The Manfrotto Stile Unica V Messenger is a medium-size bag from the manufacturer you might normally associate with quality tripods. The Stile Unica V doesn’t look like a traditional camera bag and the only real giveaway is the small Manfrotto tab on the flap. The bag as a whole has a woven appearance and has a specially applied coating that's resistant to moisture, although it’s not advertised as being 100% waterproof.
You can carry a reasonable amount of kit, including a mini tripod in a small compartment beneath the main one. If you don’t have a mini tripod to carry, the compartment is the perfect size to carry a flashgun, spare batteries or even your sandwiches. Above this you’ll find an accessory pocket with a unique space to store a Manfrotto pocket tripod. On the back there’s a document pocket and on the flap a very handy quick-access zip. On the inside there are moveable dividers to configure the bag to your needs and a pocket that will take laptops up to 15in in size.
This is a very simple bag that looks good, with a large chrome buckle to hold the main flap down. There are some really good elements. such as its size, looks and quick-access points, but it doesn’t feel as rugged as we’d like. The main flap isn’t quite as secure at the ends as it could be. However, this is still a bag that does everything it’s supposed to and looks good to boot, so you really couldn’t go wrong with it if you’re looking for a stylish city bag.
A stylish bag with space for a mini tripod and laptop. Perfect for style-conscious urban photographers.
- Street price: £35 (As of July 2016)
- Size (WxHxD): 38x31x19cm
- Weight: 1kg
- Padded strap: Yes
- Kit pouch: No
- Quick access: Yes
- Laptop pocket: Yes
- Raincover: No
- Visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk
This review was first published in the March 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.