Reviews by Topic

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

Hiking

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

Like most camera-specific hiking bags, there really is no way to organize your gear this way and maintain the easy access. So, there is a trade-off for the rotational quick access. There are a lot of ways to attach and configure gear to the outside of the bag, which does help to move some of the heavier bits to better locations.  You can break the bag down into three main sections: the ROTATION 180° 10L waist pack, the main 40L compartment, and the external pockets and attachment points

Positive
1 month ago

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/2)

Even the best plastic wears brittle and cracks over time, which is an issue I've encountered on weeks-long treks in the High Sierra while using another top-dollar backpack. No, it wasn't a fun hike back down. The Panga 28 does come with optional chest and waist straps that include plastic buckles, but the bag itself is small enough that it won't bear enough weight to cause them to give way. I'd also argue that you probably don't need them all that much anyhow

Negative
1 month ago

Carry-on

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

For me, the 34L is plenty bag for my photo trips - and it fits in most overhead bins (check those regional flights ... smaller planes are always a challenge)

Positive
1 month ago

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/2)

Amazon One of the first things the designers of "waterproof" bags often miss focusing on is hardware. Our garage is a graveyard of maimed and/or obliterated backpacks (yes, we're pack rats). The zipper corrodes, the buckles and straps give way or seize up, and you end up having a lot of work to do between trips. Then within about two years, everything seems to give up its ghost one way or another

Negative
1 month ago

Comfort

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

You can also use the pouch on the left side of the bag. There is a strap on the side to secure the top of the tripod, lashing it to the side of the bag. Heavier tripods may skew weight distribution, though. Wide shoulder straps distribute the back weight and a padded, breathable back make the Rotation 34L Backpack comfortable

Positive
1 month ago

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/2)

Thanks to the burly material, the pack holds its shape, stands upright, and won’t flop when partially filled. Alas, this also means it doesn’t compress well when you need to shove it into tight spaces. If you’re on a long kayaking trip and want to maximize hull space, you’re better off with a traditional drybag. But if you’ve got space to spare and are more concerned with comfortable all-day carry—say, for a day of fly-fishing or sailing—the Panga Backpack is a promising choice

Positive
1 month ago

Size

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/1)

Love the size of the bag. It’s the perfect size for travel. It can fit all my gear and keep it safe.

Positive
ReeseD35
4 years ago

Strap

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/1)

Cameras and snacks were the family-trip essentials we needed to keep dry. The first feature we were looking for was comfort: paddling with gear can be cumbersome, so we needed a bag that could strap to us tight and not move around.

Positive
1 month ago

Zipper

YETI Panga Pack 28

(1/2)

The Panga 28 (liter) fits enough clothes and gear for an overnight or two, and if you don't mind suspending stuff from straps and loops, you could probably pull it off for a short camping trip, too. Amazon The "Hydrolok" zipper is the same jagged-toothed zipper that comes on Yeti's Hopper coolers, if you're familiar with those, and it's just as tough. Just be careful around it, it will scrape up your hands and arms a bit. The U-lock system, which is a pain in the neck to use until you start naturally giving it a swift pull, is the keystone to the whole operation though

Positive
1 month ago

Compartment