Bags that combine the ergonomics and packing options serious hikers need often leave much to be desired when it comes to packing delicate camera equipment, and many camera bags aren't trail ready. The National Geographic Explorer Backpack is the ideal solution for those who consider cameras and accessories essential trail gear.
External maximum size: 15.7"L X 11.8"W X 23.6"H
Internal main compartment size: 12.5"L X 6.2"W X 15.7"H
Weight: 9.9 lbs
Lower padded photo compartment holds a camera/camcorder and accessories. Modular dividers let you customize to fit your gear. Upper storage system opens with a large pull-tight flap and holds food, clothing, books, and toiletries. A concealed pocket keeps valuables separated from everyday gear, and a removable divider allows you to combine upper and lower storage areas to maximize volume when needed. A rear padded compartment on the large backpack holds a laptop up to 17'' and charger, which are easily accessed by a separate side zip. Made of environmentally friendly hemp and cotton that has been treated for water resistance.
Includes generous external pockets and pouches
Advanced harness system
Adjustable padded ergonomic shoulder straps
Large Backpack comes with a removable rain cover to protect your gear
Comments about National Geographic Explorer Backpack - Large:
I have used three of the National Geographic Explorer bags and this is the only one I cannot recommend. I loved so much about this bag, but in the end the weight distribution made it too uncomfortable. A bag this big, designed to carry heavy gear really needs a frame, especially when the camera gear is designed to be stored at the bottom. The result of the design is that the bag sits too low on your back. You can only compensate for that so much with strap adjustment. I am average height (5' 9") and as much as I tried to get it to work, it just didn't. When I compared carrying a similar amount of gear in a competitor's bag, it sat higher on my shoulders and was not nearly as uncomfortable
Also, camera section needs stiffer padding, to keep things in place better, tripod loops are not strong enough for heavy duty gear, and it could use a hydration pack compartment.
However, awesome storage and loved, loved, loved the various pockets. I wish National Geographic would fix these few problems because there is not other bag that would really suit a photo-backpacker nearly as well. The construction and look and feel of the bag were fantastic. However, because of the poor weight distribution, I cannot recommend this bag. It saddens me to have to rate it so low.
Please fix this bag, National Geographic - it's worth the effort.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend