Peak Design Everyday Backpack (20L) Review from an Everyday Photographer

I’ll begin this review by saying that as a professional photographer, I mostly do food, product, brand lifestyle, and portrait photography. This review will be based on my needs in those genres of the industry. Now let’s get started.

Photo from Peak Design website

Photo from Peak Design website

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack comes in two sizes - 20L and 30L. I opted to the 20L for two reasons: 1) I don’t carry a truckload of gear for my shoots (which I’ll go into more detail later) and 2) I’m on the shorter side and the 30L would have been huge and heavier for me. If you’re 5’9” or taller and you need the bigger bag, go for the 30L.

The backpack itself is really stylish. It’s modern, semi-hipster, and doesn’t scream “Hey, I have expensive gear in here!” It comes in two different colors - Charcoal, the darker grey of two, and Ash, a lighter grey with some leather accents. I had a preference for the Charcoal backpack because of how lighter colored fabrics are susceptible to showing more dirt, but they both look pretty great.

Photo from Peak Design website

Photo from Peak Design website

Let’s dive into what this deceivingly big backpack can hold and its design.

Out of the box, it has 3 padded dividers in the main compartment of the bag. On the lower most part of the backpack, I carry my Canon 5D mark ii with a 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens attached. On the shelf above that, I have my 85mm f/1.2L II lens and my Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro. On the very top, I keep my glasses, sunglasses, Beats earbuds, a couple of snack bars, and a small first aid kit (because I’m prepared like that). I keep my photography accessories like my extra batteries, memory cards, and lens wipes in the zipped side compartments - that way, they’re not flying around loose in my backpack.

In the back compartment, I can fit my 15-inch Macbook. It’s a snug fit but it fits nonetheless and isn’t a hassle to get in and out. To note, I do everything paperless so I don’t worry about having to fit anything like contracts or other things of the sort. But you can in this compartment. There’s even a smaller pocket where you can keep things like you phone, wallet, and other small trinkets.

There are side pockets on both sides. I use one to hold my 18 oz Hydro Flask. You could probably fit something bigger but nothing bigger than a 32 oz I would say. The other pocket you could use to stick in a compact tripod. There are also a multitude of hide-able straps that you can use to attach things like another tripod, a yoga mat, a bag of groceries, etc. The design of the straps are pretty sturdy and hold weight well.

One of the unsung best features of this bag is the anti-theft zippers. It will keep your mind at ease walking through public places or crowds knowing that no one could easily get into your backpack without you noticing. Another bonus feature to have are the conforming shoulder straps that mold to your frame nicely.

Photo from Peak Design website

Photo from Peak Design website

A negative for me is that it isn’t entirely weather proof. You’d definitely need some type of additional cover to keep you gear from getting wet. Because the top is flips open, if you don’t fold the sides down correctly each time, it can leave a small opening. If you live in an area where it rains frequently, I would keep that in mind.

I’ve used this backpack everyday as my usual work bag. It fits all the gear and equipment I need for photo shoots I do for work. That said, there is probably only one instance where I wouldn’t use this backpack. That one occasion I wouldn’t use it is for weddings. It’s not because it can’t hold the gear I need but it doesn’t quite say black tie or formal, which most weddings are. Same could be said of other upscale events. Since I do weddings all that often, that isn’t much of a downside for me.

After years of trying camera bags, this is one that works best for me.

What’s you favorite camera bag? Let me know in the comments below!

Products Mentioned:

Peak Design Everyday Backpack in Charcoal (20L) - http://amzn.to/2v5MjEQ

Peak Design Everyday Backpack in Ash (20L) - http://amzn.to/2fdT2Zs

Peak Design Everyday Backpack in Charcoal (30L) - http://amzn.to/2v68XwW

Peak Design Everyday Backpack in Ash (30L) - http://amzn.to/2huckKR

Canon 5D Mark iii DSLR Body - http://amzn.to/2ffiKwN

Canon 85mm f/1.2L II  - http://amzn.to/2v5JkfD

Canon 24-70mm f/2.L8 II - http://amzn.to/2ws4V1r

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro - http://amzn.to/2v3wVKF

Macbook Pro - 15-inch, Retina - http://amzn.to/2vp3hkp

Hydro Flask (Water bottle) - http://amzn.to/2weCG6T

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