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Clik Elite Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray)

B&H # CLCE710GR Mfr # CE710GR
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Product Highlights
  • For DSLR, 3-4 Lenses, Flash, Accessories
  • Water-Resistant Nylon Exterior
  • 100 oz (3 L) Hydration Compartment
  • Side Pockets for Water Bottles
  • Zippered Top Pocket for Accessories
  • Padded Modular Dividers with Lens Cradle
  • Shoulder Straps/Waist Belt/Chest Strap
  • Tripod Sling / Front Mesh Stash Pocket
  • Tuck-a-Way Rain Fly
  • Lifetime Warranty

The gray Venture 35 Backpack from Clik Elite is slightly larger than their Venture 30 model. For heading out on a quick photo expedition to the outback, this bag has it all. In addition to accommodating your pro DSLR, 4-5 lenses plus accessories, it has a 3 liter (100 oz) hydration bladder essential for active endeavors while even the side pockets are designed to hold water bottles. You'll never want for thirst.

The bag is made from Clik's water-resistant nylon and supplied with an easy-to-use rain fly that can be quickly set up during a sudden downpour - or even if you're crossing a stream and want to keep your gear extra dry. Most scenic photographers need a tri or mono-pod and the Venture 35 is equipped with a tip-out sling that will center your "pod" in the center of your pack. The harness system is fully adjustable and contains both waist belt and sternum strap for steadying the pack while traveling.

The interior is set up to be arranged in whatever configuration you need to safely hold your gear. Adjustable and padded dividers will create individual compartments for your DSLR and lenses. The top zippered pocket is for smaller items like cards, batteries and other personal items that need to be quickly accessed. Rugged zippers guard the front compartments and allow you to open only that part of the pack that you need to retrieve specific gear.

Clik has designed the harness system to be ergonomic and comfortable while in use. You'll be able to fine tune the pack with variable height, width and angle of the wide shoulder straps to create a perfect fit. The waist belt is also wide and connected with a bi-directional quick-release buckle that cradles your hips. There's also a sternum strap for additional security and balance.

Backed by Clik Elite's lifetime warranty, the Venture 35 is a slim, trim and rugged pack for anyone who likes to get off the beaten path to where real images are made.

Padded camera bay with adjustable Cradle Lens Dividers holds pro-body camera and multiple lenses
Tip-out tripod sling carries any size tripod centered on pack
Side pockets carry water bottles or tripod under side compression strap
Hydration compartment fits a 3 liter (100 oz) bladder essential for active endeavors
Taylor Fit adjustable harness system fine tunes pack fit with variable height, width and angle of shoulder straps for a perfect fit
Contour waist belt with bi-directional buckle comfortably cradles hips
ChestPort and accessory compatible attachment points
Stretch-mesh front stash pocket for quick access items
Zippered top pocket organizes camera accessories and personal items
Side pockets for water bottles and other items, will also side-carry light stands or a tripod when used with side compression strap
Tuck-away rain fly
Material 420 Denier HT (High Tenacity) Nylon
330 Denier Cordura Nylon
Type of Closure Zippers
Exterior Dimensions 24 x 12.2 x 8.6" (61 x 31 x 22cm)
Interior Dimensions Internal Storage: 13 x 11.3 x 7.3" (33 x 28.6 x 18.4cm)
Camera Compartment: 9.8 x 12.3 x 8.7" (24.7 x 31 x 22cm)
Volume 2000 cu in (32.77 L)
Tripod Holder Yes
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder straps
Weight 3.54 lb (1.61kg)
Clik Elite Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray)
  • Rain Fly
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    Clik EliteVenture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (15)
    • Strong construction (14)
    • Roomy (13)
    • Adjustable harness (12)
    • Easily accessible equipment (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Transporting gear (13)
      • Protecting gear (11)
      • Storing gear (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Everything but the kitchen sink!

      I purchased this item in preparation for a trip out west to Teton/Gallatin/Yellowstone and Banff/Jasper Alberta,Canada.

      I have a camera backpack now...a Naneu Pro. It...Read complete review

      I purchased this item in preparation for a trip out west to Teton/Gallatin/Yellowstone and Banff/Jasper Alberta,Canada.

      I have a camera backpack now...a Naneu Pro. It fits all my gear; Nikon D80 50mm 1.8,18-200vr,SB600 flash, Markins Q3 ballhead, IPad, an HD Camcorder,Garmin GPS for rental car and all associated chargers and cords. A full load! Now I want to be able to carry all my stuff and have room for hydration/food and clothing as there are dramatic temperature changes from day to night where I am going.

      I ordered this pack because it fits airline carry on size requirements and seemed sturdy and well suited for my specific needs.

      I tested this out in a recent short trip to Memphis. I thought this short trip would be a good test for out west.

      I am very happy with this pack. It fits all of my gear with room to spare and it seems the padding and protection is good. I am renting a Nikon 70-200mm for my western trip and will have room for it.

      With all of the items in, it weighed about 25lbs. This pack is very comfortable. The waist band buckles and adjusts so most of the pack's weight falls on your hips. The shoulders and chest straps also adjust to customize your load for your body and what you carry.

      Getting to your gear does require you to remove the pack or have a friend access from the rear. The zippered upper compartment was spacious enough to accomodate my IPad, a pair of sneakers and a rain shell and had room for more.

      A small zippered compartment on top of the pack could be used for a cell phone or in my case I used this space for additonal batteries, change and memory cards. I would like to see a dedicated spot for those.

      One of the best features is the pouch that extends from the bottom of the pack. It allows me to take my Feisol tripod securely stored to the pack.

      3 hours on Mud Island in Memphis with this pack in 100 degree heat was a lot better than I expected. The packs back pad is ventilated and didn't leave me with an overly sweaty shirt! (It was 106 so there was some sweat) The pack was comfortable and I didn't seem too sore the next day!

      I also wore this on a smaller tour bus and was able to maneuver around without killing anyone or annoying other tourists.

      The only thing that I would say bothered me during that time is the long excess strap webbing. When all of the straps were adjusted, there was a lot of excess. I am going to have them cut and sewed to suit me.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great bag with some key problems

      I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for...Read complete review

      I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for me.

      First, though, I will say that this is a quality bag, very well made with sturdy materials. It has plenty of room for additional gear beyond your camera equipment. This is certainly not a "do not buy" review. I'm just highlighting the negatives for me.

      For any day pack, one absolute essential is that the bag is water-bladder compatible. On paper, I really liked the Venture's external bladder sleeve. Contrary to a few reviews I read, the sleeve easily accepts a completely full 3L bladder (mine is a Deuter brand). The problem, however, is that this changes the contour of the bag against your back. The back pad takes on a cylindrical bulge, and no longer sits comfortably. I can also imagine it would get annoying as you consume water that you would need to adjust the straps for the changing fit of the bag. This alone was a product-killer for me.

      The second negative for me was the quality of the camera container. While it would probably protect your gear decently, this portion didn't seem to get the same care in construction as the rest of the bag. The dividers are some sort of flimsy thick plastic that were already bent from the bag sitting in a warehouse stack (I think they're a little too tall for the depth of the container). None of the cloth covering was adhered to the core, so as you pull the velcro off to rearrange, you are constantly stretching the cloth and have to pull much more than should be required.

      There's one undocumented little feature that I love and want to highlight: the security tabs on each zipper. They are semi-stretchy tabs with small holes through which you can feed the zipper pulls. (See the attached photo.) While this doesn't make the most sense for a hiking pack, this is a fantastic feature for a city-wear camera bag that makes it much harder for would-be thieves to open your bag.

      One minor note regarding the marketing photos that show a climbing helmet in the external elastic mesh pocket (not on B&H): they must have found the smallest helmet on earth for that photo, because mine will not even come close to fitting in that pocket. I can get about 1/3 of the helmet in, and it just pops out as soon as I let go.

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      5.0

      Finally!

      By Bronco

      from Nj

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

      I, like most photographers, have probably owned 15 different bags, trying to find the perfect mix of features to fit my style. I've been wanting snag that fit a decent amount of gear, had ample space for hiking gear/layers, supported a hydration bladder, and had an adjustable torso. This one finally met all of those requirements. The pack has a hard plastic sleeve which supports its shape, and the adjustable straps allow it to fit just about anyone. I love my Lowepro flipside, but it is far to short to fit like a standard hiking pack. I fit a 7D with 17-50 attached, 11-16 UW, 70-200 f/4 L is, 430 flash, two triggers, 4x6 filter case, Lee holder, 4circular filters in plastic cases, jet blower, all with a little room to spare; and that was just in the bottom compartment. Batteries, memory cards, ext hardrive, ect fit in top space. The top main section carried puffy jacket, hat, gloves, fleece, with a little room to spare. The only downside to the pack is that I do wish camera gear was accessed from the back like the flipside, but it does not hinder shooting.; you just have remove tripod to get to your gear, but the tripod carry is excellent and easy to remove/load. Extremely pleased with this bag.

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      5.0

      Great camera backpack

      By Bob

      from Indianapolis

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

      I've only had the backpack for a couple of weeks, love the design and storage areas. Holds quite a bit of travel and camera gear. I can bring along all my gear and feel comfortable doing so. Highly recommend this backpack.

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      4.0

      A good decision

      By Aaron in Cascadia

      from Edmonds, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Capacity
      • Comfortable
      • Durable

      Cons

      • External Mounting
      • Hydration

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Moderate-long Day Hikes

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

      I bought this pack after a lot of research. I needed to replace a much smaller Lowepro bag as my principle day hiking pack. This is a pretty unique category within the market, which means there aren't a ton of choices. Generally you want a camera compartment totally separate from a similarly sized spot for other kinds of gear. This pack meets that requirement. You need something with an excellent suspension system when you are carrying 20 pounds of gear 5+ miles and 3,000+ feet elevation away from where you parked. This pack meets that requirement. You need gear which is well and ruggedly made and will protect everything you are carrying when weather whips up. This pack meets that need. Finally, you need a pack with intelligently designed features. This pack is mostly there.

      The reason why I've given the Venture 35 4 stars (I would have preferred 4.5) is because of a couple of design features and the price. First, the pack really should have some tie off straps on the bottom so that you can attach something down there. I prefer rolling up a rain jacket and attaching it externally instead of inside the pack. Second, it would be nice if there was a way to get into the camera compartment without taking the tripod off and taking the pack completely off that would be great. Third, it is very difficult to get a hydration reservoir in when both it and the pack are already filled. I even went with the bladder from the same manufacturer and still had a very difficult time. Finally, this pack is over priced. The plain fact is, with little competition, they manufacturer can get away with charging a lot for it. Hopefully this will change, but don't let that dissuade you from getting it if you need it.

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      4.0

      Great pack but some missing features

      By WJZ from NYC

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

      Backpack is great for keeping all your clothes and camera gear in one pack for a 3-4 day vacation. Any longer and the 35L storage is not enough.

      The padding around the camera is a bit thin, and the compartment overall is very deep. Those without a ton of camera gear will find themselves stuffing the area with other stuff so that your gear doesn't shift around.

      I adapted the configuration to make it easier to pull out my camera while moving by supplementing the padding with some foam. Overall I think Lowepro's padding is superior to Clik.

      However, I did make it work and it is supremely comfortable while carrying load.

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      5.0

      Venture 35 Backpack

      By Longshanks

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Perfect For Day Hike
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Tripod Movement

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

      This is exactly what I needed: a day hiker with a safe way to transport my DSLR, lenses, odds and ends and tripod. I have a 36" tripod. The first thing I noticed was how rugged the pack is. Everything seems of high quality and well-engineered. Of course, this means the pack weighs nearly 4 pounds empty, but the hip pads and chest strap take the weight off my shoulders and onto my hips.

      To access equipment, the back needs to be taken off, laid down and unzipped. This is fine with me.

      There's room for a lunch and some extra gear like first aid kit, water bladder, and jacket.

      I have two quibbles with this pack. I'm 6' 4" and it was not designed for someone of my height. As a result, it moves around on my back when I'm climbing. The other quibble is that the strap that hold the tripod effectively prevents it from falling off the pack, but does not prevent movement, so when the pack is moving around, the tripod movement is exaggerated. I solved this with a small bungee.

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      3.0

      Great bag with some key problems

      By Evan

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Shoddy Camera Container
      • Water Bladder Placement

      Best Uses

        Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

        I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for me.

        First, though, I will say that this is a quality bag, very well made with sturdy materials. It has plenty of room for additional gear beyond your camera equipment. This is certainly not a "do not buy" review. I'm just highlighting the negatives for me.

        For any day pack, one absolute essential is that the bag is water-bladder compatible. On paper, I really liked the Venture's external bladder sleeve. Contrary to a few reviews I read, the sleeve easily accepts a completely full 3L bladder (mine is a Deuter brand). The problem, however, is that this changes the contour of the bag against your back. The back pad takes on a cylindrical bulge, and no longer sits comfortably. I can also imagine it would get annoying as you consume water that you would need to adjust the straps for the changing fit of the bag. This alone was a product-killer for me.

        The second negative for me was the quality of the camera container. While it would probably protect your gear decently, this portion didn't seem to get the same care in construction as the rest of the bag. The dividers are some sort of flimsy thick plastic that were already bent from the bag sitting in a warehouse stack (I think they're a little too tall for the depth of the container). None of the cloth covering was adhered to the core, so as you pull the velcro off to rearrange, you are constantly stretching the cloth and have to pull much more than should be required.

        There's one undocumented little feature that I love and want to highlight: the security tabs on each zipper. They are semi-stretchy tabs with small holes through which you can feed the zipper pulls. (See the attached photo.) While this doesn't make the most sense for a hiking pack, this is a fantastic feature for a city-wear camera bag that makes it much harder for would-be thieves to open your bag.

        One minor note regarding the marketing photos that show a climbing helmet in the external elastic mesh pocket (not on B&H): they must have found the smallest helmet on earth for that photo, because mine will not even come close to fitting in that pocket. I can get about 1/3 of the helmet in, and it just pops out as soon as I let go.

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        2.0

        Not the backpack I expected

        By NJ

        from Chippewa Falls, WI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Hard To Access Equipment
        • Too Small

        Best Uses

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

          Purchased the backpack for a hike in the Smokey Mountains to remote primitive cabins. Specifically selected the backpack knowing we would be hiking in wet rainforest like conditions, wanted protection for my 5D Mark II and associated gear. Also wanted a backpack with adequate storage for our everyday photo hiking use.

          The backpack has good space in the general storage area. It is easily adjusted for proper fit and comfortable carry.

          The camera storage area is not as large as I expected or judged based on the literature. I cannot carry all the camera gear I expected. Modifying the partitions in camera storage area is somewhat difficult due to the access opening size and location. The partitions themselves limit how you can reconfigure the camera area. My regular camera backpack (Lowepro Flipside 300) carries my gear in a better orientation and more securely.

          We hiked, in the Smokeys for 5 hrs in hard rain before we reached a dry location where I could check the gear. Found that the secured rainfly had trapped water and the inside of the bag was wet with a small pool of water on the base of the bag where the back of the camera sat, rendering the camera wet and unusable for the trip. Disappointed to say the least & hard lesson learned. The adventure backpack is not bullet proof as your led to believe from the literature. I should have been smarter and used dry bags for added protection. We purchased two of these backpacks for the trip. One 30 and one 35 two cameras got wet. A third set of camera gear survived the trip in a Clik Elite Obuscura (which is unfortunately no longer sold). The rainfly performed better and the camera is held in better higher position in the camera area of the bag keeping it away from any water that might enter from the base of the rainfly.

          Looking for better options to the backpacks we just purchase.

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          4.0

          big enough,with lots of accessory pocket

          By none

          from denver co.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Can Carry Too Much
          • More Bottom Back Padding

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

          There is enough space for Eos5mk3 with 24-105 attached & 100-400mm in oem case on one side & speedlite,etc on the other.This is on bottom section only.top will eat knee length G-tex rainwear & sleeved down vest & still have room for some more.Accessories go in the provided other (2x>) other pockets.H20 & Cliff bars to the mesh pockets. Back pack straps adj. for height , as is sternum strap.Rain cover is sew in as are tripod "straps" which also funct. as compression straps on top.Camera bot. section could us more padding.For the money its mostly there.Not a 5 cause its not my old Badlands pack of many miles & years. Hopefully it can grow with use to a 5.Nice Western covert and blend color.Its theoretically small enough for a carry on...just barely they said ,as do some users.

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          5.0

          Great for the outdoor adventurer

          By mike

          from b'ham Al

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Displaces Weight Well
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Hydration Compartment Sma

          Best Uses

          • Plus Extra Supplies
          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

          The videos on the site are very useful in the decision making process. I use this for canyoning and trail hikes. Some repelling.

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          5.0

          5 star backpack

          By maxmphoto1

          from Beaverton, Or

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

            Pack alot of gear with lots of room

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            5.0

            Perfect for hiking

            By angpro

            from São Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Roomy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

              Perfect for hiking and a short trip, fits all my gear and personal items very well!

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              5.0

              This is what you always have wanted

              By Tore

              from Norway

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                It's not a perfect photo backpack. If you want one for storing your gear, forget this one. But if you want to be able to bring your gear on hiking, climbing, short travels etc this one is perfect.

                By the first glance it might be a bit large. But when you're out on a photo shoot out in the wilderness - or hiking you understand that his is what you have missed.

                You have your gear secured and safe on your back, ant the backpack securly protect it through rough terrain and difficult climbes.

                Unlike a smaller one you also can bring much more clothing etc.

                I love it.

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                5.0

                Awesome Pack!

                By EQuaine

                from Detroit, MI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                  I purchased this pack for a trip this past fall. I was headed to Antelope Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In Antelope I used a Clik Elite Escape, however in the remaining destinations I knew I need something to carry both camera gear and everything in between. So in those places I carried a D700 with grip, L-bracket, and 24-70 attached, a 70-200, 16-35, D7000, batteries for both, cable release, a bunch of Singh-Ray filters(both slide and screw-on), hotshot level, cleaning clothes, food, extra clothing, maps, water bladder. I almost over loaded this pack. The Bottom portion containing the camera section is deep, you can pack a lot of stuff if done right. I felt my gear was protected, the harness was great, the tripod strap could be a bit higher to prevent it from swaying, still 5-star from me.

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                  4.0

                  Generally a nice pack

                  By Nitram

                  from Oklahoma

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                    I hike every weekend with my camera and equipment in the mountains.
                    The pack is designed nicely and is very comfortable plus has plenty of room for equipment and extra items and the padding prevents the lenses from moving around. I can say that overall it is a very nice pack.

                    But some instructions about the features of the pack would be nice. I think I placed the water bladder in the correct location only problem is the bladder does not go completely in the slot. I placed a water bottle in one of the side pockets and it kept falling out as I was moving the pack around, it did remain in once the pack was on my back. These two pockets should be a little deeper or there should be a strap to hold water bottles in the pockets. When I first put the pack on I could not get it off because I could not get the clips on the shoulder straps to release, but being new, they needed to loosen up. I have trouble with them because they do not have a tab like most packs straps which make them much easier to release the straps and while the locking clip is good for most of the straps using them on the shoulder straps is unnecessary.
                    The real only negative issue I have is all the weight is on the bottom of the pack. Placing heaver item on the top of the pack rather than the bottom reduces fatigue. To counter the weight I either carried my camera or I placed it in the top pocket.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera Pack

                    By K

                    from Chattanooga TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Hydration compatible
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                      This pack was everything I was looking for. It provides great prtotection for camera gear, and plenty of extra room for dayhiking necesseties. I was particularly looking for a camera pack that is hydration bladder compatible -- I appreciate this is located in a completely seperate compartment as the rest of the pack in event the bladder leaks, which is known to happen.

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                      5.0

                      Great pack

                      By zia 1 shooter

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Roomy
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                      After trying different packs to carry all my gear for tactical rifle competitions I had a brain storm why not look at a photo backpack. A lot of the gear I carry is similar to camera gear. Range finders, binoculars, PDA, ammo, magazines, water, and tools need to be protected and keep organized for fast use.

                      I usually end up with a pack load out at 20lb-35lb plus a 17lb rifle depending on the day and have found the pack to be the most comfortable one I have ever own(or tried). The pockets and compartments are very well thought out and there are plenty of them. I also like the color it works well outdoor with out being "tact-cool".

                      Two areas that could use some improvement are decreasing the overall weight of the pack and a set of internal dividers that were tailored for shooters.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Camera Pack!

                      By Tom C

                      from Tempe, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Roomy
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                        I am an avid outdoors man that spends every chance I get out in the field. After lots of research and searching for the perfect pack I decided that that the Venture 35 was what I was looking for. B & H got it right to me when I ordered it. I primarily use it for day hikes and storage.
                        It has plenty of room for all of my camera gear which includes my Canon T1I with a battery pack, with a 17X40L lens that fits perfectly. I also carry a 300mmL fixed and a 75x250 Zoom. There is lots of space for filters, cards, batteries and whatever else you want to stow away. In the large compartment I carry a rain jacket, a small survival pack, my lunch and sometimes a change of clothing or a jacket.
                        I am 6'2" and weigh 235. The pack was easily adjusted to fit. It is very comfortable to carry even when I have around 30 - 35 lbs in it. My longest hike was about 10 miles. I had no issues at all.
                        I bought a 100 ml water bladder which is very nice. If it is real hot there are 2 additional side pockets that I can stash water bottles in.

                        On one hiking trip in Utah I got caught in a small flash flood in a slot canyon. I used the rain cover to protect the pack and all of my gear while I climbed a waterfall to get out. It worked perfectly and kept everything 100% dry. I can't say the same about myself.
                        The built in Tripod holder works great and helps keep the load centered.
                        I highly recommend this pack.

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                        4.0

                        Everything but the kitchen sink!

                        By Chips N Salsa

                        from Mystic, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Roomy
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Storing Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                          I purchased this item in preparation for a trip out west to Teton/Gallatin/Yellowstone and Banff/Jasper Alberta,Canada.

                          I have a camera backpack now...a Naneu Pro. It fits all my gear; Nikon D80 50mm 1.8,18-200vr,SB600 flash, Markins Q3 ballhead, IPad, an HD Camcorder,Garmin GPS for rental car and all associated chargers and cords. A full load! Now I want to be able to carry all my stuff and have room for hydration/food and clothing as there are dramatic temperature changes from day to night where I am going.

                          I ordered this pack because it fits airline carry on size requirements and seemed sturdy and well suited for my specific needs.

                          I tested this out in a recent short trip to Memphis. I thought this short trip would be a good test for out west.

                          I am very happy with this pack. It fits all of my gear with room to spare and it seems the padding and protection is good. I am renting a Nikon 70-200mm for my western trip and will have room for it.

                          With all of the items in, it weighed about 25lbs. This pack is very comfortable. The waist band buckles and adjusts so most of the pack's weight falls on your hips. The shoulders and chest straps also adjust to customize your load for your body and what you carry.

                          Getting to your gear does require you to remove the pack or have a friend access from the rear. The zippered upper compartment was spacious enough to accomodate my IPad, a pair of sneakers and a rain shell and had room for more.

                          A small zippered compartment on top of the pack could be used for a cell phone or in my case I used this space for additonal batteries, change and memory cards. I would like to see a dedicated spot for those.

                          One of the best features is the pouch that extends from the bottom of the pack. It allows me to take my Feisol tripod securely stored to the pack.

                          3 hours on Mud Island in Memphis with this pack in 100 degree heat was a lot better than I expected. The packs back pad is ventilated and didn't leave me with an overly sweaty shirt! (It was 106 so there was some sweat) The pack was comfortable and I didn't seem too sore the next day!

                          I also wore this on a smaller tour bus and was able to maneuver around without killing anyone or annoying other tourists.

                          The only thing that I would say bothered me during that time is the long excess strap webbing. When all of the straps were adjusted, there was a lot of excess. I am going to have them cut and sewed to suit me.

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