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Atlas Packs Athlete
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.
If the lack of a beefy waist belt makes you worry that this pack will bounce all over the place while riding, know that it won’t if you take the time to fit it to your body. On an epic, all day Colorado single track and pass ride while carrying a full load of water, tools, and other bits, the harness felt great and kept the pack in place against the rider’s back. When it comes to wearing either pack over an ADV costume, you can expect to enjoy the same level of performance too – just take a quick minute to adjust the pack before riding. A properly fit harness makes all the difference, and whether you are blasting miles out on the slab, or standing up and riding in the rocks or jumping off of everything in sight - the pack just stays put
Atlas Packs Athlete
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.
The waterproof compartments provide peace of mind for riding during summer monsoons, or on multi day ADV rides when there is rain in the forecast. With these packs, there’s no stopping to scramble to get gear into Ziploc bags or other improvised solutions required to keep gear dry – just press on into the storm and know that your gear in the waterproof compartments is good to go. Fun fact: the waterproof compartments will also keep water in, so if you feel like packing a La Croix on your next hot ride, just add a little ice to the waterproof compartment for a refreshing trail beverage. Kriega’s Trail 18 and Trail 9 backpacks are solid riding packs
My only mild gripe with the Trail is the bulkiness of the roll-top/clip-down waterproof liner’d 1-litre pouch with a phone-sized zip pocket attached in the inner compartment. I know it’s waterproof but the roll-up takes a lot of space and clipping it down would be a faff. I’d have preferred a bigger version of the plastic ripstop zip pocket from the R15. But then again, you can easily drop a big camera in here and be reasonably sure it will stay dry
Like other Kriega backpacks, this uses a strap system that transfers the pack’s weight from the rider’s shoulders to their chest and body. This particular pack uses the Quadlock-Lite harness and there’s also a removable waist strap. The pack itself is made from 420D Cordura Lite Plus and Hypalon. Like you’d expect, there’s an air-mesh back panel to keep the rider cool