We’ve been pulled out of line yet again, forced to unpack our overloaded bags and prove that tangle of metal at the bottom is intended for rock climbing and not something seedier. Our cameras (three in total -- four if you count the GoPro) are swinging from every available strap -- and for a couple who loves travel photography so much, it’s embarrassing how unprepared we look.
Time for a change.Enter Tavik’s Daley Camera Backpack -- the first camera pack from their debut line of backpacks and a no-brainer for anyone with a DSLR looking for a starter bag.
Retailing for $149.95, the Daley has plush shoulder straps and a sleek and stylish all-black design -- a smart, sartorial look that disguises its truly techy features. First there’s the camera stuff: a removable padded tray for your camera body and lenses with a waterproof zipper, Velcro dividers so you can customize the size of the compartments and a waterproof memory-card holder.On the side of the bag, there’s a zippered laptop pocket padded with micro-suede that you can access without shuffling through all your other equipment. There are also straps and pockets for every accessory we can think of: a microfiber stash pocket for your iPhone, a tripod loop and even an expandable water-bottle pocket. With drainage.
And a bottom pocket with a rain cover (we almost forgot). See? They thought of everything.
What we really love is how solid yet lightweight the bag is. It’s not small, coming in at 20.5 inches tall and 13 inches wide, but it weighs less than 4 pounds. Which makes our trip through security much easier -- and a whole lot more stylish.
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