For those who’ve been reviewing backpacks for a while, you’ll begin to see a whole lot of similarities between baggage. It’s occurring to me an increasing number of typically, and my girlfriend typically jokes that I’m working out of issues to say about carry-on backpacks! “So, what are you going to inform individuals this time? That it has a laptop computer compartment? OOooOOh”.
However then I obtained the Prima System Modular Journey Backpack from Boundary Provide, and I used to be delighted by the distinctive options and strategy of this product. Even this jaded backpack reviewer discovered some great surprises right here, and I feel this backpack is value taking a critical look.
In a nutshell, I feel it is a unbelievable backpack for every day/on a regular basis or weekend use. It has some superb organizational options (together with some actually neat ones for photographers) and it appears to be like good too. It may well develop from 25 liters to 35 liters, making it particularly versatile.
The Prima System jogs my memory slightly of the backpacks by Peak Design, although it has a extra sturdy and outdoorsy design, and it manages a have a bit extra restraint relating to the entry factors for the principle compartment (which I feel is usually a actual plus).
Let me stroll you thru among the notable options of this backpack.
The adaptable storage module
Inside the principle compartment is one thing that appears a bit like an enormous packing dice, which attaches to the within of the bag with two buttons. You’ll be able to attain right down to this module via the highest, or through a zipper on the facet of the backpack.
Photographers will see the apparent use case for this. It’s an awesome place to retailer your digital camera or lenses! You’ll be able to merely maintain the backpack on a single strap, swing it to the facet, after which simply seize your digital camera gear via the side-access.
I’m an enormous journey pictures buff and I principally can not stay with out this kind of quick-access digital camera compartment anymore — it’s superb to have the ability to seize your digital camera with one hand and with out having to place your backpack on the bottom.
In fact, you may as well use this module for storing anything. It’s additionally completely elective, so when you’re occurring a visit the place you simply want all the inside house collectively, you possibly can simply take it out.
If I had any criticisms right here, I’d say that it will have been good to have two velcro dividers contained in the module as an alternative of only one. I usually journey with a Micro 4 Thirds digital camera with two or three lenses, and it will have been good to have yet another divider right here to maintain the lenses separated. For those who’re on Micro 4 Thirds, like me, you possibly can match three to four lenses simply. For those who’re on an APS-C or Full Body digital camera, I’d say you’ve got room right here for a digital camera and two lenses. In case your lenses are fairly massive, don’t fear, because the module is expandable (utilizing a zipper) so it turns into one other third or so deeper.
Built-in shoulder bag
We’re truly not achieved with this module but! It can be became a separate bag — simply detach it, after which detach the hip belt and click on it into the storage module. Ta-da, you now have a digital camera bag or small daypack/shoulder bag.
That is fairly superb and handy, as you won’t at all times wish to carry the entire bag with you in every single place.
I don’t suppose that is solely related for photographers; this will simply as simply be utilized by city explorers and vacationers desirous to take only some smaller objects with them, whereas leaving the big bag at an workplace, hostel, or locker.
Built-in journey organizer
In fact, this bag has a padded laptop computer compartment (what bag doesn’t, as of late?) and a spot to retailer paperwork.
However they take issues one step additional by including a removable journey organizer. It may well retailer some paperwork (or a pill), pens, and has two mesh pouches. In what’s a fairly neat element, the doc sleeve is magnetic and can simply shut with only a small contact.
Your complete journey organizer will be clipped contained in the bag with a push button, or will be taken out simply. I feel it is a fairly neat function, although I do miss simply having a few of these issues fastened inside a traditional bag compartment. It takes a while to get within the behavior of taking out this entire organizer to retrieve a pen or paper, though I suppose that is only a matter of desire.
Flap-over most important compartment
As an alternative of an everyday zipped high, the Prima System Modular Journey Backpack makes use of a flap-over. This makes the bag a bit extra expandable, although it does additionally inhibit your entry to the principle compartment slightly.
Whereas the flap-over appears to be like superb, I additionally suppose it’s ever so barely awkward. You must open it utilizing the magnetic buckles, then zip it open via the center, after which push apart the flap to retrieve objects inside. I just like the magnetic buckles rather a lot, however I’m much less loopy in regards to the lack of speedy entry.
Alternatively, with waterproofed zippers and a double layered high, I think about this does shield your belongings to the surface parts rather a lot higher. (I used the backpack in heavy rain with out situation.)
Professionals and cons
The modular system could be very intelligent. It’s genuinely a singular promoting level for this product. I just like the side-access too, and I feel in some methods it features higher than baggage by Peak Design (which have side-access on either side, typically resulting in confusion, and in a single case for me even a dropped lens).
I’m unsure if I’m completely in love with the flap-over component, although I’ll admit it appears to be like cool and provides the bag a extra rugged look. The supplies used and the watertight zippers will make you assured to make use of this in city settings however equally within the outside.
One factor to notice are the colours. I reviewed the Stone Grey / Emerald Inexperienced version and I ought to say that it appears to be like a bit completely different in individual from the best way it appears to be like on the Boundary Provide web site. The product photographs undoubtedly make it look extra like vivid silver gray, when in actuality it truth it has a noticeable and extra subdued inexperienced hue. Perhaps it will depend on the lighting situations, as in my very own photographs on this web page it additionally appears to be like extra gray! Hmm. In any case, the backpack appears to be like superb.
General it is a high-quality and intelligent backpack that I’m very comfy recommending to anybody, and to photographers much more. The Prima System is accessible solely through the Boundary Provide on-line retailer, and you’ll test for the most recent costs there.
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