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WHAT FITS IN THIS BAG?
Simply the best camera pack for hiking. Nothing else allows me to access my camera gear so easily while hiking.
Success story: the photo gear survived after falling down the rock wall (2/2.)
In the tent, anticipating imminent material losses, I've unfastened the magnet, turned the belt pocked and opened it. All the lenses were open: the lids were thrown off by the shaking, but the lenses visually looked unbroken, and the camera itself looked intact. As well as the flashlight. I didn't have any better idea but to start testing camera with every lens. I took a few test shots with each lens; all three ones were worked, both mechanically (zoom, focus) and optically. The flashlight was able to be turned on and off as well. I put everything back and calmed down. It was already evening, around seven o'clock; I decided that I had enough mountain adventures for this trip, so I returned home the next day. After a thorough inspection at home, all material losses turned out to be as follows. 1. The photo backpack was dirty, slightly torn, and one side buckle was crushed. That's a pity. But it was torn just a little, at least in several places, but functionally it remained working. I hope to patch it up. 2. Lost a bottle of bear perfume. The local bears didn't know about it, so they got away with it. 3. The camera curtain that closed the memory card appeared broken. It is not critical. All other camera doors were blocked by a metal L-shaped bracket, so they did not even open. 4. The paste tube is damaged. It was already almost empty, i can tolerate it. 5. Oh, almost forgot. The apple, although it was in a helmet, was a little beaten. It has been eaten next morning, so I don't count is as an actual loss. 6. The thermos was slightly scratched. 7. I found out already at home; although the head light lights up, it was mechanically damaged: the lights have broken off from the holding belt. That's probably all. I was impressed with the shock-resistant properties of the MindShift photo backpack. If I hadn't dropped it in time, I might not have been as lucky as the lenses, because I, unlike them, was on the outside. Disclaimer. Using a photo backpack of the specified brand in the manner described, i.e. dropping it down a cliff tens of meters down with the camera equipment in, should not be considered part of the user manual. This means of use is not recommended, is not covered by insurance and can only be performed at the sole discretion and expense of the user and/or owner. See the full report (in Ukrainian) of this solo climb with the links to photo albums here: https://plen-optician.livejournal.com/5713.html
Success story: the photo gear survived after falling down the rock wall (1/2)
...Тhere is a rule of mountain hike: the last hour is half the way. When returning to the tent from the climb, I wanted to cut off the path, so I decided not to go around the Small Tooth rock by a familiar and safe route, but to go down the almost smooth boulder wall. Not by a vertical wall, of course: it is oblique. There were snags and some attacks, and even before that I did much more difficult exercises in the mountaineering sense, so I felt absolutely confident. I felt myself on a safe side just until one wonderful moment, when I began to slide uncontrollably down the rock. It was a small "stair" below, quite large to stand on; in fact, that's why I climbed that way. However, it was farther and lower than I would risk safely sliding or jumping on. To steady myself, I dropped my camera bag and let it slide onto the same rock stair. The bag did so, but, unfortunately, it could not stay on the stair, or it simply wanted to travel the mountains alone, without me. On the way down, it quickly threw out a thermos and bear perfume from the side pocket - then I still had time to see exactly where they fell, but then the backpack rolled and flew down rapidly, and its further trajectory became unknown. Without the extra weight and the artificial ****, I climbed down where I wanted, and, although the extremities were trembling, I went down and picked up my thermos and the canister of bear spray. I still haven't seen the backpack from above. On the way back to the tent I lost the bear spray again: it fell out of my pocket, and rolled over; I was already too tired to climb after it and then back up. While the sun was high, I went downstairs to search. Beside the photo equipment, including the most favorite lenses, the backpack contained the wallet with money and documents, a phone, a hard hat (I took it off and put on a hat when I felt safe, yeah...), an apple and nuts, a folding knife and, for some reason, a toothbrush with a tube of paste. As I walked, I mentally said goodbye to all the glass staff - for sure, to the camera - almost certainly, but hoped to find the phone intact enough to use it the next day to call an Uber, somehow get home... One who seeks shall find. I searched very carefully, and after half an hour of walking and an hour of searching, I saw the backpack. It flew and jumped about fifty meters from above, there was neither a tree nor a bush on this path - just rocks. I've observed a few visible holes on the top of the fabric, but in general the bag looked almost intact, the frame was also undamaged. When I picked up the backpack, I've feel it shaking. The first thought was - it must be the phone... I took it out, but no - the phone remained switched off. I tried to call; although there was no coverage, the phone remained intact and worked, so the connection was potentially there. Hooray. I took on my phone a picture with the backpack and the wall from which it flew down. The phone remained in my hands, but the backpack continued to shake even without it. What a... What was that, John Barrymore?.. I was also shivering two hours ago, but, firstly, not like that, and it has long since passed, and secondly, I imagined my backpack to be more cold-blooded, although its flight should not be compared with my descent... Finally, I found it; then it turned out to be a vibrating toothbrush: although it was in a hard case, somehow the button was pressed there... Okay; turned off the brush, but did not open the inner rotating belt-pocket, where there was a headlamp and a camera with the lenses (each in a separate compartment, except for the one on the camera). I've jumped a little, and listening; heard nothing like a sound of a broken glass, so went back to the tent with the found backpack on my shoulders.
easy to use
Good concept. easy to use, also enough room te get out for one day with walking equipment
Will be great for hiking!
I bought this pack for a trip I have coming up. I like to take at least one photography trip a year and my old camera bag wasn't sufficient (I could hold my camera gear and that was about it). My trips often include a lot of hiking, mountain climbing, etc. I usually find myself fumbling around with my camera hanging and awkwardly holding my tripod. With this pack, it's so easy to access my camera I can easily stow it and pull it out as needed! I got the 34L, which is probably a little bit bigger than what I needed, but I think the 22L would've been too small. Overall really pleased with the quality, ease of use, and design of this bag!