As a photographer, juggling cameras, lenses and all the other gear you have is probably one of the most difficult things to manage. If you are anything like me, you spend an unhealthy amount of time organising and organising your gear, hopelessly trying to make things more streamlined and easy to use.
About two years ago, I set out on the quest to find the “perfect” camera bag. Admittedly, I haven’t been able to research or use every bag out there. However, I do feel like I have put in more blood sweat and tears into this than your average person would. Over the last couple years I have bought multiple bags and they usually come and go pretty quickly. I find reasons why they just don’t seem to be practical and then they go to the bin in my closet to collect dust. Also, this is probably a good time to mention that bags in general are kind of a mild O.C.D obsession for me.
The last time I bought a bag I was stuck between two completely different bags (F-stop Loka UL and Langly Alpha Pro) for different reasons. The worst part about the situation was that I wasn’t excited about either decision. One bag was super functional but would sacrifice total aesthetics and the other was total aesthetics and not functional. My inner hipster won and and I got a pretty Langly bag and have been frustrated with my decision since. So all of this leads me to the WANDRD PRVKE bag. This bag was the biggest breath of fresh air I have had since I started this quest a couple years ago. Why was this bag such a breath of fresh air? Well let me tell you.
First off, as you can tell from my previous choice of bag I am a huge sucker for aesthetics. With that being said I am the first person to get ticked off and chuck my gear when it doesn’t function the way that I want it to. The PRVKE bag is the perfect collision of both of those worlds for me. The bag is absolutely gorgeous and comes in every colour you could ever want… Black, duh! (What other colour would you want) Besides it being an aesthetically pleasing bag it is functional in two important ways for me.
The first reason it is a functional bag is because I am a photographer that actually uses my bag when I go out and shoot. I am not to the point in my work where I have car loads of gear to take with me, so all of my gear is usually stored in one bag. Also, I ride a motorcycle everywhere so it is tough to have more than just a bag of gear with you. If a bag is difficult to do things like store and retrieve gear while I am shooting then it has no use to me. This is definitely a point where the PRVKE bag shines. With the side access it is easy to arrange my gear to retrieve quickly without having to set my bag down to get things out. It also has the clamshell entrance that makes things super easy if you have to do a lot of shuffling around. Instead of having to focus on what I am carrying and can focus on what I am doing and this makes a world of difference.
The second reason it is a functional bag for me is because my wife and I travel a lot. Every time I pack for a trip I am stuck with two bags, one for clothes one for camera gear and this drives me crazy. The PRVKE bag solved this one easy. Because of the roll top design, it is easily expandable to whatever size you need. I can keep the bag super slim while I am riding around on my bike shooting and only need my camera gear or when I travel I can expand the roll top and get both my camera gear and my clothes all in one bag. Game changer! Having to have two different camera bags for different situations or just two bags in general is such a pain. One last side note to travel is this thing is a breeze when going through TSA.
Beyond just both of those functional reason there were like a million other reasons that sold me to this bag. Let me just go through a few of my favourite functions of the bag.
The side entrance is one of the key features for me. Not having to take my bag all the way off to retrieve my camera usually means getting a shot or not for me. Let’s be honest, I am already lazy enough without having to struggle through my bag to get my camera just to see if I want to take a shot or not. Also, It makes the chances of missing a shot go way down.
The camera sling. I have seen lots of companies who make camera slings but I have never seen a backpack that has incorporated the sling into their design. This feature is killer, especially for when you are traveling or hiking and you get tired of getting your camera out of your bag but also don’t want to hold it. It also takes virtually no time to set up so it’s a function that is actually usable.
The lens cap and card holders. The slots they put on the shoulder straps makes it super easy to have an extra card, battery or place to put your lens cap. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat on a lens cap that I forgot was sitting nicely in my back pocket. Break enough of those babies and they start getting expensive. Also, the same goes for memory cards that get put in my pocket with my keys, loose change and just about anything else that shouldn’t be put with a memory card.
To sum everything up, the guys at WANDRD definitely did their homework. The bag is all around the best bag I have been able to find and is such a practical solution for anyone from a photographer to someone who just needs a backpack. For more photos and information on the bag, check out their Kickstarter and help get these guys funded.
To sum everything up, the guys at WANDRD definitely did their homework. The bag is all around the best bag I have been able to find and is such a practical solution for anyone from a photographer to someone who just needs a backpack.
For more photos and information on the bag, check out their Kickstarter and help get these guys funded.