Mindshift Backpack

The Mindshift UltraLight™ Dual 36L is priced extremely well at $199.00. It is one of the most durable bags I have used at that size for that price. I like the way the bag is designed as it has a side panel that allows you to rotate the bag without taking it off to access your gear without getting your bag dirty or wet. It also features a removable insert that can be worn as a shoulder bag or beltpack. Mindshift is affiliated with Think Tank Brand.

My friend Michael bought one after I got mine and we have been putting it to the test. We both agree that the bag is comfortable on your back even with a tripod attached to the outside. I like the side zipped pocket on the belt strap and the pouch for my laptop. It has become one of our favorite go-to bags for when we need to carry a bit more than just a single lens or two. He took his to Death Valley and hiked out to one of the remote places and the bag was terrific as he never had to take it fully off of his back to access his gear as he changed out lenses.

I used it on a recent trip and could not believe how easy it was to pack in my suitcase, It folded flat and took up virtually no room in my suitcase. I did not use the removable camera compartment–I left it at home, I like to use my buffs and hats to wrap my gear so that they can perform double duties for me. It also comes with a raincover. If you want a bag that can get to your next location without taking up too much room and weight in your suitcase–give this one a try!

From their site:

Exterior Dimensions:
11” W x 21” H x 8.7” D
(28 x 53.5 x 22 cm)

Camera Compartment:
9.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.5” D
(25 x 25 x 16.5 cm)

Laptop/hydration compartment:
10.4” W x 19.3” H
(26.5 x 49 cm)

Weight:
3.3 lbs. (1.5kg)

Volume:
36 Liters

(Includes raincover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)

Materials
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high-quality YKK® Fuse zippers, 100D nylon shadow rip-stop, 420D high-density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Additional Features:

Dedicated compartment for laptop, tablet or hydration reservoir. Fits 3L hydration or 15” laptop
Large capacity for personal gear: extra layers, a light jacket, food, etc.
Removable camera compartment converts to a chest pack with the optional Tripod Suspension Kit
Integrated tripod/monopod mounting system on front
Trap door platform allows you to use the entire bag for personal gear
Seam-sealed rain cover included
High quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D high-density nylon reinforced stress points for long lasting durability and strength
Highly breathable three-layer shoulder straps with daisy chain for additional gear
Internal compression strap and drawstring collar maximize capacity and minimize bulk
Stretch side pocket
Internal zippered mesh pocket for small items
Zippered lid pocket and zippered waist belt pocket for quick access to small items
Accessory loop for mountain axe or hiking poles mounting
Lid closure doubles as a lash point for a large jacket or other bulky items
Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
Adjustable dividers for different camera gear configurations
Adjustable sternum strap
Camera compartment lid tucks into side opening lid for quick access
Nylex LCD protector provides a place for your camera strap while covering your LCD
Compatible with the Filter Nest/Hive and Switch Case, Tripod Suspension Kit and Panorama/Horizon photo insert

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  1. Jim Fennessy says:

    My Mindshift backpack has served me well transporting my 600mm and the rest of my camera gear to your workshops in Alaska for brown bears, Kenya and then the Falklands in a six month period. Thanks for those great workshops and for getting me into mindshift for carrying all of my gear. Somehow I missed your advice on Canon vs. Nikon, but that’s another story 🙂

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