Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30l Review

Just grab the small nylon loop and pull—the straps glide like butter. Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L Shoulder Strap Swivel PointsThe shoulder straps themselves are dense, spongy, and comfortable, which is the biggest improvement when compared to the V1 line. The stretchy mesh on the back of the straps has more of a ripstop design, compared to the ballistic-style straps of the V1.

Like many things in photography, this one is all down to your own style — the features that matter most for the work you do. The hip strap significantly improves comfort with heavy loadsComfort is generally good, although not perfect. Because of its large capacity, when the bag is filled with photo gear, it gets heavy, and the shoulder straps quickly become uncomfortable.

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Get back to the practical realities Peak Design, and take some real life lessons on the elements that rule us out here in the real dusty world outside your secure, air conditioned studios. In many cases — air travel, for example — a rigid bag is better than a thin one. But I thought it would be worth mentioning, since the impression you might get from online photos doesn’t tell quite the whole story. We publish every day with reviews, photo essays, gear guides, articles, and links to awesome and interesting things. My other minor gripe about the V2 backpack is how rigid it is with a laptop, an iPad, and the velcro divider shelves. In fact, one of the coolest things about the backpack is being able to spend 20 minutes showing off every secret compartment and carefully placed magnet to your spouse.

This makes it harder to open the section, particularly if it’s full, and it makes it harder to fit gear into each individual pocket (since the bag doesn’t allow for much stretching). The Zip’s single zipper makes it more susceptible to accidentally opening the pack a bit wider than expected and having gear fall out. The first time I had the Zip fully loaded I almost dropped my camera body and lens that was in the top compartment when I held the pack on my lap to access the side panel. As the zipper slides open very easily, it opened slightly larger than expected.

The 10L will also fit a tablet or small ultrabook in the back sleeve, though I generally leave such things at home or at my hotel. I initially bought the 6-liter version as a gift for my partner, but soon got a 10-liter version for myself as well. Since travel blogging is my job, I carry my camera with me virtually everywhere I go during my trips. But carrying it for 5h straight with my full dslr setup, … not so recommandable. I really want to like these Backpacks, but they demand a redesign to configure them for photography out here in the real world.

Handles – Handles are sturdy and love the added ability to slot the bag sideways through a suitcase handle. The beauty of the Peak Design dividers is that you can literally set them up any way that you want! The dividers to the inside of the backpack, and start experimenting with a system that works for you. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip is basically a simplified version of the original Everyday Backpack. The straps have a very strong magnet on them which connects them to the back of the pack. This means when you aren’t wearing the pack, you can ensure the straps are neatly pressed against the back, making it tidier and tighter.

We aren’t going to say it’s the most comfortable daypack ever made, but overall it’s got a great feel to it when wearing it. At 20 or 30 liters, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is too small to travel the world. Mayybbee you can get away with the 30 liter if you are a super light traveler, but we don’t recommend it. Check out our list of the best backpacks for Digital Nomads. One of the most unique aspects of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack are the configurable FlexFold dividers. This gives you nearly limitless customization of how you want the main compartment of your bag to function.

Version 2 brings about several small, yet meaningful changes including stronger zippers, a new shape (that’s less likely to fall over), more comfortable straps and updated hardware. Living in Eastern Canada, Bernard is an optical designer working in the photonics industry. He is also a seasoned reviewer of photographic equipment, using his training in physics to test lenses, cameras and various accessories. Bernard’s photographic interests include studio and portrait, travel, landscape and cityscape, particularly at night. The quality of the fabric and craftsmanship is impressive.

For months I watched all of their Google Hangout videos, watched all the promotional material, and checked the discussion board on Kickstarter. I feel like I knew the product pretty well and that’s why I was able to open and review the bag quite thoroughly the first go around. We would say that the Wash Pouch is more of a travel necessity, but if you are a Digital Nomad or have a lot of electronics, then a good tech pouch is a life necessity. It’s big, it’s deep, and it will easily fit all of your travel gear… and then some. Messenger bags are all the rave right now, and Peak Design have made a great version by blending a traditional messenger bag with their flagship Everyday Backpack. It’s a nice feature, especially if you are on the shorter side as it will allow you to adjust the pack in a way that is more comfortable for you.