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

Targus Drifter II

(1/3)

It hits my price sweet spot of between $50-$100, and is also comfortable as hell- I can't wait to try it out on a hike. Basically, it's everything I was looking for and so far I couldn't be happier with the purchase.

Positive
Andrew Elfenbein
1 year 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

Targus Drifter II

(1/1)

This backpack is huge. As a one-hour a day commuter, five days a week to my college campus, I needed something that could hold all my stuff, books, notebooks, calculator, laptop, papers, pencils, pens, erasers, headphones, sunglasses, stapler, flash drives, water bottle(s), gym clothes, mouse, power cables, etc..

Neutral
Mitch
6 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/2)

It would almost serve better to cut the material out between the two pockets and use the zipper as a smaller access for the main compartment…or just do what I have and not use it. Either way. I guess if you want to add to the con pile I’ll talk about the wear and tear. So, on my bag the stitching on the shoulder straps is giving up the goose

Negative
Mike & Celeste
7 years 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/3)

1 in each mesh pocket and 1 in each zippered pocked behind said mesh pocket. These (usually 16in) are at office depot locations (check stock on their website) if you want to see in person (for a much higher price of course). ***This review has nothing to do with durability as I just got the backpack***

Negative
Anonymous
2 years 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/1)

This bag has everything I could ask for. It can handle all I would need to go out of town for a few days without being too bulky, it looks great, has lots and lots of pockets and padding for my computer, and seems made of quality materials (I'll update after a couple months if it turns out that's not true). It hits my price sweet spot of between $50-$100, and is also comfortable as hell- I can't wait to try it out on a hike. Basically, it's everything I was looking for and so far I couldn't be happier with the purchase

Positive
Andrew Elfenbein
1 year 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/3)

This bag has everything I could ask for. It can handle all I would need to go out of town for a few days without being too bulky, it looks great, has lots and lots of pockets and padding for my computer, and seems made of quality materials (I'll update after a couple months if it turns out that's not true). It hits my price sweet spot of between $50-$100, and is also comfortable as hell- I can't wait to try it out on a hike. Basically, it's everything I was looking for and so far I couldn't be happier with the purchase

Positive
Andrew Elfenbein
1 year 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/1)

I bought this Targus backpack to replace my previous Targus backpack that - after 11 years - developed an issue with the zipper. Within a few weeks of receiving the new Targus backpack the fabric around the zipper frayed resulting in two holes. I have never seen anything so poorly made. I am especially disappointed because my last Targus Backpack lasted 11 years!!! AND, you only have a limited time to return for a refund (which I missed)

Negative
Kimmykay
6 years 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
25 days ago

Targus Drifter II

(1/1)

I ordered this laptop to replace the last one I had for a few years. I enjoyed using it for all my needs and while I wish the handle had lasted longer I was happy with it overall. I went online and ordered another one. I was going out of town for a very important trip and started to get it ready only to find a number of odd things in it

Positive
David M. Bryant
3 years ago