My pal Trey Ratcliff has done it again. He’s worked with Peak Design to take the advanced features of his Everyday Messenger Bag to a backpack.
If you’ve seen one of the original Everyday Messenger Bags you will have a good idea of what to expect in the Peak Design Everyday Backpack model. Both bags were some of the most popular ever on Kickstarter being seriously over-subscribed in a matter of hours. Millions of dollars in orders later, I am not prepared to listen to criticism along the lines of “Nobody will buy that bag – it’s too expensive.”
That ship has sailed. The bags are wildly successful and for good reason.
If you know Trey at all you know he’s a thoughtful, artistic, down-to-earth person who simply wants to wring every drop of life he can out of every moment. I’ve never seen him do anything half-way. If he’s involved, he’s INVOLVED.
So having been a fan of the original Everyday Messenger Bag I was excited to get a pre-production model for review.
This backpack is larger than the messenger bag and will hold more gear which is exactly what I was hoping for. While I love the messenger bag, I tend to carry more gear than it likes to hold without being over-stuffed.
Trey worked with Peak Design, who in-turn, worked with a team of designers, engineers, and photographers to meet the needs of creative, adventurous people.
They hit a home run.
This bag is beautiful but beyond that, it’s very sturdy and very functional. There are lots of ways to expand, access and organize gear in the bag.
My test model is a 30L which is the larger of the two versions. At under $300 it’s actually quite affordable compared to some of the $400+ bags I test regularly.
One of my favorite features about this bag is the top access and the retention of the origami-like compartments (Peak calls them FlexFold dividers) that seem to make more sense to me than any other camera bag organizational structure.
The bag can be used to haul camera gear, computer gear, a combination of both (up to a 16” laptop) and even an overnight’s change of clothes.
The bag offers tons of protection without being heavy or bulky. That’s a tall order for any camera bag, but this one pulls it off.
The quick-release loop lets it swing around to be carried in multiple ways. It is weatherproof and it stays in place without waist straps. It even offers a cool reflective strip on the outer base to make the photographer who carries the pack more visible at night.
If you like the Peak Design stuff you will certainly like this bag. It’s easily my favorite in their line up. Highly recommended.