Callum McInerney-Riley tests an easily accessible bag with top-loading design
- 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
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.
At the rear of the bag you’ll find an air-flow mesh that helps to prevent the wearer becoming hot.
There’s an attached waterproof cover on the underside – at the ready to cover the bag in bad weather.
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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