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

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
17 days ago

Thule Accent 28L

(1/1)

*Strap on the backpack onto the telescoping handle of my rolling luggage make navigating and airport security lines easy

Positive
Cobras27
2 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
17 days ago

Thule Accent 28L

(1/2)

One of the best parts about the bag is the crush proof area. I'm always afraid of breaking sunglasses on a plane or tossing my bag in the car that compartment solves the problem.

Positive
Tommy
2 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
17 days ago

Thule Accent 28L

(1/1)

I am using this bag now, really due to the cost and some of the pros I list below, but overall I regret this purchase. The fact that it has a zipped section at the top of the bag, that can be accessed if the bag is under the seat on an airplane or in the overhead bin, without pulling the bag out is an AWESOME idea. However, overall the bag design is a disappointment to me. The opening of the main compartment is strange and then because of the compartment at the top, the main compartment flap becomes top heavy

Negative
K. Marino
4 years 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
17 days 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
17 days ago

Thule Accent 28L

(1/1)

Especially the side zipper for your laptop. you dont have to open the whole pack and can access/put away easily. i have had a few issues though. three things that are a bit discouraging

Negative
Thomas Lord
4 years ago