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Clik EliteVenture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black)
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (15)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Roomy (13)
  • Adjustable harness (12)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (13)
  • Protecting gear (11)
  • Travel (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Storing gear (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Everything but the kitchen sink!

I purchased this item in preparation for a trip out west to Teton/Gallatin/Yellowstone and Banff/Jasper Alberta,Canada.

I have a camera backpack now...a Naneu Pro. It...Read complete review

I purchased this item in preparation for a trip out west to Teton/Gallatin/Yellowstone and Banff/Jasper Alberta,Canada.

I have a camera backpack now...a Naneu Pro. It fits all my gear; Nikon D80 50mm 1.8,18-200vr,SB600 flash, Markins Q3 ballhead, IPad, an HD Camcorder,Garmin GPS for rental car and all associated chargers and cords. A full load! Now I want to be able to carry all my stuff and have room for hydration/food and clothing as there are dramatic temperature changes from day to night where I am going.

I ordered this pack because it fits airline carry on size requirements and seemed sturdy and well suited for my specific needs.

I tested this out in a recent short trip to Memphis. I thought this short trip would be a good test for out west.

I am very happy with this pack. It fits all of my gear with room to spare and it seems the padding and protection is good. I am renting a Nikon 70-200mm for my western trip and will have room for it.

With all of the items in, it weighed about 25lbs. This pack is very comfortable. The waist band buckles and adjusts so most of the pack's weight falls on your hips. The shoulders and chest straps also adjust to customize your load for your body and what you carry.

Getting to your gear does require you to remove the pack or have a friend access from the rear. The zippered upper compartment was spacious enough to accomodate my IPad, a pair of sneakers and a rain shell and had room for more.

A small zippered compartment on top of the pack could be used for a cell phone or in my case I used this space for additonal batteries, change and memory cards. I would like to see a dedicated spot for those.

One of the best features is the pouch that extends from the bottom of the pack. It allows me to take my Feisol tripod securely stored to the pack.

3 hours on Mud Island in Memphis with this pack in 100 degree heat was a lot better than I expected. The packs back pad is ventilated and didn't leave me with an overly sweaty shirt! (It was 106 so there was some sweat) The pack was comfortable and I didn't seem too sore the next day!

I also wore this on a smaller tour bus and was able to maneuver around without killing anyone or annoying other tourists.

The only thing that I would say bothered me during that time is the long excess strap webbing. When all of the straps were adjusted, there was a lot of excess. I am going to have them cut and sewed to suit me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great bag with some key problems

I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for...Read complete review

I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for me.

First, though, I will say that this is a quality bag, very well made with sturdy materials. It has plenty of room for additional gear beyond your camera equipment. This is certainly not a "do not buy" review. I'm just highlighting the negatives for me.

For any day pack, one absolute essential is that the bag is water-bladder compatible. On paper, I really liked the Venture's external bladder sleeve. Contrary to a few reviews I read, the sleeve easily accepts a completely full 3L bladder (mine is a Deuter brand). The problem, however, is that this changes the contour of the bag against your back. The back pad takes on a cylindrical bulge, and no longer sits comfortably. I can also imagine it would get annoying as you consume water that you would need to adjust the straps for the changing fit of the bag. This alone was a product-killer for me.

The second negative for me was the quality of the camera container. While it would probably protect your gear decently, this portion didn't seem to get the same care in construction as the rest of the bag. The dividers are some sort of flimsy thick plastic that were already bent from the bag sitting in a warehouse stack (I think they're a little too tall for the depth of the container). None of the cloth covering was adhered to the core, so as you pull the velcro off to rearrange, you are constantly stretching the cloth and have to pull much more than should be required.

There's one undocumented little feature that I love and want to highlight: the security tabs on each zipper. They are semi-stretchy tabs with small holes through which you can feed the zipper pulls. (See the attached photo.) While this doesn't make the most sense for a hiking pack, this is a fantastic feature for a city-wear camera bag that makes it much harder for would-be thieves to open your bag.

One minor note regarding the marketing photos that show a climbing helmet in the external elastic mesh pocket (not on B&H): they must have found the smallest helmet on earth for that photo, because mine will not even come close to fitting in that pocket. I can get about 1/3 of the helmet in, and it just pops out as soon as I let go.

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5.0

Great day/camera pack

By Sport

from Fort Collins, CO

Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

Overall I really like the pack. There is plenty of room for my camera equipment and kids stuff. The pack rides well once it is adjusted. One of the best things I like is the elastic pouches. The side ones hold water bottles or sunscreen and I don't have to pull anything to secure them. The back one holds more stuff. The only thing that I don't really like is the dividers for the camera area. They don't seem to be stiff enough for my liking.

Here is what I typically carry in the camera section: Nikon D750, 70-200 f2.8, Sigma 24-35, Nikon 50 f1.4, nikon sb-600, coin filter set.

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4.0

Good solid bag but not perfect

By Azan

from NYC

Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

This pack ls not for everyone, the quality is outstanding and will and should last a very very long time once used correctly. I was looking for something that I can ride my bike with to shoot and also take long walks with without being too big and bulky I also wanted to hold a bladder for cold water while on the go. This fits the bill for what I need. This bag doesn't hold a laptop compartment but if you have a netbook I'm sure there bladder area can hold it but don't expect for a smooth sail area. The top area don't have pockets that goes above the camera area this Sara is good for clothes and other stuff. I happen to have a bag that fits this area perfectly adding pockets to that area. In the front of this area has 3 pockets that can hold 2 phones and something else opposite this area. This works for me very well. As for the bladder area this is tricky. I check some images online and see a bladder that goes all the way down but it looks to cheep. I use only camelback because of its quality. I read some people have some problems with it in the sleeve at the back of the bag. I freeze my bladder laying it flat so it goes in easy this work for me so I have no problem. 3L is not recommended for this bag I fill mine at 1.5 and this works for me very well, if I need to fill more I can but only one cup more that's good enough for me. Over time this area will loosen up until the bladder becomes good to not freeze as much. The bladder tube there is no clip I was told the webbing was designed at the time for the bladders that comes with a clip. If your like me into the camelback this is a no no. You will have to buy a clip or push the mouth piece into the webbing this work for me but can be bother some after a while and water get a little spilled along the way.

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5.0

Great Gear Backpack....

By P.

from Ocala, Fl

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

      Use this backpack for full and multi-day hikes. Plenty of room for Nikon D750 with grip and 28-300mm lens. Additional lenses and TC fur easily. Large zoom fits in upper compartment along with rain jacket and personal items. Mid-size tripod attaches easily and carries well on one side;water bottle on opposite side.

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      5.0

      Wonderful, durable, serious pack for hiking photography

      By Jestertigger

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A true hiking pack for photographers
      • Carry-on compatible (overhead not under seat)
      • Durable
      • Fabulous quality build, great features
      • Great looking, doesn't scream "camera case"
      • Works great with chest pack system

      Cons

      • Big pack, probably overkill for most.
      • Wish camera access was body side

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

      Unbelievable quality, has spoiled me for any other brand. This pack has so many well thought through features, from the security zipper loops to the total adjustability of the strap length/angle/height to fit any body shape and size. This is a BIG pack, if the 30 was still made, I might have opted for that size for my needs but this is such a high quality pack it's a keeper. I have plenty of space for my Nikon D810 with 24-70 attached, a wide angle, macro, a 70-300mm, and even a second body like my D90 in the camera portion. A big flash like the 900 in its case, my Lee filters and a variety of misc. things like remote triggers or a mic fit easily in the top and leave room for lunch, a jacket, hat etc. At about 75% loaded it weighs about 20lbs with my gear before adding a tripod. Once the straps are adjusted to suit your build, it's very secure and comfortable. I'm 5'5" 140lbs, also tried on someone 5'4" 100lbs and still works. (Will work great for bigger "guy" frames obviously). I also grabbed the Clik Elite telephoto chest pack and that's a great combo with this larger pack for longer hiking shoots. It clips into the straps and everything balances perfectly! Fives stars big time!!

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      5.0

      Well made and like having nothing on your back.

      By Bruce

      from Springfield, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

          Well made with room for photo gear and other items for hiking.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Jack Tan

          from Vancouver BC

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

          Nice quality, great function, comfortable

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          4.0

          well made, large pack

          By Sky dog

          from North Central Washington

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Large Size

          Best Uses

          • Day Hiking And Photograph
          • Travel

          Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

          This pack fulfills my wish for a pack that carries camera gear safely including pro body with 70-200 2.8 lens attached AND day hiking gear. It is a bit large but I considered several others and none would hold my pro gear. I will use it for day hikes and travel. It is very well made. So far, I haven't tried it with the hydration bag inserted.
          I would wish for small pockets to hold cards, batteries, cell phone or small camera, accessible without removing the pack and will look for some accessory type pockets that I can use with it.

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          4.0

          One computer sleeve short of 5 stars

          By Bryan in Miane

          from Maine

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

            Perfect size for vacation travel as it packs a full compliment of camera equipment. In my case a Nikon D750 w/24-120, 16-35, and with a slight modification to the removable separator a 200-500 with hood. Also a flash, filters and such. The result is not light but ready form most situations. The upper compartment still has room for jacket, change of clothes, book etc... A computer fits in the top compartment but there is no specific sleeve. I have not yet tried to use the camel back sleeve. The pack seems very adjustable, in fact once adjusted to fit me 5'-10" there is a significant amount of strap left over, enough that I want to cut them shorter.

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            5.0

            great pack for strong people

            By ask

            from salt lake city

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

            Great pack well made, very many usefull features, I also bought the 30 which I found to be more than good enough and able to cary all my needs ,had to remember the bigger the pack the heavier it will end up being, the 30 filled to capacity with multiple cameras and lenses other equipt and water for a decent hike will push 40 -50 lbs, almost more than my back can handle on a long hike, yea I know you don t have to fill it up ,but generally if you can carry more stuff you probably will; both are great.Kept the 30 sent the 35 back

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            5.0

            well designed

            By Tasheeena

            from md

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

            Well thought out design. Able to put d SLR and several larger lenses in the bottom half. The lens pockets are well cushioned and easy to slip lenses in and out. The pack needs to be played down to access the lower camera pouch.
            Pack is well balanced and easy to adjust. There are multiple ways to attach a tripod- clever design and it works well.
            The top compartments are large enough for personal gear- rain coat and things or more camera gear. The pack has integral rain cover- as part of the design rather than something other packs are as an extra part.
            Great pack for off road, trail, and where you need to carry much.
            The only negatives are it is, like many other bags, it is heavy and not for conditions where you need to quickly change lenses.

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            5.0

            Great Photo Gear Pack

            By Marcy

            from Mesa Az

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Camera Back Pack

              Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

              I use the pack to carry my video and Digital camera with lens- I it spacious and the gear fits well -the pack is very adjustable and fits both myself and my wife with minimal changes - comfortable and very sturdy

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By Pixelman

              from Winston, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                My first Clik product was a Clik Elite Telephoto SLR Chest Carrier (12.6 x 7.5 x 6", Gray. It made carrying my Nikon D810 with 70 - 200 2.8 lens a breeze. But I wanted to add another lens or two and possibly another camera when hiking on a photoshot. The Venture 35 Backpack is perfect for the job. And the Chest Carrier can attach to the backpack making it possible to carry two cameras with telephoto lenses as well as several more lenses. Plus I can add many other useful items. The pack wears well. I got a chance to test it last week and I can tell you, I am very pleased with my purchase.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Muy buen morral

                By RafaelSE

                from Colombia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                  Es un morral muy bueno, ya es mi segundo morral Clik Elite, tal vez la mejor marca en ofrecer morrales de fotografía para usar en todo tipo de actividad. soy fotógrafo de naturaleza y éste morral me permite llevar todo lo necesario en cuanto a equipo fotográfico, como lo necesario para realizar cualquier actividad.

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                  5.0

                  Finally!

                  By Bronco

                  from Nj

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                  I, like most photographers, have probably owned 15 different bags, trying to find the perfect mix of features to fit my style. I've been wanting snag that fit a decent amount of gear, had ample space for hiking gear/layers, supported a hydration bladder, and had an adjustable torso. This one finally met all of those requirements. The pack has a hard plastic sleeve which supports its shape, and the adjustable straps allow it to fit just about anyone. I love my Lowepro flipside, but it is far to short to fit like a standard hiking pack. I fit a 7D with 17-50 attached, 11-16 UW, 70-200 f/4 L is, 430 flash, two triggers, 4x6 filter case, Lee holder, 4circular filters in plastic cases, jet blower, all with a little room to spare; and that was just in the bottom compartment. Batteries, memory cards, ext hardrive, ect fit in top space. The top main section carried puffy jacket, hat, gloves, fleece, with a little room to spare. The only downside to the pack is that I do wish camera gear was accessed from the back like the flipside, but it does not hinder shooting.; you just have remove tripod to get to your gear, but the tripod carry is excellent and easy to remove/load. Extremely pleased with this bag.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera backpack

                  By Bob

                  from Indianapolis

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                  I've only had the backpack for a couple of weeks, love the design and storage areas. Holds quite a bit of travel and camera gear. I can bring along all my gear and feel comfortable doing so. Highly recommend this backpack.

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                  4.0

                  A good decision

                  By Aaron in Cascadia

                  from Edmonds, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable
                  • Capacity
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • External Mounting
                  • Hydration

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Moderate-long Day Hikes

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                  I bought this pack after a lot of research. I needed to replace a much smaller Lowepro bag as my principle day hiking pack. This is a pretty unique category within the market, which means there aren't a ton of choices. Generally you want a camera compartment totally separate from a similarly sized spot for other kinds of gear. This pack meets that requirement. You need something with an excellent suspension system when you are carrying 20 pounds of gear 5+ miles and 3,000+ feet elevation away from where you parked. This pack meets that requirement. You need gear which is well and ruggedly made and will protect everything you are carrying when weather whips up. This pack meets that need. Finally, you need a pack with intelligently designed features. This pack is mostly there.

                  The reason why I've given the Venture 35 4 stars (I would have preferred 4.5) is because of a couple of design features and the price. First, the pack really should have some tie off straps on the bottom so that you can attach something down there. I prefer rolling up a rain jacket and attaching it externally instead of inside the pack. Second, it would be nice if there was a way to get into the camera compartment without taking the tripod off and taking the pack completely off that would be great. Third, it is very difficult to get a hydration reservoir in when both it and the pack are already filled. I even went with the bladder from the same manufacturer and still had a very difficult time. Finally, this pack is over priced. The plain fact is, with little competition, they manufacturer can get away with charging a lot for it. Hopefully this will change, but don't let that dissuade you from getting it if you need it.

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                  4.0

                  Great pack but some missing features

                  By WJZ from NYC

                  from New York

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                  Backpack is great for keeping all your clothes and camera gear in one pack for a 3-4 day vacation. Any longer and the 35L storage is not enough.

                  The padding around the camera is a bit thin, and the compartment overall is very deep. Those without a ton of camera gear will find themselves stuffing the area with other stuff so that your gear doesn't shift around.

                  I adapted the configuration to make it easier to pull out my camera while moving by supplementing the padding with some foam. Overall I think Lowepro's padding is superior to Clik.

                  However, I did make it work and it is supremely comfortable while carrying load.

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                  5.0

                  Venture 35 Backpack

                  By Longshanks

                  from Portland, Oregon

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Perfect For Day Hike
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Tripod Movement

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                  This is exactly what I needed: a day hiker with a safe way to transport my DSLR, lenses, odds and ends and tripod. I have a 36" tripod. The first thing I noticed was how rugged the pack is. Everything seems of high quality and well-engineered. Of course, this means the pack weighs nearly 4 pounds empty, but the hip pads and chest strap take the weight off my shoulders and onto my hips.

                  To access equipment, the back needs to be taken off, laid down and unzipped. This is fine with me.

                  There's room for a lunch and some extra gear like first aid kit, water bladder, and jacket.

                  I have two quibbles with this pack. I'm 6' 4" and it was not designed for someone of my height. As a result, it moves around on my back when I'm climbing. The other quibble is that the strap that hold the tripod effectively prevents it from falling off the pack, but does not prevent movement, so when the pack is moving around, the tripod movement is exaggerated. I solved this with a small bungee.

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                  3.0

                  Great bag with some key problems

                  By Evan

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Shoddy Camera Container
                  • Water Bladder Placement

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Gray):

                    I bought the Venture to be my go-to bag for day hikes and days at the climbing crag. Unfortunately I'm returning it, as the bag misses on a couple of key points for me.

                    First, though, I will say that this is a quality bag, very well made with sturdy materials. It has plenty of room for additional gear beyond your camera equipment. This is certainly not a "do not buy" review. I'm just highlighting the negatives for me.

                    For any day pack, one absolute essential is that the bag is water-bladder compatible. On paper, I really liked the Venture's external bladder sleeve. Contrary to a few reviews I read, the sleeve easily accepts a completely full 3L bladder (mine is a Deuter brand). The problem, however, is that this changes the contour of the bag against your back. The back pad takes on a cylindrical bulge, and no longer sits comfortably. I can also imagine it would get annoying as you consume water that you would need to adjust the straps for the changing fit of the bag. This alone was a product-killer for me.

                    The second negative for me was the quality of the camera container. While it would probably protect your gear decently, this portion didn't seem to get the same care in construction as the rest of the bag. The dividers are some sort of flimsy thick plastic that were already bent from the bag sitting in a warehouse stack (I think they're a little too tall for the depth of the container). None of the cloth covering was adhered to the core, so as you pull the velcro off to rearrange, you are constantly stretching the cloth and have to pull much more than should be required.

                    There's one undocumented little feature that I love and want to highlight: the security tabs on each zipper. They are semi-stretchy tabs with small holes through which you can feed the zipper pulls. (See the attached photo.) While this doesn't make the most sense for a hiking pack, this is a fantastic feature for a city-wear camera bag that makes it much harder for would-be thieves to open your bag.

                    One minor note regarding the marketing photos that show a climbing helmet in the external elastic mesh pocket (not on B&H): they must have found the smallest helmet on earth for that photo, because mine will not even come close to fitting in that pocket. I can get about 1/3 of the helmet in, and it just pops out as soon as I let go.

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                    2.0

                    Not the backpack I expected

                    By NJ

                    from Chippewa Falls, WI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Comfortable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Venture 35 Backpack (24 x 12.2 x 8.6", Black):

                      Purchased the backpack for a hike in the Smokey Mountains to remote primitive cabins. Specifically selected the backpack knowing we would be hiking in wet rainforest like conditions, wanted protection for my 5D Mark II and associated gear. Also wanted a backpack with adequate storage for our everyday photo hiking use.

                      The backpack has good space in the general storage area. It is easily adjusted for proper fit and comfortable carry.

                      The camera storage area is not as large as I expected or judged based on the literature. I cannot carry all the camera gear I expected. Modifying the partitions in camera storage area is somewhat difficult due to the access opening size and location. The partitions themselves limit how you can reconfigure the camera area. My regular camera backpack (Lowepro Flipside 300) carries my gear in a better orientation and more securely.

                      We hiked, in the Smokeys for 5 hrs in hard rain before we reached a dry location where I could check the gear. Found that the secured rainfly had trapped water and the inside of the bag was wet with a small pool of water on the base of the bag where the back of the camera sat, rendering the camera wet and unusable for the trip. Disappointed to say the least & hard lesson learned. The adventure backpack is not bullet proof as your led to believe from the literature. I should have been smarter and used dry bags for added protection. We purchased two of these backpacks for the trip. One 30 and one 35 two cameras got wet. A third set of camera gear survived the trip in a Clik Elite Obuscura (which is unfortunately no longer sold). The rainfly performed better and the camera is held in better higher position in the camera area of the bag keeping it away from any water that might enter from the base of the rainfly.

                      Looking for better options to the backpacks we just purchase.

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