As readers of my past reviews know, I have an obsession with camera bags. I’m always on the lookout for a new bag that will offer the optimum combination of style, comfort, convenience, and storage capacity. And while it might be impossible to find a single bag that’s perfect for every occasion, I welcome the discovery of a great new addition to my collection, the Clik Elite Traveler.
Small but mighty (Exterior Dimensions: 11.8″H x 8.6″W x 5.1″D), the Clik bag weighs just under a pound but provides enough carrying capacity for two small camera bodies plus extra lenses (11″H x 8.1″W x 1″D). It fit both my M9 and M6 with lenses attached as well as two additional lenses in the main compartment. By adding a couple of Velcro dividers from other bags I own, I was even able to squeeze in two more lenses.
The Clik derives its name from the magnetic fasteners that automatically snap its outer flap shut whenever you close it. This feature gives you easy access to the sleeve underneath the flap, which is designed to accommodate an iPad or other tablet computing device. A zippered pouch on the front of the bag gave me a place to stash my iPhone, while other pockets permitted me to store such miscellaneous items as an ND filter, an SD card case, a couple canisters of film, a few pens, and a pile of business cards. One nylon ring on each side stores a tripod or attach a lens pouch or water bottle holder. Stylish but not attention-getting, the Elite Traveler is available in black, blue sapphire, gray, and trillium.
By unzipping around the edge of the bag rather than providing a lid on top like some camera bags, the Elite Traveler does require you to lay it flat in order to safely access the main compartment, which might make it less convenient for photographers who just want to grab a lens from the bag while it’s on their side. On the whole, though, the Clik Elite Traveler is a handy way to pack your essentials and would make a great option for shutterbugs who want to travel light during a short vacation or an afternoon of on-the-fly street photography.
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