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- Modular Bag System by Peak Design, customise the internal carry options to match your requirements
- Meets international max carry-on standards in default 35L configuration. Dual expansion zips give 10L extra volume for 45L max storage.
- Dual side zippers for instant camera and item access.
- Quick tablet and laptop access using the main back zip.
- Packing Tools, Camera Cubes, Tech Pouch and Wash Kit compliment the Travel Line Backpack and are available separately.
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Rigid sidewalls and full-back panel load for organized packing.
SEPARATE YOUR GEAR
Zippered dividing panel separates bag into two compartments or merge into one.
Meets international max carry-on standards in default 35L configuration. Dual expansion zips give 10L extra volume for 45L max storage.
Quick tablet and laptop access using the main back zip.
Max dimensions 16" x 11" x 1" (40.6 x 30 x 2.5 cm)
Max dimensions 9.5" x 7.5" x 0.6" (24 x 19 x 1.5 cm)
Perfect Form: Our bag holds its shape and sits upright, packed or empty.
SYNCS WITH ACCESSORIES
Camera cubes, sold separately, fit snugly inside. Complete access of photography, drone, or video gear.
DUAL SIDE ACCESS
Dual side zippers for instant camera and item access.
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 13 x 22.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.98 pounds
- ASIN: B07GH4PBWM
- Item model number: BTR-45-BK-1
- Date first listed on Amazon: August 14, 2018
- #4897 in Casual Daypack Backpacks
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I purchased and returned this bag directly with Peak Design. Because I purchased it there, I left a review there. It was my fair and honest assessment of the product and was written in a professional way focusing on the features of the product and not bashing the company or even the product (which I wanted to like). They chose not to allow that review to be posted. Oddly, when you look at the PD website, they have an inordinate number of 5 star reviews and a couple 3 star reviews. How many other honest reviews did they not post up that we’re 1 or 2 star? I have an issue with their corporate ethics on this front. If you are going to open up a commenting system, you have to allow the good, the bad and the ugly and learn from those comments as you iterate your products. Thanks to Amazon for hosting a fairer platform.
As for the bag, I unfortunately did not save the lengthier review I wrote, so I’ll just briefly summarize.
The materials are solid and the same as their other bags. If you like the material, and I do, then this is a big plus for the bag. This is why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
However, this is where the pros stop and the cons start on this bag. Note this is a travel backpack and meant to be packed with 45L of stuff and carried on your bag. Before anything is placed in the bag, it’s already pretty heavy, around 5lbs. If you plan on carrying any camera gear and use their cubes, you’ll be 6-7 lbs before placing a single item in it. That’s just too heavy of a starting point for a backpack.
Keeping point 1 in mind, the added weight may be more bearable if the suspension system (straps) was more supportive and comfortable, however, when only half loaded, they already start digging into your shoulders and feel like they are pulling you backward because the center of gravity of the bag feels far removed from your back (sticks out too much). For a travel backpack, an essential feature is comfortable carry of a heavy bag. There are many bags that achieve this and I own several. This one does not.
The rear padding and ventilation is poorly engineered ensuring that your back will both hurt and sweat when wearing for longer than a couple minutes.
The zippers are undersized for what the bag is and aren’t very smooth with any tension. These are unlikely to survive over time and should have been beefier for a travel backpack. They are probably fine for their smaller bags, but this is a 45L bag.
The organization is gimmicky. I feel like they were trying to make it Peak Design cool more than understanding the use cases for the organization they built in. So there are pockets that take up room and have limited utility.
The bag should have much more water resistance built into it considering it’s purpose and price point.
Unfortunately, this bag feels like the product of a company that is maturing from its initial focus of product excellence and design to a focus on compromises and profits. It is an underwhelming product. I hope this is only a blip on the screen for PD...but if this is their new direction, presumably to increase profitability to sell the company for maximum dollars, then it’s a shame.
Even though the initial packed configuration looked like it deformed the back, everything zipped up nice and easy. On top of that I could open it up from the side and slip in the umbrella, although it could have also gone in the extra large exterior side pocket. Surprisingly, even with all that weight it was super comfortable even without the waist straps. Getting it up and down from the overhead was super easy since the straps all tuck away and it has handles on 5 sides of the pack. I also made use of the loops to hook my headphone case for easy access.
I used the Peak Design packing cubes and those were awesome as well. They open all the way up making them easy to pack and then can be compressed. They kept everything separated and had a nice extra pocket for dirty clothes. This was nice because I could leave my pack on the hook at the end of the bed, pull out a cube to get ready for the day, and stuff it back into the pack pretty easily. No need to unpack everything or worry about checking through drawers on checkout day.
Since the bag butterflies open I was able to go through the airport scanner without putting my laptop in a separate bucket; It stayed in the padded pouch. Peak Design provides some internal cubes for cameras that are secured to internal hooks using custom carabiner/clips. I didn't need those cubes, but I did want some extra restraint for my gear all the same. I couldn't find similar clips locally, or something like G-hooks, or other straps that could hook on easily. I found some simple metal loops at the store along with some hook and loop elastic straps. A snip with some wire cutters and a little filing for the cut ends and I had an easy way to use the built-in loops and add some straps to further secure the interior contents. Could be overkill, because everything fits great. But I like not having to worry about things spilling out in the shuffle of the security line. I did end up buying some of the Peak Design clips separately after the trip and they're definitely superior to my little hacked clips.
Everything is super easy to access on this bag; Front, back, and both sides. I like this configuration much better than other backpacks that have a ton of pockets and zippers and organizers that never get fully used for what they were meant for. This is simple and easy. Big pockets to throw your stuff into. Very simple organization pocket for common things or plenty of room to throw your own favorite organizer into.
The only negative I have for this pack is that because it is so well built and well-structured it's going to be an effort to minimize how much I put into it to meet weight limits when traveling internationally. It's about 4 lbs empty which eats up a bunch of weight when limited to 17-20 lbs for a carry-on with many flights. It also just invites throwing everything into it for one bag travel.
Really love this pack.
I swapped the camera pouch for the peak design 5l sling, which is the same size, but can work way better as a daily carry on trips. For the packing cubes I ended up using the Leantravel packing cubes. I feel they actually can fit more then the peak design cubes. I can use 2 large leantravel cubes instead of 1 medium peak design 1 small, which I feel gives me more organization.
Instead of the tech pouch I use the field pouch. It is way thinner and fits better for my setup.
Update: Does not fit under Volaris A320 seat - clashes with lifevest. Does fit under Interjet A320 seat.
Well thought out and very functional. So much room for your camera gear and clothing. Ended up getting both the medium and small camera cube And they're great protecting your photo gear.
Not gonna lie, this bag is huge! I'm 5'6 but it fits me just right.
It is a pricey bag. But it's great for one bag travel. Or the bag and a small carry-on roller.
All in all. I love it. Haven't traveled with it yet but I'm excited to do so very soon.
Well done Peak Design!