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Clik-Elite - getting better, not perfect yet,
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This review is from: Clik Elite CE710GR Venture 35, Gray (Camera)
To sum it up, this pack is excellent on your back, but only offers moderate protection for your gear. Don't get me wrong, it is padded and protected alright, just not anywhere near as well as the competition. But Clik-Elite is getting a little better in this regard.
I'm in the midst of an African trip where my luggage is getting a real workout. It carries all the gear I need (Canon 5DII w/grip, 100-400mm lens, 70-200, 16-35, 50mm, plus flash, tele-extender,and small tripod with head. Filters and accessories I've put in the extra top compartment, in their own padded organizer pouches, and there is still plenty of room for jacket, food, etc. in the large top compartment. The design is excellent for those who want to take some clothes, lunch, maybe a book, along with the camera gear. I also have taken it carry-on with no problems on a variety of aircraft.
My gear has remained in good shape, but I am careful how I set the pack down, and generally don't let anyone else handle it (tough in Africa where everyone wants to help with your luggage).
Tripod attaches on the side (if it's small), or when hiking and/or with a larger tripod (like my cxpro3), it's best to put it on the back of the pack, where it rides very nicely, no swinging.
So again, know what Clik-elite does well: make packs that one can wear all day on a hike or climb. Try that with the cubical packs made my the other big brands, and you're likely to be thrown off a ridge by the swinging weight, or give up and take it off with aching shoulders. If Clik-elite can get the protection thing down without compromising their excellent comfort, they will be all alone in the field of camera backpacks.
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2012 9:31:02 PM PDT
Could you please elaborate on the protection part of what you were talking about? I do a decent amount of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, camping etc- and was looking for a new bag to use as my all around for my new 5D Mark III. The draws to the bag were the extra space for essentials on outdoor treks and the fact that it can hold my 100oz bladder in what I hope is a well insulated bladder compartment, however I really want to be able to trust that the bag would safely treat the camera gear well. Your review has me a little worried about that aspect. If the only thing that I really need to do is wrap my camera in a large t-shirt before putting it away in the compartment and keep spare lenses in cases in the compartments, I think I might be able to handle that if the pack is as comfortable and the rest as perfect as it sounds. Just curious since I would order it online because I don't know any dealers of this pack near my area.
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