The Patagonia Atom Sling 8L bag is at home on the street, on the trail, or the water. The Atom 8L is a two pocket sling style bag that is perfect for daily carry or brief excursions into the wilderness. The main pocket is large enough for a tablet, notebook, fly box, snacks or other necessities. The Atom 8L has a second pocket on the main pack for smaller items and a clip to attach your keys. There are also two compression straps on the outside that helps to keep the pack under control and can be used to stow a light windbreaker or rain jacket.
The padded shoulder strap has an expandable pocket that offers convenient access on the go and 3D mesh on the strap and back that allows for plenty of ventilation. The bag has a durable water repellent finish and the shape of the Atom keeps it close to your body and secure while moving around. Getting items out of the Atom is as easy as spinning the pack around.
I mainly use the Atom Sling 8L while fly fishing on smaller creeks. These grab and go trips do not require a lot of gear and so the Atom’s size is perfect. I can keep two small fly boxes, a leader wallet, and snacks in the main compartment. The pocket on the should strap holds two spools of tippet material and fly floatant. There is a small loop under the pocket on the shoulder strap where zingers can be attached to hold hemostats and line snips.
The functionality of the Atom Sling 8L makes it a great option for anyone looking to carry a few items while they get out and venture earth.
~ Robert Brown – Earthpeditionist®
Robert is a Leaf in Creek Ambassador and Member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team
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Mountain Biking can be great way to stay in shape. Even if you are not a down hill adrenaline nut the XC world and Trail world is just as exciting. One thing which we all need on the trail is water, and quite a lot of it if you are riding for 5 or more miles. Backpacks with water reservoirs are a great way to store high amounts to keep you hydrated while keeping your bike lighter for maneuverability.
The Osprey Raptor 10 is one of our top choices for Fall & Winter biking. It’s larger storage area is great for when you need to shed layers of clothes and need a place to store them. A large 3L reservoir holds plenty of water and the bite valve is perfect although the locking mechanism is a little difficult to use with one hand. Having a separate tool area at the bottom of the pack keeps heavier weighted item down low close to your hips, and keeps you from having to search through the pack looking for that one specific tool.
Fantastic back support gives your plenty of breathability between your back and the pack, and waist straps are easily tightened on the go. A nice little plus is the magnet holder that keeps your mouth peace next to you instead and swinging around…
Leaf in Creek got the opportunity to raft with these guys and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! From great guides to clean bathrooms, their facility was the best we’ve seen!
If are you looking for an adventure this Spring or Summer be sure to give these folks at Adventures Unlimited a chance. Located just a couple miles from the drop-off point on the Ocoee River, its a quick bus ride and you’re on the water. Changing rooms and hot showers are provided as well when you are finished! Totally take your family and friends!
Check out our video of our trip below!