Inspired by his extensive travel and career in wildlife photography, outdoor photographer Andy Biggs has launched Gura Gear. Gura Gear will offer on-the-go photographers a lightweight and comfortable yet highly functional alternative to bulky photo gear currently available to photographers.

The Kiboko bag 30L is the first design from the Gura Gear line. Weighing in at only four pounds, the Kiboko is the lightest bag in its class. This bag allows all photo gear to be safely stored and comfortably carried but also quickly accessed. The Kiboko bag is deep enough to accommodate a pro level SLR camera body, as well as medium format cameras. The bag will also hold up to a 500mm and 600mm lens simultaneously. The Kiboko bag is made from high-tech Dimension Polyant VX-21, a unique and durable water-shedding material made from the same process that is used on some of the fastest lightweight sailboats in the world. The outer materials are abrasion and tear resistant and the interior is well padded, ensuring that the bag and your equipment will hold up regardless of the terrain you’re photographing.

The Kiboko bag can be carried either as a backpack with a retractable harness system or as a shoulder bag using ergonomically placed handles. The Kiboko also features a convenient butterfly flap access system, allowing the photographer to easily get to multiple bodies, lenses and all their photo accessories. The bag’s interior is also fully customizable to suit the photographers’ individual needs. The Kiboko’s harness system fully retracts for loading into airplanes and can be used as a carry on for both domestic and international flights. Every detail of the Kiboko bag has been specifically designed, down to the zippers that can be handled even while wearing winter gloves.

I’ve been beta testing this bag and I can vouch for it. It will fit on any major airline in the overhead bag compartment and likewise, even on regional jets. It’s a better choice than the bag Moose Peterson designed, but it does something similar.

Andy is a regular traveler to Africa and this bag meets the needs of someone with that demanding need.

My only gripe is that it doesn’t hold my Sigma 300-800 :)

Will I be giving up my trusty ThinkTank Photo Airport Addicted Rolling Backpack for this? No way. But I do have an absolute need for just such a bag as the Kiboko as a supplement to my ThinkTank bag. The Kiboko can go places the ThinkTank bag cannot. Accordingly, I look forward to using it on a regular basis. I’ll give a more detailed, long-term report on the bag after I’ve had it for a while.

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Highly recommended.

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