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Peak Design Field Pouch V2 review

October 15, 2021

Overall Rating:

4.5

Peak Design Field Pouch V2


Pros:

  • + Handy dual-purpose organiser/shoulder bag
  • + Useful expandable design
  • + Good sent of internal organiser pockets
  • + Really well made

Cons:

  • - Not easy to close securely with larger loads
  • - Minimal padding

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£42.00

Andy Westlake assesses a handy 2-in-1 organiser and shoulder bag

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Peak Design Field Pouch V2 at a glance:

  • £42
  • 1.5-3 litre capacity
  • 27 x 16 x 3 cm (empty)
  • 27 x 19 x 10 cm (full, approx)
  • 170g weight
  • www.peakdesign.com

To complement its full-sized camera bags, Peak Design makes a range of handy packing cubes and organisers. The Field Pouch we’re looking at here is a small bag that can be used for keeping items together that might otherwise rattle around loose inside a backpack or messenger bag. But it’s also designed to do double duty as a small, simple shoulder or belt bag, with a roll top design that allows it to expand or contract to suit your needs.

This V2 model updates the original with an array of tweaks, including a revised internal pocket layout and additional external attachment points.

It’s just about possible to squeeze in a mirrorless camera such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III with a lens attached

In terms of capacity, the Peak Design Field Pouch V2 can hold a small SLR-shaped mirrorless camera with a standard zoom attached, such as the Fujifilm X-S10 and 16-80mm f/4, or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and 12-40mm f/2.8. But it’s arguably more comfortable with a slimmer load, such as a premium compact camera like the Fujifilm X100V, or a rangefinder-style mirrorless body with a small pancake prime or retracting zoom.

Alternatively, you could use it to carry personal items such as sunglasses, binoculars and earphones, along with all the essentials you need to hand while shooting, such as spare batteries, memory cards, filters and so on.

This small bag is perfect for carrying a compact camera along with a few other bits and pieces

For this purpose, the bag includes a useful degree of internal organisation, including three small stretchy pockets at the front for spare batteries and lens cloths. A flat zipped pocket at the back will securely hold your passport, travel tickets or phone, while also having no fewer than five slots for memory cards (SD, CFexpress, or Compact Flash).

Peak Design Field Pouch V2: key features

  • Shoulder strap  The slim, lightweight strap clips onto loops on the back and offers ample length adjustment
  • Anchor points  This V2 models gains reinforced loops at either side, which can accept the Peak Design Capture Clip for holding your camera externally
  • Belt loop  A large loop on the back allows the bag to be carried on either a trouser belt or the waist belt of a backpack
  • Colours  As well as this Midnight blue version, the bag is available in Charcoal (grey) or Black

The roll-top design allows the bag to expand for larger loads

In terms of construction, this is a lightweight bag with next to no padding. However, it’s constructed to a very high standard, thanks to its weatherproof coated nylon canvas shell. A soft lining protects your kit from scratches, and is light grey in colour to help you find items easily inside. The lid closes via two vertical strips of Velcro, which generally works well, but can struggle to close quickly and securely with larger cameras inside.

Peak Design Field Pouch V2 back view showing shoulder pad

Th peak Design Filed Pouch V2 comes complete with a slender clip-on shoulder strap

I liked the thin, lightweight shoulder strap for its lack of bulk, but some users might prefer something more substantial. If you’d like to add a wider, more comfortable shoulder strap, look at the Peak Design Leash (£29).

Peak Design Field Pouch V2: Our Verdict

While the Peak Design Field Pouch V2 isn’t perhaps an everyday camera bag, it’s a versatile option to have available to hold anything you might like to have immediately to hand. It could be especially useful for those who primarily use a backpack for traveling or shooting. However, if you’re simply after an organiser to go inside a larger bag, also consider the Teak Design Tech Pouch (£54), which boasts numerous pockets for organising chargers, cables, card readers, powerbanks etc.