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Published on February 12th, 2017 | by Greg


Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30: An Innovative Camera Bag

We’ve seen lots of products that got their start with crowdfunding campaigns- it’s a smart way to test out consumer response to a new piece of gear or a new category. But few companies have been quite as successful with the approach as the one we’re looking at today and in a short period of time, go from offering a single focused item to several different natural extensions to the brand. Photographers are a pretty demanding group, and once they have a favorite line, they tend to stick with what they know.

And we expect more and more of them will know Peak Design, and their new Everyday Backpack 30. It’s also available in a smaller 20L version with space for up to a 15-inch laptop- ours was the larger model, which can hold a 16-inch computer, along with two full-size DSLR bodies and three to six lenses depending on their sizes and the configuration. You might not have seen many of these distinctive bags on the streets just yet, but you’re likely to soon, because the project (including a tote and a sling) raised over $6 million on Kickstarter and $7 million on Indiegogo. And both sizes are carry-on approved for flights on major airlines.

In July of last year, we checked out the Peak Design Messenger, and the new Backpack takes most of the great features while expanding on them. The most unusual of them is the unorthodox way to access your gear- you don’t open the top to take a look at everything, but from the side, either side in fact. The other two key ingredients are the patented MagLatch system and their FlexFold dividers- the first, which allows you to close the bag in a few positions without noise and keeps it safely closed and the latter a nice upgrade to old-school dividers with some bendable sections for added protection and flexibility. The exterior material used, Kodra, is also pretty cool, sturdy and water-resistant, with a texture that’s a lot more classy than your normal black options (they call the colors charcoal and ash).

There are only a couple of external traditional zippered pockets, but there are plenty of spaces inside them and the bag itself for your accessories (like battery packs, cables, and memory cards) and a tripod carrying strap. Everything is well-padded, from the bottom to the sides and the shoulder straps as well, and there is a sternum strap plus even a hidden one for your waist. There is even a rolling luggage pass-through for easy travel (and it does get a bit heavy fully loaded, as with any similarly-sized bag). Zipper pulls make for easier use, and there is even space for a tablet as well. Expect to spend around $289.95 online and in stores for the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30, available now.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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