Tamrac 5745 Velocity 5 Hip Pack Convertible Soft Case

Tamrac 5745 Velocity 5 Hip Pack Convertible Soft Case 


This high performance and versatile hip pack convertible doesn''''t look like a camera bag, but it holds and protects a 35mm SLR with zoom lens attached up to 4" long, additional lenses and a flash. With the BioCurveâ„¢ shoulder strap, this unique pack can be carried like a traditional shoulder bag, but it''''s anything but ordinary. To convert it to a hip pack, just unlock the Tuck-A-Wayâ„¢ hip belt and tighten the hip suspension straps to transfer the weight to the hips and balance the load during rigorous physical activities.


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[Jul 16, 2002]


Well constructed, quality stitching and hardware. 5yr limited warranty on materials and workmanship.


Long term abrasion resistance of soft nylon portions.

I got this bag from winning the monthly contest on this site (plug plug). Initial observations are good. The bag is as-described above. The "turbo-top" feature allows you to open the top either as an overlap flap, or through the double zipper as a fully opening top; for quick access to gear. Inside there is enough room for film, filters, one SLR body and compact zoom, and one additional lens and a flash unit. Placed as suggested, the pack will accomodate up to a 6" zoom / camera body assembly. Depending on camera size and your other accessories, you may be able to break down the body and store a longer 8" zoom across the top. The bag measures about 8"x10", and comes with shoulder and hip straps. The shoulder strap has a nice padded piece, and the hip straps can tuck behind a padded lumbar panel. There is an additional outside pouch to hold small accessories. One nice feature is the use of quality buckles and snaps. The shoulder straps attach with metal ("mil-spec", says the product tag) hooks and D-rings. The back panel (when worn as a fanny pack) is trimmed with a reflective edge - a bonus in the dark. There are multiple loops and straps that make this bag expandable with other Tamrac add-on modules: water bottle holders, extra lens case. My only reservation would be the soft nylon covering on the outside pouch and the lumbar pad. This bag would likely be sliding around the trunk of a car or rest against the ground, rocks etc, so abrasion resistance could suffer. Otherwise a good bag with some nice features. Can't comment on price since it was free, but worth looking at. I've seen similar outdoor bags like this for $50-80. Gonna give it a 3 on value so I don't skew the average.

Customer Service

Due to a mixup, the bag was not shipped on the original date. But upon investigation I got a call from Tamrac customer service; two days later the package was on my desk. Excellent!

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