The shoulder bag from Tenba is actually two different products – the Packlite bag that costs £19, and the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) 10 insert priced at £29.99. The idea is that a photographer can use several BYOBs for storing all their equipment, and use the appropriate outer bag as required. It’s an interesting concept, but didn’t prove as successful as it might over the course of our tests.
Weighing just 181g, the Packlite is made of water-repellent nylon, but lacks any padding of its own. Basic in design, it features a single zip that grants access to an internal space large enough for the BYOB 10 insert, and little else. For easy transportation when not in use it can be folded into a mesh pocket found on its side. The simplicity doesn’t stop there, as its strap is very thin and lacks any padding at all. This makes it uncomfortable when filled with heavy gear.
The BYOB 10 insert was a different story, and can be placed in any other bag or rucksack to offer as much comfort as you require. The insert is really well thought out, and is large enough to store a camera and two or three lenses.
It offers good protection and excellent space customisation with five padded dividers. It also has several pockets built into the underside of its top, and two side meshes for further accessories. All-in-all, it’s a better insert than the one offered in the Reflexion. The ratings below take the positives of the BYOB 10 and the downsides of the Packlite into account.
- Street price: BYOB 10 Insert - £29.99, Travel Bag £19 (As of July 2016)
- Visit: www.tenba.com
This review was first published in the April 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.