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

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/1)

A rain cover is also stored at the bottom. It is big enough to cover the whole pack and is easy to get to (and store away) if you needed it on the fly. All the straps and buckles are of good quality. The backpack is very well designed with comfort in mind

Positive
Reviewer91
3 years 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

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/2)

It is affordable, big, and will definitely pack enough gear for 48 hours, maybe a little more. If you're big on wanting to attach other molle packs, this is not for you. There is nothing "tactical" about this bag, mounting knives is a pain. Worth the price in my opinion, just not top of the line

Positive
Chaotic
3 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

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/1)

I like that it is built well. I like all the compression straps. I like the sleeping bag compression straps. I like that the bottom sleeping bag compartment can unzip to open up to the main compartment

Positive
Chaotic
3 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
1 month ago

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/1)

Pros: • Seems durable • Separate sleeping back compartment (I use for my underquilt) • 2 side pockets • 2 lid pockets Cons: • Heavy • Water bottle pockets could be angled forward, but they do fit 1 liter smart water bottles perfect • Mesh pocket on back doesn’t fit much, I’d rather have a zippered pocket or bigger mesh pocket, but that would add weight.

Neutral
B. Weaver
5 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
1 month ago

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/2)

This is the ultimate hiker/camping/bug out bag! The straps are extra padded to make carrying comfortable and safe. The various straps ensure your load is evenly distributed and your back isn't aching when you get where you are going. The large number of compartments allow you to take everything with you that you would need. There is a most convenient checklist included in the top zipper to help you remember everything

Positive
IrishBoysMomma
3 years 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

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

TETON Sports - Scout Backpack

(1/1)

A few zips and one side finally opened up like normal, but even when this pack isn't packed, it's difficult to zip up without feeling like the zipper seam is going to maybe come apart, let alone if your pack is full. It hasn't busted on me yet (only packed it full once so we'll see) so I'm not marking my review down to three stars yet, but yeah, those zippers just feel like they're going to give the first time you don't take care to zip everything up carefully. Anyways, overall, it's a nice pack. I'd say worth the money

Negative
Paul
5 years ago