"Great at keeping your gear dry!!!"3.5 starson by kc7cbf
Pros: Incredibly well constructed, very thought-out rugged backpack. Tons of room for all your stuff...
Cons: Slow to access, difficult to get to gear- must maintain and keep zipper clean and lubricated.
Summary: First of all- the true test of this bag is does it keep my stuff dry? And the answer is a resounding "yes." However, it's position as a camera bag is possibly in jeopardy for me. The bag does it's primary job very well, protecting my camera equipment from the rain, and even from knocks and minor drops. But, alas- the bag is difficult to get into quickly, and you may miss many photos while you are accessing it.
This bag is probably better suited for transport of equipment from one location to another- and then (on arrival) transferring your equipment to another more usable sling bag or more convenient camera bag for actual shooting and walking around. In use, I do not believe that it will be any faster than accessing my camera in a sling bag inside of a pelican case most of the time. However, if you need to hike, or walk around - this bag will be much easier to carry than a monsterous pelican with your sling bag in it. Keep in mind- this bag is huge!!!