The Italians have an eye for design, so the Manfrotto Stile bags have a certain chic look about them. This bag rather cunningly features the Manfrotto tripod branding symbol in the design and a chunky metal clip to the side. It’s not all about looks though, as the bag is made to a superb level of quality. It has a single strap that is worn across the body in a sling style. This is very comfortable to wear, and gives quick access to the bag if required. There’s a small clipped strap that sits across the body to keep the bag in place, but a strap on each shoulder would have been more secure.
This bag had restricted access with the only way to get into the base section being from the side. The top access is better. This bag was a great size, but lacked pockets. The base area fitted a lot of gear and a laptop could be stowed in the lining. A tripod can be attached to the front and there’s a support cushion in the bag.
This bag has a great looking design and comes from a quality stable. It does, however, lack in some areas, which lets it down.
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This review was first published in the June 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.