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Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Greg


Tamrac Anvil Slim 15: Leave The Grips, Take Everything Else

You might not have already picked up your latest camera- Santa definitely hasn’t delivered it yet, and you probably don’t even have a tree ready. Whether you’ve got your eye on a new DSLR or simply a new piece of glass to outfit your mirrorless, you also want to consider a key addition to your outfit- a great camera bag. We’ve checked out a few in the past couple of months- one built especially for more serious outdoors trips and capable of carrying everything, and another that is classy, a little more low-key and made for slinging over a shoulder.

The Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 is a lighter, compact camera backpack that still offers plenty of room for your photo expeditions. If you’re looking to shave some weight, and can leave a few things back at home, then the Anvil Slim will help you balance your needs. After all, every piece of additional equipment adds up fast. meaning more of a burden on your shoulders. By the end of a day, we don’t want our backs to be sore, and the wide hipbelt and airflow harness distribute weight evenly (and help kept our back from being too sweaty as well).

Tamrac is now part of the family that includes Guragear and Ogden Made, and the brand’s history goes all the way back to 1977. The name has an unusual history- “it’s apparently inspired by a pine tree found in the American wilderness”. The Anvil title is shared amongst a few different bags, with a pretty wide range of sizes from the 17, 23, and 27 versions to the Slim editions that are built specifically to shave a few centimeters off the width for those who don’t want to bring battery grips or for those who use smaller camera bodies. And despite the name, this is among the larger ones with room for ultra-zoom lenses and dual camera bodies. Plus, you still have a padded sleeve for your 15-inch laptop, and the foam dividers are quite configurable in the huge internal main compartment.

We especially liked that the Anvil Slim 15 looks pretty much like a regular backpack (unless you strap your monopod or tripod to it). Passersby might not guess that you were casually carrying your expensive gear, unlike some competitors that scream “I’m hauling priceless electronics”. There aren’t all of the features you might find on others- no pocket that can fit a water bottle for instance- but the zippers are solid, the build quality is great, and there are reflective strips for safety. Tamrac includes a fully seam sealed weather protective rain fly for inclement conditions and the four pound, nine ounce weight is low. It’s also among the most comfortable camera bags we’ve seen this capacity, with nothing extra added and all of the essentials. Available now, online and in stores, the Anvil Slim 15 runs around $250.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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