Spruce Up Your Look: 11 Stylish and Functional Gear Bags

April 21, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Holdfast Gear Sightseer

The Sightseer fits up to two DSLR bodies plus up to four lenses and accessories in the removable and customizable internal dividers—all housed behind waterproof zippers. There’s an extra cushion for each divider so you can stack gear more efficiently if space is at a premium. The bag sports a 15-inch laptop sleeve along with a separate zippered compartment on the top of the bag for small accessories or clothing, and the bag’s bottom has straps for tripods and/or umbrellas. If you need to tote even more gear, there’s a slider on the strap so you can attach a camera externally along with D-rings that will support extra pouches and small cases.
Price: $939

Ona Leather Bond Street

Ideal for mirrorless or advanced compact cameras, the Leather Bond Street is bedecked in full-grain leather and antique brass hardware. There’s a closed-cell foam-padded interior that’s roomy enough for a body and two lenses. You’ll also find a removable padded divider and a zippered pocket on the back for smartphones and small accessories. Thanks to its detachable strap, you can use the Bond as an insert in a larger camera bag when you need to lug more gear.
Price: $219

Brevitē Rucksack and Rolltop Camera Bags

The two newest members of Brevitē’s camera bag family carry on the company’s removable camera-carrying system. Each has a customizable padded insert that can be removed, and it works in any other Brevitē bag. The Rucksack and Rolltop bags fit up to a full-frame DSLR with an attached lens, a 70-200mm zoom lens and an additional lens and small accessories. They include an integrated laptop sleeve for a 15-inch laptop and several access points (top and side) to get at your camera gear quickly. The Rolltop and Rucksack offer a removable lens cap buckle on the shoulder strap that’s compatible with 52mm, 58mm and 67mm lens caps. The shoulder straps also have a loop for sunglasses, because hipsters.
Prices: $165 (rucksack), $185 (rolltop)

Kelly Moore Libby 2.0

The Libby 2.0 is decked out in the company’s new Cambrio material and is water and abrasion resistant. The bag has five padded dividers that are removable and adjustable. There’s enough room for a 15-inch laptop, two lenses (including a lens up to 10 inches long), a gripped camera body and a 10-inch tablet in a dedicated zippered pocket. There are two shoulder straps and one long removable messenger strap. It’s sold in orange, saddle or stone colors.
Price: $229

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Much like the popular messenger bag that preceded it, Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack can expand to accommodate more gear and it can contract when you need a slimmer profile. It features a quick-access MagLatch hook on the top with a pair of zippered pockets on the side to access your camera. Inside you’ll find three origami-inspired FlexFold dividers that can securely wrap around your camera and lenses. There’s a laptop sleeve for 15-inch models and four configurable tension straps on the outside of the bag for holding extra gear. The bag is weatherproof and, unlike human legs, can fit under most airplane seats.
Prices: $260 (20l), $290 (30l)

Jill-E Designs Jack Hudson

The compact Hudson can house a DSLR body and up to two lenses and a flash. There are quick-access zippered and netted pockets just beneath the flip-lid for stowing small accessories like batteries and memory cards. The exterior Colombian leather includes a leather top handle and an adjustable (and removable) cloth shoulder strap. There’s a one-touch buckle that pops open the lid to reveal a padded interior with customizable dividers to protect your camera.
Price: $170

Think Tank Signature Series

These hand-sewn bags caught our eye at WPPI. They’re weather-resistant and offer leather details and metal hardware. There’s the Signature 10 and Signature 13. The former fits a 10-inch tablet, a DSLR and up to four prime lenses; the latter can house a 13-inch laptop, a DSLR with zoom lens attached and three more lenses. Both models offer a dedicated phone pocket, a luggage pass-through handle, a front cover that fits a strobe and zippered front pockets for smaller items. The bags have a customizable quilted velex interior to protect your gear with dividers that can shelve smaller lenses. The dividers and bottom foam can be removed from the bag completely if you want to collapse the bag.
Prices: $249 (signature 10), $279 (signature 13)

Tenba Cooper

The Cooper series is made from a soft cotton canvas with full-grain leather trim. The canvas exterior features water-repellant coating and an ultra-light, silicone-coated rip-stop nylon liner. Additional features include a Velcro flap that opens silently, a quick-access top zipper, a silver/black reversible rain cover (the silver side reflects the sun to keep bag contents cooler) and a rear laptop/tablet pocket. There’s a removable padded camera insert and side pockets that can be compressed slim against the side of the bag or expanded to hold as large as a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (for Cooper 13 or 15 bags only). The series is available in four sizes, capable of stowing everything from compact mirrorless cameras with an 8-inch tablet up to pro DSLRs with 15-inch laptops.
Prices: $170 (cooper 8), $230 (13 slim), $250 (cooper 13 dslr), $300 (cooper 15)


This roomy backpack can fit two full-frame DSLR bodies, up to seven lenses, two flashes and a 15-inch laptop. You can strap two tripods to the bag’s exterior and use the plentiful small pockets for your accessories. If you need to lug a third tripod, you can fasten it to the exterior using the bag’s roll top and strap. The exterior is a blend of Compagnon bull leather and Scottish waxed canvas (the material of choice for the British Royal Navy back in the sailing and empire days). The interior is lined with Velcro velour and has two large separator pads that can fold up, plus eight smaller pads to help segregate and protect your gear. You’ll have eight different color choices to choose from.
Price: $377

Tiny Atlas Solas

Available in three colors, the Solas can be worn in one of three ways: as a tote, a shoulder bag or a backpack. It offers a weather-resistant, durable waxed cotton canvas exterior and a cushioned internal frame with protective foam to keep camera gear secure. The interior stands upright when the bag is placed down, and it fits a full-frame DSLR with a battery grip, lens and a few accessories. A padded sleeve fits a 13-inch laptop, and there’s a pair of lined mesh organizers and an internal key leash too. You can accessorize the Solas with cushioned lens pouches and a grid organizer, which has zippered pouches for accessories and comes with its own strap to sling over your shoulder if want to free up bag space.
Price: $220

Grafea Lilac Camera Bag

The eye-catching Lilac is 100 percent leather with a padded interior and two adjustable dividers that are large enough for a DSLR body and two lenses (or a lens and a flash). The padded inserts are removable, in case you need to make room in the bag for personal items. There’s a front pocket and two side pockets for holding small accessories and an adjustable/removable shoulder strap.
Price: $175

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