Patagonia Atacama Pack


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A double-sectioned daypack, the Patagonia Atacama Pack was built to carry wet stuff - like a wetsuit or beach gear. A waterproof barrier separates its outside compartment from the inside, and comes with mesh for drainage and ventilation. The large space includes plenty of organizational options for pens, electronics, keys and phone, along with a padded sleeve that's raised to protect up to a 17-inch laptop. The sleeve also holds a hydration reservoir (handy in desert environments) and comes equipped with a tube port. Adjustable webbing straps take on a skateboard or bulky clothing, and two stretch pockets keep water bottles at your side. Airflow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating, compression straps stabilize the load, and the sternum strap has a built-in emergency whistle. Made from 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave with an 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon bottom. The lining is 200-denier 100% polyester. All fabrics have a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish.


  • Material: Body: 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave. Base: 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon. Lining: 200-denier 100% polyester. Stretch woven: 92% nylon/8% spandex. All treated with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Generous main compartment with dump pockets for quick organization on the go; internal organization has plenty of options for electronics and daily supplies, complete with secure lanyard for house and/or car keys
  • Interior padded computer sleeve is raised off the ground to protect from impact; sleeve secures with a buckle closure and doubles as an insulated hydration reservoir complete with tube port
  • Exterior pocket holds wet items, accommodates a wetsuit and protects interior contents
  • Adjustable webbing with buckles carries a skateboard or bulky clothing
  • Stretch-woven pockets accommodate water bottles of various shapes and sizes
  • Airflow mesh shoulder straps and back panel; adjustable sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Top-mounted, reinforced haul handle
  • Volume: 28 L (1709 cu in)
  • Dimension: 20" x 12.5" x 10"
  • Weight: 850 g (1 lb 14 oz)

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Great design: 6
  • Build quality: 5
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Performance: 4

Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.6 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2.4 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

from Minnesota
25-34 yrs

January 02, 2013

i have had this pack for some time now and it is still going strong. No tears or worn areas and i have put it through significant use. Patagonia is a great brand and you can trust almost all of their products.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from Little Rock, AR
25-34 yrs

I would Purchase this item again
March 07, 2011

I bought this pack to use as a travel pack for my work related travel and as a day pack for hiking. The pack is of durable construction. The computer compartment is easy to put a laptop in and out and provides padding for protection. The other compartments are easy to access. This pack will synch down when you have a smaller load and expand to carry more if needed. This minimizes excess bulk when carrying a smaller load. I am happy with this purchase and would buy it again.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5

Great campus bag
November 10, 2010

I use this bag every day on my college campus. The main compartment is nice. The laptop compartment has a clever design. The compartment is lifted off the bottom of the bag so that the laptop will not make contact when placed upright on the floor. However, I have a 15" dell studio laptop that fits very snugly. I doubt that a 17" would fit in to the compartment as advertised. Opposite the laptop compartment is a panel that that will hold various things pens, cash, calculator etc. I think it would have been more practical for a separate individually accessible compartment. The straps are well padded creating a very comfortable and well controlled carrying interface. I easily carry 2 large text books and notebooks. Calculus sized. Before you buy this bag however, decide whether or not you will be needing a waterproof compartment. It's an excellent feature but isn't very well suited for carrying much except for a swimsuit and a small towel.

Pros: Great design, Performance, great additonal feature
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Honolulu, HI
18-24 yrs

Solid Pack
January 31, 2011

I use this bag for riding my bike onto campus and also for day hikes on the weekends. The bag has a great feel to it and the mesh backing definitely allows for airflow, making it perfect for even the hottest Hawaiian days. The pack easily fits my 17" HP laptop with a thick finance book and a thick marketing book. The waterproof pocket on the outside is perfect for not only wet board shorts and a towel but I also use it to throw in my hiking shoes if they're a little muddy and I wanna wear my rainbows. The waist belt and sternum strap work comfortably and help when out on a long hike. Overall this is a great pack that has taken a lot of abuse and is still perfect.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, water proof pocket
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Japan
45-54 yrs

Useful for both serious activities and daily use
October 08, 2011

Having been impressed with the first one I own, I purchased another one for my wife. As I noticed versatile functionality of the backpack for any activities imaginable, the pack serves for anybody who needs to carry something comfortably and efficiently. I use the pack for fishing trip and have learned the usefulness of the area for wet clothes or items with some water such as waders, rain jacket etc. As ventilation works, the area does not hold any odor with something wet.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

from Charlotte, NC
25-34 yrs

Functional Pack
January 09, 2013

I got this pack to do everything - carry PC on work trips, stuff for a weekend, take to the gym / bike riding, etc. It has delivered on all fronts. It expands rather well to fit all my needs, and the straps allow you to tighten it up for a smaller carry and secured belongings. The dry pocket is great to keep something totally separate, and the felt pocket is great for your phone/sunglasses. I am very pleased with the purchase.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Bavaria, Germany
25-34 yrs

Great daypack!
November 06, 2011

We live in Europe and find that travel with our two year old is made easier with this pack. This functions very well to add all of our necessities and a computer for a trip into town. The extra straps are nice to have for anything that can't fit in like a jacket. The storage areas are thoughtful and convenient. The fit is ergonomic and very comfortable. Would highly recommend this great pack!

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
from Woodstock, NY
45-54 yrs

great in city and on mountain
July 26, 2011

I had to sacrifice cool colors so that I can bring the Atacama to business dinners; otherwise I love this pack. Perfect for my very light laptop,and heavy manuals; and the compartment being suspended off the bottom of the pack has already saved the computer from bumps. Solidly built, I don't worry about slinging it around (I'm a little rough on my gear). I can't vouch for durability yet because I haven't had it very long. It survived a couple of very hot days in the city, with laptop, and a couple of hikes without laptop. It's comfortable, though to make it really work on my shoulders I need to use the chest strap (narrow shoulders, short torso 5'3"). I didn't use that strap in the city, and it was fine; but it was better with it when I was hiking. Due to warnings about no sealable change pocket, I throw my own in and leave it there. Haven't tried the wet pouch yet, but I'm about to, and am confident it's going to be a better solution than just having wet things stuffed inside my old pack and having to leave the pack open to air dry!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

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