MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack (Charcoal)

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack (Charcoal)

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack (Charcoal)

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Product Highlights

  • Holds DSLR, 2 to 3 Lenses, and Flash
  • Fits Laptop up to 13" & Tablet up to 10"
  • Large Rear Compartment for Camera Gear
  • Waist Belt for Quick Tabletop Access
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Front Pocket for Laptop, Tablets, etc.
  • Dual Side Pockets with Cinch Straps
  • Small Top Pocket for Accessories
  • Handle & Shoulder Harness with Connector
  • Front and Side Tripod Attachment
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Color: Charcoal

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Volume: 18L

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MindShift Gear Backlight 18L overview

  • 1Description

Outdoor photographers can look forward to a high degree of comfort and easy access to gear with the charcoal BackLight 18L Backpack from MindShift Gear. This pack has a padded rear compartment with touch-fastening dividers for storing and organizing a standard-size DSLR or mirrorless camera, two to three lenses, a flash, plus space for an assortment of additional accessories. This compartment is accessed by unzipping the back panel. By sliding the shoulder straps off and using the waist belt to rotate the pack in front of you, the pack will rest in a horizontal, tabletop-like position. This feature enables you to quickly access your gear without having to remove the pack. Underneath the rear compartment lid are two zippered clear-mesh accessory pockets for things such as memory cards and batteries.

The second large compartment on the front of the backpack has padded sleeves for a laptop up to 13" and a full-size tablet up to 10". It also features an organizational panel with slip-in pockets and space for a variety of personal gear such as clothing and snacks. On top of the pack are pockets for a cell phone, wallet, and other items you wish to keep handy. And on both sides of the pack there are slip-in pockets with a cinch strap for storing water bottles up to 32 oz or a set of gloves. Front stuff pockets are useful for trail essentials such as a headlamp, chargers and energy bars. Side compression straps are used to keep the load tight and give you more security when carrying your equipment. Two front daisy-chains and attachment loops are suitable for attaching many types of gear, and with the compression straps are part of the front and side tripod attachment system.

You can carry your Backlight pack with the top handle, or wear it on your back with the adjustable shoulder straps, chest connector and padded waist belt. For comfort, the shoulder straps are curved and the back panel has padded-mesh material and airflow channels. Designed for efficiency, the waist belt has a webbing rail for attaching optional MindShift accessories or other equipment and can be detached when needed via its quick-release buckle. With an exterior made of water-repellent 420D nylon, 350G airmesh, YKK zippers and other materials, this pack is durable and can be safely deployed in most weather conditions.

Back pocket with padded interior dividers can hold a standard DSLR or mirrorless camera, two to three lenses, a flash, and more
Combination of back panel position and waist belt allows tabletop access to gear without having to remove the pack
Front compartment features dedicated pockets for a 13" laptop and a large tablet
The padded back panel has airflow channels, lumbar support and cushioned mesh padding to help wick-away moisture
Interior organizational panel with slip-in pockets for pens and other small accessories
Exterior pockets on top and front for small items such as notebooks, a smartphone, passport, wallets, etc.
Two side pockets with cinch straps for storing water bottles up to 32 oz, gloves, and other items requiring fast access
Daisy chain loops with multiple lash points for additional gear
Side compression straps with SR buckles for tightening the load as well as securing a variety of items such as walking sticks
Tripod/monopod mounting system on front and side of pack
Padded waist belt with a webbing rail for attaching a variety of optional MindShift accessories
Flap-keeper neck strap allows you to work out of the bag unencumbered
Ergonomic zipper pulls for easier use with gloves or during cold weather situations
High-quality YKK zippers for durability and dependability
Front pockets for a variety of items such as gloves, chargers, and headlamps
Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, and other small items
Seam-sealed rain cover which doubles as a ground cloth for protection
Compatible with the Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive and Switch Case
UPC: 819865013557
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MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack (Charcoal)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    • 1Description

    MindShift Gear Backlight 18L specs

    Features Adjustable Interior Dividers, Laptop Compartment, Tablet Pocket, Tripod Holder
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 13.0"
    Laptop/Tablet Compartment Dimensions 8.9 x 13.8 x 0.8" / 22.5 x 35.0 x 2.1 cm
    8.7 x 10.2 x 0.6" / 22.0 x 26.0 x 1.5 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 10.63 x 18.5 x 7.09" / 27 x 47 x 18 cm
    Exterior Material Nylon
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Water Resistance Water-Resistant Material
    Interior Dimensions 9.45 x 16.73 x 5.51" / 24 x 42.5 x 14 cm
    Interior Material Foam, Nylon
    Maximum Volume 4.76 gal / 18 L
    Weight 3.53 lb / 1.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.0 x 11.75 x 9.0"

    MindShift Gear Backlight 18L reviews

    BackLight 18L Backpack (Charcoal) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ya hit a homerun with this Mindshift! For my needs, this is a great size, to carry a 5D Mark IV, 70-200mm f4, 24-105 f4, 16-35 f2.8, Lee filters, batteries, etc, and my tripod. This bag has a good size camera compartment, with thin but adjustable compartments, these don't needlessly take a lot of the camera space. Good looking bag too, feels super comfortable. And when I want to take my mirrorless setup, it adapts very well. I was concerned that this wouldn't have enough space, but this, for me, is ideal. Ya hit a homerun with this Mindshift!
    Date published: 2018-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MindShift Back Light 18L This is one terrific bag.  I just returned from three and half weeks in four different African countries.  I carried two FX Nikon bodies and three lenses including an 80-400 lens a 24-120 lens, a 50 mm lens, and a flash.  I was able to configure the bag to carry these lenses attached to bodies, so I could access them easily while on Safari. I carried other accessories in the various other parts of the bag.  The equipment was was well protected, in spite of the rough(!!) conditions which are part of the safari experience.  The bag itself withstood scuffing, scraping, as well as trail conditions and looks like it just came out of the box.  It is also comfortable to wear for extended periods of hiking in the bush.  I highly recommend this bag.
    Date published: 2018-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For one more inch.. This is a terrific backpack. Very well made and the internal confirguartion can be arranged to fit your needs. Very versatile. My only wish is for a little more depth to provide more flexibility for a camera with grip attached. In full disclosure, MindShift is clear this backpack was designed for gripless cameras, but that extra inch would be perfect. My primary use is for day trips or to carry gear when out with the family.
    Date published: 2018-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack for beach and wading How do you access equipment from a photo backpack when youre standing in deep water? Or even shallow water, mud, or sand that you dont want contaminating your stuff? This backpack and its siblings are the answer. With the BackLight packs, you just just make sure the waist belt is snug, but not too snug, then slip out of the shoulder straps, swing the pack around in front of you, and access your equipment through the back of the bag. The open bag provides a safe platform for changing lenses. Works great. The 18L isnt deep enough to hold an upright 5D mark IV with an L-bracket attached, so the camera and a lens rides on my tripod with a selection of other lenses in the bag, which easily holds a 70-200 f2.8 with 1.4x TC and lens hood attached along with several short zooms, tilt-shifts, etc. Works just as well on solid ground, though the 18L isnt as deep as my similarly sized Think Tank Streetwalker Pro.
    Date published: 2018-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpack for Panasonic GH5 Needed a backpack that could not only transport my equipment but also be well built and confortable. The Mindshift Backlight 18L was perfect. Only I should have gotten the 26L as now I could use a little more room.
    Date published: 2018-10-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD!! be very light Dust sticks easily. have a weak grip
    Date published: 2018-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect Just received this backpack today.  First impressions are that it is very well made although one of the zipper pulls on the large front compartment seems slightly reluctant to slide.  Waist belt and shoulder straps are well padded.  In particular, the back of the pack feels great with a generous amount of lumbar padding & should make for comfortable hikes with the camera gear. Purchased to use for my mirrorless kit, there is plenty of room in the main compartment for 1-2 mirrorless bodies with attached lenses with room to spare for 2-3 other smaller lenses or a mixture of other gear.  The outside front pockets are roomy & there is a nice amount of padding in the laptop compartment.  Water bottle pockets and tripod carrier all seem as advertised. Being highly critical, my complaint is that there simply are not adequate storage areas for the many small items that, in my opinion, one carries in support of their camera.  The zippered compartments in the camera storage area a very tight and suitable for only the thinnest of items and the front pockets while roomy lack organizational compartments for anything but a laptop and tablet.  Smaller items have no place to go other than the depths of the outer pockets where they will be buried and difficult to access.  A couple of minor design tweaks could solve this storage shortage and make a great pack even better. All in all, it seems like a great pack and Im sure that I will adapt to the small item storage issue.  Time will tell the story regarding durability.
    Date published: 2018-11-02
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