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Sturdy, but cumbersome to use

  • Aug 25, 2008
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With the amount of gear I have (4 DSLR bodies and a dozen-odd lenses) I feel you can never have enough camera bags. But, this is one you may want to think twice about.

This bag is very sturdily constructed, but a bit blocky-looking. It wears well on the back in a sling-style, but also has a small loop on the side for carrying (although this loop is rather small and unpadded, so it you probably wouldn't want to carry it often or long with this loop). What is unique is that it features a waterproof bag interior which closes shut via magnets and a series of folds, and inside the waterproof bag is the gear compartment.

The interior gear compartment are like what you'd find in any photo gear bag - six padded compartments with removable/adjustable wall sections. It holds one larger DSLR camera (such as a Canon 5d) or two smaller ones (like the Canon Rebel), along with a small number of lenses and other accessories. You won't be able to fit a huge lens (like a 400mm) but the typical zooms and primes will nestle in well. You can also remove the waterproof bag if you want, and just use the gear compartment.

The bag is not too big on pockets - there are some small pocket slots in the flap of the bag, but they don't hold much. There is an outside flap/buckle arrangement that easily totes a good-sized tripod, and a few other stretchy straps around the outside through which you could tote cylindrical objects, like maybe a water bottle.

The appeal of this bag is mainly in its shock-absorbing and waterproof features, and it scores well on both points, with lots of hefty padding and a many-layered design that keeps your equipment far removed from immediate harm. The "Quick Access" the product description boasts of refers to the sling-style of the pack, which does allow you, with one buckle release, to swing the whole pack from your back to your front for easier access, without having to take the bag off completely and put it down somewhere. However, given the other protective features of the bag, actually getting to your gear is anything but quick: you have to pull up a flap that is heavily dosed with strong Velcro, unbuckle three buckles (sides and top), unfold the 3-fold enclosure of the waterproof bag, open the bag (pull the magnets apart) and maneuver the excess bag out of the way before you can see and reach inside. For some people this may be worth it for "ultimate protection," but I suspect for everyone it might at least be a little annoying.

My take on the bag is that it lives up to its claims (besides the "quick access") of ultimate protection of your photography gear from the elements. But to me the waterproofing and layers of security seem like overkill unless you routinly take your bag somewhere where it could end up submerged (i.e., if you took it kayaking). For typical issues, like getting caught in a downpour, most quality bags have an AW cover that protects your gear just as well, and have the benefit of more convenient access.

If you spend a lot of time on the water, this bag may be worth a look. However, I found the cumbersome access to be a drawback, and the storage not as flexible as other high-end bags I use for my gear. Unless you have very special needs, a more conventional (and convenient) design may be a better choice.

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