I have a bag problem. It’s rivaled only by my shoes and my jacket problems. I collect the things. I throw away too much money every year on the quest for the perfect bag for travel, or every day, or evening, or conventions. I have four different bags just for lugging my camera equipment around. But I only have one backpack in regular use (the other is from high school and covered in X-Files quotes). It’s specifically a backpack for cameras, and unless I need to haul a multitude of lenses around it never leaves my closet.
There are myriad reason why I hate backpacks. They are nerdy, ugly back wards, which is a fashion fact. Moreover backpacks are inconvenient in the city: They tend to be more difficult to get in and out of then a messenger bag or purse, and they’re cumbersome in tight confines. Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack, the subject of an Indiegogo campaign that follows up its wildly successful messenger bag Kickstarter last year, isn’t ugly or nerdy, and it’s even moderately acceptable for public transit. And best of all for me, it is one of the finest backpacks you can get for lugging around pounds of photography gear.
Or a speaker.
That cleanliness is a design element found throughout the pack. There are tons of extra accouterments, but they’re only there when you need them, and they neatly tuck away when you don’t. The clean design extends to the side pockets (useful for holding water bottles, umbrellas, and wadded up rain jackets), the tie-aways (useful for tied a tripod or yoga mat to the outside of the bag) and even to the internal dividers.
Like any good photography bag, the Everyday Backpack has a number of adjustable dividers in the main space. They’re useful for keeping thousand dollars lenses from clanking against each other in transit, or for making sure your makeup bag steers clear of the eyeglass case you frequently confuse it for (I am very blind). What’s special about the Everyday Backpack’s dividers, besides they’re ability to fold into one another origami style, is that they’re not big and clunky and too soft like they are in most photo bags. I can toss a couple of pounds of camera equipment in and never worry about it slowly warping the dividers until they’re useless bits of fluff crammed in my bag.
Everything shoved into the bag, with space to spare!
Everyday Messenger Bag
The major downside of Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack is the price. The 20-litre version is currently available for preorder for $US220 ($291). A comparable (and dorkier) bag from Lowepro costs just $US90 ($119). That’s a major price difference that might be hard to stomach. Yet different bags have different uses. And I’d rather have a Peak Design pack on my back when heading to my next all-day event and need to bring my camera along.
- It is a backpack
- That holds camera equipment or 20L of stuff you own
- And looks choice on your back
- Currently $US220 ($291) with an MSRP of $US260 ($344)
- There’s a 30L version going for $US250 ($331) with an MSRP of $US290 ($384)
- Will ship in March 2017