MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpack (Charcoal)

MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpack (Charcoal)

MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpack (Charcoal)

B&H # MIR180TRC MFR # 520230
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Product Highlights

  • Holds Compact DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • Rotating Beltpack for Camera Gear
  • Stores iPad Mini or an up to 8" Tablet
  • Beltpack Can be Worn Separately
  • Top Compartment for Personal Items
  • Top Accessory Pocket for Small Items
  • Dedicated Hydration Reservoir Pocket
  • Breathable Padded Airflow Harness
  • Side Panel to Carry Small Tripod
  • Made of Lightweight Nylon Materials
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MindShift Gear 520230 overview

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Featuring a 2-in-1 lightweight design, the charcoal rotation180° Trail Backpack from MindShift Gear has a top compartment for personal items like clothing and snacks, and a lower compartment with a rotating beltpack for camera gear. The beltpack, which may also be worn separately for shorter excursions, can hold a compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, extra lens, miscellaneous smaller items, and a tablet about the size of an iPad mini.

When you want to shoot, simply reach back, lift the flap on the bag, and rotate the beltpack from back to front. Then unzip the beltpack's top lid, grab a camera, and shoot. When you're done, reverse the process, and continue on your way.

In addition to the two main compartments, there's also a small, zippered accessory pocket on the top of the backpack, a side tripod panel, a front stretch panel for stowing a windbreaker or similar item, and a stretchable, mesh side-pocket for holding a water bottle.

For comfort, the backpack features a breathable, padded harness with a removable and adjustable sternum strap. Cinch straps on either side help keep your load stable. Closest to your back is thick, padded, nylon mesh for cushioning and wicking away moisture. Behind this material is a dedicated, zippered compartment for storing a separate 1.5 to 2-liter water reservoir. When not worn, the backpack may be carried or hung by its top handle.

Top compartment for personal items
Lower compartment for stowing beltpack
Back zippered, hydration reservoir storage compartment for 2-liter Camelback or 1.5-liter water reservoir
Rotating Beltpack
May be worn separately in front or as a lumbar pack in back
Padded interior compartment
Slip-in pocket for up to 8" tablet
Removable and adjustable padded interior divider
Mesh pocket under top lid for smaller items such as filters or memory cards
Backpack Pockets
Top quick-access pocket
Front stretch pocket for windbreaker, shirt, or similar items
Side stretch pocket for water bottle
Side panel for tripod
Rear bike-light attachment port for roadside visibility at night
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MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpack (Charcoal)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    MindShift Gear 520230 specs

    Features Tablet Pocket
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Sternum Strap, Top Handle, Waist Pack
    Camera Support Strap Tripod
    Compartment Dimensions 8.7 x 6.3 x 4.3" / 22.0 x 16.0 x 11.0 cm
    9.1 x 7.1 x 5.1" / 23.0 x 18.0 x 13.0 cm
    Laptop/Tablet Compartment Dimensions 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.6" / 20.0 x 14.0 x 1.5 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 9.4 x 1.3 x 5.9" / 24 x 54 x 15 cm
    Exterior Material Nylon
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Interior Dimensions 8.5 x 11 x 4" / 22 x 28 x 10 cm
    Interior Material Nylon, Polyester
    Maximum Volume 4.2 gal / 16.00 L
    Weight 2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.2 x 11.2 x 9.9"

    MindShift Gear 520230 reviews

    rotation180° Trail Backpack (Charcoal) is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product with premium price Although this pack wasn't the right size for my needs it is a great product.The 180 deg rotation system works well and is very well designed. The pack has good quality zippers and seems fairly well made. The fit and sizing are pretty standard and what you would expect for a pack of this size. For the price I would like see a few more features one would expect on an equivalent level of pack from companies like Osprey or Gregory. These would include a few more small compartments, higher quality webbing straps and buckles, better designed shoulder straps, and an included water bladder.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not fit D800 with 24-70mm I was really excited about this bag. I have been looking for the perfect mountain biking bag for some time and this bag would be perfect. Size, Weight, Hydration, and not having to take off the bag while riding. The only downfall was that it didn't fit my camera! I know it is designed for mirrorless, but i saw a review where a guy fit a canon 5d with 24-70 so I figured it was worth a shot. It was about 4 cm too small on all sides, SO CLOSE!! The next size up does fit, but it isn't as compact as this one. This bag was well built and the pull out fanny pack was really smooth and easy to use. Wish it fit my system.
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great photo backpack for hiking This is a great hiking backpack for me. The camera beltpack holds my Lumix GX7 w/M.Zuiko 12-40 f2.8 and M.Zuiko 40-150 f4-5.6 easily - very quick camera access for catching wildlife, and a safe/easy place to swap lenses. I'm planning on upgrading to an M.Zuiko 40-150 f2.8 soon, and I'm pretty sure it will still fit but may have to re-arrange the dividers horizontally to fit them. It could also fit my Nexus 7 tablet, but I never take that hiking so not important for me. The rest of the pack easily fits a 1.5L Camelback bladder in its own pocket, rain cover in the expandable outside pocket, and plenty of space in the main pocket for clothing/food/accessories and additional lenses if necessary. The main pocket also has an inner mesh zippered pocket with key tether - works great for holding wallet & keys. Small top pocket is perfect for iPod/iPhone access for listening to music/podcasts/books. Side pocket works well for water bottle, hiking poles or tripod. I have a Kata (now Manfrotto) 3N1-25 for hikes, but it is a bit large for my needs, especially in non-winter conditions when I don't have to carry extra clothing and/or snowshoes. While I do like the 3N1 side camera access zipper, the Mindshift Gear rotating beltpack is much quicker and safer, especially since I found I needed to zip the Kata side pocket up every time after accessing my camera as I've had things fall out of that pocket if I didn't. I considered a LowePro Photo Hatchback 16L AW as it's about the same size as this Mindshift Gear Trail, but camera access is thru a zippered hatch in the area that sits on your lower back when worn. I tried it out at a local shop but found this is a little less convenient than having a side door like my Kata but not even close to as nice as the rotating beltpack for the Mindshift Gear. Note that if you have a larger camera + lens(es) combo, you should get a Mindshift Gear Panorama or Horizon. The trail works great for me as I try to minimize size/weight for hiking in the mountains. I've had this for a few weeks and handful of long hikes and I'm very happy with it - lightweight, comfortable, carries everything I need, no complaints at all. I guess it could be cheaper, but I could say that about just about everything...
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not perfect, but darn close I've tried many photo backpacks over the years, including Lowepro, Think Tank, ClikElite, etc. I have to admit, this is the closest I've ever got to a perfect backpack. PROS - The bag is really well done, well balanced when loaded and the straps are quite comfortable. - Getting used to rotating the camera belt is a matter of minutes. This system is not a gimmick, by any means. Taking the camera in/out is a matter of seconds, which allows me to snap those fleeting moments. - There's just enough room for camera gear. I'm using a mirrorless camera with 2 zoom lenses, which allows me to use one of the belt compartment for filters, hoods and small accessories like memory cards and an extra camera battery. - The backpack pouch is big enough to put a lunch bag in and a few other things like wallet, sunglasses and some snacks. - There's a top pouch in which you could potentially fit your wallet, but I use it to drop my keys and my pocket change. CONS: - The pocket for water bottle is somewhat small, I had to get a small nalgene bottle to fit. - The water bladder pocket... sigh. Basically, it's a square pocket in which you need to fit a rectangular bladder, so yes, your water bladder will most likely have to be folded at the top to fit in the pocket. - There's a mesh pocket lining up the front of the bag, to be honest the mesh is so tight that you can't fit much in there... A rain jacket can barely fit. - There's not many additional pockets on the backpack. It's not uncommon to find side pockets on the belts nowadays, but this bag has none. Not a deal breaker, but it would be a nice addition for future generations.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compared 4 bags. Went with the larger Mindshift I wanted to compare 4 bags style and function. I ended up keeping the Panorama for my Fx1000 bridge camera. I did a long review on my site and I'll be working on a video soon. Here's the shorter version just about this bag. I didn't care for the stripes on the back/front of this one but they didn't stand out as much in person as they did in the photos. Maybe they are reflective? I didn't like that your water pack was stored above the camera if you didn't want to put a water bottle in your tripod side. I didn't like you had to buy the rain covers separately. I don't like having to choose between water or a tripod. Had the camera part been larger I would've given it more thought but it just didn't hold enough in that area. The Trail had an odd hook on the back that was not quick to undo, I guess to stuff a jacket or some other very thin object in. The top pocket opened into the floating center of the larger pocket below that I found odd. Also odd, is that the less expensive Trail had what I thought was a lens cap clip but is a water hose/straw clip on the shoulder strap that the Panorama did not. I love the concept, but I felt it was better on the larger bag. I have had problems getting the magnet to snap back but I'm hoping I just need to get used to it. My Fz1000 just barely fit and I didn't want to have to buy a larger bag anytime soon.
    Date published: 2017-10-23
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