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5.0 out of 5 stars Hobbitworthy Daypack, December 30, 2013
This review is from: Case Logic DSB-102 Luminosity Medium DSLR Split Pack (Black) (Electronics)
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If your life presents itself as a steady stream of great photo ops, you know that the main barrier to making excellent photos is timely access to your equipment. Smartphones and pocket cameras may be decent standbys, but if you've got DSLRs and/or SLRs, wouldn't it be great to have your equipment at the ready? This pack is adaptable and yet compact enough that you can fill it as a "go" bag with a DSLR, several lenses and even a pocket camera, and keep it at the ready by your front door.

I put the Case Logic DSB-102 Luminosity Medium DSLR Split Pack (Black) through its paces on several hikes, as well as a round of holiday outings, and found myself so fond of it that I've started calling it my Sam pack, in a nod to that most prepared and loyal of Hobbit companions.

The folks who designed this lightweight pack prioritized easy access, light weight, and equipment protection.

+ Split compartment enables quick access to your main camera body from the top of the pack, while enabling you to store other lenses and even another body in the customizable lower compartment. Note that the product literature bills this pocket as a place to store a jacket; I padded it with some extra camera-bag foam panels to convert it into a "quick-draw"-type pocket and find that to be a better use of the space.

+ Foam padding is thick yet lofty, and easily modified to nestle lenses, bodies and other accessories.

+ Exterior zippers are tabbed for easier use, and three of the four major exterior pockets have twin zippers for added convenience and so that the pocket can be opened in jaws-like fashion. That fourth pocket houses a rain hood for the pack, so the single tab serves as a good visual reminder of where to find the hood in case of a sudden downpour.

+ Multiple interior pockets provide separate storage for memory sticks/cards, as well as personal identification and credit cards if you're trying to travel especially light.

+ The padded waist strap stows within an exterior pouch at the back of the pack, making the pack more streamlined for stowing under an airline seat or above you in a train rack, for example.

+ Mesh facing on the key supporting parts of the pack that touch your body provide air flow for humid conditions, or when you're hiking. An adjustable horizontal chest strap helps keep the shoulder straps in position.

- My only nitpicks are a wish for a loop and a zippered pocket on the front exterior of the backpack straps, but overall, this pack is a solid performer.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2014 11:35:58 AM PST
iGertrude says:
This Hobbitworthy daypack sounds interesting. I have never managed to get a quick draw pocket to work correctly. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2014 3:36:37 PM PST
ck says:
Thank you for your comment. I very much like the profile of this pack, and have found that changing my expectations from "quick draw" to "relatively speedy access" has made using any pack a happier experience.
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