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Lovely but not without issues
on 13 December 2014
I love Billingham bags, they just ooze class, and are a joy to use.
I got this Hadley Pro after returning a Hadley Small, as it was, well, too small.
But I do have a few issues with it.....
Firstly the inner padded area really doesnt fit the space very well. Its as narrow as the Hadley small and just doesnt meet the ends of the bag very well, losing valuable space and making it very hard to fit any camera inside it without the camera rubbing against the velcro every time you put it in or remove it. No doubt it will wear the very thin paint off most cameras quite quickly.
Secondly, the rear zip pocket is pretty much useless, you can squeeze a small piece of folded paper in it, but thats about it, even an ordnance survey map is a struggle and pushes the bag outwards and into your body.
Thirdly, at pushing £200 pounds for the bag the padded strap attachment really shouldnt be a £30 pounds accessory.
Fourth, the bag lid doesnt fold over as well as on the Hadley Small, there is a gap at the sides between it and the bag which will let in rain, and hands of those you dont want sticking their hands in while wearing it on your back.
I like it, but am a bit dissapointed. The Hadley Small is a better bag, just smaller.
UPDATE: I have returned this bag as I simply could not justify such a costly bag that had what I consider shortcomings. I replaced it with a Lowepro Event Messenger 150 for a mere £36. Its about the same size as the Billingham Hadley Pro, holds about the same, has a built in shoulder pad, two end pockets for 500cc drink bottles or accessories, has a far better internal structure, is far quicker to open and close, and is one fifth the cost. It looks fine, though not as lovely as the Billingham. My advice... if you want the pose and gorgeousness of the Billingham, go for it, if you want a more practical bag at a fraction of the cost, go for the Lowepro.