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Introducing The Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack & Packing Tools

By Kishore Sawh on July 24th 2018

Whilst Lowepro, ThinkTank and Manfrotto are camera bag brands that can be found on shelves everywhere from B&H to BestBuy, it’s Peak Design bags that you’ll see being worn everywhere by a younger generation of photographers. The company has kept that generation in mind from the design stages through to the funding. Peak Design has pioneered crowdfunding for the type, and is now on it’s 8th Kickstarter project, and it’s for the new 45L Travel Backpack & Packing Tools.

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The Kickstarter campaign they’ve launched has once again blown far past its goal of $500,000. This isn’t surprising given their history of delivering quality, and on schedule, and the world is always looking for another great travel bag – especially creatives looking to house their gear.

The Everyday line was truly transformational for many photographers looking for stylish and affordable bags that accommodated their lifestyles and wallets. But where the Everyday Backpack and messenger and the rest of the Everyday line was that, this new offering is focused on travel – though Peak is using the word ‘travel’ in a rather nebulous form that could be intercontinental or within your city. But being for travel it is weather resistant and expandable.

The new 45L Travel Backpack & Packing Tools looks to be the most versatile Peak Design bag yet, with as assortment of packing cubes and pouches that are made to work specifically with the bag, which cover everything from camera and lens storage, to a wash bag, to cables and so on. All of it meant to work together seamlessly to provide function that fits the form.

The MSRP of the 45L Travel Backpack is $299 but can be had for $235 if you back the Kickstarter, with deliveries occurring before the holidays.

Adding the various camera cubes and so on, however, does see the price jump, and the top-tier which comes with the complete travel pack and large camera cube will be $459 on kickstarter which is a considerable $176 less than the $635 MSRP it will retail for.

Peak looks to be going after the market I have felt WANDRD has nailed so nicely, so expect a full review in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in acting now, you can do so here on their Kickstarter.

You can also find the line of Peak Design Bags already out, here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ted Nghiem

    Wonder if they will be more comfortable than the 20L fully packed. I find the 20L to be uncomfortable, especially in the lower back area.   

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  2. adam sanford

    They’ve jumped the shark.  Too much going on here and it would take quite a demo to convince me that all those cubes work well / quickly / efficiently with the 87 gajillion access points. 

    Also:  45L carry with stylish little thin backpack shoulder straps?  My shoulders hurt just looking at that. 

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    • Kishore Sawh

      It’s hard for me to judge bags without actually strapping them on. But it’ll take a lot to convince me this is actually a better option than the WANDRD HEXAD which is my standard now.

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    • Boats

      My Osprey Porter 46 works fine with the simple straps. So I don’t see why this one won’t work. My main concern is about the accessories. Specifically the materials. I use Eagle Creek’s specter Pack-It cubes because they don’t take any space/weight out of your bag capacity.

      You can see in the photos that the medium size camera cube only leaves enough space for a small cube. I can pack a small pro F-Stop gear ICU and clothes for 7-10 days, toiletries, laptop, table,  and chargers/cables, etc in my Loka backpack without a problem. Mostly, because the only padded thing is the ICU. The bag and packing cubes are “light” and thin. Not sure that you can do that with this bag. But then, I now usually travel with a smallish daypack and a main bag (so I don’t have to carry a large pack everywhere when out and about)

      Even though I like PeakDesign design’s, I fear that the bag  will probably be on the heavy side compared to alternatives.

      But, as Kishore says above, it’s hard to judge until you actually see everything in person.

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    • adam sanford

      K, you wear the HEXAD…  on your back?  (For real?)

      The only absolute need I can see for 45L back carry is backcountry hiking (or more likely longer lens wildlife work), where wheels simply won’t cut it, but I’m a weirdo who’s perfectly happy with his rollerboard suitcase.

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