Had a great time in Florida – played 11 rounds in 7 days – and safely made the trip back to the frozen tundra in The Middle of Nowhere. After 7 days of 80°F and sunny, 14°F and cloudy is… different. I take some comfort from the fact that we’re close to the end of February; it won’t be that long until spring.
On a completely unrelated subject: over the last few months, I’ve been trying out different “seatside” bags – personal carry-ons for electonics, books, boarding passes and the like for an upcoming post, and have somehow cleverly ended up with an extra Patagonia Atom, and have decided to give it to one of my readers.
The Atom I’m giving away to a lucky reader is black; I’ve included the other photo as it shows off the bag’s features a bit more effectively.
This is a smallish daypack with two zippered compartments (3 including a small pocket on the shoulder strap), a waist belt which can be tucked away if desired, and a couple of compression straps for securing a jacket or similar item. Here are a few reviews from the eBags website (the last was written by me):
Date Posted: February 22, 2011
Reviewed By: Anonymous Customer
“This is very practical for everyday use and holds everything that you need!”Date Posted: February 18, 2011
Reviewed By: Sarah from Hudson, NY
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
“I love this bag, I bought one for my mother and sister as gifts! It’s extremely handy to throw in my wallet, phone, book, etc. and even for hiking I can fit a water bottle inside!”Date Posted: February 8, 2011
Reviewed By: Heather from Anchorage, AK
“I had the previous Atom and loved it but it needed to be replaced. When I received this one I was happy with the material of the bag, the dividers inside the main pouch and the lining of the small zipper pouch. The straps on the front of the bag are annoying and I will never use. It would have been nice to have an option to store them. Great bag, awesome price!!”
Date Posted: January 23, 2011
Reviewed By: Erica from Arvada, CO
“I love the color and style of this bag. It’s the perfect size for my wallet, small make-up bag, phone and coin purse.”
Date Posted: January 3, 2011
Reviewed By: Kevin from Big sky country
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
“I’ve been experimenting with the Atom as a carry-on “personal item.” Believe it or not, it will accommodate an iPad in the larger of its two pockets, but it does require a little coaxing. The other pocket is good for a small paperback and other odds and ends. If you’re not using the waist belt (it tucks away if not needed), you can spin the bag around to easily access its contents. I’m not sure this is my “ultimate” seat-side carry-on (see Bihn Co-Pilot), but this is a good looking, reasonably capable bag at an attractive price. Oh yeah – it’d be great for hiking or biking!”
There’s also a small zippered mesh compartment inside the larger of the two main compartments. As mentioned in my eBags review, you can put an iPad in that compartment, although the fit is a bit tight. The smaller of the two main compartments has a plush lining; that pocket is great for a digital camera or music player.
In any event, I’ll give this extra Atom to one lucky reader. All you need to do in order to have a chance of winning is comment on this post; mentioning how you’d use the Atom, or recommending what you feel is the best “on board” or “seatside” bag would be welcomed.
Please comment by midnight on Wednesday, March 2nd in order to be eligible. I’ll select what I believe to be the best comment, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday. Good luck!!
P.S.: here’s the Atom at the Patagonia website; it sells for $39 – Patagonia Atom