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Clik Elite Obscura Backpack (Black)

B&H # CLCE611BK Mfr # CE611BK
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Product Highlights
  • Holds Photo and Outdoor Gear
  • Hold iPad
  • Built-in Hydration Sleeve
  • Ice Axe/Tripod Attachment Cords
  • 330 Denier Ripstop Cordura Exterior
  • Fully Lined Interior
  • Exterior and Interior Pockets
  • Backpack Harness
  • Removable Rain Fly

The Clik Elite Obscura Backpack (Black) is designed for the outdoor photographer. It carries camera equipment and outdoor gear. It has an 1800in³ (30 Liter) main compartment that opens wide for easy access. A hydration compartment fits an optional 100 oz (3 liter) bladder essential for active users. There is an ice Axe or tripod portal with tuck-away attachment cords. Reinforced accessory loops are positioned to attach a helmet, rope, or other items. There are side compression straps that stabilize and compress the load.

The backpack has a side entry portal for quick swing-around access to the camera. The interior has adjustable dividers that keep the lens pouch organized and secure. A Zoom Cell camera compartment with a telescoping chamber, adjusts to fit the lens setup, maximizing space inside the pack for other items. There are 2 tripod carry options; on the side in the mesh pocket with side compression straps, or on the back with the tuck-away attachment cords behind the outer pocket. ChestPort attachment points on the shoulder straps and waist belt use optional Clik Elite ChestPacks and accessory pouches.

The Obscura Backpack has a roomy top pocket that allows quick access to priority items. A stretchable mesh outer pocket expands for a jacket or other items. There is a mesh side pocket that keeps water bottles and other items handy. It can also hold a tripod or light stand using the side compression straps. An interior form-fitting Marsupial lens pouch protects lenses, flashes, and other photo gear. The pack is carried by a breathable backpack harness that consists of; padded shoulder straps that provide all-day comfort with additional support from load lifter straps and an adjustable sternum strap. The LightWave back panel provides supportive rigidity and contours to the back while corrugated channels increase air circulation, venting heat and moisture. A breathable, padded waist belt with bi-directional buckle comfortably cradles hips and keeps the wearer cool. The handy tuck-away rain fly will provide additional protection in marginal weather conditions.

Outdoor Backpack Basics
  • 1800in³ (30 Liter) main compartment
  • Hydration compartment fits an optional 100 oz (3 liter) bladder essential for active endeavors
  • Ice Axe/Tripod portal with tuck-away attachment cords
  • Reinforced accessory loops are positioned to attachment helmet, rope, or other items
  • Side compression straps stabilize and compress the load
Backpack Basics
  • Side entry portal for quick swing-around access to the camera
  • Adjustable dividers keep the lens pouch organized and secure
  • Zoom Cell camera compartment with a telescoping chamber adjusts to fit lens setup, maximizing space inside the pack for other items
  • Two tripod carry options; on the side in the mesh pocket with side compression straps, or on the back with the tuck-away attachment cords behind the outer pocket
  • ChestPort attachment points on shoulder straps and waist belt host optional Clik Elite ChestPacks and accessory pouches
Material
  • 330 denier ripstop Cordura and 1680 denier ballistic nylon trim
  • Fully lined with finished seams
Pockets
  • Roomy top pocket gives quick access to priority items
  • Stretch-mesh outer pocket expands for a jacket or other items
  • Mesh side pocket keeps water bottles and other items handy or it can also hold a tripod or light stand with the side compression straps
  • Internal form-fitting Marsupial lens pouch protects lenses, flashes, and other photo gear
Carrying Options
  • Breathable, padded shoulder straps provide all-day comfort with additional support from load lifter straps & adjustable sternum strap
  • LightWave back panel provides supportive rigidity and contours to your back while corrugated channels increase air circulation, venting heat and moisture
  • Breathable, padded waist belt with bi-directional buckle comfortably cradles hips and keeps the wearer cool
Material Exterior: 330 denier ripstop Cordura and 1680 denier ballistic nylon trim
Interior: Fully lined with finished seams
Type of Closure YKK zippers
Exterior Dimensions 21.8 x 11.8 x 7.8" (55.4 x 30.0 x 19.8 cm) (HxWxD)
Interior Dimensions Internal Storage: 21.5 x 11 x 8.5" (54.6 x 28 x 21.6 cm)
Camera Compartment: Marsupial: 8.0 x 10.0 x 3.5" (20.3 x 25.4 x 9 cm)
Lower Section: 3.8 x 11.5 x 5.3" (9.7 x 30 x 13.3 cm)
Volume Interior volume: 1800in³ (30 L)
Tripod Holder Yes
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Carry handle
Backpack harness
Weight 3.41 lb (1.55kg)
Clik Elite Obscura Backpack (Black)
  • Removable Rain Fly
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    Clik EliteObscura Backpack (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (22)
    • Roomy (20)
    • Easily accessible equipment (16)
    • Adjustable harness (15)
    • Strong construction (15)

    Cons

    • Hard to access equipment (5)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (14)
    • Protecting gear (10)
    • Hiking (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • Storing gear (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Modern (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Just what I was looking for

    As have others who have bought this bag, I was looking for:

    1. A bag that was very functional and as light as possible without compromising too much in the areas of...Read complete review

    As have others who have bought this bag, I was looking for:

    1. A bag that was very functional and as light as possible without compromising too much in the areas of protection and comfort.

    2. A bag that would give me quick access to my camera.

    3. A bag that would carry a small compliment of lenses and accessories, esp. a tripod and hiking poles.

    4. A bag with sufficient room for other items that I would want on a hike/ride.

    5. A bag who's dedicated camera space was "reducable" depending on what I wanted to carry with me that day.

    6. A bag that offered sufficient protection from the elements.

    7. A bag that was hydration ready.

    8. A bag that does not look like a camera bag.

    This bag satisfies all those requirements.

    I'm fond of the colour (which is good because there are no other options) and the design. It does not look like a camera bag, and I easily fit in with the crowd no matter where I am.

    The "Zoom Cell" extendable camera compartment fits my most common body/lens combination (T2i w 17-55 f2.8) with the hood on forward. This was a big issue for me. I didn't want to pull my camera out and waste time taking the lens cap off and flipping the hood. The camera sits in the bag, cap off, ready to shoot. Everyone is right though, the opening is very small and just the right fit for my compact DSLR. If I switch bodies, I would probably have to move up to the Contrejour 35.

    The bag is very comfortable. The breathable waist belt does not give up any support and easily transfers all the weight onto my hips, and off my back. My shoulders are very grateful.

    There is a lot of room inside the pack, and the "Marsupial Pouch" compresses down if you only want to bring a camera and use the entire top compartment for other items. The pouch is not that big, and just fits my 70-200 f4 vertically. If you've got a much bigger lens than this, you may lose some protective coverage. The pouch is also not that protective. I'm not sure how it will handle a landing on hard packed snow/ice when snowboarding. On those outings though, I will probably have a spare layer of clothes stuffed in the bag that will help out with the padding.

    My bag (delivered April 2011) did come with a rain fly - great for both protection from the elements and frisky fingers when in a crowd.

    Right now, this is the best bag I have owned for what I need, and I have gone through quite a few.

    My only qualms are:

    1. I wish the zipper for the top compartment extended 2" more down each side. It is tough to get to the bottom of the bag because the top flap doesn't open enough. If you want to access something on the very bottom, you will probably have to remove a lot of the stuff on top of it.

    2. I wish the velcro strap used to "fix" the length of the Zoom Cell compartment was designed better. There is a velcro flap that lets you adjust the length of this compartment. If I have my camera inserted with the hood reversed, it catches on this velcro everytime. It would probably be better to have that flap on the outside of the Zoom Cell (accessible from the inside of the bag).

    3. As everyone else has complained about, the Zoom Cell opening is too small, and probably needs to be about 1" wider.

    4. I prefer when the adjustments for the waist belt length are at the buckle vs. at the ends. When you put the belt on, you tighten the straps from the sides of the belt, vs at the center where the buckle is. When I go snowboarding, I have to switch the pack to my front on the chairleft, which means this waist belt is getting unfasted and fastened a lot. With my last pack, after jumping off the lift, I could easily grab the dangling straps blindly, slide my hands down to the buckles, pull the buckles to loosen the straps (which easily slid down when not under tension) snap the belt and tighten the straps. I can't do that with this pack. It's difficult to loosen the tightness of this belt. Keep in mind I'm wearing thick gloves with wrist guards. A loose belt is much easier to position and fasten over all my outerwear. I'm not sure if I'm making this clear, but if you ride a lot, and take your pack on and off a lot, you'll probably know what I mean.

    5. On the same note, I would probably make the waist strap thicker, and the buckles bigger so that they would be easier to handle with mitts or gloves.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Suited for a Nikon D700

    This is a nice backpack, It is well constructed and has LOTS if nice features. The real issue I have with this backpack though is the compartment for storing the camera body with attached...Read complete review

    This is a nice backpack, It is well constructed and has LOTS if nice features. The real issue I have with this backpack though is the compartment for storing the camera body with attached lens. It is just too small for my camera body (Nikon D700).

    I can cram the camera into the compartment if I really shove it in but it is so tight that I can't just put the camera body in or remove it without a lot of effort. This defeats the feature of the backpack of just swinging it around and removing the camera - a handy and attractive feature if you can use it,

    I know that the specifications say that this backpack fits most DSLRs so the company hasn't misrepresented themselves in that respect but the Nikon D700 is a very popular model and I am surprised that the compartment in this backpack will not support the camera adequately.

    So before you purchase this backpack, I recommend trying it out with your camera before buying it. I, unfortunately ordered this via the web so I wasn't able to do that.

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    2.0

    Disappointed!

    By Mau Mau

    from San Bruno, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy

    Cons

    • Hydration Storage
    • Support Construction

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

    I am an avid hiker and photographer that is always on the lookout for good day pack that will hold photo equipment and hiking gear. I saw the video online prior to purchasing this pack and had extremely high hopes of finding that perfect pack I've been looking for.

    First, I will say there is ample space in this pack. That is a huge win! I was able to fit my camera body + 2 lenses, windproof jacket, rain jacket, fleece top, food, safety and survival "stuff", and still had room for more.

    Unfortunately there were three major drawbacks.

    One, the shoulder pads are truly just that! I'm not large guy but bigger than average. This is a one size fits all pack (not really). I was extremely disappointed that the pads stopped at my shoulders. This left the remaining strap cutting in down my chest and sides once I put a reasonable amount of weight in the pack. My friend even commented that it looked like a kids pack (sigh).

    Second, the hydration storage is poorly designed. Once I added my 3-liter water bladder, the discomfort I described above was magnified! The bladder pushes the pack away from the body making it extremely uncomfortable and unstable (until you cinch those straps even tighter! ugh!).

    Lastly, the hip pads are as poorly designed as the shoulder pads. They didn't even come a quarter of the way around me. The purpose of hip pads is to support the weight of the pack! To do that meant that it was now being supported by a strap (not pads) that once again dug into my hips and mid-section.

    Overall I think the concept is great. That's why I gave it two stars. It just has a ways to go as I mentioned above. Fix the three items and I gladly repurchase this pack. Yes, I did return it. Time to start looking for another again.

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    5.0

    Great but tight for Canon 60D

    By finallyfoundit

    from Windsor, Ontario

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

      Absolutely love this bag. Everything I wanted. Surprisingly great back support & the pouch is fantastic. The side pocket can fit my Canon 60D with a 70-200 lens and cover (in storage position) with no issues. It is a bit strange that the contents in the big pouch can fall around the "expanding" lens section of the side pocket. Wish it had a divider...but i guess it gives more room that way.
      The side pocket is a little tight with a Canon 60D, but you can get it in and out essentially without any problems. Forget a vertical grip on it though, will not work. Thought of modifying this bag to suit. Great bag though. By far the best I found thus far. Quality is great.

      My gear fitted in thus far -
      Canon60D - Lens 70-200 on camera
      Canon 18-135
      Canon 50mm
      10'1 android tablet
      Canon Flash
      3 batterys
      4 mem cards
      Charger
      Cables
      Wallet & phone
      Small jacket
      Battery grip and slot ( not on camera )
      & room for a tonne more in the main area!
      Tripod on front

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      4.0

      Best I've seen, but not perfect

      By Sarah the Naturalist

      from Oregon

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Roomy

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

      I've struggled for years with trying to find the right pack for my photography style. I spend a lot of time out in the field hiking, so what I really wanted was a good hiking pack that also protects and organizes my camera gear. This pack does the job. It has plenty of room for my camera, extra body, extra lenses, CF cards, batteries, and cleaning kit, while still having room for all of my day hiking gear with lunch and a full 100 oz hydration pouch. The camera compartment is long enough to hold my Canon 7D with a 100-400 mm lens attached. My only gripes are: 1) the camera compartment opening is BARELY big enough and I struggle with removing the camera in a timely fashion, and 2) the pass-through ports for tripod are not quite large enough for my thick-legged Manfrotto tripod. Clik Elite is definitely on the right track with this pack, but the design could use some improvements to handle larger professional set-ups.

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      1.0

      An absolute waste of really cool fabric

      By todd

      from scottsdale

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard To Access Equipment
        • Too Small

        Best Uses

          Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

          Good for nothing. The pouch would not fit my camera and lens. No
          padding on bottom. Very little room inside.
          Very cool design but worthless for a photog.

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          5.0

          Versatile backcountry pack.

          By Andrew Outside

          from NW PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

            Purchased this pack specifically for a week in the Canadian Rockies in and around Lake Louise. After taking it up and over scree fields, boulders, alpine meadows and glaciers this did the trick. It carried camera (Canon 5d tight but fit) with lense, 2 spares, filters and flash no problem. Also fit 2 spare jackets, 2 water bottles, lunch and misc gear without a problem. Would definitely recommend but it would be tight for overnight use to get all the gear in.

            A couple points :
            1. When the "marsupial pouch" has the extra lenses in it, it is sort of difficult to get to the miscellaneous gear you packed at the bottom of the pack.
            2. Pack was very adjustable as it fit me (6') and could be adjusted down to fit my wife (5'3")
            3. With the camera in I wouldn't go falling down on your bottom any rough terrain but did protect well from sitting and "scooting" down on some trickier scrambling.

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            4.0

            nice pack but camera opening too tight

            By Oso mom

            from Santa Fe, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Flimsy release buckles
            • Hard To Access Equipment
            • Too small camera opening

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

            This is a well-made, very comfortable pack that accomodates 2 - 3 extra lenses and/or flash as well as a light jacket, lunch and water. It even fits my 5'1" frame very comfortably! There are pockets designed for spare batteries and memory cards as well as a zip pocket for miscellaneous stuff. It has a sleeve for a water bag, although I don't really like those devices as they are hard to clean.

            The plastic release buckles seem a little flimsy for a pack of this size.

            The major down side is that it's very tight for my Nikon D7000 (even without a motor drive) and would not fit a D300 or larger camera, and definitely not one with a motor drive on it. There is plenty of room for a long lens attached, but the zip opening isn't quite big enough for the camera body. Although it's secure, it is a wrestling match to get the camera out of the pocket. That is a big dissapointment to an otherwise excellent product.

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            4.0

            Just what I was looking for...

            By JbSD

            from California

            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 Obscura Backpack (Black):

              Exactly what I was looking for in a pack following a recent trip to Yosemite. I most like being able to use my drinking reservoir rather than have water bottles hanging and swinging all over while hiking. Camera gear is well protected and easy to access. Very comfortable, highly adjustable. Size and price seem right for a pack of this flexibility and quality. Only negative at the moment is lots of straps with excess hanging all over.

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              5.0

              very , very good backpack

              By D7-grapher

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hiking

                Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                Hi guys, I need a backpack for my D7, with a 100-300mm lens as well as my 28-105mm and a flash. I mainly shot wildlife, especially birds down here in Texas. I need a photo bag which includes space for the gear AND space for other things: sunscreen, binoculars, bird book, WATER, mid-day snack etc...
                I tried the slingshot bags "with easy access", but they are not comfortable. You simply cannot hike for longer than 1 hour without getting back pain (that is the reason why ALL hiking backpacks in the world have two shoulder straps ;-). Who ever tells you they use them, they do not use them with my kind of gear and not for longer than 1 hour. About the "fast access" for birds, if you do not have the camera in hand, you lost the shot anyway. Best is to get a wide camera strap. The fast access on this bag is fine, but I use it more as "convenient access" so I can get to the camera without digging through the other stuff.
                This leaves the bag mainly for carrying the additional gear during the "shooting part" of the hike, as well as snacks, the water AND the stuff for the second person you hike with. Therefore an outer space for a bottle is fantastic, the upper compartment for the additional gear (which is stored in a pouch) and the food etc. is great. Also it looks like a backpack and not camera bag, so you do not stick out of the crowd (if there ever was one at 100deg in texas).
                Lastly the gear is protected and the 100-300mm lens attached to the D7 body fits into the lower compartment (there are not a lot of other bags this size, which can claim that).
                So all in all: a great buy....

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                5.0

                Great Travel Pack—Won't fit full frame

                By Josh

                from NYC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Won't fit 5D3

                Best Uses

                • TravelNature Photography

                Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                I used the Obscura on a 4 month trip through Africa, and the fact that it held up with minimal signs of wear despite being thoroughly abused is a testament to the build quality and construction.

                I was looking for a bag that would carry my camera, several lenses, computer, books, etc during travel periods, and act as a day pack and camera bag during hikes, safaris and photo outings. The Obscura met all of these requirements and far surpassed my expectations.

                My girlfriend had the Clik Compact Sport, and between the two of us we were able to carry two 60D's, a Canon 70-300L, 17-40L, 55mm manual focus prime, Tokina 11-16mm and 100mm macro, as well as a teleconverter, flash, spare batteries and cards, hard drives, and a lot more. On day hikes we could bring all of this plus rain coats, water bottles, tripods, lunch and a change of clothes. The Obscura could take a drizzle or a light rain on its own, and the built-in, removable rain fly worked great in heavier rain, although her Compact Sport didn't have one of these so we had to buy one separately. The Marsupial Pouch is a great feature and allows for safe storage of lenses and other accessories without taking up as much space as a traditional camera bag's padded section. The mesh outer pocket held so much more than I ever expected: books, headlamps, water purifiers.. it's deceptively large. The top organizer pocket was great for holding memory cards, batteries, filters, lens cleaning supplies and anything else you can think of, such as a notebook or passport. I did envy the dozens of hidden pockets all over the compact sport: it felt like there were more convenient nooks and crannies for storing small items on that bag, while I often felt like my top pouch had a disorganized pile of stuff inside it (although I could fit more items). Another nice coincidence is that the hydration sleeve is big enough to fit a 15 inch macbook pro without a sleeve on it, which was fine for airports but not for outdoors, and I bet it would fit a 13 inch with a protective cover.

                While at first glance it might seem like the padding in this bag isn't as heavy-duty as some other camera backpacks (and to be fair, it's not), our bags got thrown around and manhandled and we never had any of our gear damaged.

                A huge pro for this pack is that it doesn't look like a camera bag. In developing countries all over Africa, it was great not to have an obvious camera backpack that would make us stand out as affluent tourists (not that it was so easy to blend in or anything...).

                A few cons: the shoulder straps have decent padding, but it's not quite thick enough for a full load of camera gear on a long day hike. After a full day or two of hiking with all of my gear in this bag, my shoulders were definitely feeling it. The waist straps also weren't especially useful as the bag has no rigid frame, which made it pretty much impossible to take weight off your shoulders by using the hip straps, although I suppose they stopped the bag from swinging around too much. That being said, there were also benefits to having no rigid frame, such as being able to cram the empty or almost-empty bag into tight spaces. Definitely a trade-off.

                It also would have been nice to have a sleeve for the tripod legs on the base of the bag like my LowePro pack, as the bungees at the back of the bag weren't especially stable. The alternative—putting a tripod in the side mesh pocket—would mean that I wasn't able to carry a water bottle, which was never really an option.

                Another downside is that I've now upgraded to a 5D III, and it's almost impossible to get the full frame camera in and out of the camera portal... I can still use the bag to transport the 5DIII (and will do so), and to use my 60D, but if Clik made a new Obscura that could accommodate larger cameras I would definitely purchase a second one!

                Overall, a fantastic bag and I can't recommend it enough if you're a travel or nature photographer who goes on day hikes and needs your camera along with basic gear (and if you have a crop-sensor camera).

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                3.0

                Can't found similar backpack in market

                By Kin

                from Hong Kong

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Good outlooking
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Discomfort
                • Hard to access equip 5D3
                • No weight transfer design

                Best Uses

                • Hiking
                • Travelling

                Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

                Good outlooking and design, large volumn of backpack,but discomfortable when carrying heavy weight.
                I can't found similar backpack in market and other brand for hiking and travelling.

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                5.0

                Exactly what I was looking for

                By Fulano

                from Palm Beach, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                  I have three different bags for very different ocasions. This one I just use it for vacation. And it is a perfect fit! I was looking for a backpack with enough space for my SONY DSRL camera with my Sigma travel glass 18-250mm attached, two extra glasses (35mm and 50mm), Ipad, flash, batteries, chargers, Ipod, Bose cancellation headphones, Oben Tripod, Built-in Hydration Sleeve, snacks compartments, and also to carry my light jacket. It is true that the quick draw location for the camera is a little tight for getting the camera in and out but it is very workable. This is great because keep your camera in place as a safety feature. I also love the fact that doesn't look like a camera bag! 100% recommended.

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                  3.0

                  Great bag but not for everyone

                  By Andy

                  from Philly PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Inadequate protection

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                    I will start by saying this is a very good 'big' backpack with great support, airflow and padding. The main compartment is very very large and there are thougthful touches like loops for attachments, place to store a tripod, pockets for memory cards, phone, water bottle etc..

                    I did not keep it due to a major limitation. The "quick draw" location for the camera is a little tight for getting the camera in and out (Nikon D700) but was workable. This was not the issue. The space you place the camera is more or less like a large sock sewn into the side of the bag and there is very minimal padding and protection. The main compartment goes around the camera and any gear you place in the main bag literally sits on the camera lens (the area with the least protection. Further, the bottom has limited padding as well.

                    I just did not feel there was much structure or protection for my camera and lens. I will keep looking and might consider some similar bags by Click Elite that have a more formal and structured area for the camera. I hope the next version will provide more protection because I otherwise really liked this bag.

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                    4.0

                    Good, but tight

                    By Stephanwolf

                    from Zurich, Switzerland

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Comfortable
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

                    I like that the bag can be used like a regular backpack for rain gear etc. with lots of little pockets for small accessories such as CF cards and filters. Also the top compartments are well suited for extra lenses. The pack itself is very light and has a nice color combiation.

                    For the size of the pack, the main camera compartment is much too small. My 5D MII fits with the EF 70-200 2.8 IS, but just barely, making it a hassle to put it in & take it out.
                    - the waist-belt cannot be removed (or at least I don't know how)

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                    3.0

                    It's adequate

                    By Fredz filmz

                    from VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Comfortable
                    • Roomy

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment

                    Best Uses

                    • Day hikes

                    Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                    I use this pack for day hikes. I wish it had a flap that hangs down to hold the tripod. It's a good size pack for day hikes and holds extra gear. I like that it accommodates a 100oz hydration pack (not included). One serious draw back is that the side entrance for stowing the camera is a little too small. I keep a Really Right Stuff camera bracket on my camera and can't stow the camera in this pocket.

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                    4.0

                    Great backpack, but doesn't fit everyone

                    By Tox

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Roomy

                    Cons

                    • Uncomfortable Fit

                    Best Uses

                    • Hiking
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                    This is a great camera hiking bag. My only problem is I could never get it to comfortably fit on my back. There are a lot of adjustment strap, but I couldn't get never dial it in. I called ClikElite and they directed me to a couple of YouTub videos that helped. The fit was a little better, but I couldn't image being comfortable a long hike with it on my back. I ended up going with ClikElite ProExpress bag instead.

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                    4.0

                    Side entry portal too small for a D7000

                    By J.

                    from Quebec

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                      I havent use the backpack for hiking yet, but it seems comfortable.
                      Unfortunately, the side pocket is too small to easily store and retrieve a Nikon D7000 body. I can put it inside if I push harder and twist it, but it's impossible to retrieve it quickly ...
                      So I use this side pocket to store some other gear (flash, lens ...), and keep my camera in the inside top pocket.

                      Overall, it's a really good backpack, except for this side pocket that fits only small SLR.

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                      5.0

                      Well-made and versatile bag

                      By NotSteve

                      from Toronto

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                        I haven't been able to take this bag out for any serious hiking. However, I have used as my everyday bag in an urban environment: biking, transit, some walks in the park, over the course of the last half year.

                        The best way to describe it is as a well-made, well-featured hiking day pack. All the adjustments one needs to make to balance the load on your back are there. There is the space to put a hydration pack, which is external to everything else, so if there's a leak, it is less likely to damage your equipment. The mesh back and straps work well to keep you relatively dry during hot weather. I have a couple high-end backpacks and the Obscura compares well.

                        Added to this its camera specific features, which I've found to be solid. I have a smaller DSLR (K5), so it fits in the compartment easily; bigger cameras have a bit trouble, I have read.

                        I don't have a lot of gear so I don't need space for a lot of lenses/equipment (just six lenses, camera and small tripod, which all fits), and then I always have other things I need to have with me, clothes, food, camera manual, laptop and the bag makes it easy to carry these as you would any other bag.

                        Other bags I looked had some kind of compromise that I didn't like: they looked like a camera bag, had less camera specific features for a similar price, less hiking pack features.

                        The only problem I had was actually with BH, since it had older stock it was selling which was not quite compatible with the newer chestpacks they also sell (missing clips). This was in the spring, so its probably sorted out by now. However, Clik Elite stepped up and took responsibility for the mix-up and things were sorted out to my satisfaction via email and phone. Besides the fact I like the backpack the service is part of the reason I am giving a positive review.

                        I wish there was some kind of small internal pocket in the main comparment for odds and sods, so I don't have to rummage for smaller items in the bottom of the bag. This is a small issue however.

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                        4.0

                        The Go-To Bag for Go-Getters

                        By Franki

                        from Montreal, QC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Roomy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Obscura Backpack (Black):

                            When I shop for anything, I just want to be sure I get the best bang for my buck vis a vis the quality of the product and ingenuity. This bag definitely takes care of all my needs. Before I continue, there is one fact worth mentioning. The side portal for easy camera acces can accomodate an SLR with a 70-200mm lens attached to the body. However I own a 60D and it is a bit of a struggle to put in and take out. This does defy the rapid access port but it isn't so bad. Just worth mentioning as I definitely wouldn't try anything bigger, even a 7D would be cumbersome. Ideal for small SLR's really.

                            Other than that, the marsupial pouch is a nice addition. Easy to compartmentalize and can fit up to three additional lens'. The bag itself is not a rigid bag, as in the material is not stiff. It has the look of a campers bag and the feel. If you lie your bag on the floor with nothing in it, it will crumple over it's own weight. Again not a bad thing but if your picky like me you'll notice. Other than the camera port and marsupial pouch, the large compartment is plenty sufficient for a rain jacket, a lunch, some camping gear, etc. The fron mesh zipper is large enough for a small map and other relatively flat items. The top zipper compartment stores memory cards/battery charger/polarizers/etc. The side mesh pocket isn't as stretch as I would like.

                            The harness is very fine-adjustable. Reason I changed from a Naneu Pro bag was because I found it too deep and rigid. I like a bag that doesn't stick out 20 inches from my behind. This is a great purchase for the outdoor enthusiast. Even though it does not have it's own computer compartment, my 13inch Macbook Pro in it's sleeve fits well.

                            Hope this helps/

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                            5.0

                            Super designe, súper details

                            By Xavier

                            from santiago, chile

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easily Accessible Equipment

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                              Tecnical backpack plus super adjusted to carry tour photo equipment

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                              5.0

                              Just what I was looking for

                              By Steve

                              from Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable Harness
                              • Back ventilation
                              • Comfortable
                              • Design
                              • Easily accessible camera
                              • Function
                              • Roomy

                              Cons

                              • Hard to access bag bottom
                              • Hard to access large SLRs
                              • Waist belt use w gloves

                              Best Uses

                              • Hiking
                              • Travel
                              • Winter sports

                              Comments about Obscura Backpack (Blue):

                              As have others who have bought this bag, I was looking for:

                              1. A bag that was very functional and as light as possible without compromising too much in the areas of protection and comfort.

                              2. A bag that would give me quick access to my camera.

                              3. A bag that would carry a small compliment of lenses and accessories, esp. a tripod and hiking poles.

                              4. A bag with sufficient room for other items that I would want on a hike/ride.

                              5. A bag who's dedicated camera space was "reducable" depending on what I wanted to carry with me that day.

                              6. A bag that offered sufficient protection from the elements.

                              7. A bag that was hydration ready.

                              8. A bag that does not look like a camera bag.

                              This bag satisfies all those requirements.

                              I'm fond of the colour (which is good because there are no other options) and the design. It does not look like a camera bag, and I easily fit in with the crowd no matter where I am.

                              The "Zoom Cell" extendable camera compartment fits my most common body/lens combination (T2i w 17-55 f2.8) with the hood on forward. This was a big issue for me. I didn't want to pull my camera out and waste time taking the lens cap off and flipping the hood. The camera sits in the bag, cap off, ready to shoot. Everyone is right though, the opening is very small and just the right fit for my compact DSLR. If I switch bodies, I would probably have to move up to the Contrejour 35.

                              The bag is very comfortable. The breathable waist belt does not give up any support and easily transfers all the weight onto my hips, and off my back. My shoulders are very grateful.

                              There is a lot of room inside the pack, and the "Marsupial Pouch" compresses down if you only want to bring a camera and use the entire top compartment for other items. The pouch is not that big, and just fits my 70-200 f4 vertically. If you've got a much bigger lens than this, you may lose some protective coverage. The pouch is also not that protective. I'm not sure how it will handle a landing on hard packed snow/ice when snowboarding. On those outings though, I will probably have a spare layer of clothes stuffed in the bag that will help out with the padding.

                              My bag (delivered April 2011) did come with a rain fly - great for both protection from the elements and frisky fingers when in a crowd.

                              Right now, this is the best bag I have owned for what I need, and I have gone through quite a few.

                              My only qualms are:

                              1. I wish the zipper for the top compartment extended 2" more down each side. It is tough to get to the bottom of the bag because the top flap doesn't open enough. If you want to access something on the very bottom, you will probably have to remove a lot of the stuff on top of it.

                              2. I wish the velcro strap used to "fix" the length of the Zoom Cell compartment was designed better. There is a velcro flap that lets you adjust the length of this compartment. If I have my camera inserted with the hood reversed, it catches on this velcro everytime. It would probably be better to have that flap on the outside of the Zoom Cell (accessible from the inside of the bag).

                              3. As everyone else has complained about, the Zoom Cell opening is too small, and probably needs to be about 1" wider.

                              4. I prefer when the adjustments for the waist belt length are at the buckle vs. at the ends. When you put the belt on, you tighten the straps from the sides of the belt, vs at the center where the buckle is. When I go snowboarding, I have to switch the pack to my front on the chairleft, which means this waist belt is getting unfasted and fastened a lot. With my last pack, after jumping off the lift, I could easily grab the dangling straps blindly, slide my hands down to the buckles, pull the buckles to loosen the straps (which easily slid down when not under tension) snap the belt and tighten the straps. I can't do that with this pack. It's difficult to loosen the tightness of this belt. Keep in mind I'm wearing thick gloves with wrist guards. A loose belt is much easier to position and fasten over all my outerwear. I'm not sure if I'm making this clear, but if you ride a lot, and take your pack on and off a lot, you'll probably know what I mean.

                              5. On the same note, I would probably make the waist strap thicker, and the buckles bigger so that they would be easier to handle with mitts or gloves.

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