Dec 062017


I just got a new bag from MindShift Gear, the Backlight 36L. The BackLight opens from the back panel to access your gear for rapid access. This bag can hold enough gear for almost any shoot, 2 gripped camera bodies with lenses attached plus 4-6 standard lenses and a flash. Even a 600mm f/4 lens can fit in this bag! I don’t have grips for my cameras, but since I shoot video I always have microphones attached. I easily fit the following: Panasonic GH5 with 8-18mm lens attached, Canon M5 with 11-22mm lens attached, DJI Spark and remote, GoPro Hero Session 5 with Feiyu Tech WG2 Gimbal, Pilotfly C45 Gimbal and Sony RX100V, Rode Rodelink system, Zoom H1 sound recorder, and the rain cover.


The 11L daypack section can hold tons of personal gear as well as a 15″ laptop and 10″ tablet, plus lots of small compartments for pens, business cards and more. I carry my clothing in this section, as well as all of my chargers, cables, toiletries and jacket. The front pocket is a good size too, a good place to put easy access items like your keys, wallet, or snacks. The top pocket is good for some small items, maybe a memory card wallet or a cell phone.


On the inside back panel there’s two mesh pockets for small items, usually I keep my batteries, filters and other small accessories here.

The oversized side compartments will hold a large water bottle, or a tripod with the straps up top to hold it in securely. There’s also a tripod attachment on the front of the bag which will fit a pretty large tripod. You can also use the optional Tripod Suspension Kit if the other options don’t work out for you.


The nice thing with this design is that when you lay the backpack on the ground to access your gear, it’s not getting the straps dirty like other backpacks. The shoulder harness and waist belt have plenty of padding, as well as the back panel. It’s very comfortable considering how much weight you can put into this bag, a very nice design to make a long hike more pleasurable hauling all of your gear. There’s also a rain cover, just in case of a sudden downpour.


The Backlight 36L is a great option if you need to carry a lot of gear and some clothing and accessories, if the BackLight 26L is a little too small for you. The build quality is very nice, consistent with the rest of MindShift Gear’s bags. With exterior dimensions: 13.8” W x 22.4” H x 10.2” D (35 x 57 x 26 cm), it’s a good option for flying with one bag for your gear, clothing and laptop, on most US carriers.

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