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Good build but not ideal
on 21 June 2013
I picked up one of these bags late last year to carry my full camera kit and some extras on a 4 month trip around India, this was to be my carry on luggage and front pack.
The bag has a lovely strong build which has kept remarkably clean despite being covered in sand, dust and human ash through my trip. The size is fine as far as carry on goes, perhaps a little snug when fully loaded but otherwise no issues there.
It fits a large range of kit and has a customisable inside which is very flexible, it also has room for laptop and a very small amount of clothing or accessories in the top pocket.
Overall I was pretty pleased with the bag but did find it had a number of downsides.
Firstly the bag is utterly awful as a sling bag, it is simply too bulky and uncomfortable to use on a daily basis as a sling, and as a backpack it does not allow you the access you need quickly. I found myself purchasing another bag on my travels to hold my camera without being so cumbersome.
The tripod holder and pocket is pointless, no serious photographer is going to be able to attach a tripod to this bag and have it actually secured, the pocket needs to be tripled in size as a minimum and secondary fastenings need to be attached in order for any decent tripod to actual stay in place.
Straps are too long by far, I often found myself getting tangled up in the mass of straps that hung down when bag was secured comfortably as backpack or as a sling, whilst some obese people may need an extra 14ft of strap around every part of their body I found this to just get in the way.
The bag does not distribute weight very well, it seems to pull on the back a bit too much even when done up properly, I found it uncomfortable over day long trips.
Needs some extra utility attachment hooks etc and pop out pockets suitable for holding water bottles.
It did however keep my gear very, very well protected and it stands on its own no matter how you load it which is great as many bags just fall over when loaded (may seem like a small thing but it is a niggle). I am astonished at how well it wipes clean and seals as well, it had everything you can imagine thrown onto or at it over the 4 months and just wiped off with zero hassle.
I will not be taking this bag on travels with me again however as it was just not suitable for a long trip other than as a camera protection system (at which it excelled), I will be using it to store my kit in at home nice and neat in the mean time and pick up something more travel friendly for next time!
great bag overall but the faults really make it fairly redundant if you have a long trip planned.