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Clik EliteContrejour 40 Backpack (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (19)
  • Strong construction (18)
  • Easily accessible equipment (16)
  • Comfortable (14)
  • Adjustable harness (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (14)
  • Transporting gear (14)
  • Storing gear (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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

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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            • Yes

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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

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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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                    • No

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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

                    Verified Reviewer

                    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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                    2.0

                    Weak hip-belt, not for overnight treks

                    By EvPix

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Hard to access hydration
                    • Heavy
                    • Too Small
                    • Weak hipbelt

                    Best Uses

                    • Dayhikes
                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                    This is a big daypack with some design flaws.

                    How I rated this pack:

                    Quality of workmanship and materials: 5
                    Weight (too heavy for its utility): 3
                    Comfort: 2
                    Use as a daypack for gear + essentials: 4
                    Use as a pack for overnight trips: 2

                    I own a lot of trekking backpacks so I had high expectations for this one as an overnighter camera pack.

                    LIKES:
                    Camera compartment, pockets, etc. are all very nice inside.
                    Buckles, zippers, and straps are all high-quality, if heavy. The "easy access" camera compartment mega-zipper does work, sort of. I found I still had to take the pack completely off to get the camera out, though they would have you believe you can sling it off one shoulder and still get to your camera - go ahead and try this when it has 30lbs total ;-)

                    DISLIKES:
                    Weak hipbelt does not fare well with over 25-30lbs. Hydration pocket not positioned practically. Limited expansion capability of upper misc. gear compartment means you can't pack much for an overnight trip. The way your camera body rests in the pack, this primary weight of your kit sits low and is bouncing off your tailbone, when it should be higher up in the center of your mid-back for better balance and comfort. I felt like my rump was holding this pack up and it wanted to slide down when fully loaded.

                    I requested to have this pack modified by my local pack repair shop (Rainy Pass Repair in Seattle) but they were unwilling to do so as they said it is not structurally designed to fit a heavier hip belt. Also there is no way to change out the hipbelt for a beefier one from a real trekking pack.

                    I tested this back on two overnight weekends in the mountains in Washington state and was disappointed in its utility as a weekender pack. For now I am going back to my lightweight Granite Gear backpacking pack and a Clik chest pouch. As much

                    The pack was comfortable until I hit about 25 lbs. This is the point at which you run out of room for food and gear and are strapping stuff on to it and the hipbelt starts cutting into your waist.

                    I am 5'8" and 160lb male - the pack was a great fit and felt good with light loads.

                    I'm returning this pack as I can't find a good dedicated function for it on outdoor trips and it's too expensive for a day pack. As a brand, I still like Clik in general.

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                    1.0

                    Backpack no, gear holder yes

                    By Jimmy Joe

                    from Eugene, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Roomy

                    Cons

                    • Pricey poor value
                    • Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear

                    Comments about Contrejour 40 Backpack (Blue):

                    When I purchased this product, I was looking to replace my current setup - a homemade concoction - consisting of an Osprey backpack, with a Lowepro camera gear holder, that I have cut the top off of, inserted into it.My shoots usually consist of a hike into a location - usually 8 - 10 miles each way - and I usually carry the following gear...In addition to the normal camera accessories, the main weight of the pack consists of a Canon 5D Mark II, with the following lenses: An f2.8 70-200, an f2.8 16-35, and an f4 24-105. Lastly, I pack along a Gitzo Carbon Tirpod, with an Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 attached to it, a water bladder, and an extra jacket.Now to review the Clik Elite pack...The GOOD -LOTS OF ROOM!The backpack holds LOTS of camera gear!I could fit all of the camera gear listed above into the pack with room to spare! (tripod mounted on outside)There are slots for your memory cards, and pens and a hook for your memory card holder or keys.In addition to the camera gear, I could fit a couple of layers of clothes in it, with a couple more strapped to the outside.LOTS OF PROTECTION-You can immediately tell that the design of this pack was to protect camera gear. The inserts are well padded and the camera gear is well protected from anything you might add either internally or externally to the pack.With all of my gear stowed, the pack weighed just under 40 lbs.The BAD-QUALITY-When trying to store my gear, the first thing I noticed was the construction of the pack. In comparison to the other backpacks that I own (Osprey, REI, Arcteryx), this isn't a well made backpack by any means.The zippers seemed really cheap and were somewhat difficult to open and close. The same can be said about the quality of the buckles - not the quality of a [$] backpack.FIT-I'm not sure who this pack fits, but it didn't fit me. I'm 5'11", 230 lbs. with a 36" waist, and the belt only closed because I was wearing only a polyester t-shirt. There is no way it would have fit, had I been wearing a second layer or a jacket. In addition, the pack rides really high (even with adjustment), and doesn't seemed designed for the belt to transfer weight to your hips, as most packs.DESIGN-The water bladder pocket wasn't well thought out. I'm not sure what kind of 100 oz water bladder fits in the pocket - but none of mine fit, and I have three (Osprey, MSR, Platypus). I ended up pouring half of the water out and folding a little bit of the bladder under at the top, to make it fit.I like the idea of having my gear quickly accessible like the quik stop is designed for - however, if you are using a water bladder, and try and access your gear, the water tube constantly gets in the way...as it's currently designed.In addition, once you add a water bladder to the pack, the pack juts into your back - yes there is padding - but it doesn't help much. The padding only seems to add to the problem - not help the problem.I'm going to return this pack, and order an FStop backpack.

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