National Geographic’s Earth Explorer backpack has a lower area dedicated to camera kit and a top section for other miscellaneous items. The Medium (£170) and Large (£299) backpacks are available at £170 and £299 respectively, and both come in khaki. Unzipping the lower half of the bag reveals a small compartment for carrying photo kit and although we just managed to cram in a D-SLR, standard lens and 50mm prime, we had to revert to carrying our telephoto zooms in the top compartment without padding or protection.
The internal dividers can be moved and customise to fit your gear and on the outside of this compartment there are three useful pockets to accommodate other accessories. Opening the top flap exposes a drawstring that can be pulled to seal the contents in the upper compartment and there’s a well-padded space for a 12in laptop.
The special connecting points down the side of the bag can be used with the supplied straps to hold a tripod and there’s a pullout water carrier and rain cover included. Shoulder straps are thick and well-padded but it’s let down by a lack of a waist strap.
- Street Price: £129 (As of June 2016)
- External dimensions (WxDxH): 34x21x45cm
- Internal dimensions (WxDxH): 28x11x23cm
- Laptop fit: Up to 15"
- Weight: 1.52kg
- Visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk/Nat-Geo-Bags
This review was first published in the May 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.