hip pockets hidden into sides of waistbelt.



"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."

Atlas Athlete Pack Specs
AthletePack-goot3.jpg 40 Liters
athletepack-edc2.jpg 20 Liters

This photo showcases how much the Athlete Pack can change in size. The pack in this photo is the large frame. Height measurements for both size packs have been included above.

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.

20180125_150153_02954_ujy-hd.jpg PUSHED IN
20180125_150153_02954_txj-hd.jpg PULLED OUT

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.

With the Athlete Pack your camera gear is securely stored and will not shift or bounce around. The lid is designed to press down on the top of your gear providing 4-way support. And because the pack is rear access, nobody can get to your gear when you pack is on!


Some questions we get about the Atlas Athlete Pack


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 19", get the medium. Need an assist, we are here to help. 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 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?

Get the larger size. Better to have a little more padding and webbing than less.

The depth of the Origami Camera Core is ideal for mirrorless, micro 4/3 and small DSLR bodies such as a 5D or D800. Lenses can be mounted with these size camera bodies.

Lenses over 5" tall as well as gripped bodies and large DLSRs like a 1DX must be laid flat. Video cameras such as the FS5 or C200 can be stored (parts broken down).


At "every day carry" size the pack is incredibly thin and measures just 7”/18cm deep. At this configuration the pack carries about 20L worth of gear. That’s enough room for ALL your camera gear PLUS a 15” laptop, snacks, ipad, jacket, water bladder and more...

And when you want to "get out of town", 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. FYI: The Athlete Pack she’ll measures approximately 40L and about 10L is reserved for the Origami Camera Core.

Athlete Pack Reviews

Daniel Milnor, Shifter Media

When I see someone wearing one of these packs, in my experience, they turn out to be adventurous people who live truly interesting lives. I like this about my pack and my pack community. I feel like if I was broken down in the backcountry and an Atlas Pack user was driving by and saw MY Atlas Pack they would stop, help, tow me, dig me out, bandage my head, splint my fractured leg or maybe even perform an emergency tracheotomy with a spork. You know what I mean. Atlas is about lifestyle, adventure, community and practical application. Not everyone needs a pack like this, but those who do know a good one when they see it.

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