Matt Golowczynski looks at a backpack aimed at the adventure seeker
Manfrotto Off Road Stunt backpack at a glance:
- Holds one CSC/lens combination, three action cameras and a 12.9in tablet
- Integrated action-camera mount
- Included waterproof cover
- Price: £119.95
- Website: www.manfrotto.co.uk
Manfrotto’s Stunt range is headed by this backpack – a lightweight, medium-sized nylon bag with an unconventional design. Unzipping its lid around its sides reveals a spacious inner compartment, which eschews the standard removable dividers for two removable pouches – one for a CSC/lens combination and another for up to three action cameras.
The main chamber contains a sleeve for a tablet and a generously proportioned mesh pocket against one of its walls. Through two wide-looped zips, the bag’s contents can be accessed quickly from the top, although the main chamber opens fully in a butterfly-like fashion when the central zip is pulled down. The lid has a soft-lined pocket, and two more pockets at the side of the bag provide space for a small tripod, while an adjustable GoPro mount is positioned on one of the straps.
Manfrotto Off Road Stunt backpack – key features
Hiking pole holder
Attachment points on the side allow you to carry a couple of walking poles or even a tripod.
A hydration compartment at the rear doubles as storage for other flat items.
The included waist and chest belts help to distribute the bag’s load.
Manfrotto Off Road Stunt backpack – our verdict
The shortness of the shoulder straps means the bag mounts in a somewhat top-heavy manner, although full adjustment over the chest, waist and shoulder straps allow you to tailor it to your body. But the nature of the zipped, removable pouches makes accessing their contents time consuming. I found it useful to place one pouch at the very top of the bag for quick access, and the other for lesser-used items further down.
While the pouch method of storage may put some off, the bag does provide decent flexibility and a reasonable level of protection.
SCORE: 3.5 out of 5
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