Patagonia Atom 18L Backpack
PatagoniaAtom 18L Backpack

Big things start small.

Patagonia's Atom Backpack carryies your textbooks to campus or work, and it'll find a place in your car anytime you take a road trip. Its internal sleeve protects your laptop from scratches, while the small main compartment has enough room for a jacket, book, and snacks for the road. Patagonia treated the eco-friendly, partially-recycled fabric to shed any drink you accidentally spill.

  • Take-anywhere backpack for everyday occasions
  • 18-liter capacity suitable for full days at work or school
  • Sleeve with soft lining for small laptops or tablets
  • DWR-treated fabric sheds moisture and raindrops
  • Mesh back panel and shoulder straps for breathable ventilation
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Atom (really) means Small

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Good pack. Solid construction. Functional and comfortable. Downside is this bad boy is small and I have 'things' I like to carry.

Simply Good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great daypack. Simple no frills and bombproof. I've carried it for 80 miles and it looks like its fresh off the rack. 18L is plenty big for Socal hiking and everyday use.

Unanswered Question

How is this for day hiking? The back zip pouch seems like it would fit a hydration bag fine, which is usually less annoying than a water bottle on the side anyway.