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Clik EliteLarge Hiker Backpack (Gray)
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (15)
  • Adjustable harness (14)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Roomy (12)
  • Easily accessible equipment (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (13)
  • Protecting gear (12)
  • Storing gear (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I had questions, so I'm giving answers..

I bought this pack for backpacking trip up and down the smokies that I was taking with a buddy of mine. We averaged about 10 miles a day for a week. We returned to...Read complete review

I bought this pack for backpacking trip up and down the smokies that I was taking with a buddy of mine. We averaged about 10 miles a day for a week. We returned to the car after every 2nd night out on the trail to keep food and weight to a minimum (and also to move to other parts of the park).

I have to admit, I was expecting more space overall (for photo equipment and camping gear alike).

I was only able to fit my Canon 5D, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L USM II, 2 hotshoe flash units, and 4 70mm filter cases (I stood my camera up sidewise and the 70-200mm sitting on its tripod ring & placed the rectangular cushions under them with the filters inside of those) inside the camera compartment.. I slid my Nodal Ninja 5 tripod bracket in one of the upper compartments. There simply was no room for my tiny little LensBaby to go along - how's that happen? The accessories pocket had plenty of room to hold memory cards, a handful of batteries, remote release timer, a poncho, and a few other odds and ends.

Up top personal space was a little too scarce to be considered a standalone backpacker.. but we made due. I was able to fit my sleeping bag (in a high-end compression bag), a Hobo Hammock, 1 pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 1 long-sleeved shirt, a pair of shorts, underwear, a few pairs of socks, a 2L insulated platypus hydration pack (awkwardly fit on top horizontally), and a ziplock bag of trailmix. In the uppermost compartment I fit a messkit, and a small waterbox for my phone, meds, snacks, ect. On the side I fit a tarp, 550 cord, a waterbottle. Outside I hung a Kelty Camp seat (the 90 degree pad--not a chair chair) from the middle clip and beneath the pack I hung a carbon fiber tripod. Total weight was around 40-45 lbs.

I was not able to fit: food (other a few energy bars and the trailmix), water purifier, the small JetBoil camp stove, camp tools, ect. Luckily I had a companion who understood and was willing to help out with these items that we'd both need.

The straps on the bottom holding my tripod were barely adequate. I ended up just tying them in knots with it because it would work loose and bob-around as I walked. The tripod also got scuffed up from being set down repeatedly on rocks and the like.

I am a small guy, so my 30 inch waist meant that I had to use every bit of the waist strap to get it tight.. but it did work! As far as the torso adjustment, I'm 5' 7'' and had it on the Large setting.. so if you are a tall fellow, it may run small for you. The comfort was good overall, but can't compare to dedicated backpacking packs out there (an acceptable concession for the protection of my photo gear).

All that said, for my purposes, this was a good purchase and would do it again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost a hikers backpack, but not quite

I bought the Hiker from a local shop in Idaho and for the most part it has been a nice pack. One issue I have is that my Nikon D7000 w/ 70-200 just...Read complete review

I bought the Hiker from a local shop in Idaho and for the most part it has been a nice pack. One issue I have is that my Nikon D7000 w/ 70-200 just barely fits side ways and I worry that it will get knocked around, I mean we are hiking. I have had several hiking packs in the past and I can fit every thing except the kitchen sink in them but cant fit a full 2 days worth of gear in this... Thats not ok
It is also a good thing that these come with a lifetime warranty because the handle on the top is starting to come un stitched. I called Clik Elite and they just told me to send it in with their paper work that they gave me. Did I forget to mention that I have to pay for shipping to them?

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5.0

excelent pack

By TJA

from Richfield, UT

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Strap
  • Durable
  • Good Protection

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Short Hiking Trips 2-3day
  • Travel

Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

I don't have anything bad to say about this pack at all.
I work with a hunting business so I am outdoors on the mountain scouting a lot. I received this pack on a Tuesday and had it on the mountain Thursday for a 4 day pack trip. I was able to fit my camera 2 lenses a video camera tripod and spotting scope all in this pack with room to spare for my rain gear clothes a few dehydrated meals and water.
The pack is comfortable and sits very well on my shoulders with no slipping and no readjustments. I am 6'1 and I was able to adjust the pack to fit me just fine with no problem. I would recommend this pack to anybody and I have already done that as well.

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3.0

Almost a hikers backpack, but not quite

By JDA

from Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

  • Durability
  • Too Small

Best Uses

  • Transporting Gear

Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

I bought the Hiker from a local shop in Idaho and for the most part it has been a nice pack. One issue I have is that my Nikon D7000 w/ 70-200 just barely fits side ways and I worry that it will get knocked around, I mean we are hiking. I have had several hiking packs in the past and I can fit every thing except the kitchen sink in them but cant fit a full 2 days worth of gear in this... Thats not ok
It is also a good thing that these come with a lifetime warranty because the handle on the top is starting to come un stitched. I called Clik Elite and they just told me to send it in with their paper work that they gave me. Did I forget to mention that I have to pay for shipping to them?

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  • No

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5.0

Best of the best

By Bello

from Puerto rico

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Protecting Gear
  • Transporting Gear

Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

I love to hiking a lot in a very rough enviroment and the bag if perfect for carrie my equipment safe and to take with me a lot of hydratation and other things lots of thing

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5.0

Essential for Hiking Photographer

By Chris B

from Cumming, GA

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 Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

Bought this bag for the ability to load my camera gear and go on a weekend trip without having to carry multiple packs.

Camera compartment is large and very configurable and allows plenty of storage for camera body, multiple lenses, flash and any other camera items you may want to bring along.

Overall the bag has a high quality construction and plenty of space and pockets for all your additional items you may need in addition to your cameras.

Would highly recommend to anyone looking to get away for 2-3 days and wants to take there photography equipment with them. I am easily able to carry my T3i w/ lens plus 2 additional lenses & flash. Has pockets for carrying multiple filters and memory cards, along with the necessary supplies I need for 3 days in mountains.

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4.0

I had questions, so I'm giving answers..

By JWink

from Cincinnati, Ohio

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Quality construction
  • Unique Item

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Too Small

Best Uses

  • Day hikes
  • Protecting Gear

Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

I bought this pack for backpacking trip up and down the smokies that I was taking with a buddy of mine. We averaged about 10 miles a day for a week. We returned to the car after every 2nd night out on the trail to keep food and weight to a minimum (and also to move to other parts of the park).

I have to admit, I was expecting more space overall (for photo equipment and camping gear alike).

I was only able to fit my Canon 5D, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L USM II, 2 hotshoe flash units, and 4 70mm filter cases (I stood my camera up sidewise and the 70-200mm sitting on its tripod ring & placed the rectangular cushions under them with the filters inside of those) inside the camera compartment.. I slid my Nodal Ninja 5 tripod bracket in one of the upper compartments. There simply was no room for my tiny little LensBaby to go along - how's that happen? The accessories pocket had plenty of room to hold memory cards, a handful of batteries, remote release timer, a poncho, and a few other odds and ends.

Up top personal space was a little too scarce to be considered a standalone backpacker.. but we made due. I was able to fit my sleeping bag (in a high-end compression bag), a Hobo Hammock, 1 pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 1 long-sleeved shirt, a pair of shorts, underwear, a few pairs of socks, a 2L insulated platypus hydration pack (awkwardly fit on top horizontally), and a ziplock bag of trailmix. In the uppermost compartment I fit a messkit, and a small waterbox for my phone, meds, snacks, ect. On the side I fit a tarp, 550 cord, a waterbottle. Outside I hung a Kelty Camp seat (the 90 degree pad--not a chair chair) from the middle clip and beneath the pack I hung a carbon fiber tripod. Total weight was around 40-45 lbs.

I was not able to fit: food (other a few energy bars and the trailmix), water purifier, the small JetBoil camp stove, camp tools, ect. Luckily I had a companion who understood and was willing to help out with these items that we'd both need.

The straps on the bottom holding my tripod were barely adequate. I ended up just tying them in knots with it because it would work loose and bob-around as I walked. The tripod also got scuffed up from being set down repeatedly on rocks and the like.

I am a small guy, so my 30 inch waist meant that I had to use every bit of the waist strap to get it tight.. but it did work! As far as the torso adjustment, I'm 5' 7'' and had it on the Large setting.. so if you are a tall fellow, it may run small for you. The comfort was good overall, but can't compare to dedicated backpacking packs out there (an acceptable concession for the protection of my photo gear).

All that said, for my purposes, this was a good purchase and would do it again.

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5.0

Truly outdoor photographers' backpack

By Sergeant

from Calgary, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hiking with gear

    Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

    I was looking for this type of backpack a years. Always something was wrong: not enough room for gear, or not enough room for my hiking stuff or simply awkward design. Finally I've got Large Hiker Backpack (Gray) by Clik Elite. [...] fill up with my photo and hiking gear and went for 2 nights mounting hiking trip. Now I feel good! Backpack is very agronomical with lots of adjustments and actually is big enough, what is very important to me. So I wont concentrate on hiking gear compartment since is absolutely great and feet the purpose (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, portable stove, food and extra clothing).Photo gear compartment: I like size of it, but I don't get design of it. Compartment is almost a perfect cubical shape, so you need a lot of imagination to properly locate your gear, but once you get it its perfect. I throw away main divider what have absolutely awkward shape (sort of an s-curve with way too big middle section), I don't know why it design so wide, I'm using Nikon D700 and D7000 and no one of them would be fit as it shows on most of the pictures. I put them sidewise and it works. My 80-200 fits vertically – great news! Thanks for almost cubical shape of photo compartment –now it works! I squeeze rest of my gear just for fun of first field trip:16mm fisheye, 20mm, 50mm, 300mm and a flash, extra batteries of course. I don't need all of it most of the time, but it was worst to try! Tripod outside and here you go – pretty heave sack for carry around. Normally I'm taking only two lenses and one body – I'm not a pro, I just like photography that's all. After three days of hiking I can tell – it is great backpack! I have no regrets.

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    5.0

    Room for everything

    By nelson0561

    from Cary, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

      Great quality, great construction, room for nearly everything you can imagine. I have a lot of gear and wanted something that would hold a laptop and some clothes along with all my photo gear and this does that and then some. It's not heavy and feels good when you're wearing the pack.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Huge!

      By Magix

      from Los Angeles CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

            This is a really nice bag pack. perfect quality and so much space for all your stuff, but is huge.If you think you are athletic no problem just buy it and you going to love it.also if you need something in regular size this is not your choice.Another thing is just buy it from B&H, they have the cheapest price in the market!

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            5.0

            ROOMY ENOUGH FOR CAMERAS AND GEAR

            By CB

            from Goose Creek, SC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Rain Cover
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction
            • Tripod holder

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Hiking
              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

              I am using the backback as I hike in the mountains. At this time of year the weather changes constantly. The large size works great for carrying extra clothing while keep my camera gear protected. I've also got room to carry a netbook along with the hydration bladder. The best part is that I can adjust it to my toros length. I am very short waisted and had no problems adjusting it.

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              5.0

              Clik Elite Hiker

              By JCard

              from Grand Rapids, MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

              I bought this Bag to use for school, occasional travel, and hiking. First off the build quality is excellent, the ballistic nylon very durable and water resistant. It also has a bunch of useful exterior storage options for camping gear like sleeping pads or a sleeping bag. For my purposes the bag has way more than enough room for all my gear including one gripped Nikon D90 w/35mm lens, Nikon F100 w/50mm lens, SB-600 flash, sigma 70-200. For the top compartment I carry my 15" laptop and a few books and folders with room to put my jacket in too. Ergonomics of this bag are really good I have no problem walking around all day with this bag. For some people this bag may be to large, but Clik Elite offers many smaller bags that I would assume would be just as nice at this great bag.

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              5.0

              great product

              By the nature photographer

              from rocky comfort, mo.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Tripod Holder

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

              great backpack for backpacking. holds all my photo gear perfectly and still has plenty of room for camping supplies. quality of of backpack is very good. very comfortable. zippers seem to work very well and keeps water out also. looking forward to using this backpack for a long time!

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              5.0

              Very impressed!

              By tbdotcom

              from Franklin Lakes, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No specific monopod holde

              Best Uses

                Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                Able to hold all my necessary gear, and comfortable to wear. However, my 400mm lens had to be carried separately. I'm 6'5", 260 and it fit me perfectly!

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                5.0

                Big enough for my need

                By Mike

                from Big Pine, CA

                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 Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                  Have been looking a long time for a pack that would hold personal stuff + camera gear.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  very good bag

                  By Gilles Gerbaud

                  from France

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                    To walk in lanscape.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great pack

                    By chriscunnington

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                      This pack was better than expected. It is very wel made, and has plenty of room for geat and cargo: I often put my laptop in a bag and then put that in the top compartment of this bag. I have and like backpacks from JANDD, and like this one even more. Definitely worth the money.

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                      4.0

                      This thing is HUGE.

                      By NC Mountain Shooter

                      from Boone NC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                        The build quality is outstanding... it has a good balance of room for both photo gear and hiking gear.... but I didn't realize how big this thing was going to be until I unboxed it....

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                        5.0

                        STOKED!

                        By Summit42

                        from Utah

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                        Now that I have put 50+ trail miles on this pack I feel comfortable writing a quick review. This pack is beefy(hence the weight)and has more than enough gear space for long day hikes. In fact I have carried food, rain jackets, water, along with my camera gear on 6+ hours hikes with my family of 4.If you are into backpacking and have light/compact gear you can also use this pack. This is my setup for a short trip [@]Cons...The strap for the tripod needs to be a few inches higher.Water bladder holder is pretty much useless. I have never been a fan of keeping water so close to my camera so I may have a biased opinion. Typically I just carry a nalgene and water filter to save on weight.

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                        5.0

                        Great backcountry pack.

                        By Backcountry photographer

                        from Long Island, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Too Small

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Large Hiker Backpack (Gray):

                        I used this pack last weekend loaded up to a total weight of 30 lbs on a 12 mile hike. It proved to be comfortable for the whole day. The bag does weigh in at 7lbs though so it does make for a heavy load with all your gear although it carries very well. It has ample room for a day trip or with careful packing a few day excursion. I would have like a slightly larger main compartment to hold all my supplies, but it holds a decent amount of gear. The camera compartment has plenty of room for my gear and if you wanted to go on a longer trip you could even stuff some camping gear down there. Plenty of pockets and straps for your gear. Just know that it will not hold a 70 oz camelback bladder. I bought the 70 oz insulated platypus from MSR and it fits great. Plus the insulated bag prevents any condensation so it's a bonus for my camera gear. One thing I definitely recommend is the SLR chest pack so you can access your camera quickly. Otherwise you will have to take off the bag every time you want to shoot. The two bags worked great together. Overall a great product for the backcountry photographer.

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