Despite being slightly more affordable than some of the other bags on test, the Cool Walker S30 has a reassuringly rugged build, and some of the most substantial gear protection on offer.
Its well-padded internal compartment is large enough for a DSLR and three standard lenses, while thanks to thick, adjustable dividers, this space can be easily customised to suit any setup. The design also uniquely allows top or front access depending on the orientation of a Velcro partition inside. Pockets found under the top flap and behind a zip on the front of the bag provide lots of room for camera accessories and personal items. An extra pouch on its side takes a water bottle – a welcome addition for those out for the day.
Not only is the bag’s external layer manufactured from durable and water-resistant nylon, but further protection from the rain comes in the form of a dedicated cover that pulls out from a rear compartment. This gives the user peace of mind no matter what weather conditions they find themselves in. The S30 is also the only bag to feature feet on its bottom. These keep it clear of any mud and grime. There’s a grab handle on the bag’s top, and the shoulder strap features a good level of padding for comfortable use. A loop on the rear of the bag can be used to mount it on a belt if desired. The Cool Walker S30 provides solid protection and great capacity at a very attractive price. A real value for money option.
- Street price: £44 (As of July 2016)
- Capacity: 1 DSLR, 2 lenses, 1 flash
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This review was first published in the April 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.