Everyday Messenger by Peak Design
As an official, card carrying member of the camera gear nerd club, I started checking out the gear made by Peak Design since I heard so many good things about it.
And wow am I impressed. I've been using the Slide camera strap, and the Capture Pro clip for a short time now but they have already made my "must have" camera gear list. I've always been annoyed by camera straps but was unwilling to do without because of the risk of dropping my camera. The Slide strap solved that beautifully. With it's smooth easy to use adjustment buckle and one handed attachment points its a dream to use. As for the camera clip, I am an avid hiker and always use a backpack because I can't imagine lugging a shoulder bag on an eleven mile hike. I always end up walking past shots I would like to take but don't because I didn't want to stop, take off my backpack unzip it, get the camera out, take my photos and put it all back and start hiking again. The Capture pro solves this so well because nothing is more uncomfortable than the alternative which was fighting with the camera strap wrapped around me and the backpack.
So now I come to the best of the three. The Everyday Messenger.
The materials this bag is made of is all premium and has an expensive feel and rigidity. Even fully loaded the bag carries the weight very evenly and securely. The genius of this bag is the Origami inspired dividers that are easily repositioned even while gear is in the bag to make room or adjust the interior. The strap is comfortable and easy to adjust even while wearing it and makes quick access to you gear a dream, especially if you have a capture camera clip to go with it. It really is a great bag for everyday use. And this is without a doubt my new favorite shoulder/messenger camera bag.
That being said, I wouldn't use this bag for my mountain day hiking trips because a backpack camera bag is so much more comfortable for all day hiking and exploring. So I'll stick to my ThinkTank Perception Pro bag for that.
My advice to Peak Design, I want to see what you guys can do for a day hikers camera backpack. If you can make a shoulder/messenger bag this good, I would LOVE to see what you can do with a backpack.
I'm 7 months in on owning the Peak Design everyday messenger and true to the title of the bag I have really used this bag everyday. I am still very thrilled with this bag and it's durability is outstanding is barely has a scuff or scrape on it even though it's had kindergarteners spill juice on it at work and been knocked off a bench during recess with the kids while fully loaded with my Sony Alpha 7M2 kit (I work part-time at a local school when I'm not shooting) and it's protected my gear during this abuse. I even had my thermos of café mocha leak inside the bag and was able to clean it up without a stain and it still protected my gear. This is easily the best bag I've ever owned.
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