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Clik EliteContrejour 40 Backpack (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 28 reviews)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (21)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Easily accessible equipment (18)
  • Comfortable (16)
  • Adjustable harness (14)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (16)
  • Transporting gear (16)
  • Storing gear (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great photo trekker

I purchased this pack to use on lightweight multiday trekking trips with a three-lens camera kit and as a daypack with a large cache of photo gear. Have used it on numerous day outings...Read complete review

I purchased this pack to use on lightweight multiday trekking trips with a three-lens camera kit and as a daypack with a large cache of photo gear. Have used it on numerous day outings and on a one-week hut-to-hut hiking trip in Europe, walking around 150 miles with it so far. I have been using it with the optional access pouch, which is a kind of papoose for holding the camera on your chest. I have a D7000 and use a mixture of pro, semi-pro and consumer lenses.

PROS: This is the first camera-oriented pack I've used that is worthy of use as a technical backpack. It is well designed, tough and holds a load comfortably. The suspension is smart, the compartments are well-placed and useful. It exceeds my expectations on almost every count as a technical pack. It also functions very well as a camera pack, with an compartment that can hold several lenses or be configured to hold just a couple items along with backpacking supplies and equipment. I was even able to store my Gitzo traveler inside the outer compartment. I developed a system where I kept my camera out with two spare lenses in the access pouch, giving me the best access I've ever had to an array of camera gear while hiking. The pack is roomy and with its attachment points could be used for a multiday backpacking trip with a full array of camp gear and a camera kit.

CONS: The only con so far is the weight. The marketing says this pack is designed for ski mountaineering, which means it is built tough and heavy. I trimmed off excess inner pockets, long straps, etc. and shaved a few ounces but the pack still weighs more than 4 pound empty, as compared to under 3 pounds for my regular multiday backpack. This is admittedly part of the tradeoff but a design specifically for backpacking could be lighter with some thinner fabric here and there.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Contrejour 40 is solid w/ 1 design flaw

As a semi-pro freelance photographer, focused on Landscape photography, I have spent countless hours researching camera bags that will hold the gear I want to carry along with sufficient room to carry extra...Read complete review

As a semi-pro freelance photographer, focused on Landscape photography, I have spent countless hours researching camera bags that will hold the gear I want to carry along with sufficient room to carry extra clothing, tent / sleeping bag for an overnight trip.

• The camera area is laid out nicely and handles my 5D Mk II with BG-E6 & tripod plate fairly well, though it could stand to be about "2" deeper!
• The bottom portion of the camera bay could stand to be about 1" wider so that the lenses carried fit stored vertically (say I wanted to carry my 16-35 f/2.8L and a 50 f/1.4L there…the lenses don't really fit in there nicely when stored in the leather lens bags
• The main compartment of the bag is HUGE! I'm pretty confident that I will be able to fit the gear needed to support day trips as well as the occasional overnighter with relative ease.
• The Hydration sleeve area is 3" too short, in my opinion. Common 3L & 2L hydration bags from Camelbak, Platypus & Osprey are larger than the available space and there is no slot for the hydration tube to come out of the sleeve.
◦ Camelbak 3L/100 fl. oz is 18" x 8" (definitely will not fit)
◦ Platypus 3L/100 fl. oz is 16" x 7.5" (definitely will not fit)
◦ Osprey 3L/100 fl. oz is 15.5 x 6.25" (definitely will not fit)
◦ Camelbak 2L/70 fl. oz is 11.75" x 7" (definitely will not fit)
◦ Platypus 2L/70 fl. oz is 16" x 6" (definitely will not fit)
◦ Osprey 2L/70 fl. oz is 15 x 6" (definitely will not fit)

• The small upper compartment is laid out relatively well, though I would like to have mesh pockets dedicated to battery storage (such as the LP-6 for the 5D Mk II), as I carry 2 spare batteries for my grip, just in case!
• The Rain cover is conveniently located and is easy to pull out and cover, should the weather start to change. One thing to note here: If you are carrying a tripod strapped down on the main portion of the pack, it would have to be removed first.
• The shoulder straps are nicely padded and seem to have sufficient adjustments. Would like to have the ability to put the hydration tube through a loop (or two) to keep it in place instead of swinging around constantly.
• The four attachment loops at the top of the pack on the outside of the small upper compartment are nice. It would be nice to have 4 or 6 on the lower large section of the backpack as well!
• Additionally, I tried some of the 2L / 70 fl. Oz bladders, with no success on those either. Seriously disappointed with this discovery, since hydration is a primary necessity for hiking / backpacking. At this point, I am tempted to return the pack. There are a lot of great points with this pack, but the lack of suitable hydration capability is a MAJOR negative for me (and likely many potential buyers).
• Were any hydration bladders used during the design of the hydration sleeve area? If so, which manufacturer? It sure doesn't appear to be the case.

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4.0

Great all around backpack

By Zefy

from Vancouver, BC

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 Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

    I use this bag every day and it's got plenty of room for whatever I'm doing. I like taking my camera gear pretty much everywhere in case the mood strikes and I want to snap some photos. I wanted a pack that can fit all my camera gear and have enough room for everything else one might need. I'm not an extreme adventurer though. I go skiing, hiking, other random stuff but I mainly just wanted a really comfortable way to carry my gear.

    My camera gear is:

    Canon 5d mkii, 24-105mm f/4, 16-35mm f/4, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/4, 580exII flash, and a mefoto roadtrip tripod on the outside. Plus general cleaning kit, couple filters, camera strap, usb cables, card reader, that sort of thing.

    I have room for one more normal size lens without using the top portion of the camera compartment (where the mesh bag is normally kept) but if I put my 70-200 up there I could easily fit another 3 lenses.

    What I like:

    You could fit even more camera gear in there if you didn't want to use the side access door. I like using it and I also wanted to be able to store the camera with any of my lenses attached to it. I nest my lens hoods together and store them at the far side of the main camera compartment. This allows me to grab my camera with whatever lens attached, and grab the correct hood without opening up the whole bag.

    I also have a 14" lenovo laptop (t410s if you want to compare dimensions) in a padded case. This can fit in either the very back of the pack or it can actually fit in the camera compartment on top of all my gear. I don't have anything that actually uses the full depth of the camera compartment so it fits fine but if you have big battery grips or something you might not be able to do this.

    This leaves the whole back and top pockets of the bag for other stuff! Rain gear, sweater, gloves, lunch, it all fits.

    Being that the two general use pockets are not rigid, if you don't have anything in them, they are small. This really makes the bag look much smaller than it actually is. If you fill the bag, ya... it looks really massive.

    With that in mind, I was able to bring this as a carry on for an international flight. I got eyeballed a couple times but just said that I'm not checking it and they let me through. I had very little in the two pockets through to make it appear smaller. You're walking a fine line with the size of this pack.

    Even fully loaded, this pack is quite comfortable and easy to carry even with my less than stellar physique (fat).

    Some negatives:

    these are all fairly minor but if I'm complaining...

    the waist strap is to short for my large (fat) frame. I have a 42" waist and it is a few inches from being comfortable. HOWEVER! I emailed click elite and they sent me an extension no problem. I did have to pay shipping because I'm in Canada so I don't know if it would be totally free in the US. If you've got a 40" waist or smaller I think you'd be fine with this pack. Height wise (I'm 5'11") it's totally fine for me.

    Like others have mentioned, the hydration pocket is a weird size. Not quite big enough for a normal bladder. I use a water bottle most of the time though so not a big concern for me. I actually like putting my tablet (8") in there. Fits nicely and is well protected.

    The big flap to get in the camera compartment is really floppy. You have to hold it open to grab your gear or else it will flop back closed on you. If you have something in the hydration pocket (say a tablet) it stays open just fine but on its own it won't stay open.

    the card slot pockets work nicely however the pocket beside it (I use it for batteries) is an annoying shape. My hands don't fit inside it and it's to deep to just use your fingers. I might be oddly proportioned for the hand girth to finger length ratio though so ya...

    last issue I have with it is the depth of the pack. I wish it wasn't quite as deep as it is. My 70-200 lens can easily fall out of it's spot and move in between the dividers. I am getting a set of lenspacks to keep them secure and also some velcro straps to hold in some of my more loose lenses. Easy fix plus lenspacks are handy.

    Overall I'm happy with my purchase and it's near PERFECT for me.

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    4.0

    Almost perfect

    By Dory Breaux

    from Truckee, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain biking
      • Protecting Gear
      • Short Overnighters
      • Skiing
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

      I've used this pack for about 2.5 years now, and for what it is, it is nearly the perfect pack. My favorite part about it is that I can A-frame skis while still carrying a larger cinema tripod.
      This pack is not something that is meant to store a large kit in, but for rigorous shoots that require something more than a simple camera carrying pack. I've fit overnight gear in it no problem (with tent on the outside), done full back country ski days, mountain bike rides, the list goes on. My only complaint is the zippers. While they are secure, they are often incredibly stiff and hard to quickly unzip. I recentl had to send my pack in to CE for a busted side port zipper as it was missing multiple teeth. This is where I feel this brand really shines; when my pack arived, they called to inform me that they could not repair the zipper, so they would just send me a new one. I hesitantly told the guy I had forgotten to ship the included mesh accessory carrier, but he said it wouldnt be a problem and just wanted make sure they got me a pack asap. These days, it seems increasingly hard to find companies that stand behind their product, and CEs willingness to make sure I had a working pack gives me cause to be a return customer for a long time.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Extremely Usefull

      By CameraHead

      from Cheyenne, WY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        Awesome pack, only thing I think that could be improved is a lower pocket to hold the base for the legs of tripod. No matter how tight you have the straps, the tripod tends to slide.

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        5.0

        Good

        By Bin

        from Las vegas

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        Great

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        5.0

        Good

        By Bin Zhao

        from Las Vegas

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        Very good

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        4.0

        great day pack but that's it

        By Biesemeyer

        from Flagstaff, AZ

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        Overall it's an awesome bag. I originally bought it because I thought it would be great for a few days of backpacking ,but it just doesn't have the room. It's good for a night trip but no way you can get two days worth of camping gear in there. it's perfect for day trips but the hydration bladder is in an awkward spot.

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        5.0

        The Perfect Camera Bag

        By OC_Vision

        from Orange County, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • No Icu

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        After doing some extensive research I fell in love with the Clik Elite Contrejour 40. The black color bag is cheaper than the blue for some reason. I guess blues really popular. Compare to other similar 40l size camera bag this came at a bargain.

        The camera is roomy enough to hold my camera with lens attached, 3 additional lenses, 3 flashes, transmitter, filters, light modifier, tripod, and three light stands. I'm 6'1 and with the amount of gear it felt pretty comfortable. The bag alone is pretty heavy. One thing I wish the bag had was better weight distribution. I like to pack the heavier stuff in the middle to balance the bag load.

        Unlike other outdoor camera bag this camera bag doe not feature an ICU. Besides that this is a great outdoor camera bag you can use for regular hikes.

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        3.0

        Almost, but not quite

        By JAWS

        from Bozeman, MT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Bag Design
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Waist belt

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

        I use photo backpacks for climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing, and expeditions (I do research in some far flung places). As far as bag design goes, I'd give this 5 stars. It's the best out there. It holds your camera gear low and near your back, which is where you want it for load carrying efficiency, stability and a low center of gravity. The shoulder straps are good too (good, not great). The outer gear compartment is well designed and provides quick access to things like shells and insulating layers. The pockets are well-placed and easy to get to. But... The lumbar support is outright bad, as is the waist belt (both are the worst of any of the 6+ packs I own - some much less expensive than this pack). Good packs are designed to transfer loads to your hips and provide firm lumbar support. This system does neither very well, which is a pretty serious oversight given the amount of gear you can fit into this pack (easily 30lbs of camera gear alone). I own and use packs from top end companies (e.g. Gregory) for climbing, backpacking and extended expeditions (up to two months, self-supported). All of them do suspensions right and could provide a good model for ClikElite to work from. Instead, they reinvented the wheel and blew it. Man, so close to perfect and to mess it up with something so obvious and straightforward. A real bummer...

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        5.0

        Perfect size

        By Jim Dandy

        from Stanwood, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Easily Accessible Equipment

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

            I just got back from a trip to Yosemite. The pack held my Canon 1Dx with 70-200 2.8 lens attached, plus two other lenses of shorter focal length, with room to spare. I attached my tripod outside on the back and put the family lunches and some extra gear in the main compartment. I mainly used it for day hikes but it could be used for over-nighters as well. The pack fit, with some compression in the overhead bin of Alaska 737, so I didn't have to check any bags. I am pleased with the purchase so far.

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            4.0

            Quality Bag but VERY BIG - (May not fit)

            By Reno

            from Simi Valley, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Too Large

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

            Great bag for carrying A LOT OF STUFF. Definitely overkill for day hikes. If you're mainly going on day hikes, don't get this bag.

            If you can definitely wear this bag before you buy it.
            I had to end up returning mine because it just does not fit my body type. I am 5' 9'', and wear a small mens t-shirt. Even after tightening the straps all the way the bag and the frame was simply way too large for my back.
            The frame will push against the back of your neck / head if you are short or have a shorter torso.

            As far as functionality it is nice. Quality material. I especially like that you can mount a tripod on the center of the bag.

            If you are looking for good outdoors / mountain bags definitely look into the F-Stop bags. After returning this I ended up with a Loka (smaller bag but still carries 37 liters) and I absolutely love it.

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            5.0

            I love it!!

            By Wayne the outdoor worker

            from Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

              I spent a lot of time researching for a robust bag that I could take hiking that would not only safely carry my camera equipment, but also comfortably carry my personal equipment (jacket, warm clothes, 1st aid kit, lunch etc) as well. this bag is perfect!!

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              5.0

              Appears Awsome

              By David

              from Portland Oregon

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

                Going to be a gift. However it look slike it meets all the crtieria. Rooming for Hiking gear, including Dog stuff, as we alwuas going hiking with our 4 legged friend. There also appears to be alot of spece for the Camera gear. 7d/ 24-70 2.8 lense, Tokina 11-16 lense and a coupel of other ones that we like to carry.

                I will uodate after the 1st use.

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                5.0

                Ready for an adventure

                By Adam B

                from Anaheim, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Light For It~'~~s Size
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adventuring

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  I've been using this primarily for shooting cycling races so far, with one short hike for a gear review shoot. It's extremely comfortable to wear.

                  At 6'2" a lot of backpacks with waist straps just don't fit properly. I can load this up with a full water reservoir and a full pack to about 60 pounds and cruise around with it all day without it becoming a bother.
                  In a few hour long light rain it kept all the contents dry.

                  I still can't seem to fit all of the gear I want to bring with me, but there's definitely room for a body with a grip and 70-200 attached, a couple of primes, two speedlights, and the mesh accessories sack that comes with the backpack that I use to hold batteries.
                  What I'd also like to carry are usually film cameras that I end up stashing in the main compartment, or leaving at home, figuring that I'll never actually pull them out.

                  The loose gear space is great for stowing light rain jacket and pants all rolled up.There's a nice space up at the top above the camera compartment, roughly starting where the strap goes across the back towards the top. Good space for larger stuff you want to throw in, maybe a Vagabond battery pack, the aformentioned film camera that can be beat up a bit...
                  The zippered compartment at the top is a hallmark of Clik gear, offering an excess of small zippered slots and pockets for business cards, loose aspirin, memory cards, your wallet, keys, etc.

                  I really do like this pack, would like something just a bit smaller that carries a relatively similar amount of gear, with full length space for stowing other bits. Maybe a 30L version of this. The Obscura and Cloudscape are made of the same great lightweight material but have a small gear compartment. The water bladder pocket on all of the Clik bags I've tried is pretty crummy, I can only fill it up about 1/2 to 2/3 of a 100oz bladder and still manage to shove it in.

                  Straps are super comfortable, Lots of room, though the loose gear space is just a giant space to dig around for small loose items in. I'm really happy with the bag and don't quite know of anything else that matches it aside from possibly an f-stop gear bag.

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                  4.0

                  awesome

                  By TJ

                  from norway

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

                  Great photography backpack for outdoor photography. One of the best I ever have used.

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                  5.0

                  Great pack!

                  By Huff

                  from West Virginia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  I am very happy with my purchase of the contrejour 40! I spent a long time reviewing this pack and comparing it to similar packs, but I am very happy I settled on this one. I love outdoor photography and this pack allows me to take my camera, lenses, tripod, etc. and still I have plenty of room for extra clothes, snacks, even a laptop. I have not yet tried the rain fly but the zippers close up tight and seem like they would keep out small amounts of water.There is plenty of room in the camera bay for my Nikon D90 and lenses, and the quick access panel is great. The pack is very comfortable, but a little heavy at times! I would highly recommend this pack for any photographer who loves hiking.

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                  4.0

                  This bag is a good design

                  By ycliao

                  from Taiwan Taipei

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Black):

                  This is a big enough backpack for traveling or mountain climbing. I used EliteClik Nature backpack before. The space of this one is much bigger than Nature. I like this

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                  3.0

                  Contrejour 40 is solid w/ 1 design flaw

                  By Pete Miller

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Hydration Sleeve

                  Best Uses

                  • Overnight Photo trips
                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  As a semi-pro freelance photographer, focused on Landscape photography, I have spent countless hours researching camera bags that will hold the gear I want to carry along with sufficient room to carry extra clothing, tent / sleeping bag for an overnight trip.

                  • The camera area is laid out nicely and handles my 5D Mk II with BG-E6 & tripod plate fairly well, though it could stand to be about "2" deeper!
                  • The bottom portion of the camera bay could stand to be about 1" wider so that the lenses carried fit stored vertically (say I wanted to carry my 16-35 f/2.8L and a 50 f/1.4L there…the lenses don't really fit in there nicely when stored in the leather lens bags
                  • The main compartment of the bag is HUGE! I'm pretty confident that I will be able to fit the gear needed to support day trips as well as the occasional overnighter with relative ease.
                  • The Hydration sleeve area is 3" too short, in my opinion. Common 3L & 2L hydration bags from Camelbak, Platypus & Osprey are larger than the available space and there is no slot for the hydration tube to come out of the sleeve.
                  ◦ Camelbak 3L/100 fl. oz is 18" x 8" (definitely will not fit)
                  ◦ Platypus 3L/100 fl. oz is 16" x 7.5" (definitely will not fit)
                  ◦ Osprey 3L/100 fl. oz is 15.5 x 6.25" (definitely will not fit)
                  ◦ Camelbak 2L/70 fl. oz is 11.75" x 7" (definitely will not fit)
                  ◦ Platypus 2L/70 fl. oz is 16" x 6" (definitely will not fit)
                  ◦ Osprey 2L/70 fl. oz is 15 x 6" (definitely will not fit)

                  • The small upper compartment is laid out relatively well, though I would like to have mesh pockets dedicated to battery storage (such as the LP-6 for the 5D Mk II), as I carry 2 spare batteries for my grip, just in case!
                  • The Rain cover is conveniently located and is easy to pull out and cover, should the weather start to change. One thing to note here: If you are carrying a tripod strapped down on the main portion of the pack, it would have to be removed first.
                  • The shoulder straps are nicely padded and seem to have sufficient adjustments. Would like to have the ability to put the hydration tube through a loop (or two) to keep it in place instead of swinging around constantly.
                  • The four attachment loops at the top of the pack on the outside of the small upper compartment are nice. It would be nice to have 4 or 6 on the lower large section of the backpack as well!
                  • Additionally, I tried some of the 2L / 70 fl. Oz bladders, with no success on those either. Seriously disappointed with this discovery, since hydration is a primary necessity for hiking / backpacking. At this point, I am tempted to return the pack. There are a lot of great points with this pack, but the lack of suitable hydration capability is a MAJOR negative for me (and likely many potential buyers).
                  • Were any hydration bladders used during the design of the hydration sleeve area? If so, which manufacturer? It sure doesn't appear to be the case.

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                  5.0

                  Bag is Amazing!

                  By Digital Designs LL- mcdigitaldesigns.com

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Many areas to put things
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Can be un comfortable
                  • Side access not for DSLR
                  • With battery grip

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  Bag is awesome, so far it fits all my gear and still has room for more. I have done a "mock packing" for my snowboard trip in Feb. and it fits completely comfortable. seems sturdy and reliable! will update when i get back

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                  5.0

                  Clik Elite 40 on the ourdoor road.

                  By A Selkirk Mt Guide

                  from Golden, British Columbia, Canada

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Jammed zipper

                  Best Uses

                  • Rugged outdoor use
                  • Ski and climbing

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  So far in my limited use of 2 days there are some really good features about the pack, being able to carry other gear beside camera stuff, shovel probe and other outdoor stuff. Hold a good amount of gear so I am happy about that.
                  I will be using the pack for 7weeks of trekking from Oct 1 on, then for guiding heli-skiing and ski touring all winter. It will be getting intensive use, I will have better idea come April. One thing that has come up and its not a big deal but annoying, the against the back flap zipper jammed up with extra material, so I could not open it, missed a shot of a bear and 3 cubs because of it. Had to be fast and it was not, however I am sure that will not happen again. Excited about it!

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                  5.0

                  A great photo trekker

                  By snomonkey

                  from Washington, D.C.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                  I purchased this pack to use on lightweight multiday trekking trips with a three-lens camera kit and as a daypack with a large cache of photo gear. Have used it on numerous day outings and on a one-week hut-to-hut hiking trip in Europe, walking around 150 miles with it so far. I have been using it with the optional access pouch, which is a kind of papoose for holding the camera on your chest. I have a D7000 and use a mixture of pro, semi-pro and consumer lenses.

                  PROS: This is the first camera-oriented pack I've used that is worthy of use as a technical backpack. It is well designed, tough and holds a load comfortably. The suspension is smart, the compartments are well-placed and useful. It exceeds my expectations on almost every count as a technical pack. It also functions very well as a camera pack, with an compartment that can hold several lenses or be configured to hold just a couple items along with backpacking supplies and equipment. I was even able to store my Gitzo traveler inside the outer compartment. I developed a system where I kept my camera out with two spare lenses in the access pouch, giving me the best access I've ever had to an array of camera gear while hiking. The pack is roomy and with its attachment points could be used for a multiday backpacking trip with a full array of camp gear and a camera kit.

                  CONS: The only con so far is the weight. The marketing says this pack is designed for ski mountaineering, which means it is built tough and heavy. I trimmed off excess inner pockets, long straps, etc. and shaved a few ounces but the pack still weighs more than 4 pound empty, as compared to under 3 pounds for my regular multiday backpack. This is admittedly part of the tradeoff but a design specifically for backpacking could be lighter with some thinner fabric here and there.

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