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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.
Trakke out of Scotland use waxed canvas and their bags (imho)have a timeless appeal, neither techy nor tactical
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.
Lastly, we arrive at the main compartment. There’s plenty of space if you want to use the Bannoch as a day pack. Large textbooks and notebooks will feel right at home here, along with one or two pouches. The rectangular profile outside translates directly inside, so using packing cubes is an ideal solution to prevent irregular bulging if you want to use it as a short-term travel backpack
Opt for full coverage! Lol. It is my favorite pack even though I’m not as nearly in love with the finicky buckles as I am with all the pockets. I hear that there might be a change to that in the near future though. Fingers crossed!
I did find myself wanting a bigger flat pocket that would hold my wallet or phone. My iPhone 11 with case was able to tightly squeeze into one of the pockets but it was a bit of a pain to put it in and take it out. I would much prefer if on one side Trakke would introduce 2 wider pockets instead of the current 3. This way each pocket would fit a specific item, instead of all 6 being identical
Starting with the harness system, the Trakke Vorlich features adjustable shoulder straps that are thin but densely padded. They sit comfortably on your shoulders without digging in, which we like. The back panel is padded, too, but there’s no ventilation here to speak of—so things can get sweaty quickly if it’s hot out and you’ve just got a T-shirt on.