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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.
Having the laptop compartment located here means you can grab it quickly whenever needed—without rifling through your bag—and it also acts as a sort of pseudo frame sheet, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of padding between your laptop and your back too. The size of the compartment is pretty great as well, it will fit a 15” laptop with a protective sleeve comfortably. We have found this to be absolutely perfect for any and all of our laptop needs.
With dimensions of 20.5” (52cm) in height, 14” (35cm) in width and 9” (23cm) in depth, this pack is a beast—squeezing just under maximum carry-on dimensions. We even feel like the quoted 41L is a bit stingy—for reference, this pack feels a lot closer to the GORUCK GR3 (45L) as opposed to the GR2 (40L). The Zack is also available in a smaller 26L, which you could probably get away with for weekend getaways, but it’s a bit too small for one bag travel in general