WANDRD PRVKE 31L Mini Review – A Stylish “Do Everything” Backpack
Camera bags have a long history, but many of them lack style and are solely focused on function. However, the WANDRD PRVKE: breaks the mold by offering a stylish and versatile pack that excels in various situations. Whether you’re going on a photo shoot, embarking on a multi-day trip, or simply need an everyday carry bag, the WANDRD PRVKE seamlessly adapts to your needs. It combines cleverly designed access points, expandability, weather-resistance, and utility to provide a graceful solution.
The name “WANDRD PRVKE” deserves some attention before delving into the bag’s features. Pronunciation and understanding may pose challenges, but the story behind it is intriguing. “The Wandered” pays homage to those who live in the moment and explore life. The founders initially chose this name for their company, but when they tried to register it online, the cost was an exorbitant $20,000. By removing the vowels, the price dropped to $9.99, and thus WANDRD was born.
- Sturdy construction capable of handling various elements
- Stylish appearance
- Abundance of pockets
- Useful accessories
- Highly adaptable
- Limited space for larger camera equipment
- Some compartments are difficult to access
- Magnetic carrying handles are not very strong
Size and Weight
The PRVKE 31 weighs 1.3 kg and has a volume of 31 liters, expandable to 36 liters. These specifications place it on the lighter side of travel backpacks. Despite its ruggedness and storage capacity, the PRVKE 31 remains surprisingly compact, measuring 19″x12.5″x7.5″. It utilizes every inch of space effectively, making it difficult to believe that it could be any smaller. In terms of size and weight, it strikes a perfect balance.
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Materials: Waterproof Tarpaulin and Robic 1680D Ballistic Nylon. Weather Resistant Zippers.
- Dimensions: 17″H X 11″W X 6.5″D
- Volume: 21 L to 25 L (fully extended roll-top)
- Weight: 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)
- Dimensions: 19″H X 12.5″W X 7.5″D
- Volume: 31 L to 36 L (fully extended roll-top)
- Weight: 1.5 kg (3.4 lbs)
Convenient for Travelers
Frequent flyers will appreciate the PRVKE 31 as it meets carry-on requirements, ensuring your gear remains protected instead of being mishandled in the cargo hold. WANDRD guarantees a hassle-free experience at airport security, thanks to the bag’s “lay flat design,” which is TSA-friendly. By opening the bag and laying it flat on the belt, it easily passes through X-Ray machines.
The PRVKE is ideal for individuals seeking a versatile bag that can accommodate various gear configurations, including “one bag travel” and camera/drone needs, particularly in its 31L size. With numerous hidden and visible pockets, it offers a multitude of options. Coupled with a spacious main compartment that includes optional camera cubes and a built-in partition, it caters to workers, travelers, and explorers who require ample gear storage. Ultimately, it is a comfortable and functional pack.
The internal compartment can be divided into two using a Velcro separator or used as one large space by folding the separator flat against the front. A zipped flap separates the lower section from the back clamshell opening, and a zipped mesh flap divides the upper section. The clamshell back section features two laptop/iPad sleeves.
Build & Ruggedness
Constructed with a waterproof tarpaulin exterior and inner nylon layer, the WANDRD PRVKE 31 is built to withstand various conditions. All zippers feel solid and of high quality. Despite weeks of intensive usage, the only issue encountered was a minor tear scratch in the G-hook metal buckle, likely caused by tightly packing the bag. Fortunately, WANDRD offers a lifetime warranty, a testament to the bag’s build quality.
After some weeks of intensive usage, the only issue I’ve had is having a slight tear scratch in the G-hook metal buckle by laying it flat over the pavement.
This is only minor and is likely from the strain of packing the bag tightly. Luckily, WANDRD provides a lifetime warranty for this bag, a testament to the build quality.
The PRVKE can be used as a standalone travel bag or combined with a removable camera cube. Two sizes of camera cubes are available: the “Essential” size fits in the lower half of the internal compartment, while the “Pro” size occupies the entire space.
The PRVKE offers multiple entry points designed to cater to photographers on the move. Its clamshell opening allows for easy access to the entire contents of the bag by unzipping and folding down the back. This facilitates effortless packing and finding items quickly. Additionally, a side opening in the lower half of the bag permits easy access to the interior without needing to open the entire bag. This feature is ideal for quickly retrieving or stowing a camera. Finally, the expandable roll-top provides additional carrying capacity and grants access to the bag’s contents.
The PRVKE features five external storage pockets and one internal pocket. Inside, there is a small zipped pocket on the inner side flap, accompanied by three expandable mesh pouches and extra room for storage. This is perfect for organizing memory cards, spare batteries, and cables. Externally, a large front pocket offers space for slim items like maps, notebooks, and magazines. The top-back of the bag contains a fleece-lined pouch suitable for delicate items such as sunglasses or phones. Another discreet pocket near the top side includes a fixed keychain holder.
Appearance & Fit
The WANDRD PRVKE exudes a hipster-style aesthetic, catering to fashion-conscious photographers. It doesn’t draw excessive attention as a camera bag but garners compliments for its unique appearance. The straps provide a comfortable thickness, and the weight distribution is well-balanced. Even when fully loaded, the bag doesn’t strain the shoulders. The waist belt and chest strap add extra comfort, making the PRVKE suitable for long outdoor adventures. Additionally, two removable accessory straps are included, enabling attachment to various anchor points on the bag for holding items like tripods, roll mats, or bulky jackets.
Tech Pouch and Toiletry Bag
Designed to complement the existing WANDRD lineup, the Tech Pouch and Toiletry Bag bridge the gap between camera/gear bags and true travel bags.
- Comes in three sizes
- Made from weather-resistant N420 HD Ripstop with 5 PM Coating
- Features 2 quick-grab side handles, a secure grip pass-through handle, and 2 access pockets
- Unique webbing loop and clip system on the back panel for connecting multiple pouches/bags
- Can be attached to the Accessory Strap loops on the outside of the PRVKE or DUO
- Universal carry strap for both Tech Pouch and Toiletry Bag
- Available in two sizes
- Made from weather-resistant N420 HD Ripstop with 5 PM Coating
- Includes 2 zippered pockets with internal organization
- Features a webbing loop with a snap in the front pocket for securing items
- Contains 1 zippered pocket, 1 antimicrobial sleeve, and a PU-coated internal liner for easy cleaning
- Back panel with 3 pockets, including an oversized hook for hanging the bag
The Carry Strap
The Carry Strap transforms any Tech Pouch or Toiletry Bag into a standalone sling or fanny pack. Made with durable non-banded nylon webbing, secure gate-keeper hardware, and a quick-release adjustable magnetic buckle, it offers durability, comfort, and ease of use.
In conclusion, the WANDRD PRVKE combines style and functionality. Designed for outdoor use, this bag excels in comfort, an aspect often overlooked by other manufacturers prioritizing the storage of camera equipment. The PRVKE is an excellent investment for those seeking a versatile backpack that is durable and aesthetically pleasing. With a capacity of 31 liters (expandable to 36 liters), it accommodates a significant amount of gear, and the abundance of pockets ensures ample storage options. The robust weather-resistant design guarantees the safety of your belongings. Customizable straps and a sleek, attractive design make this backpack highly versatile.