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Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Heather


Transport Your Gear Safely with the Caselogic

Pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers and pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts should con­sid­er Case Log­ic’s thought­ful­ly de­signed Case­l­og­ic SLRC-206 SLR Cam­era and 15.4-Inch Lap­top Back­pack to safe­ly car­ry all your cam­era equip­ment and lap­top.

First, let’s re­view the back­pack’s ex­te­ri­or, which is made of heavy-gauge ny­lon that feels rugged and durable. At first glance, the back­pack looks like it will be heavy, but it is sur­pris­ing­ly lightweight, weigh­ing less than 3 pounds. One of our fa­vorite fea­tures is the back­pack’s se­mi-hard, wa­ter­proof, mold­ed EVA base, which en­ables you to place the back­pack down on wet sur­faces with­out hav­ing to wor­ry about equip­ment get­ting damp. The mold­ed base al­so en­sures the back­pack will gen­er­al­ly re­main up­right. Even with no equip­ment in­side, or with var­i­ous com­part­ments opened, the back­pack did not tip over. The back­pack fea­tures padded air mesh on its shoul­der straps and back. The straps fit com­fort­ably on us with the back­pack ful­ly load­ed, and the back­pack fea­tures a strap man­age­ment sys­tem that keeps ex­cess strap ma­te­ri­al out of the us­er’s way. In­dus­tri­al strength hook and loop straps on the side of the back­pack are ide­al for hold­ing most tripods or oth­er bulky items. The ex­te­ri­or al­so has four well-placed, light­ly padded ac­ces­so­ry pock­ets that are great for stor­ing ex­tra bat­ter­ies, your phone, and oth­er small­er ac­ces­sories.

Now for the meaty stuff. The back­pack’s in­te­ri­or is thought­ful­ly de­signed, and it’s all the de­tails. The cam­era com­part­ment fits most SLR cam­eras, up to 10.4” x 4.7” by 5.6”, with an at­tached lens up to 9.8” in length. We love the SLR com­part­ment’s neo­prene ham­mock sus­pen­sion sys­tem, which sus­pends the cam­era above the bot­tom of the case, there­by elim­i­nat­ing im­pact. The com­part­ment is lined with scratch-re­sis­tant mem­o­ry foam to pro­tect the cam­era’s del­i­cate LED screen. The SLR com­part­ment can be opened sep­a­rate­ly from the back­pack’s main com­part­ment if the us­er wants to ac­cess on­ly the cam­era – a con­ve­nient fea­ture. The main com­part­ment fea­tures padded, felt-cov­ered, and con­toured di­viders with hook-and-loop straps that can be eas­i­ly re­ar­ranged to ac­com­mo­date the equip­ment in­side. The main com­part­ment is ide­al for stor­ing ex­tra lens­es, flash, and oth­er equip­ment. We were able to re­ar­range the foam pieces eas­i­ly and fit our equip­ment snug­ly. The padding can be re­moved en­tire­ly to use the back­pack as a reg­u­lar back­pack. The padded lap­top com­part­ment, lo­cat­ed in the back of the back­pack, fits lap­tops mea­sur­ing 15.4” x 10.4” x 1”, and ac­com­mo­dates most 16” PC lap­tops and 17” Mac­Book Pros. Our lap­top felt well-pro­tect­ed in the back­pack.

Our one gripe with the back­pack is the bright yel­low col­or of the in­te­ri­or. We wish the back­pack had a few dif­fer­ent in­te­ri­or col­or op­tions, but this quib­ble does not take away from the back­pack’s over­all ex­cel­lent lay­out and con­struc­tion. The bright in­te­ri­or serves the very im­por­tant func­tion of en­abling the us­er to clear­ly lo­cate equip­ment in the back­pack.

We thought this back­pack was head and shoul­ders above the Crum­pler Sink­ing Barge back­pack we re­viewed, and more af­ford­able than Crum­pler’s C-List Celebri­ty Bag.

The $134.99 re­tail price is a bit on the high­er end of this range, but Ama­zon of­fers the back­pack for just over $90. And af­ter all, doesn’t your ex­pen­sive cam­era equip­ment de­serves a safe home while trav­el­ing? This back­pack is sure to im­press even the most crit­i­cal of shut­ter­bugs.

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Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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