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
17 days ago

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/2)

It is comfortable enough for my purpose but I would not want to carry it with anymore than 20-25 lbs. It is also comfortable enough to wear while I am on my motorcycle. KA, TacticalGear.com June 1, 2011 After extensive research I finally pulled the trigger on this bag

Positive
16 days 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
17 days ago

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/1)

Also, if you have lower back problems or plan on carrying anything super heavy I wouldn't recommend this. The strain on your shoulder and lower back from the one-strap construction could be too much after a while. Finally, the strap is SUPER long, even at the minimum length, so if you don't have a large chest or shoulders I wouldn't recommend this. All that said, for what I use it for (hiking, some light schoolbooks, and just an urban carry-stuff-around bag) it's just right for me

Positive
blankenmom
7 years ago

Compartment

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/1)

Lacks in smaller compartments for better organization. The front pockets behind the front-most flap are terrible. I wish the mesh pocket actually closed, or you had the option of the a real closure or the little velcro strap. I have a large hand which will barely reach all the way into the pocket behind the mesh pouch, which is the only secure pocket that is immediately available to you when slung around to the front of your body, without having to open the bag itself

Negative
Robert
7 years ago

Carry-on

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/1)

The shoulder strap is wide and comfortable and the small waist strap can be stowed away in it's convenient storage pocket. The clips are easy to use while providing enough tension to prevent them from unclipping accidentally. It's not cheap but this is one of those things that you can apply the old saying "You get what you pay for" and in this case you actually get much more than what you pay for with quality and durability. I am pleased with the pack and highly recommend it

Positive
Randall Fisher
3 years ago

Size

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/1)

* Sitka (15L) - I could not comfortably fit a standard 13" laptop inside this and immediately returned it (and the side water holder add on). This pack, in terms of storage and organization, would have been the equivalent of simply doubling the size of my Noatak, so I really really wanted it to work. Tablet would very likely fit. * Monsoon (16L) - I stayed away from this initially because the teardrop shape seemed odd, I was wrong

Negative
Jeffrey C. Vandegrift
1 year ago

Strap

Maxpedition Monsoon

(1/1)

As for outdoor use, the Monsoon was ideal for a day trip to summit a mountain. Also hiking, mountain biking and just trekking around. The waist strap is invaluable for these activities. My camelback fit right inside, saving me hauling a Nalgene around

Positive
16 days ago