I confess. I’m addicted to bags, camera bags that is. I love a bag that is full of feature and functionality. I love bags that look good, but understated. I think as photographers, the camera bag is next on the list of essential equipment next to tripods. How else are we suppose to haul our expensive gears around the field? How else are we suppose to get to a location with all our gears? We spend good money on these bags just for that reason. We need to protect our gear while we’re out in the field. It only makes sense that we’re always on the lookout for the PERFECT camera bag, though whatever that means will be different for everyone.
A few months ago, I was in Penang for a 10-day trip. I brought along the WANDRD PRVKE 31 as my transit bag, along with my Peak Design Everyday Sling. The PRVKE 31 (pronounced provoke) is an absolute beast of a bag. Being 31 litre, it can hold a lot of stuff. Given the fact that the Fujifilm cameras and lenses aren’t exactly big, I was able to fit quite a lot of camera equipment, and then some more. During transit, I was able to pack the following gear -
Fujifilm X-T2, with the 16-55mm lense attached
bag of filters
MacBook Pro 13’
Sirui T-025 Tripod
other small items like charger, hard drive, batteries, etc
As you can see, this bag can fit quite a bit of stuff in it. A drawback of this is that it is HEAVY. Once filled to the brimmed, it weighed about 12kg. I don’t usually carry this much equipment when I’m travelling but I wanted to push the limit of this bag (and my back). I’m happy to report that the bag held up well. Having a roll-top design means that I am able to fit even more stuff in it once unrolled.
The shoulder strap has got to be one of the best of all the backpack that I’ve tried. It was wide and soft enough that it didn’t feel like it was digging into my shoulder once loaded up. This was one of my gripes with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. But what this means is that I am now unable to position my Peak Design Capture Clip where I want to. I had to install the Capture Clip lower than where I would have preferred as the strap tapers off at the bottom.
The WANDRD PRKVE backpack comes with the optional camera cube. I love that it allows me to position the dividers however I wanted it. It came with ample dividers of multiple sizes, allowing you to position the dividers as you please. This is perfect for a mirrorless user as you are able to size the area that holds your camera and lenses.
So have I found the PERFECT bag? No. Will I ever? Probably not. I think this comes close to being the perfect travelling bag for me. I have even used this bag for a shoot recently but to be honest, I only needed minimal gear and this was a tad big. I think that is my only complaint about this bag - it’s a tad big at times. They do offer the 21l version as well, so if you don’t usually carry lots of gear, that could be perfect for you.