The Advanced Active 6 has a simplistic design. Featuring a large main compartment with two adjustable internal dividers, it offers a reasonable level of protection for a DSLR and up to three lenses. The internal dividers feel substantial, but the padding at the bag’s sides isn’t as thick as some of its rivals. On the flipside, this does help to keep the bag light in weight.
Access to the main compartment is kept rapid thanks to the single zip entry, but it’s arguably less secure than some others, as there’s no additional buckle or clasp with which to fasten it.
There‘s a single deep pocket on each of its sides, and two smaller ones on the underside of the top, providing space for smaller accessories. The bag has a grab handle and shoulder strap, although the padding on the latter doesn’t match the more substantial support found on the Benro, Lowepro and Vanguard models. For shorter trips out this won’t be an issue, but under more intensive use or with heavier loads, the strap offers less comfort.
Manufactured predominantly from nylon, the Active 6 is finished to a high standard. A separate rain cover comes bundled with the bag, and this is quick and easy to fit. Once in place, it protects the contents from the elements.
The Active 6 looks slick and gets a lot right, but there are others here offering more advanced features for a similar outlay, so it doesn’t offer quite as much value.
- Street price: £49 (As of July 2016)
- External dimensions: 230x255x155mm
- Weight: 520g
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This review was first published in the April 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.