Specs

Weight 1.2 kg / 2.6 lb

Reviews

This is a fantastic, full function daypack for the…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Summary

This is a fantastic, full function daypack for the serious outdoor hiker/photographer. A variety of moveable padded dividers allows you to customize the size of each compartment.

Pros

  • Moveable interior dividers
  • Padded interior
  • Ventilated back pad

Cons

  • Hip belt sold seperately

I like this daypack a lot. Being an outdoor photographer and hiker, I am always concerned with storing my DSLR camera equipment in a standard backpack because it’s not secure. I jumped at the offer to test this photographer-centric daypack.

The exterior of the pack is constructed of 500D Cordura fabric that has been coated with polyurethane for waterproofing, which is always a great feature when trying to keep camera equipment dry. For additional protection, a pack cover is included.

The entire interior of this pack is fully padded and the dividers attach via hook and loop fasteners. This feature allows me to customize the interior to protect whatever camera and hiking equipment I will be carrying. Four zippered openings allow access to the pack from the top, bottom, and both sides. The two rear pocket lids each have a clear zippered pocket mounted on the inside, perfect for small items. A fifth, rear zippered compartment is large enough for laptop or water bladder storage. 

Adjustable padded shoulder straps, a chest strap, and load adjusters made fitting the pack easy and it rode well on my back. Two daisy chains run down the two rear openings and each has an adjustable clipped strap for attaching a tripod or hiking poles.

For my use, I configured one lower side compartment to store my DSLR and the other side compartment for a telephoto lens and sun shield. The upper rear compartments inside pocket hold my lens cleaning kit, business cards, and a Peak Designs Capture Pro camera mount. I use the lower rear compartment to store the pack cover and an assortment of lens filters.

Since I store my camera equipment in the pack, getting ready for a hike couldn't be easier. Load a water bladder in the rear compartment, stick a jacket in the upper compartment, and away I go. A nice feature is the ability to unclip a shoulder strap and turn it into a sling pack. This works well when I am taking pictures using different lenses, as everything is within reach without removing the pack.

Unlike most day packs, the Tamrac 14 does not change its size or shape when loaded. Stiffeners inside the pack maintain the shape whether the pack is loaded or empty. It is a bit heavier than comparably sized day packs but I find having a safe, secure place to carry all my camera gear is worth the extra weight. While not inexpensive, this pack offers a lot of features for your money.

Product details:

  • Size: 14 liters
  • External dimensions: 17.25 x 10.5 x 8.25 in
  • Weight: 2.6lbs
  • Cost $161.95

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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