Callum McInerney-Riley tests an easily accessible bag with top-loading design

Crumpler-Quick-Escape-Toploader-800-openCrumpler Quick Escape Toploader 800 at a glance:

  • Quick and easy camera access, thanks to the top-loading design
  • Available in a range of colours
  • Air-flow mesh padding on the back
  • Inner pocket for a tablet
  • Price: £65
  • Website: www.crumpler.eu

The Crumpler Quick Escape Toploader comes in seven bag sizes: Quick Escape 100, 150, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 800. The smallest is the 100, which comfortably carries a compact camera, and the largest is the 800, which is on test here.

The bag measures 26x30x13cm (outer size) and is designed to carry a small/medium DSLR with a lens attached, two medium-sized zoom lenses, or a couple of large primes. Padded dividers in the centre separate lenses and cameras. The rear has a padded space for a 10in tablet, too.

Inside are various pockets for memory cards and other small accessories, although there’s not an abundance of space. The front houses a shallow zip pocket, which is ideal for a wallet or keys – provided you’re not worried about safety (the zip is very exposed).

The outside is made from water-resistant and durable Chicken Tex material, while the inside is a RipStop nylon to help prevent tears.

There are two ways to wear the bag – either around the waist like a belt, or over the shoulder and secured with a clip like a sling.

Crumpler Quick Escape Toploader 800 – Key features

Shoulder fastening

A second part of the strap can be attached, which clips into the bottom corner of the bag, giving more security across the user’s body.

Air-flow back

At the rear of the bag you’ll find an air-flow mesh that helps to prevent the wearer becoming hot.

Waterproof cover

There’s an attached waterproof cover on the underside – at the ready to cover the bag in bad weather.

Crumpler-Quick-Escape-Toploader-800-closedCrumpler Quick Escape Toploader 800 – Verdict

Crumpler has years of experience making bags, so as you’d expect the materials are of a very high standard. Laden, the bag is difficult to wear in any way other than a sling, but this is very comfortable. As camo goes, it’s also rather stylish although there is also an all-black version available. For travelling with a small amount of kit, the Toploader offers both quick access and comfort.

SCORE: 4 out of 5

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