So the last 2 years, I’ve been using a variety of things to haul gear around the globe. Usually, padded cases with everything shoved in one of my really awesome Chrome courier bags. This allowed me to stuff it into things as needed while being able to slim down on the ground and keeping a low profile. But as with all good business I’ve started growing and that’s included ever-more expensive equipment. The last two trips have also resulted in a couple broken items- mostly accidents, but one of which I pulled a lens out of my bag and it’s not working as well as it did when I put it in there…odd. Everything was well padded and well cared for.
Safely under the seat in front of me.
I felt it was time for an upgrade to a dedicated-use bag. I’d checked out a variety of manufacturers at NAB last year and was impressed with the build quality, philosophy, and personality of the Cinebags, Inc. gear. I normally go for small things, but this time around I picked up the largest bag they made through Adorama.
The first trip was this one to Mexico I just got back from, I carried everything on and the bag fit in both the overhead bins as well as under the seats in front of me. Awesome. I was never questioned by any airline personnel either. I had my tripod strapped to the outside so on the small planes, it went in the overhead and the bag slid under the seat.
Inside I had my Cinedeck, Sony Z7U, wireless lav setup, Litepanels LP Micro, two Sony batteries, all necessary power supplies and chargers, my laptop, and a few grip items and the bag wasn’t full yet. All of the large outside pockets were empty save for 1. The large cargo pouch on top had my Kindle, iPod, a book, and snacks. I kept 4 days worth of clothes in a small waist bag (easy to do when you’re traveling to a warm climate).
It was big enough to carry all my gear and small enough that I was comfortable carrying it around during the day on the ground. The straps were nice and wide not putting pressure anywhere it hurt, the waist strap was wide and added additional support- I’m pretty tall so it sat just above my hip bones. The chest strap distributed any additional awkwardness appropriately beyond that. It wasn’t small enough to stick between my legs in a small car, but I’m a big guy and the seat was pretty far back.
Just a few perks that were nice:
The cargo pouch and laptop pouch are placed in such away that in the overheard bin, or under the seat, you don’t have to pull the bag out to get to either pocket.
I wasn’t sure but ended up really likely the main entrance to the big gear pocket in the “back” of the back. There was never a fear that something came open or you left it unzipped and something fell out
There are a host of interior zippered pockets which made great to stash extra cash, receipts, notes, maps etc.
(And no, they didn’t send this to me or ask for a damn thing, in fact, I ordered this through Adorama because they’d take it back if I didn’t like it)