Gitzo Adventure 30l
Photo backpack review
The smaller brother from Gitzo Adventure 45l got into my hands. Has spent some time with me already to get to know each other. In the past, I preferred hiking backpacks because of their versatility for my needs. I don't carry that much equipment with me. Rather than space for camera and lenses - space for clothing, camouflage, and an easy way to attach chair and photo hide onto the backpack is important to me. The last two years have been successfully filled with a 40l tourist / tactical backpack. I padded on the sides to keep my camera safe. It doesn't give me ideal access to camera equipment and less water-resistance of the backpack forced me to look for a better solution.
The Gitzo Adventure Series took my attention. With a space that suits my needs. With extra space for personal stuff that can be adjusted to current needs. Therefore, you do not always have to carry a large backpack with you when you do not make full use of its capacity. Backpack with a sufficient solution for the possible placement of other things onto.
This photo backpack is not big at all (fig) and yet it offers enough space for me. The space for photography is quite small. This is due to the strong padding that protects the technique (Fig.). Although this solution takes up a lot of space, I believe that it perfectly protects my technology in every situation. As I wrote, the space is not very big. But it suits me like this, because I don't wear much, and even my largest 500mm lens is quite small thanks to the construction of PF elements. I can fit a 500mm mounted on a Nikon Z6, two other lenses, a flash with a remote trigger and other accessories (fig.). Actually, everything I want to protect against possible impacts in some way. I use the laptop pocket for reflectors and diffusers (fig.). If your equipment is larger I definitely recommend going for the 45 liter version.
In the upper part there is a pocket with access from above, which can be adjusted in size and secured with side buckles (Fig.). The perfect solution for clothes, camouflage and various other aids that I will use on the go. Because the pocket is separated from the main chamber. I can also put wet objects in it without the moisture getting to the technology (fig.). The interior can be removed and washed in case of soiling.
There are 3 more pockets outside the backpack. Two larger on the sides (img.) And one smaller on the front (img.). It's too small and is only suitable for small items that you want to have quickly at hand. The side pockets can hold more and can also be used for a drinking bottle, or for inserting the tripod legs if you carry the tripod on the side of the backpack.
There are two straps for attaching a tripod, etc. In the lower part, two more for attaching a mat, a photo hide, or whatever comes to your mind. Additional loops for carabiners (img.) or possibly for other straps are hidden in the folds on the sides. I find good use of them to attach a folding chair (img.). You can find pockets on the back of the backpack for straps. If you do not want to use them, there is an option to hide them in the pockets.(img.)
There is no pocket on the waist belt, but there is a strap for hanging other accessories (img.). It can be used to attach a drink bottle or some small additional pockets for the most important things. Cards, batteries, things for cleaning optics, etc.
Not to forget, there is another pocket with a rain cover from the bottom of the backpack (img.). You probably won't use it too often. The water-resistance of the backpack material is at a high level… but if you find yourself in a big storm, you can use it for extra protection.
+ The backpack has decent protection against water
+ RipStop material should prevent from tearing
+ Extra floor treatment
+ Robustness and strength
( Compensated by the size of the interior space, … but the protection of photo equipment is more important to me.)
+ Upper pocket with the possibility to adjust its size
(the first impulse, for which I started thinking about buying this backpack)
+ Sufficient options for attaching other equipment and things onto backpack
+ comfortable wearing due to the rigid construction of the backpack
+ Padded waist belt. It's not too thick, but it works for me even better.
(despite the fact that it is a backpack from Gitzo, the price is not high compare to what you pay for LowerPro, Manfroto, etc.)
- The chest strap could be wider and have an elastic band as offered by other backpack manufacturers.
- The strap under the backpack is just too short to attach larger items.
- The front pocket could have been bigger
- No organizer in any of the 3 pockets
Since I did not find the exact dimensions anywhere, I thought its not a bad idea to do measurement for you.
They will definitely help you decide if the size will be enough for you, or rather look after the 45 liter version.