Just bought this fantastic looking backpack from Manfrotto. I’ve spent alot of time researching a bag that I can use to take to events, and to clients, but is large enough to cater to an assortment of gear. With such a large bag, support straps were necessary too, and this bag ticks all the boxes there.
First of all, the POSITIVES: this is a backpack that safely houses all your equipment. It uses Manfrotto’s CPS protection, which to me means, the outer material is very thick and padded, plus the inside foam padding is extremely thick. This will take all manner of knocks and scrapes and still keep your precious gear completely safe. It is rectangular in design with a rigid shape, and as such, manages to stand upright when placed on the ground. This is useful, as the top zip can be opened partially to quickly access a top loaded camera. The side pockets are for placing documents, and slim items, the pockets do not expand much at all. The inside lining of the case houses all necessary batteries, lens caps, filters, and memory cards with four zipped compartments. The shoulder straps and waist support straps are wide and padded for extra comfort and load bearing, with the waist straps being detachable if preferred. A tripod or monopod can be carried to the side of the bag, or in the middle at the front of the bag, for a more equal weight distribution. A nice feature I’ve noticed is there are small red pictured labels to indicate where your tripod and laptop are placed. The material is water repellant, and also comes with a waterproof rain cover. It comes with a 2 year warranty which can be extended by registering on Manfrotto’s website.
Now the NEGATIVES, which are only minor. Firstly, being such a large and solidly constructed bag, it weighs more than other similar bags of the same category, at 2.33kg. This isn’t much of an issue wearing it, but if planning on taking abroad (which I’m not), could be worth considering with weight limits on airplanes. The only other negative is that it has no side access to another DSLR with lens attached. This isn’t an issue for me for my intended purposes for this bag, where a top access is enough for weddings and special events, but for travellers, another line of backpacks might be more suitable.
All in all, this is a great addition to my kit, and something I’ve been looking for. Something that houses a lot of gear, solidly built, supremely comfortable, quick top access, and looks professional.