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So let me tell you what I like about this bag. Both Guru gear bags are made off this seal-able material called VX21 and basically it’s very smooth, very lightweight, pretty rain resistant. But as I said lightweight is the key thing here and it’s very light bag. Weighs under 4 lbs and that’s really important when you’re carrying a lot of gear and you want to be comfortable.
The second thing they added to this bag is a laptop compartment. So basically back here you undo the two clips for the shoulder straps and supposedly you can fit a 17″ laptop in here. Great place to put your iPad, so that’s what I usually carry in here for those moments when I have some time to kill and I want to read something.
The other nice thing about the Guru Gear bag is these great shoulder straps. I’m usually hiking many miles to and from my car to get to a location and so having a comfortable bag with a good harness and good support is important for me. The back of the bag has these great big foam pads which are cut out to alow cool air to enter and keep your back well ventilated and also helps to keep the weight on your lower back where it belongs. It also has this waist belt, which is really nice and can be removed. Also the shoulder straps can be put into these pockets on the back of the bag which means that it allows you to basically make the profile of the bag a lot smaller when you want to just carry it as a carry bag. Perhaps, if you’re going to fly on an airline or what have you.
And it’s got this great big handles on the top and on the sides, so it allows you to carry it in different ways and I really do use these handles a lot, actually. Also on the sides, it has a place to carry a small tripod with a pocket here. I usually just keep a lens cloth to keep things nice and clean. And there’s one on the other side as well.
Another unique design of all Guru gear bags is this unique butterfly design of the opening. Most bags have this one big compartment and that works ok. Sometimes it’s a hassle to get this one big pocket open or you only want to get out one piece of gear and other things might fall out. And so you have two sides to the bag. You can configure each side whichever way you like. Each of these flaps also have additional internal pockets and external pockets with nice zippers and one thing I like about these zippers is they got these big loops which allow you to open and close the bag very easily.
Now, Guru gear says that with this particular bag, if you have a camera that has a battery grip and an O bracket for mounting on a tripod that it will not fit. This is a Cannon 1DS Mark3, which has a battery grip built in and using again, an O bracket and depending on how you put it in there, it will fit. It’s a little squeezed but it can be done. I have a 24105 L lens attached here so that goes in the main compartment here. I also have another space here for a Cannon 17240L lens and I’m carrying some ND grad filters, some more ND filters and polarizer and lens holder and I still have space here for another lens.
So now I can close this side up and on the other side I’m carrying a Cannon 78200 L lens. I have an intervelometer remote shutter release and a couple of lens widths. And I also have room here for Panasonic GH2 when I want to go out and do some video and space for an additional lens. All right. That’s pretty much it. The bag, again, nice size. Not too big, not too small. It’s well balanced and again, works great for me so you’ve seen it here in the studio. Let’s go see how it works on the field.
So after a 45 minute hike, I’m here overlooking the Hudson Valley and using the Kiboki 22L my shoulders feel pretty good. I don’t feel fatigue and so again, it’s a backpack that I really love to hike with because it just feels so comfortable and as I mentioned before, getting out my gear here in rough terrain is really easy. I have these kind of divided depending on what I want to get and that makes it a breeze to work on it. So Kiboko bags in general are not the most inexpensive bags but as they say, you get what you pay for. Check them out at Gurugear.com and see what you think.