MindShift Gear’s BackLight 18L Outdoor Photography Daypack Offers Added Comfort and Quick Rear-Panel Access

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MindShift Gear's BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack

With MindShift Gear's BackLight 18L backpack, photographers can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured.

“The BackLight 18L was designed with comfort in mind,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift’s CEO and Lead Designer. “The air channel on the rear panel was designed for maximum comfort. It features a large padded waistbelt to support heavy gear and a contoured backpanel for extra lumbar support.”

MindShift Gear announces the release of an 18-liter version of its popular BackLight series, the BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack. This smaller version offers a lightweight daypack that enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack. They can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since camera gear is protected from behind.

This back-panel access allows photographers to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet. As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more. It is available in two colors, Charcoal and Woodland Green, and meets most international and U.S. airline carry-on requirements.

This new backpack holds a variety of camera kits:

  •     Two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and one to three standard zoom lenses
  •     Two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and three to five lenses
  •     Fits up to a 13” laptop and a 10” tablet
  •     Fits personal gear in the 5L front compartments
  •     Maximum lens size: 300mm f/2.8 or 150–600mm f/5–6.3 attached to a body

“The BackLight 18L was designed with comfort in mind,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift’s CEO and Lead Designer. “The air channel on the rear panel was designed for maximum comfort. It features a large padded waistbelt to support heavy gear and a contoured backpanel for extra lumbar support.”

ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  •     Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding carry capacity
  •     Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  •     Comfortable padded waist belt for all day comfort on the trail with webbing rail for additional MindShift accessories
  •     Flap-keeper neck strap allows unencumbered access to gear
  •     Two large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit a 32oz Nalgene
  •     Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  •     Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  •     Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or frozen fingers
  •     Highest quality YKK zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  •     Front stuff pockets for trail essentials, e.g., headlamp, gloves, chargers
  •     Adjustable dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  •     Top zippered pocket for quick access essentials
  •     Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  •     Seam-sealed rain cover included, folds flat for use as a ground cover
  •     Compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK® RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions: 10.6” W x 18.5” H x 7.1” D (27 x 47 x 18 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 9.4” W x 16.7” H x 5.5” D (24 x 42.5 x 14 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 8.9” W x 13.8” H x 0.8”D (22.5 x 35 x 2.1 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 8.7” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (22 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 18L
Weight: 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg)

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ABOUT MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear (http://www.mindshiftgear.com) is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

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