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Clik Elite Escape Backpacks
Product DescriptionA balanced approach to flexible organization, mobile comfort, and high-performance. The wide-open main compartment accommodates your personalized mix of gear –camera and outdoor. The bidirectional hip belt and hydration bladder compartment keep you moving on days in the back country, while features like the Camera Nest and tuck-away tripod attachments provide efficient workflow for serious photographers.
Submitted by Axle a Expert
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2010
Strengths: - Balances the load, easy to carry a lot of gear without too much stress on your
- Built in support for camelbacks/hydration systems
- Lots of camera space, you can fit a pro body and a long lens without difficulty, and even a second body.
- You can even fit a 6x6 or 6x4.5 medium format camera
- Excellent storage for your tripod
- The internals are easy to move around and provides lots of combinations.
Weaknesses: - Straps are a little thin
- Lacking space for additional supplies
When my National Geographic Earth Explorer met its early and unfortunate demise I suddenly found myself in need of a new camera backpack for my exploration. Let's just say like many people I'm none too kind on my camera backpacks since I explore abandoned buildings which often cannot be too kind. I remember seeing the Clik Elite brand here on Photography Review a while back and was instantly drawn to the bags, since they were designed for adventure photographers my mind instantly went "Adventure, well exploring abandoned buildings counts right?' but at the time I had a camera bag. So when I was in need again I instantly went to Clik Elite, and settled on the Escape.
The Escape provided the perfect blend of carrying space and low profile. The low profile was key since I often have to climb through small spaces to get into buildings. But even with the low profile I can still carry a pro body dSLR at at least one other camera body (either 35mm SLR or a Medium format camera (6x6 SLR/TLR or 6x4.5 SLR). Not to mention a good selection of lenses and flashes. The mesh case allows for easy transport of cable releases, tripod feet, even a notebook and pen.
Another key point to the escape is the unique tripod carrying, using a mesh pocket and bungee cord, which I have found to be rather secure while climbing or crawling, and of course walking.
But even with all these great things there are a couple things about the bag that are a bit disappointing. The main straps are a little on the thin side (although i haven't had issues yet) also the lack of extra storage space, for additional gear (spare flashlights, film ect).
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $150.00
Purchased At: B&H
Similar Products Used: Various Lowepro and Tamarac backpacks
Type of photography: Other
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