Manfrotto MB OR-BP-30GY Off Road Hiker Backpack, 30L (Grey)
|Price:||$223.00 + $59.95 shipping|
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- Designed to holds Pro DSLR, 70-200mm lens and an additional lens
- Internal Divider unzips for different configurations
- Designed with high-quality premium materials
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|Item Dimensions||21 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches|
|Item Weight||4.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||4.2 pounds|
The new Off road Hiker 30L has been specifically designed for hiking and photography with quick side- access to your camera. Thanks to the Manfrotto Protection System, the removable camera case is highly protective. It holds a Pro DSLR, 70-200mm lens and an additional lens. The backpack converts into a total hiking backpack by unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera bag. The innovative camera strap featured on the front of the backpack allows the camera to be kept secure on the chest when it is carried, avoiding neck strain. The bag has been designed with high-quality premium materials and careful attention to ergonomics and comfort. Technical Specifications: External Dimensions: 11.8” L x 9.4” W x 21” Dimensions: 11” L X 6.7” W x 20” height 4.13 lbs.
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Will update after my coming trip...
Storage is separated about 70% on the drawstring pouch and 30% camera bag space. For an all day hike, it is perfect for fitting 2-3L of water, snacks, sweater and then some. Volume wise, the upper compartment will easily fit 2.5gal of water, even overfilled, the drawstring is extremely long and will securely hold excess baggage. The camera compartment will fit a 6D w/24-105mm attached, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 70-200m f/2.8 IS at the bottom(My 6D fits entirely with the 70-200mm attached but causes the bag to bulge slightly). The compartment impressed me very much as the padding is very soft and seems to be much better cushioned than on my first impression, as a plus, this compartment can be entirely removed from the bag if need be. When hiking, it was simple to undo the zipper on the camera compartment and pull out the camera without any issue, previous bags have tended to collapse at the back support due to a lack of rigidity. On the outside, there are so many strings and straps it gets very confusing as to which do what, but there are two straps for holding tripods or trekking poles, two 1L pouches at the hip belt wings and some random bungee drawstrings. The massive amount of straps, cords and clips can get very confusing up to the point of being useless so I subtracted 1/2 star for this point.
Overall build quality is excellent, the entire bag has a nylon construction that feels very solid overall. However, a very large warning! The bottom of this bag does not have padding/feet nor will the bag stand upright. I worry as to how much abuse the bottom of the bag will take if it is constantly laid down on trails and rocks so I have subtracted another 1/2 star for this issue(I may be wrong on this issue and such a design may have been made to keep the water resistance of the pack). The center spine of the bag is a large plastic plate with a solid aluminum rod which can be shapen by the wearer to any contour they prefer. I personally pulled out this entire brace, but it can be very difficult to get back in correctly, so before you pack up the bag full of things, wear the bag, see how it feels, then bend the portions you feel don't fit your profile and the bag will feel MUCH better than. The lower back had two very large pads which protrude quite a bit, noticeable but after 10 hours of backpacking, I believe they provided some crucial support of the pack.
After 10 hours of moderate hiking, I'm sold on this hiking pack. I fit a FF camera, 3 lenses and a MeFOTO roadtrip tripod and I cannot say that anything about this bag rubbed the wrong way or gave me a sore spot. There was more than enough space for a single day of hiking(possibly 2-3 days) and it does it with comfort and style. There are the two issues I mentioned above but they are nitpicking at what is otherwise an excellent day pack. Good job Manfrotto and see if you can improve on the next generation of this bag.
If you are looking for a camera bag, this isn't for you.
If you are looking for a hiking bag, that can take your camera and two lenses along with a light tripod - this is the bag for you. I tried it on at BH photo store in NYC, but they didn't have the grey color for the 30L. The 20L bag still seemed great, but would not fit my Canon 70-200mm lens.
The bag is divided into two main sections - top half and bottom half. The camera compartment is in the bottom half, and it opens from the side (see pictures). You can remove the camera compartment, which is a soft padded compartment with removable dividers. If you remove the camera compartment, you can remove the divider from the top/bottom section via a zipper. Now you can use the whole bag as a hiking bag if you want.
Room on top is enough for extra gear, a jacket, sweatshirt and maybe some water. Rain cover is also in the top section.
Real world use:
-Pseudo hard frame design means that 90% of the pack is not touching your back. It's 100% soft, but has a rigidity to it, so the pack only touches your shoulders and your lower back. Even with a full load, the back wasn't resting on most of my back, which meant no sweat!
-Fits Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm, Canon 24-35mm
-Multipe tripod attachment points
-Multiple chest, and waist straps, for additional support depending on your preference and body size
-Lots of side pockets, which are deep and expand out (stretchy)
-since the main contact point is on your lower back, i found that it pushed up my shirt often. during my hikes, i was constantly pushing the back off my back, and pulling my shirt down.