Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
23 days ago

DAKINE Seeker 18L Hydration Pack

(1/1)

5/5 for comfort when using for just hiking around for 1-2 hours and this may be unfair since it is not its intended purpose.

Positive
David D.
1 year ago

Hiking

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/1)

I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.

Positive
23 days ago

DAKINE Seeker 18L Hydration Pack

(1/1)

Full disclosure, I am using this for short day hikes and cannot ride mountain bike for a while due to health issues. I love the bag in terms of features and the quality seems top notch. I repositioned the straps in every which way but could not prevent the bottom of the frame from stabbing me in the back. I am not a stick man but am also not huge so I am not sure except for the fact that this is made for biking

Positive
David D.
1 year ago

Compartment

DAKINE Seeker 18L Hydration Pack

(1/1)

This makes it so you can fully unzip this pocket quite easily and have access to this entire compartment. This compartment features two mesh pouches next to each other, one about 50% larger than the other. I found that I could easily fit a 29er tube, tire levers, a multi-tool, CO2 cartridge + inflator, tire plugs, tire boot, spare derailleur hanger, and digital tire pressure gauge in these two pouches (basically, everything I need to fix a flat and enjoy the rest of the ride). On the inside of the “door” to this compartment is a zippered mesh pocket for valuables, and this pocket has a hook for your keys so you can be triple-sure not to lose them

Positive
23 days ago

Carry-on

Size

DAKINE Seeker 18L Hydration Pack

(1/1)

This backpack is relatively tall, so I did find that it would sometimes make contact with the back of my helmet on very steep trails. I’m 5’11’’ / 180 cm tall, and the Seeker 18L does not have a waistband that allows you to adjust the height relative to the pack. Given that, I could see this being an issue if you are a shorter rider who regularly descends steep terrain. For me, it was only very rarely noticeable

Negative
23 days ago

Strap

DAKINE Seeker 18L Hydration Pack

(1/1)

The waist and shoulder straps are made of lightweight, breathable material with some medium-density foam with cutouts to improve structural rigidity. I found that, when tightened correctly (most of the pack weight resting on my hips), these straps were comfortable and fairly breathable. The material is thin but the straps themselves are wide and continued to sit comfortably flat on my body throughout my use of the pack. On The TrailUnlike other riders who prefer fanny packs, I really don’t mind riding with a backpack if it provides useful storage and features

Positive
23 days ago