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on July 22, 2014
I was going out west and needed a different back pack for my photography gear I was going to carry with me. My everyday camera bag is a Lowepro Fastpack 250. I love my Lowepro, but I was going to be hiking in the desert and doing some landscape photography and I needed a bag that I could strap a tripod to while I was hiking. The Aktiv Pak was also going to be doubled down as my carry-on for the flight. So here is my assesment of the bag in a Pros and Cons format.

- Roomy, lots of storage as others have indicated.
- Able to attach a lightweight tripos to the side of the bag. I stress lightweight. It would never be able to handle my Manfrotto that I like to use, but that is a heavy tri-pod and I wasn't going to take that on a desert hike anyway.
- Does have an added weatherproof cover stored in the bottom of the bag. I didn't need to use it, but was glad it was there.

- Internal dividers are weak and don't stay in place if the camera compartment isn't completely full. The velcro doesn't hold very well and the dividers aren't as stiff as what they are in my Lowepro bag. So they tend to sag and break free leaving my camera equipment in a jumble.
- Do not over load bag! The stitching near one of the shoulder straps started to give way early in my trip and I had to be careful how I put the put on and took it off for fear of completely tearing out the shoulder strap.
- The bag is really not built for extended treking. The shoulder straps are padded, but not as well as the Lowepro. The waist belt which I do use to help take the load off the shoulders a little is not padded at all. It sort of does the job but after a few miles on the trail a padded belt would be nicer. Hate to sound like a broken record, but the Lowepro has a padded waist belt.
- No external place for a water bottle. I did not like having to put the water bottle inside of the bag. I always triple checked the cap on it for fear it would leak and soak through the bag to where the camera equipment is stored. I was hiking in the desert so the water thing was fairly important to me.

Overall for the price paid it is an "okay" bag. But if they did a little bit of quality improvement it could have the potential to be a great bag that I would ditch my Lowepro over. Obviously that would increase the price of the bag, and that would be okay with me. This is a classic scenario of you get what you pay for. There is a reason Lowepro bags cost more. It is because they are built better. Unfortunately this bag will probably go into the closet and I will look to have my Lowepro bag modified to strap a tripod to. Too bad, I had high hopes for this bag when I first got it.
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on June 2, 2014
First thing's first, this back is HUMONGOUS (sp?)!!
It is sooo big, but it was also just what I was looking for. It fits my dslr and it's lenses and other accessories, my small sony camcorder and all it's cords and such; with still more room for whatever remaining accessories. It has so many compartments. And on top of all that, if I am using this huge bag, I can still my laptop in it (where the shoulder straps are). It really is great. I took pics to show the inside with my things in there but I don't know how to post pics to these reviews, soooooo.
By the way, no I do not carry this huge thing around all the time. If I just need my camera for something specific, I choose two lenses and still them in a smaller camera back (previously used for my small sony camcorder).
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on August 24, 2010
This Bag is amazing...Its bigger than how the picture looks. Plenty of space for everything. I recommend it to anyone that is growning out of there small bag...especially if there going to invest in more lenses..
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on February 19, 2014
I love this backpack. Coming from a regular one-strap, small camera case that was crammed with stuff, this is a huge step up for me. plenty room, several small compartments and pockets on the outside, the build quality is good. Gets a bit heavy when you add the laptop. I think the description said it holds a 17" laptop but I can easily slide my 19" in with absolutely no problems. Never thought I'd spend that much on a bookbag...errr correction, CAMERA... BAG, but it's well worth it. A friend of mine bought the amazon brand and it's super small, and he justifies keeping it.. to each his own.. as for this product, the big 5 STARS
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on April 9, 2014
This is my second backpack and i have bought for carring lenses and stuff. The pak is great quality and has lots of room that it also holds your laptop. I never thought it was gona be this big. Awsome pack and would recommend it to anyone looking for lots of room
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on April 18, 2011
When I purchased this item I didn't realize that it was as big as a regular backpack. I thought it was a small lightweight option with an all-weather protection layer. At first I thought it would be easy enough to fill all the compartments but even after I put in both my cameras (1 SLR, 1 Point and shoot), all my lenses, filters and other accessories, it still has about 40% space left. A great plus is the laptop compartment, so you don't need an extra pack for it.
Haven't gotten the chance to test the all weather protection layer so far, but it seems sturdy enough and should handle most monsoons with ease.
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on March 7, 2015
I purchased this bag recently and used it for a trip to Belize. The capacity was perfect as I carried, two camera bodies, 5 lenses, 2 external flash, a laptop and iPad plus all the accessories needed for an extended trip. There is plenty of space in this bag! However, my huge disappointment was noticed 4 days into my trip; one of the shoulder straps began to rip at the seam which, greatly affected my confidence in carrying my equipment. I hope they will improve their stitching on this bag to make it a truly awesome accessory.
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on March 8, 2013
This is a great product. Room for my camera, extra lenses, tripod and even laptop, cell phone, extra flash, papers, etc. It even has a "rain coat" that is attached and stores in the bottom of the bag.
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on March 14, 2013
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on April 29, 2015
Product is a lil larger than expected but great. I'm able to fit 2 DSLR cameras, 2 flash, 2 telephoto & 2 standard lenses, plus lots of other needed accessories!!!
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