Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/2)

ABSOLUTE BEST PART is the Hydration pouch pocket. I have the 3 liter pouch and it provides ample amount of water on extreme heat days that hit over 100 degrees filming offroad racing. For the money, this bag is a steal. The comfort of packing this bag around is second to none

Positive
HammerDown P.
5 years ago

Mystery Ranch Scapegoat

(1/1)

It's not the comfiest pack in the world, but it's comfy enough. It's not a hiking pack, but it can be used as one. It's not the heaviest pack in the world, but its not the lightest. It's carry on

Neutral
Malifice37
1 month ago

Size

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

The rear of MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L has a velcro adjustable torso length to better fit your body size. The back of the bag is well padded for extra comfort, and is designed to help air flow on your upper body. The shoulder straps are very comfortable, while a belt helps maintain the bag tight to your waist. The belt has some extra straps on it that can be used to attach accessories using Think Tank’s Photo Modular Component or with the Lens Switch Case

Positive
Tim Robertson
7 years ago

Strap

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/3)

With padded waist straps there’s always a concern about portability.  The StreetWalker, after all, has non-padded straps that tuck inside a pocket and can virtually disappear.  So how did the folks at MindShift decide to avoid the “flapping waist strap” problem I experienced with my old LowePro pack?  They designed the FirstLight’s straps to fold back and clip around the bottom of the pack, essentially hugging the bag and remaining tight and constricted.

Positive
1 month ago

Mystery Ranch Scapegoat

(1/1)

A couple small nitpicks, the backpack strap stowage, while pretty common, is not my favorite system. It isn't something you'd want to do while walking. I prefer having flaps that hide the straps as opposed to stuffing them. This is isn't a deal breaker and I knew this going into the purchase

Negative
Projektdb
1 month ago

Compartment

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

This plane has just about the smallest overhead compartments imaginable.  No reasonable large lens bag would fit in those (though the Skin system pouches with smaller gear could).  So the pack had to fit under the seat.  And it barely did

Negative
1 month ago

Mystery Ranch Scapegoat

(1/2)

The only issue I have, and I didn't really take the time to figure out how to avoid it, although I'm sure it is avoidable, is if you pack either the main compartment or the fidlock compartment a certain way, it kind of sags the front compartment to the point the fidlock is wrapped down under the bag in such a way that it can't functionally be opened without kind of lifting the bottom of the bag. It's kind of difficult to explain, and I'm pretty positive it's just the way I was packing it (Too much weight in a certain part of the bag?). It is an annoyance, but not a deal breaker.

Negative
Projektdb
1 month ago

Hiking

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

I’d highly recommend this bag for any long lens photographer who needs to haul their gear more than a couple miles at a time, especially if you don’t need immediate access to your camera and lens.  If you plan to do any hiking with bigger gear, the 30L is a solid choice.  For road and vehicle-based photographers (such as myself), the StreetWalker HD from ThinkTank may be a more slightly more efficient alternative. Buy the FirstLight 30L

Positive
1 month ago

Carry-on

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

Three grab handles make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin or in and out of vehicles en route to your destination. The shoulder straps and waist belt distribute weight evenly, while the shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support, allowing you to stay out on the trail longer.

Positive
1 month ago

Mystery Ranch Scapegoat

(1/1)

I've personally settled on the Mystery Ranch packs (for now at least). The Scree 32 weighs around 1kg with the belt taken off (you can always feed a normal belt through the lumbar later on) holds a tablet in the water-bladder sleeve, has enough organization to keep me happy (1 main 32L bucket, 2 quick grabs, 2 internal compartments, 2 mesh waterbottle holders) is more durable than the Farpoint, and more comfortable.

Positive
Malifice37
1 month ago

Zipper

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

Zipper pulls on the bag are beefy and easy to grab, even with gloves, and a bevy of zippered areas allowed me to store keys and other travel items.

Positive
1 month ago

Laptop

Mindshift FIRSTLIGHT® 30L

(1/1)

The laptop/tablet pouches are on the front flap of the FirstLight, which lacks the padding of the interior of the bag, so it’s a good idea to be careful when unzipping and lowering the front flap when loaded with computer gear. If I were planning to take a MacBook Pro into the field, I’d opt for a bag with better computer compartment padding, but my laptop and tablet usually stay in my hotel room when I’m on an outdoor shoot.

Neutral
1 month ago

Mystery Ranch Scapegoat

(1/1)

The Farpoint doesn't have the best laptop compartment, but it has one. The waterbottle pockets are weird and annoying to use, but they're there. It doesnt have the best organization, but it has some. It has compression straps, but they're in an annoying place

Neutral
Malifice37
1 month ago