Published on February 12th, 2017 | by Greg0
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30: An Innovative Camera Bag
We’ve seen lots of products that got their start with crowdfunding campaigns- it’s a smart way to test out consumer response to a new piece of gear or a new category. But few companies have been quite as successful with the approach as the one we’re looking at today and in a short period of time, go from offering a single focused item to several different natural extensions to the brand. Photographers are a pretty demanding group, and once they have a favorite line, they tend to stick with what they know.
And we expect more and more of them will know Peak Design, and their new Everyday Backpack 30. It’s also available in a smaller 20L version with space for up to a 15-inch laptop- ours was the larger model, which can hold a 16-inch computer, along with two full-size DSLR bodies and three to six lenses depending on their sizes and the configuration. You might not have seen many of these distinctive bags on the streets just yet, but you’re likely to soon, because the project (including a tote and a sling) raised over $6 million on Kickstarter and $7 million on Indiegogo. And both sizes are carry-on approved for flights on major airlines.
In July of last year, we checked out the Peak Design Messenger, and the new Backpack takes most of the great features while expanding on them. The most unusual of them is the unorthodox way to access your gear- you don’t open the top to take a look at everything, but from the side, either side in fact. The other two key ingredients are the patented MagLatch system and their FlexFold dividers- the first, which allows you to close the bag in a few positions without noise and keeps it safely closed and the latter a nice upgrade to old-school dividers with some bendable sections for added protection and flexibility. The exterior material used, Kodra, is also pretty cool, sturdy and water-resistant, with a texture that’s a lot more classy than your normal black options (they call the colors charcoal and ash).
There are only a couple of external traditional zippered pockets, but there are plenty of spaces inside them and the bag itself for your accessories (like battery packs, cables, and memory cards) and a tripod carrying strap. Everything is well-padded, from the bottom to the sides and the shoulder straps as well, and there is a sternum strap plus even a hidden one for your waist. There is even a rolling luggage pass-through for easy travel (and it does get a bit heavy fully loaded, as with any similarly-sized bag). Zipper pulls make for easier use, and there is even space for a tablet as well. Expect to spend around $289.95 online and in stores for the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30, available now.