New Travel Camera Backpack - Atlas Pack Adventure backpack - Initial thoughts

One of the hardest parts of Photography is finding that perfect bag (Spoiler alert, there is no such thing).  The other part is that as photographers we tend to over pack what gear we think we will need because the what if scenario is always running through our head.  Over the years of shooting I have had numerous Think Tank, Lowepro, Peak Design, Mindshift gear, fstop and the list goes on and on but the one thing I realized having all of the bags is that there are different bags for different situations and there will never be just one bag.

This is where the research started as I have a week long trip coming up and from previous trips it is always splitting between two bags and figuring out what to put where or do I need this or that.  I knew what I was looking for so I started looking for a bag that would not be a replacement but a part of the arsenal for my camera bags.

After researching a few I reached out via Instagram DM to a company here in the states called Atlas Packs (https://atlaspacks.com/) as I had a few questions for international travel and their larger backpack the Atlas Adventure backpack.  Much to my surprise they were very quick to respond and answered all of my question and were extremely customer service focused.  I proceeded to buy the bag so I can test it out with some day adventures before our trip.

There are quite a few things that I really like about the bag. 

  • Very versatile (Can remove aluminum frame (for rigidity when hiking), Can remove waste belt, Can adjust where the straps sit on the back of the pack or completely remove them if you wanted to. 
  • Spacious - I will post a picture down below with all of the gear I test packed for the trip and it handles all of it and more.
  • Build quality is great, everything feels very well thought out and able withstand some wear and tear.
  • Lots of little pockets for fitting various items in, ipad/laptop space, space up top for clothes or other items that are not part of the camera kit. 
  • Comfortable carry - Shoulder straps carry the weight well even on a little chunky frame like mine and can adjust pretty easily.

Two little things for me that are not show stoppers but will give them some feedback on

  • Pack is built for more gear then you can carry but the top handle that you lift the bag by for storage, bus, etc. Needs a bit more padding and maybe just a little larger from side to side to make it pick more of the weight up
  • Second is in the top pocket it is 1 big pocket but would like to have had a few little pockets inside of there for things like battery pack and a few other odds and ends.  That is where they sit today but when you open the top the kinda flip around in the pocket.  Nit picky but just an observation
  • It can fit a ton of gear, keep an eye on the weight as you can load it up quick

Enough rambling, here are the pics.

 Out on the trail a general size comparison to standard railing

Out on the trail a general size comparison to standard railing

 Size on a 5'10" frame

Size on a 5'10" frame

 The removal metal frame for rigidity if hiking as well as the waist belt, I am not a fan of any waste belts as a larger person but they can help displace weight from your shoulders so it can help for long hauls.

The removal metal frame for rigidity if hiking as well as the waist belt, I am not a fan of any waste belts as a larger person but they can help displace weight from your shoulders so it can help for long hauls.

 Tons of little pockets like this under the flap

Tons of little pockets like this under the flap

 Front view, nice strapped front flap to cover the day-pack area, pocket for laptop, etc.  Does have a rain cover a as well.

Front view, nice strapped front flap to cover the day-pack area, pocket for laptop, etc.  Does have a rain cover a as well.

 Nice side pockets for water bottles or tripod for easy carry, 1 on each side and 3 straps running length of the bag.

Nice side pockets for water bottles or tripod for easy carry, 1 on each side and 3 straps running length of the bag.

 Quick pockets on the connectors for the waste belt which are nice for a quick change of lens or snacks while on the go without taking the pack off.

Quick pockets on the connectors for the waste belt which are nice for a quick change of lens or snacks while on the go without taking the pack off.

 Plenty of storage

Plenty of storage

 Test pack #1 - Sony A7R II (Top Middle), Sony 24-240 (Top Left), Sony 90mm (Top Right), Sony A7R III (Middle open slot), Mavic Air Remote and Charger (Middle Right), Mavic Air (Bottom Right), Sony 100-400 (Bottom Middle), Gopro Hero5 and Karma Grip (Bottom Left), 2 thinktank bags for charging cables, LumeCube lights, etc. Fit on top of the 100-400 and Gopro. 

Test pack #1 - Sony A7R II (Top Middle), Sony 24-240 (Top Left), Sony 90mm (Top Right), Sony A7R III (Middle open slot), Mavic Air Remote and Charger (Middle Right), Mavic Air (Bottom Right), Sony 100-400 (Bottom Middle), Gopro Hero5 and Karma Grip (Bottom Left), 2 thinktank bags for charging cables, LumeCube lights, etc. Fit on top of the 100-400 and Gopro. 

 Same gear as above but on the table.  With the addition of the Sony 16-35 (usually on the Sony A7R III), the Sony 55mm 1.8 and the 35mm 2.8 (taking this picture).  I usually have the 35/55 in the top compartment in separate protective bags when fully loaded (for now)

Same gear as above but on the table.  With the addition of the Sony 16-35 (usually on the Sony A7R III), the Sony 55mm 1.8 and the 35mm 2.8 (taking this picture).  I usually have the 35/55 in the top compartment in separate protective bags when fully loaded (for now)

As you can see, it's built well and can carry a ton.  We will be doing some backpacking on our next trip as well as some car travel.  For the longer hikes I may utilize a sling bag as I will only be using 1 body and 1-2 lenses but for majority of the trip this will be the bag on my back.  I am not 100% satisfied with how I have it laid out and may change out the Gopro for an Edelkrone little slider as I like it better for timelapse and the gopro is used only sporadically. 

If you have questions let me know or reach out directly to Atlas as their customer service is incredible. 

This is not a paid advertisement this is a fully purchased bag on my own dime (though love it enough may see about their ambassador program now, Lol)

Have a great week and get out their and shoot!