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Gura GearKiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (23)

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    (12)

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    (0)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (22)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Compact (12)
  • Comfortable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (22)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Transporting gear (6)
  • Sports/action (5)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hands down the best camera bag ever!

I carry camera gear in the bush, on boats, in airports, often in very rough condition and my gear needs to stay safe. I have gone through alot of camera bags throughout the...Read complete review

I carry camera gear in the bush, on boats, in airports, often in very rough condition and my gear needs to stay safe. I have gone through alot of camera bags throughout the years and I am always making modifications to my bags, trying to come up with the best, most practical solution. This is the first bag that I won that I can really tell that it was designed by a real photographer, around the actual real needs of a working wildlife photographer. The bag is extremely rugged, yet surprisingly light, the exterior being made of the same material as the sails of my boat! The padding in the bag is sturdy, yet about half the width of the padding that comes with most camera bags. This makes it so that you can hold a lot of gear in the bag. They give you a whole pile of extra pads with the bad so you can custom configure the interior to your gear, and of you feel like extra protection, you can add double pads where needed. The butterfly configuration makes it so that you can work out of the bag in a very small confined space without having to "spread out". Also since you can access your gear without opening the entire bags, you can keep your gear safer and more protected than in bags where you hav to open the entire bag each time you wish to access one piece of equipment. Also, I lolve that there is a solution to keeping dangling webbing straps out of the way on this bag; a very clever velcro fastener that allows you to roll up the extra webbing into a small roll. A seeminly small detail, but it makes a big difference when you move in environments where dangling straps snag. For airport travel, I love that I can tuck away the backpack harness system ito a zip compartment and put the bag on a travel trolley. As the bag has two sturdy handles, one on the "top" short end and one on the "side", I can carry the bag easily "suitcase style". The elastic tripod pocket is fortunately on the side of the bag, which, again, makes the bag easy to work out of. There are two large compartments in the Butterfly lids, that allow for storage and eacy access to all sorts of accessories. On teh inside of the lids, there are long accessory pockets that can either be used full length or dividen into two smaller pockets with a clever velcro divider. Between the hrness system and the main comaprtment there is a laptop holder poker which comfortably holds at least a 15" laptop, but probably a larger one too. One neat feature is that the raincover that comes with the bag is not attached to the bag (as it usually is in most camera bags). It has its own little pocket, but it can be completely removed, whenever you go somewhere where you know you won't need it or if yo need to use it to wrap som other piece of gear. I actually moved the raincover to the laptop compartment, and am using the raincover pocket for easy access to my keys and vallet instead. Simply put, this bag has everythin that you need to work and keep your gear safe. Its sturdy, yet light and very practical. All of the features in the bag are there for a good reason, and there is no extra irritating "design just or looks" BS to get in your way. This bag is a keeper that will stay with me for many years.In my opinion, it is a really good investment and I only wish I would have found it sooner.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never buy this product again.

Have bought the Kiboko 22L on Apr/12 and the Kiboko 30L on Feb/12. These two bags was badly damaged on the two sides of the pockets. Corresponded with Gura Gear and sent...Read complete review

Have bought the Kiboko 22L on Apr/12 and the Kiboko 30L on Feb/12. These two bags was badly damaged on the two sides of the pockets. Corresponded with Gura Gear and sent some photos of the damaged parts to Gura Gear and the responds from Gura Gear was :-

Patrick,

I apologize for the late replay.

Thank you sending the pictures, I have spoken to the head of our repair team about this.

It looks like the Kiboko 30L would be more expensive to repair than it would be to purchase a new one, or new bataflae 32L.

The Kiboko 22L is repairable and would be between $40-$50 USD to repair. You would pay to have it shipped both ways.

Please let me know what you would like to do. If you choose to send the 22L in, let me know so I can prepare an RMA number to send in with the bag, and start the proper process.

We are here to answer any further questions.

Thank you

Guna Gear did not fulfil they product's warranty and the purchase. Sad and disappointed.

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5.0

Nice Bag

By Jay rree

from Panhandle Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

    I like this bag because it holds all my good stuff. Nikon D750 with battery grip,50,85,remote release,2 flash units,2x converter,24-70 2.8 VR. all the little thing I need to have along as well as a 70-200 Tamron and my Nikon 200-500. I have other things in it as well but I wanted you to see that this bag is versatile and easily reconfigured to meet your needs. plenty of removable dividers for multiple configurations. Zippers work good and mine is over stuffed with almost everything I own . I have taken it on 6 trips and 4 backpack outings and it has not let me down .The way the front opens up you can hang it on your tripod and open it and nothing falls out. That is the one thing about this bag I like the most.

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    4.0

    Almost Perfect

    By Waddizzle

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

      I have three medium sized backpacks, and a shoulder bag. Each one carries a different kit. Nothing was large enough to carry my big telephoto. I wanted something big enough two combine kits in at least two of the backpacks. It filled the bill.

      I could fit two DSLR camera bodies, 8 small and medium sized lenses, plus the 500mm lens. I could stand lenses on the ends, instead of laying them down.

      But, I could not fit my 15.9 inch laptop. Yeah, I could force it in, and close the zipper. But, it was too tight of a fit for me to feel comfortable about it. The laptop sleeve is made for very thin machines. A 17 inch could fit, but only if it were VERY THIN.

      I had to return the bag because neither of my old laptops could fit inside of it, which was a deal breaker for me. Note that I said OLD laptops.

      Otherwise, this bag was perfect. The shell of the bag is pretty firm. My friend thought that it was a hard shell at first. My only complaint would be that the rain jacket's pocket takes away space from the main compartment.

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      5.0

      This thing is GIGANTIC!

      By firelinestudios

      from burbank, ca

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Huge

      Cons

      • Huge

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

        This bag... or BACKPACK, I should say, is ENORMOUS.
        If I pack this bag with all the gear it's capable of holding, it'll weigh 150 pounds. < /sarcasm>
        It IS huge though... much bigger than I thought it would be. It's also got great straps and harnesses to take the weight off your shoulders and wrap it around your waist and hips... where it should be.
        Looks and feels REALLY durable.
        I'm not going to deduct stars for my only complaint: It needs wheels and a pull-out handle. If it had those 2 things, I'd have kept it instead of gifting it.

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        5.0

        Great backpack for D 810 and Nikon lens

        By Anglican Tom

        from Atlanta, Ga.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

          I use Kiboko 22L for landscape photography in the Southeast U.S. The great think I like about pack is easy access to equipment and how balanced the pack is to carry and to place on the ground. I wished the tripod holder on the side was a little more robust because it does not feel very secure. I have not had a problem with this so far. The rain cover work well and is easy and quick to set up.

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          4.0

          Good and practical!

          By A.A

          from Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

            This camera bag is good and practical. Just the right size and nice deisgn! Moreever, its the right size and can be brought up to the cabin of the plane.

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            5.0

            Kiboko 22L backpack

            By Hank

            from Cincinnati, Oh

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

              Large pack. Very easy to organize gear and easy to unload. Replaced two other camera bags I was using.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great bag

              By Midnattsol

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                Needed a truly waterproof bag to shoot the F1 race in Austin. The rain came down in buckets but with the rain cover on, my gear stayed dry. I love how much room this bag has, for its size you can pack a lot into it.

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                4.0

                Lots of capacity

                By BJF

                from Santa Cruz, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Equipment Sections
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Harness System

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                This holds more gear than the similarly-sized Tamrac expedition 7x, which it replaced. The two butterfly halves make it easy to pack a big lens on one side and lots of small lenses and other items on the other side.

                The biggest negative is that the harness system is not nearly as well designed as the equipment compartments. In particular, the waistband is somewhat skimpy and very difficult to cinch up. It would be a big improvement if the backpack was designed like a regular backpack.

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                4.0

                Really holds a lot of gear

                By Linacjsdad

                from Torrance, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Great build
                • Holds A Ton Of Gear
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Not comfortable
                • Thin Shoulder Straps

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                This bag by far holds the most gear of all my backpack bags. Example, 1dmkIV with Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport attached, 5DmkIII gripped with Canon 70-200 f2.8 is mkII attached, 24-70 2.8L II, 135 f2.0 L. That was the first time I used it and that wasn't even full. Great build. Only negative is it is the least comfortable backpack I own. The shoulder straps need to be thicker and much wider. Especially because it gets really heavy fast!

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                4.0

                flexible storage

                By D walton

                from Bellingham, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                  This bag is an addition to my big stack of camera bags. I bought it for the large storage capacity and easy access to gear - access via two sides. It fits the bill nicely. The bag is big enough that I will only use it when I need to carry a lot of lenses and two bodies.

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                  5.0

                  Long Search for Gear Pack Has Ended

                  By Bob

                  from St. Paul, MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                    After trying many bags for traveling with DSLR camera, the search has been satisfied with the Kiboko 22L+! It is just enough room for two bodies and typical F2.8 lens (70-200, 24-70, 14-24) plus a 50mm F1.4 and a 300mm F4 with a little more room to spare. I like the compartments for organizing smaller items. This pack really incorporates a nice space for a 15" laptop when you need to travel with one. The butterfly opening is nice to access a fully rigged camera on one side and keep miscellaneous lenses separate and secure on the other.

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                    5.0

                    Seems smaller on the outside than I expected......

                    By JP

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                      I thought the 22L would seem to be a large backpack but it is actually smaller which is nice. I holds a lot of gear and is very well constructed. Glad I got it.

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                      5.0

                      Where have you been all my life???

                      By Kiqe

                      from Southern Vermont

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fully Adjustable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                        I would like to start out by pointing out the things I do not like about this pack. 0. Okay, now on to the "why I love this pack". It's light weight, with the fully adjustable shoulder and waist straps.
                        The interior gear compartments are designed well, adjustable, and sufficiently padded.
                        I can easily carry two full frame bodies, one mirror-less body, five lenses, and an assortment of camera straps, lens cleaning gear, extra batteries, and a plethora of needed accessories for on the go shooting.

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                        4.0

                        Kiboko 22L Backpack

                        By BikeMan

                        from Tallahassee, FL

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                          I purchased the backpack to hold some of my extra photo equipment and to be able to haul a lot of stuff. It is made very rugged and I got a good price since it was on sale. It has a way to fold in he straps, but they still stick out. It might be hard to put the pack down and take out equipment without getting its all messed up since there is not a side to rest on the ground.

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                          5.0

                          The Best Bag I've Owned!!!

                          By Djderyck

                          from Joplin, MO

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                            This bag is amazing. I've been using various other bags in the past and been very pleased with them. But purchasing this one has really showed me I had no idea what I was missing. The design is amazing. The construction is amazing. The amount of gear I can stuff in the amount of space is incredible. It feels so much better than other bags on my back, especially when it's a fully loaded pack. Others seemed to chock my back and arms, this bag sits perfect centered in my back and gives a great center of gravity position with my body.

                            The only thing I might say that I miss from other bags is that I did enjoy having others that I've owned open from the inside where you back would be. It stops people from being able to get into the bag when you have it on you and also now I'll really have to make sure the bag is zipped up before I put it on so that things don't fall out. With another bag I had since the zipper is on the inside even if I forgot (which I never did) my back would be supporting the zipper closed.

                            Other than that this is just the perfect bag. So glad I picked it up on the Deal Zone day!!!

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                            1.0

                            Never buy this product again.

                            By Patrick

                            from Singapore

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Construction

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                                Have bought the Kiboko 22L on Apr/12 and the Kiboko 30L on Feb/12. These two bags was badly damaged on the two sides of the pockets. Corresponded with Gura Gear and sent some photos of the damaged parts to Gura Gear and the responds from Gura Gear was :-

                                Patrick,

                                I apologize for the late replay.

                                Thank you sending the pictures, I have spoken to the head of our repair team about this.

                                It looks like the Kiboko 30L would be more expensive to repair than it would be to purchase a new one, or new bataflae 32L.

                                The Kiboko 22L is repairable and would be between $40-$50 USD to repair. You would pay to have it shipped both ways.

                                Please let me know what you would like to do. If you choose to send the 22L in, let me know so I can prepare an RMA number to send in with the bag, and start the proper process.

                                We are here to answer any further questions.

                                Thank you

                                Guna Gear did not fulfil they product's warranty and the purchase. Sad and disappointed.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Travel Bag

                                By Don R

                                from Maryland

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Excellent Design
                                • Quality Marerials
                                • Super Zippers

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                                  Needed 1 bag to carry camera, gear, lenses, laptop and key for me fit under seat in commercial aircraft. The Kiboko 22L is it. Very well designed and built with high quality materials with ability to custom configure to fit your equipment. Comes with plenty of extra dividers /padding panels. Strap and belt system is very comfortable, customizable with multiple adjustments. Tons of room, high quality and will fit under seat in a commercial plane. GREAT CAMERA BACKPACK...!!

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                                  5.0

                                  Super buy when it's on sale

                                  By Pokeba

                                  from CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                                    I just received this bag. The material is first rated and the workman-ship is first rated.

                                    I bought this bag for 3 purposes:
                                    1. To carry my Nikon 500 f4 VR
                                    2. To carry my Nikon 80-400 VR G
                                    3. As a base unit stay in my car with all my gears.
                                    The bag is great for all these.

                                    I like the butterfly design very much.

                                    I didn't use this bag as a backpack yet. But I noticed it is highly configurable. I expect it to be great too.

                                    I got this bag when it is on sale in B&H. Great buy.

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                                    4.0

                                    Well-made bag, but too small for me!

                                    By hefe

                                    from Tucson

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                                        Nothing wrong with how the beds made, zipper is good, functionality, just too small for the gear I need to carry. And it didn't seem to ride a little high on me. I'm I'm 5'11" probably about 185.
                                        Now I think of at the problem could be me maybe I'm just trying to take too much gear.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great bag!

                                        By videobill

                                        from Georgia

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black):

                                          It's spacious, light, and well-built. Only criticism would be that flaps don't stay open on their own. There is no way to secure the flap open so you have to use one hand to hold it open while working.

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