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Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String)

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Product Highlights
  • Fits Various Camcorders up to 15" Long
  • Padded Pocket for 17" Laptop Computer
  • Padded 1000D Cordura Backpack
  • Side Tripod Pocket with a Cinch Strap
  • Three Accessory Pockets
  • Removable Waist Straps
  • Padded Side Support Straps
  • Divider Kit and CS-B9 Stuff Pack
  • Made in Vermont, USA

The black with copper string BK-1NR Backpack from Porta Brace is a padded 1000 denier Cordura backpack made to carry various camcorders up to 15" long, with a laptop computer and tripod. The case has a padded pocket that will hold a 17" laptop computer, side tripod pocket with a cinch strap, and three accessory pockets. The backpack has extra foam padding and non-slip material on the shoulder, removable waist straps, and padded side support straps. The case includes a divider kit and a CS-B9 Stuff Pack.

This Porta Brace case is made in Vermont, USA.

1000 denier Cordura fabric backpack, made to hold a camcorder and laptop
Divider kit internal set-up allows you to adjust easily.
Pockets
  • Padded laptop pocket for 17" laptop computer
  • Side tripod pocket with cinch strap
  • One front accessory pocket
  • Two side accessory pockets
Carrying options
  • Padded backpack straps
  • Padded side support straps
  • Padded removable waist belt adjusts to fit all heights and body types
Breathable mesh back and lumbar support
Extra foam padded, non-slip straps
Extra foam padding and non-slip material on the shoulder, and removable waist straps, makes carrying your equipment more secure and comfortable than ever
The side support straps are padded, and rest comfortably across the rib cage regardless of body type and gender
CS-B9 Stuff Sack is included
Compatibility
Canon GL-1
Canon GL-2
Canon VIXIA-HF G10
Canon XH-A1
Canon XH-G1
Canon XM-1
Canon XM-2
JVC GS-TD1
JVC GY-DV300
JVC GY-HM100
Panasonic AG-DVC30
Panasonic AG-HMC150
Panasonic AG-HMC40
Panasonic HDC-SDT750
Sony DCR-TRV900
Sony DCR-TRV950
Sony DCR-VX1000
Sony DCR-VX2000
Sony DCR-VX2100
Sony DSR-PD100
Sony HVR-A1U
Material Exterior: 1000 denier Cordura fabric
Interior: Padded
Type of Closure Zippers
Exterior Dimensions 18 x 12 x 6.5" (45.7 x 30.5 x 16.5cm) (LxWxH)
Interior Dimensions 15 x 10 x 5.0" (38 x 25.4 x 12.7cm) (LxWxH)
Design Dividable backpack with laptop compartment and tripod holder
Tripod Holder Yes
Waist Belt Yes
Accommodates Mini-DV camcorder with laptop, accessories and tripod
Carrying/Transport Options Padded backpack straps
Padded side support straps
Removable waist belt
Weight 5.25 lbs (2.38kg)
Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String)
  • CS-B9 Stuff Sack (Black, Single Pack)
  • Waist Belt
  • White Balance Card
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Porta BraceBK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String)
     
    4.1

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (9)
    • Well padded (6)
    • Lots of compartments (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (7)
    • Not enough storage (3)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (8)
    • Storing gear (7)
    • Protecting gear (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Prime solution for on-the-go production

    [...]Until I purchased this backpack, I was using a larger Porta Brace camera case, and a Porta Brace Director's Case briefcase. I needed a more compact solution for traveling with my...Read complete review

    [...]Until I purchased this backpack, I was using a larger Porta Brace camera case, and a Porta Brace Director's Case briefcase. I needed a more compact solution for traveling with my gear, and this backpack has provided that.I am able to carry my camera, a wireless mic system, charger, tapes, batteries, shotgun mic, and cables, as well as my laptop with a firwiredrive and all necessary cables. The tripod cradle is handy, as well. This means that I am equipped to shoot and edit anywhere, any time.I just got back from a four-day trip to Washington, DC, and was able to keep all my essentials with me. To avoid fatigue, be sure to use the padded wasit belt as well as the shoulder straps. I would not have gotten through the shoot with a large camera bag and a laptop case... there just wasn't time or space to deal with all of that.The pocket where the shoulder straps are initially stashed, I found, is quite handy for packing a folder with contact sheets and shoot permits. The outer pocket on the back was stuffed with a camera rain slicker, two emergency ponchos, a steno pad, and my white card.While the backpack holds quite a bit and certainly makes portable production a lot easier, there are some drawbacks. The good folks at Porta Brace recommended this model to me based on my budget, needs, and camera. I found that it will hold a Panasonic DVX-100A, but only after removing the Panasonic-provided shockmount and the shotgun mic. This is a little bit of a hassle if you have to set up quickly, as the shockmount must be attached with a screwdriver. I ended up using my Beyer shotgun and shoe-mounted shock mount.I was able to pack quite a bit into the case, but there was no room left for my headphones, so they are clipped to one of the external D-rings. This isn't a huge problem while walking around, but it does leave them unprotected when the case is stashed in an overhead compartment.I also had to do some research about setting up the shoulder straps, for which there is no documentation provided with the case. They can be a bit confusing out of the box, but there is a PDF available that shows how to assemble the straps.The other drawback is in the tripod cradle. Handy, indeed, but the tripod must collapse to under 24". I had to ditch my heavy sticks and go with a smaller tripod in DC. This is an expected shortfall for backpack journalism, but if you want a bigger tripod, you'll have a second case to carry.In all, this backpack really is a huge help. I have everything with me that I need to shoot and edit in the field. If you're creative, you can pack an extraordinary amount of gear into this thing ([...]

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    Bulky overall-small main compartment

    I have a Sony Z5U, which is not a huge camera. It barely fits in the main compartment and I had to use force to zip up the bag. And there was very...Read complete review

    I have a Sony Z5U, which is not a huge camera. It barely fits in the main compartment and I had to use force to zip up the bag. And there was very little room left for any accessories. Yet, the bag is REALLY bulky. It sits high on your back and the shoulder straps are so thick, they look like wings perched on top of your shoulders. This is not at all a low profile bag. Sure, there are many outside pockets to put gear in, but not enough interior room to justify the size.
    Weird fit, weird look, not practical.

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    5.0

    Backpack? More like Fantastipack.

    By Laurenzo

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    Great product, spacious, durable, comfortable to wear and easy to access gear. Very happy with my purchase.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Bag

    By kehead

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lots of Compartments
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    I wanted a bag that would be great for travel and I found it in the Porta Brace BK-1NR. I actually shoot with the AX2000 and it fills the bag entirely. Luckily there are plenty of pockets to make up for the large camera. Also, I travel with a 17" MacBook which fits perfectly in the bag too. Overall, I'm very pleased with this bag.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Everything i wanted...

    By Rick

    from Albuquerque, New Mexico

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lots of Compartments
    • Strong Construction
    • Stylish
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    The Bk-1NR Backpack was everything I wanted in a backpack. It is perfect in the field and really serves its job of keeping things together when being mobile you can put all you need in it such as batteries, lenses, tripod, tapes and when you get you camera out and shot, you can strap it back on and keep on moving. The only problem i have is its a little bulky and when in a crowd you will bump into people but other then that it' s good.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Vermont quality

    By J.D

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Everyday shooter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lots of Compartments
    • Strong Construction
    • Stylish
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • May not fit in overhead

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    this bag is built to last, Vermonters take a lot of pride in their craftsmanship and this is no exception. just needs a six pack holder. jk

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Awesome for traveling with laptop

    By David S

    from Waynesboro, Ga

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Not enough Storage

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    We got 2 of these last month after upgrading our cameras. Coming from CTC-2 cases, we were thrilled that these would be easier to carry around, and also held our laptops.

    I took one with camera and laptop to the Ukraine last month, and found it was great for carrying on the airplane.

    I quickly noticed that there wasn't a good place for smaller items like pens, and other small items. I lost a flash drive when it slipped out of the Velcro'd pouch on front. I will have to find a smaller pouch to fit in this area for these kinds of items.

    Also, I like the idea of having a place to put a small tripod; but it would be great to be able to secure this flatly when not in use.

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    4.0

    Very Useful for traveling

    By David

    from Augusta, Georgia

    About Me Working Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Not enough Storage

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

    We looked carefully at bags that would be easy to carry, and when we found this backpack by Portabrace, we decided to give it a try. First trip was to Kiev, Ukraine. My Canon XHA1s and accessories fit nicely, along with my MacBookPro 17" It was easy to open and get my equipment out; but a few observations:

    The tripod pocket doesn't cinch tightly against case when not in use. Not a biggy; but I believe an additional strip of velcro, or an extra strap may be a good idea.

    The pockets on the front don't seal completely, and there are no smaller compartments for pens; keys....flash drives...etc. I lost one flash drive on the way back, and almost lost a few other things. I will probably find a smaller case that'll slip down in this compartment for holding smaller items needed when out on the road.

    and finally, the bag meets the specs for carry on; but f anything is put in the outside pocket, mentioned above, it is rather hard to squeeze in the overhead compartment. Not imposible; but a little tight.

    Biggest need would be some small built in pockets or compartments for losse items.

    Oh, my wife had to make sure I didn't turn around too quickly if I was wearing it, as it sticks out a little further than most backpacks; but very easy to carry a full load!

      • Similar:
      • Portabrace CTC-2

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      4.0

      Good solid camera bag

      By Joey Shanks

      from Chapel Hill, NC

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lots of Compartments
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

      Quality bag all the way, could be a little less boxy but has lots of pockets and a nice simple design. If you don't mind a tad bulky bag than this most certainly get the job done!!!

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      2.0

      Bulky overall-small main compartment

      By Roam Around

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lots of Compartments
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Not enough Storage

      Best Uses

        Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

        I have a Sony Z5U, which is not a huge camera. It barely fits in the main compartment and I had to use force to zip up the bag. And there was very little room left for any accessories. Yet, the bag is REALLY bulky. It sits high on your back and the shoulder straps are so thick, they look like wings perched on top of your shoulders. This is not at all a low profile bag. Sure, there are many outside pockets to put gear in, but not enough interior room to justify the size.
        Weird fit, weird look, not practical.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        goog

        By esteban

        from san juan pr

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

        good

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Prime solution for on-the-go production

        By A Haralson

        from Knoxville, TN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good padding
        • Very adjustable

        Cons

        • No strap instructions
        • Small Capacity

        Best Uses

        • Air travel
        • Backpacking
        • Backpack journalism
        • Day trip
        • Hiking

        Comments about Porta Brace BK-1NR Backpack (Black with Copper String):

        [...]Until I purchased this backpack, I was using a larger Porta Brace camera case, and a Porta Brace Director's Case briefcase. I needed a more compact solution for traveling with my gear, and this backpack has provided that.I am able to carry my camera, a wireless mic system, charger, tapes, batteries, shotgun mic, and cables, as well as my laptop with a firwiredrive and all necessary cables. The tripod cradle is handy, as well. This means that I am equipped to shoot and edit anywhere, any time.I just got back from a four-day trip to Washington, DC, and was able to keep all my essentials with me. To avoid fatigue, be sure to use the padded wasit belt as well as the shoulder straps. I would not have gotten through the shoot with a large camera bag and a laptop case... there just wasn't time or space to deal with all of that.The pocket where the shoulder straps are initially stashed, I found, is quite handy for packing a folder with contact sheets and shoot permits. The outer pocket on the back was stuffed with a camera rain slicker, two emergency ponchos, a steno pad, and my white card.While the backpack holds quite a bit and certainly makes portable production a lot easier, there are some drawbacks. The good folks at Porta Brace recommended this model to me based on my budget, needs, and camera. I found that it will hold a Panasonic DVX-100A, but only after removing the Panasonic-provided shockmount and the shotgun mic. This is a little bit of a hassle if you have to set up quickly, as the shockmount must be attached with a screwdriver. I ended up using my Beyer shotgun and shoe-mounted shock mount.I was able to pack quite a bit into the case, but there was no room left for my headphones, so they are clipped to one of the external D-rings. This isn't a huge problem while walking around, but it does leave them unprotected when the case is stashed in an overhead compartment.I also had to do some research about setting up the shoulder straps, for which there is no documentation provided with the case. They can be a bit confusing out of the box, but there is a PDF available that shows how to assemble the straps.The other drawback is in the tripod cradle. Handy, indeed, but the tripod must collapse to under 24". I had to ditch my heavy sticks and go with a smaller tripod in DC. This is an expected shortfall for backpack journalism, but if you want a bigger tripod, you'll have a second case to carry.In all, this backpack really is a huge help. I have everything with me that I need to shoot and edit in the field. If you're creative, you can pack an extraordinary amount of gear into this thing ([...]

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