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DSLR Travel Blogger Backpack 14L, Black
Carry your camera and accessories in style and comfort, with maximum protection, using this DSLR Adventure Pack from Monoprice!
This comfortable backpack is designed for the travel blogger to carry camera gear in comfort, while providing maximum protection. The padded hip belt ensures that the bulk of the weight is carried on your hips, rather than your shoulders, for extended comfort on long hauls. The thickly padded shoulder straps are reinforced with external straps and include a chest strap for additional load stability.
The spacious internal compartment features a padded, horizontal bulkhead that divides it into two equally sized compartments. The lower compartment includes a removable, padded camera compartment with space for a camera body and two additional lenses. A zippered flap on the side provides easy access to this lower compartment without the need to remove accessories in the upper section. These internal bulkheads can be removed to allow the backpack to be used for hiking, camping, or other outdoor backcountry adventures!
A side zippered pocket in the back provides ample space for a thin 13" laptop computer and straps on the sides are perfect for carrying tripods and other bulky items. A rain cover is stored in a zippered compartment in the upper lid, which is itself secured with adjustable straps, allowing accommodation for outsized loads.
The backpack measures about 11.0" x 9.0" x 19.4" externally and provides about 10.6" x 6.1" x 17.7" of internal space.
- Mesh screen on back for additional ventilation
- Zippered hip belt for quick access to keys and cash
- Dedicated top load access to store extra clothes or food
- Able to remove internal padded inserts to use as a regular backpack for overnight trips, hiking, camping, etc.
- Hydration storage pocket with pass-through for easy access to a hydration reservoir (not included)
- Chest strap for added support
- Lightweight and comfortable for any outdoor activity
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I've gone through my share of camera backpacks. I own a kata, lowepro, tamrak, timbuk2, and a fstop. That being said, I definitely know what I like, and what I don't like when it comes to bags.
When I opened up the box. the first thing I noticed was a very discrete monoprice logo on the bag. Thank you Monoprice. Nothing really annoys me more than having a photobag plastered with some companies logo on it. It screams, hey I got thousands of bucks worth of camera gear in this bag. Please steal me. Logos make me nervous, especially when I'm travelling or commuting.
2nd thing I noticed was the nicely padded hip strap, shoulder straps, and backing. I've been carrying this bag around for about a week now, and I have to say it's one of the more comfortable bags I own. You'll have to spend some time adjusting this bag to your needs and comfort level.
This is a great bag, and I'll be using it a lot.
PROS: Small logo
Lots of padding for back, shoulder and hip strap
Holds my gear (nikon d610, tamron 24-70mm, nikon 70-200mm, sb-900 flash, nexus 7 tablet.
Straps for tripod
Enough Pockets for stuff
Includes rain cover
CONS: Side loader for your camera gear. I prefer loading camera from the back of the backpack because it's more secure, and I can organize my stuff better. The camera is secured from prying hands though. The zipper is tucked in, and there's an extra strap that covers opening.
Buckles are a little awkward (I'm just nitpicking at this point.)
This backpack is not at all for someone who has multiple lens or multiple camera body.
CONS: Canon not take more than two Pro lens
No extra padded divider provided
Not a good DSLR backpack
PROS: +overall very thoughtful design
+well padded lower compartment for your DSLR and a lens or two
+easy to access upper compartment: I like the convenience of using the flap+drawstrings to access this place, because it made it really easy for me to stow and retrieve items quickly. Plus the drawstring design allows this compartment to expand (or compress) - a nice touch!
+sturdy! I took it on a week+ vacation, and it survived trips to the airport and frequent use. No fraying, tears, or zipper malfunctions after a week+ of good use.
CONS: -seems to be a lot of straps on the exterior. There's probably a good reason for them (i.e. you can hang things off the straps), but it wasn't clear to me nor was it clearly explained in the product insert.
-there were little pellets in the storage compartment when I received the bag. I think these might be mini mothballs or mini moisture absorbers? Anyways, it took some time to remove every one of them
There are straps that secure the lower side camera compartment flap on the side for extra piece of mind. The camera compartment is padded and removable so that the upper compartment extends the entire height of the pack (not sure when you wouldn't need a camera). Overall, the quality seems to be right on point and looks like it would last a long time.
I was able to fit a Lumix G3 and 5 or so smaller lenses into the camera section. I have all my filter wallets, lens hoods, caps, a Pen E-PL1 and the rain fly in the upper section then my SD cards and cables go in the interior zip pouch. The chargers fit neatly into the side pouch, also secured with a strap, and I keep the charged batteries in the left hip zip pocket and the drained ones in the right to minimize confusion. This pack really helps to keep me organized on the go....and I've had it may be a week so far so I am sure I will come to appreciate it even more.
I've also found that strapping my tripod in at the top balances it out a bit more than on the back or sides.
PROS: Deceptively spacious interior for a compact pack
Weather proof and rugged, quality materials
Lots of straps
Removable padded camera compartment
CONS: You can pack a lot of gear in here so it takes some time to dig things out.
PROS: *Well designed
*Very easy to reconfigure
*Makes excellent use of space
*Provides good protection for equipment
CONS: Could have used 1 or 2 additional smaller zippered compartments for pens, memory cards, cables etc.
This initial review will be my first impression after comparing it with my current backpack - a Kata 3n1-33. A more comprehensive review will be added after I have had a chance to give this backpack a real-world test
tldr Summary - it looks smaller than my current backpack, but can hold a ridiculous amount of gear.
Main differences from the Kata 3n1-33 backpack:
- Flip down top compartment cover
- Side Pocket with adjustable strap
- Front zipper pocket for thin/flat items
- Zippered top lid pocket
- Small Zipper pockets on the waist straps
- canvas loops on the shoulder straps
- adjustable chest strap to help distribute weight
items that I was able to fit into it:
- iPhone 6 with case, wallet, keys, flashlight, laser pointer, microfiber cloths
Inner pocket inside top compartment:
- External USB Drive, Storage card wallet, USB Charger, assorted cables
- Nikon SB-600 flash in pouch, Nikon SB-800 Flash in Pouch,Nikon SB-800 Flash in Poch (yes, TWO), Nikon SB-900 Flash in pouch, Nikon 28mm 1.8 lens, Nikon 28-300mm Lens, Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens
- Nikon D800E body with 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom, 14-24 ultrawide zoom, 24-70 wide zoom - nikon battery charger
-Microsoft Surface 3 Pro with Keyboard, case and charger
Front center zip pocket:
- Passport wallet, assorted flat documents
If I were any better at Tetris, I'm sure I could have added more stuff into this bag
As it is, I do not ever travel with this much gear, this was just a quick test to see just how much I could stuff into it, should worse come to worst. The answer is, you'll probably get a back injury before you can reach the limit of this bag. It's ridiculous
Check out the video of the review, to see that I'm not exaggerating.
PROS: -Top compartment lid with Pocket
- Drawstring top for easy access
-Side Pocket with cinch strap for tripods, bottles, etc
- can hold a surprising amount of gear
- waist straps to distribute load from back to hips
- Chest strap to distribute load from shoulders
- Lots of easy access compartments
- lots of adjustable straps to help keep everything secure
CONS: - waist strap should be wider to better distribute weight
- chest strep should be wider to better distribute weight
- main gear compartment door needs to be a little bigger
After opening the box that this bag comes in, you immediately notice how good it looks. Its made out of a black outer rain fly material, so you know that your expensive camera equipment and laptop will stay dry. It also comes with an over the bag rain fly. Overall the backpack is well built and is very comfortable when using it due to the nicely padded shoulder straps and waist strap.
The lower compartment can hold 2-3 lenses depending on size, while also holding 1-2 DSLR cameras that have lenses removed. The dividers can also be removed to turn the bag into a normal hiking backpack. I tested this bag with 2 Nikon DX 18-55mm, Nikon 55-300mm, Nikon D5200, Nikon D5000, and a Sunpak Hot shoe flash. They all fit snugly inside the lower compartment. Now I didn't really use the top compartment all too much when testing but it has ample space for any extras you bring along with you. i.e. Water, Snacks, Solar charger, etc. Also included in the bag is a small grommet for a water bladder hose. Its located at the top of the bag right between both shoulder straps.
**(My Dell Latitude did not fit in the laptop compartment. Honestly I'd recommend a small windows tablet/ultra-book if you need a computer.)
PROS: Lots of pockets with ample storage space in them.
Shoulder straps fit nice and snug, which alleviates back and shoulder stress.
Rain cover is a nice addition and keeps the bag nice and dry in the rain.
Removable dividers in camera pocket.
CONS: Not enough lens dividers for different lens sizes
Bulky when you do not have a lot of equipment
Laptop compartment should accommodate a larger laptop size. 13-15" instead of just 13" **
I was provided the Monoprice DSLR Travel Blogger Backpack for review so I decided to really put it through a more thorough test than a simple trip to school or work – I was headed out on vacation with my fiancée and we decided to hike up in the Indiana Dunes. Over 2 miles of sand and dunes that extend vertically up 200+ feet, I put this backpack through the test and I have to say, it pleasantly surprised me.
Let’s start with the internals, the entire pack is configurable with a detachable internal compartment at the bottom of pack. The detachable compartment internally is where you’ll store all your camera goodies – lenses, charges, camera body, and any additional accoutrements that you normally carry with you. The internal camera compartment is very well shielded and padded for your camera’s protection and will comfortably house a DSLR and a few other attachments (just don’t expect to fit multiple zoom lenses or anything extravagant in the bottom). The camera and other parts are accessible via a side compartment that’s really quite handy and works really well for quick access.
On the top of the pack, nestled safely above your camera and its supplies is a medium sized compartment that can fit some additional documents, snacks, and maybe a few other supplies. Overall, the pack has a 14L capacity, meaning you shouldn’t expect it to carry much more than your camera and some hiking/adventure essentials. As an unexpected feature, the camera compartment and any internal separator is either removable or can be pushed to the side with Velcro so that the entire pack’s capacity can be used and configured to the way you’d like it to be.
Aside from the internal compartments, there are a few other zippered compartments, including a front slim document compartment and a very nicely padded back compartment for your laptop/tablet. There is also a hydration storage pocket for any beverages to keep you cool and some side straps Monoprice has told me can carry a folding chair or tripod (disclosure: I did not test the tripod straps as I didn’t bring a tripod with me on my hiking trip). There is also a bottom strap for a sleeping bag or other larger object you may want to bring along with you.
You’re here to know: how does this hold up in the actual outside world? It holds up more than well, it’s a really nice pack for anybody who’s expecting to go to an outdoor LAN or for an extended photoshoot session outdoors. Monoprice offers a very affordable pack that also includes a rain cover that protects the entire pack and there was some consideration given to how the pack should close and zip up so that even without the rain cover, there’s very little chance that your camera or other electronic equipment will get wet.
The look and feel of the pack is great as well – wearing it for a solid 2-3 hours outside while trekking through the dunes felt as good as any other Kelty or Osprey pack I’ve tried in the past, except significantly lighter, as I wasn’t carrying a full backpacking supply out into the wilderness. The back straps and hip strap provide comfortable support all while keeping your back cool and your pack light.
Overall, I would recommend this backpack to anyone who needs a large outdoor pack for carrying camera gear. The pack does admirably carrying other gear as well, but it really shines when it comes to using the compartments and features that are camera-specific. Definitely worth it for your next photography adventure.
PROS: Lightweight, good looking pack
Good airflow along straps and back of pack
Good internal storage compartments for camera and camera equipment
Added rain cover!
CONS: Pack might be too small for people who are camera gear fanatics
Strapping items to one side of the pack makes it harder to access your gear
At first I was thinking a typical backpack…boy was I wrong. For someone who loves to hike/walk or venture off into the unknown for an afternoon or weekend this is an excellent companion piece.
With excellent modularity to the compartments you’ll be able to carry not only a DSLR camera with on a hike, you can fit additional camera’s and lenses, and not to mention even a lunch box!. A side access panel for the camera/lens compartment means you don’t have to dig down through all of your gear to pull out what you need. The side pockets are easily accessible without removing the backpack so that you can eliminate the need to carry cell phones or wallets/keys in your pants pockets so they stay dry and protected, but easily retrievable when needed. I was also able to strap my tripod to the side of the backpack so that I was able to capture some great shots without the shake.
The build of the backpack was well thought out and allows absolutely no restriction in movement meaning your arms and body movement is unrestricted so that you can climb about with no worries. With the water resistant nature of the backpack you’re free to roam where you please without fear of equipment being damaged by moisture. There is also an additional “wrap” for the backpack in case of downpours or rain showers that offers extra protection of your gear.
Only a couple of aspects keep this from being an absolute perfect buy, but they’re mostly subjective. One thing is that you could be unable to use this if you’re big enough, I’m a regular sized guy (5’9” and 180lbs) and found that being much rounder/taller could have introduced fitment issues. The other issue I had was there weren’t any “suggested” uses of the compartments, and while it would be hard to do because of it’s modular nature, that could be beneficial to new shutter bugs and adventurers.
My final take away from my time with this backpack is pretty much summed up as this 10 out of 10 The only flaws I found were merely subjective. The product itself is spot on. I went in meh and came out wowed :)
PROS: Very Flexible
Comfortable to wear for lengthy amounts of time
Easy access side pockets
Does not restrict range of motion
CONS: May be a bit small if you’re a larger person
No guide of use
The pack is definitely a compromise between a dedicated day pack and a dedicated photography backpack.
The main compartment was large enough to accommodate what I generally needed for hiking, but not trips that required a bathing suit and towel along with a change of clothes. I also had to minimize what I brought for carry-on items for the plane ride.
The camera compartment was sufficient for what I brought, for the trip. One SLR with a kit lens, a zoom & macro lens, and filters.
The padding, shoulder & waist straps were in the right areas and made the pack comfortable to carry.
The additional straps made it easy to strap on my hiking monopod and raincoat.
Computer compartment is sufficient for a tablet or Chromebook.
Included rain cover
Lack of built in pen/pencil organizer
The bottom panel of the pack made difficult to fit under the seat on the plane.
Overall, it is what it says it is. A good pack for a travelling blogger with a camera and a computer with space to spare.
Could I use it for a carry on? - Yes.
Can I use it for day hikes w/ camera gear? - Yes
Can I use it as an overnight bag? - Yes, without camera gear.
Can I use it as a dedicated photo backpack? Maybe, but you would have to find additional internal padded dividers for the main compartment.
If you have a lot of gear, this pack will force you to rethink what you want to bring. Which is not always a bad thing
1 year ago