The Peak Design Journey Backpack 45L is the core merchandise within the model’s new journey line.

The Web has been abuzz with pleasure over Peak Design’s new travel-oriented bag line which revolves round a 45L carry-on-sized backpack and set of organizational ‘Packing Instruments’. The system is for individuals who love Peak Design gear and wish to journey with their digital camera gear and private gadgets packed into only one bag.

The system is for touring with digital camera gear and private gadgets packed into only one bag

The Kickstarter for stated line of baggage launched in July and crossed the end line with over 10 occasions its preliminary objective raised. In additional direct numbers, that is 5.2 million {dollars} raised, with an preliminary objective of $500,000. Wow.

The entire equipment I examined: Journey Backpack 45L (proper), Packing Dice (top-middle), Shoe Pouch (bottom-middle), Digicam Dice (top-left), Tech Pouch (middle-left), Wash Pouch (bottom-left).

For the sake of this assessment I will be wanting on the Journey Backpack 45L, on web page one. On web page two I am going to have a look at the remainder of the system, together with the Tech Pouch, Wash Pouch, Shoe Pouch, Rain Fly, Packing Dice (small), and Digicam Dice (medium). Mixed these things add as much as $545.

It is essential to notice this bag and its equipment needs to be seen nearly as a gear carrying ecosystem, not not like proudly owning a Macbook, iPhone, AirPods, and so on. These merchandise are designed for use collectively, however I imagine its essential to remind each myself and anybody else excited by these baggage you definitely can select to make use of different manufacturers alongside the completely different items of the Peak Design (PD) ecosystem. I am going to go in depth with the principle bag, then share my notes on the every of the smaller gadgets, and lastly return to how all of this stuff match collectively.

Peak Design Journey Backpack 45L

An important a part of the Journey Line is the backpack itself. It is massive, smooth, and surprisingly boxy, although I am going to get to why that is not such a nasty factor later. As talked about, this bag is oriented in direction of vacationers, photographers, videographers and anybody in between. It blends some design rules of a standard ‘backpacking’ bag with the sensibilities of a digital camera baggage bag, sans-wheels.


  • Carrying Capability: 30L – 45L
  • Peak: 56 cm (22″)
  • Width: 33 cm (13″)
  • Depth: 23 – 29 cm (9″ -11″)
  • Weight: 2.05kg (4.52lb)
  • Again panel and twin facet loading/entry
  • 2 Expandable facet pockets with drainage holes
  • Entrance entry group panel with 5 zippered compartments
  • Passport/journey doc pocket in again panel
  • Laptop computer/Pill sleeve in again panel inside, suits 15″ laptop computer
  • Storable hip and shoulder straps
  • 12 gear attachment loops throughout bag
  • 400D weatherproof, 100% recycled nylon canvas outer shell
  • 900D weatherproof backside liner
  • Sturdy water repellent, polyurethane coated inside
  • Weatherproof zippers for again, entrance and facet panels
  • Padded ultralight foam round whole bag

In comparison with different baggage

There aren’t numerous direct rivals to the Journey Backpack, however two that involves thoughts are Osprey’s Porter 46 Journey Pack and Thoughts Shift’s Firstlight 40L. These two baggage characterize the completely different focuses that Peak Design is attempting to mix: an extended distance journey backpack (Osprey) and a digital camera gear bag (Thoughts Shift).

The Porter is almost similar in measurement, suits most of the identical issues and weighs only one.5kg, or .5kg lower than the Peak Design – it additionally prices $140, lower than half of Peak Design’s $300 price ticket. That being stated, the Porter would not have fairly the gear readiness of Peak Design’s bag and can also be lacking the 900D backside liner, although it does boast 420D weatherproof nylon, versus PD’s 400D.

Peak Design’s Journey Backpack 45L filled with the Digicam Dice (medium)

In the meantime, the Firstlight has 5L much less carrying capability and an inside depth of 18.5cm in comparison with PD’s 23cm on the low finish. The Firstlight additionally prices $330, $30 greater than Peak Design however the important thing distinction right here is that the Firstlight comes readily geared up with padded dividers in the principle compartment of the bag – not the case with the PD possibility. With the Firstlight you lose a few of the flexibility and travel-focus of Peak Design’s bag, however you truly find yourself spending much less in the long term if what you are searching for is a gear-focused bag.

Design and development

This bag actually stunned me out of the gate. Design-wise, it boasts a easy facade that has every kind of pockets, straps, and secret stash areas. The boxiness of the bag looks as if a departure from Peak Design’s extra angular, triangle-based design you see within the Messenger and On a regular basis Backpack. This bag would not ask for consideration in its look.

The Journey Backpack has a easy design with little flashiness.

Within the Black model (examined right here), every thing blends collectively seamlessly. Not one of the straps, loops, or zippers name consideration to themselves and every thing has a James Bond-esque coolness to it. The Sage colour additionally seems to be elegant.

Nothing feels flimsy and all of the zippers are clean. Each strap feels prefer it belongs and helps the person carry the bag in no matter technique is most handy within the second. I significantly admire the addition of the duffel-style strap within the middle of the again panel. I am an enormous fan of Peak Design’s padded handles on each the tops and sides of their baggage so to see one other one in one other place I did not understand I needed it till I had it’s a pleasure.

Again of the Journey Backpack 45L, notice the duffel deal with within the center

I believe the world that Peak Design appears to excel essentially the most is producing baggage that really feel sturdy and warrant the belief we give them with our gear. One other stellar addition right here is the 900D weatherproof backside liner, one thing you hardly ever even see in additional outdoor-oriented baggage.

The one design flaw that actually stands out to me is the hip straps’ locking mechanism feels significantly unfamiliar. I like that Peak Design chooses to make use of laborious metallic joiners, like for the sternum strap, however for me I’d’ve been completely proud of a tough plastic buckle.

Hip Strap Sternum Strap

In Use

I truly discovered this bag to be rather more snug on my shoulders than my backpacking bag from REI. The hip straps aren’t fairly as load-bearing, although I nonetheless discover they take a few of the weight off my shoulders and I believe a part of that is to do with the truth that a) I am skinny, and b) the metallic hook used to safe the hip straps would not have fairly the identical pressure as a buckle.

That stated, the magnetic latches that permit you to retailer the hip straps within the again panel are tremendous useful for retaining issues streamlined with out a bunch of straps flapping within the wind whenever you’re shifting round. And sure, this bag weighs greater than others, I did not discover it to be excessively heavy however in the end that is going to depend upon the way you pack it.

Strap storage, dropped at you by: magnets!

I first used this bag (together with the medium sized digital camera dice) like a gear suitcase touring from Seattle to Portland to shoot a marriage and located it greater than ample for shifting my tools in a secure, snug method.

I later used it with out the digital camera dice as my fundamental pack to journey round Europe for a couple of weeks and it was additionally fairly nice. I opted to maintain all my garments and miscellaneous belongings in the principle backpack after which carried Peak Design’s 10L Sling individually to maintain my digital camera, further lenses, journal, Kindle, and so on. protected. Though it is probably not attainable with the 10L Sling, Peak Design’s 5L sling can match contained in the Journey Backpack no drawback, although you will not have the identical facet panel entry you possibly can have with the digital camera cubes.

There are numerous options packed into this bag and so they take time to be taught

The compression right down to 30L is sweet for individuals who wish to use it, however I discovered the bag nonetheless felt too massive to be used as a ‘day pack’, even compressed down. The compression is achieved by folding two buttons on the highest of the bag again onto their button counterparts, making the bag extra angled down its face. There are numerous options packed into this bag and truthfully one of many largest hindrances of having fun with them is that they take time to be taught. I would extremely advocate anybody excited by utilizing utilizing this pack for prolonged journey contemplate taking it out on a brief weekend tour first to be taught a few of the ins and outs. I did not initially understand that the entrance zipper panel with Four zipper pockets may truly be rolled up and stowed for a extra easy 1 compartment strategy (see beneath).

My largest utilization gripe with the bag (which additionally extends to Peak Design’s On a regular basis Backpack) is that the facet pockets actually do not increase a lot and may solely match some fairly small issues. My 32ozNalgene bottle for instance, needed to be connected on one of many gear loops as a result of it did not match within the facet pockets. My guess is that this tightness is predicated round retaining issues like tripods comfortable towards the facet of the bag. However one factor I like most about this bag is it stands upright by itself, not like a few of Peak Design’s different packs.

The pocketed divider might be stowed to create one massive fundamental pocket with instant entrance entry.

Conclusion: Peak Design Journey Backpack 45L

General, I actually take pleasure in utilizing this bag and suppose I will be counting on it extra to return sooner or later. The construct high quality is stellar, it is fashionable however subdued and it gives numerous potentialities when it comes to approaching the way you carry all of your stuff with you.

On it is personal this backpack gives a very superior possibility for touring mild. It might probably match sufficient to reside out of, however would not make you’re feeling like a turtle. The sturdy design of the bag offers consumers an opportunity to govern the house inside it as successfully as attainable, not like different backpacking baggage that require you to stuff issues in from the highest down.

What we like:

  • Fashionable design
  • A lot of house and flexibility
  • Snug match
  • Filled with tons of options
  • Sturdy and naturally protecting

What we do not:

  • Too massive for daypack use
  • Expensive
  • Options might be overwhelming at first
  • Small facet pockets

Peak Design Journey Backpack 45L ranking:

Head to web page 2 for a breakdown of the remainder of Peak Design’s Packing Instruments and our general conclusion.


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