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
1 month ago

Matador SEG42

(1/1)

Heimplanet Monolith weekender for the huge bucket that fits absolutely everything and still being comfortable.

Positive
Jungal10
7 months 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
1 month ago

Matador SEG42

(1/1)

The construction of the bag is solid, and the zippers are heavy duty, and yet slide easily. The size is of decent enough capacity to handle most of what I need when going for an overnight or short trip. It’s okay for a hiking bag, even though it doesn’t have the hip straps that I like. The way the bag is constructed though, unless I load it with super heavy stuff (which I’m unlikely to do on a hike), it sits well in place without slipping

Positive
Dipped in Ink
2 years ago

Compartment

Matador SEG42

(1/1)

Best compartmentization in a travel backpack that I've ever had. Enough compartments for clothes and electronics, laptops, camera, pretty much anything you can think of it will fit it.

Positive
naisanza
1 year ago

Carry-on

Matador SEG42

(1/1)

As for material, the Matador SEG42 Travel Pack has 840D nylon on high wear panels (like the higher-traffic parts of the bag) that’s finished with a PU (polyurethane) coating to give it some added weather-resistance. And low wear panels (the more sheltered parts of the bag) are made with 420D nylon and UTS coating—which increases the fabric’s tear and water resistance (by a claimed whopping 30%). Inside, the integrated packing cubes are made with 100D Robic® nylon weave lining and dividers, and the same UTS coating. Basically, the folks at Matador have put in some effort to make this thing more tear and weather-resistant

Positive
1 month ago

Size

Matador SEG42

(1/2)

Though in our experience, this compartment just barely fits a 15” laptop—we have to use that shimmy maneuver (you know, the one where you start on an angle) to get it inside. So the case will need to be a slim one.

Negative
1 month ago

Strap

Matador SEG42

(1/1)

Interestingly enough, there’s a separate zippered slot to store each shoulder strap on the back panel—usually, you’ll see just one open compartment. We’re not sure what special purpose this serves, if any. Indeed, the straps won’t tangle up like they do in the open compartments on other bags but it also takes much more fiddling to get each of the straps in their dedicated sleeves, so it’s not much of a convenience when we have to do extra work to store them. It does offer the possibility of wearing the pack by one strap (and just stowing away the other)—but considering how unstructured the harness system is, this makes for an uncomfortable carry

Negative
1 month ago