Category: Bags

Bags | The Eagle Creek Afar Backpack Review

Traveling far with the Eagle Creek Afar
Traveling far with the Eagle Creek Afar
Traveling far with the Eagle Creek Afar

Eagle Creek has been evolving in terms of branding and design. Recently, they sported a new logo and a much more defined collection line. I have been in search for a 30+ L capacity bag to replace my 5 years old Deuter Trans Alpine and found the attractive ochre-colored Eagle Creek Afar Backpack to my liking. It’s one of those bags versatile bags I can take on short trips or some city strolls. I’ve used the Eagle Creek Afar Backpack extensively for more than 3 months now and have taken it to several places already like Tagaytay, Coron and Camiguin so I can fairly say I know more about it now to warrant a fair review.

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Bags | Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V16 Camera Slingpack

Shooting at Mt Tapyas Coron with Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V16
Shooting at Mt Tapyas Coron with Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V16 (Photo by Oggie Ramos

The camera bag I bring on a trip is dependent on what gear I would bring or the type of photography I would be doing. For casual street photography, I would eventually bring something like the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V12 Sling Bag. But on my recent trip to Coron Palawan, I knew I would be bringing a lot more, like my MacBook, a larger selection of lenses, some reading materials, notebooks, a water bottle and probably a few quick snacks since I would be staying longer and shooting a wider variety of subjects. I was fortunate to have the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V16 Slingpack for me to try out on that week long trip to Coron, PacSafe’s new camera bag geared for the active traveler.

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Bags | Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier

The Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier Shoulder Bag
The Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier Shoulder Bag
The Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier Shoulder Bag

There is always that little bag we take where we put the stuff we readily access and need when we travel like mobile phones, passport, flight tickets, notebooks, mints etc. The type of bag differs from each people. Some prefers belt bags or fanny pack, personally I like using shoulder bags and keep them on my side. I have used a lot and to add to the growing list is the new Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier. A new shoulder bag geared for the mobile tech and smart urban traveler.

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Bags | Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12 Camera Sling Bag

On the field with the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12
On the field with the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12
On the field with the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12 (Photo by Roadworthy Man)

Choosing a camera bag requires the same care and conscientious thought as buying a camera itself. Why? It’s the one thing that would hold your precious gear. It should be tough enough to carry its weight, rugged to take everywhere and withstand the elements and to add to that growing concerns, secure enough for prying thieves. That where PacSafe comes in. I’ve been using their “anti-theft” products for years now and it does add a certain piece of mind when securing my stuff while traveling. And lately they have been extending their line to include camera bags that caters to different styles of photographers. One of the recent camera bag models they have is the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12 Camera Sling Bag. I put the bag to the test on the recent Aliwan Fiesta 2013  and here I share my impression of this camera sling bag.

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Compact and Sturdy Crumpler The Squid

Crumpler The Squid in Red and in compact form
Crumpler The Squid in Red and in compact form
Crumpler The Squid in Red and in compact form

I have a packable jacket, a packable pants and it’s no surprise I now have a packable stow-away bag in the form of Crumpler The Squid. I got lucky enough to win this new product by just following CrumplerPH on twitter (which you should do too!) so I wasn’t expecting much about it. I’ve had a couple of Crumplers already like their old 3 Million Dollar Camera Bag and had the Customary Barge Backpack for a while, so I can attest to the quality of the brand along with their spunky designs. I took The Squid to my recent trip to the cool highlands of Sagada to test how tough this sack is on actual travel.

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Review: Kata Hybrid-537 DL Camera Bag

 

The Kata Hybrid
The Kata Hybrid

In my continuous attempt to keep my travel gear light as possible for my personal travel, I’ve been looking at some options in terms of camera bags. Before, I had two bags with me, my Kata Sensitivity Bag and my regular 30-liter Deuter Backpack. While I really like the efficiency of the Sansitivity-V for its size, it’s really hard to travel with 2 bags in tow, especially when you’re always on the move. When I found the Kata Hybrid-537 D-lite Shoulder Bag while doing some window shop on a camera store, I thought it was ingenious that I can remove the compartments making it more compact if I wanted to so I bought one at Island Photo. After months of having it with me, here what I thought of it.

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