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BackLight® Elite 45L

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BackLight® Elite 45L

BackLight® Elite 45L

SKU#: 520366


20 reviews

Go Deeper Into the Backcountry!
Get deeper into the backcountry with the BackLight® Elite 45L backpack.

45 liters of available space provides ample room for both camera gear and adventure equipment, such as a length of rope, ice axe, snowboard/skis, laptop, tablet, and of course, a tripod.

Weather-resistant zippers and materials protect your gear when trekking in the elements. And like the other BackLight backpacks, rear-panel access adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back.


  • Storm proof construction with YKK® AquaGuard® zippers and waterproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back panel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out of your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet

Accessories: Stash Master 13L Travel Cube

Additional Features+

  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Torso Length: Medium/Large (17.5 – 20.5 inches)
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing: extra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive and Switch Case

*Check with your airline for current carry-on requirements. Remove top pocket and waist belt to reduce exterior dimensions

What Fits +

  • Nikon D3S attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, SB-910 Speedlight, 105mm f/2.8 Macro, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, 50 f/1.4, Filter Nest Mini, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8
  • Canon 1DX attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Controller, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E
  • Sony A7R II attached to 24–70mm f/2.8 GM, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Controller, Filter Nest Mini, A7R II attached to 16–35mm f/4, 70–200mm f/2.8 GM, 90mm f/2.8 Macro
  • Holds a gripped Nikon DSLR and a 600mm f/4 FL ED VR
  • Canon 1DX attached to 24–70mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, 85mm f/1.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E, 1DX attached to 16–35mm f/2.8, 70–200mm f/2.8, 2x Teleconverter
  • Nikon D3S attached to Sigma 150–600mm f/5-6.3 Sport, SB-910 Speedlight, Filter Nest Mini, GoPro Hero 5, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8
  • Maximum lens size: 600mm unattached


Exterior Dimensions (travel mode*):
13” W x 23.5” H x 8” D (33 x 59.7 x 20.3 cm)
Camera Compartment:
11.4” W x 19.3” H x 6.8” D (29 x 49 x 17.3 cm)
Laptop Pocket:
11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1”D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
10.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
3.9–7.0 lbs. (1.8–3.2 kg)
45 Liters

*Travel mode denotes waist belt and top pocket removed with an empty front pocket except for a laptop


  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating
  • Polyurethane coating
  • Weather-resistant YKK® AquaGuard® zippers
  • High-performance X-Pac® waterproof 4-layer laminate fabric with the iconic X-Ply tear-proof fiber reinforcement
  • 420D rip-stop nylon
  • 320G UltraStretch mesh
  • Ribbed and perforated dual-density foam
  • 350G airmesh
  • Honeycomb airmesh
  • Perforated closed-cell foam
  • Heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin
  • Nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • 200D polyester
  • Hexa-mesh pockets
  • PE board reinforcement
  • High-density closed cell foam
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread


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Alex G.
United States United States

Rock Solid

This bag is built to last. I've been very impressed with the build quality and also the comfort level. It's clear that a lot of thought went into this backpack, and I appreciate that.

Mike P.

Quite possibly the best Bag EVER!

So I have a thing for bags... they never are quite right. Too small, too cumbersome etc. I was back and forth between the backlight 45 and one of the 50L F-Stop hiking bags. But this one just called out to me. I love the heavy dutyness of the exterior. I love the support of the harness. I love that I can get to my camera gear without dealing with my hiking stuff (this was a big issue in my last set up) I love the large dedicated Laptop Sleeve which can double for a water bladder spot. It is obvious this bag was designed by an outdoorsman whom photographs.... Kudos! I LOVE IT! (oh and if anyone is interested I found a Large Thule Subterra PowerShuttle Electronics Carrying Case fits perfectly on top of the camera area allowing you to pack that fully with all cables batteries power bricks etc)

Gary R.
United States United States

Just Perfect

After trying serveral other bags, this one fit the bill. I wanted it big enough to carry my camera gear including a 200-600 Sony lens along with a few others, plus a dedicated sleeve and pass through for a water bladder. Also having additional capacity for jackets and snack for the trail is a big bonus. Well done thinktank!

Gary R.
United States United States

Just Perfect

After trying serveral other bags, this one fit the bill. I wanted it big enough to carry my camera gear including a 200-600 Sony lens along with a few others, plus a dedicated sleeve and pass through for a water bladder. Also having additional capacity for jackets and snack for the trail is a big bonus. Well done thinktank!

Bryan A.

Best Adventure Photography Backpack

I have carefully reviewed the best adventure photography packs on the market, including Shimoda, F-Stop, Lowepro and Atlas. These are all great bags but the ThinkTank Backlight Elite 45L is the best. It offers capabilities the other ones don't. I particularity like the large back access to the ICU. I can attach my Nikon d810 to my large Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens with hood attached and fit it in my bag. With the hood off, I can also fit my Nikon 16-35, Tamron 24-70, Tamron 70-200 G2, filter case, ditty bag and still have leftover room. It has internal stays to help take the load off your back and shoulders and it has a removable top lid compartment with a strap underneath to attach a rope or coat. It even has straps to attach skis or snowshoes on the front of the pack. The large front pocket has a dedicated water bladder pocket or you can carry a water bottle on a side pocket. The pack can carry all the weight well and comfortably. I am 6'2" and I was worried the pack would be too short like most packs. The pack even has two ways to carry a tripod, either on the side or on the front. As with the other Backlight packs, I don't have to put my pack down in the mud, water, dust, etc. to access my gear, simply take off one of the shoulder straps and swing the pack around, unzip the back panel three fourths of the way down on both sides and you have great access to the ICU. The customer service has also been excellent. This is an extremely well thought out pack.



At Think Tank, we build our products for the daily impacts of travel and demands of working professionals over extended periods of time. We build many of our products with user replaceable parts to keep your bag going for years.

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Return Policy+

If you are not completely satisfied with our product, you can return it unused within 30-days for a full refund less shipping costs. Refunds will not be issued until the product is received and inspected to insure that it contains all the parts and is clean and unused. Note that we do not pay for shipping to have you return it to us.

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