Camera bags and backpacks for cycling

F-Stop Kenti

Photo Backpacks-1Tester: Justin Steiner
Price: $169

The 25-liter Kenti is a mountain-sports photographer’s best friend. This feature-heavy pack offers a large center pocket that’s fully customizable with included dividers and is accessible from both sides. There’s enough space to pack a full complement of lenses, flashes, bike tools, flat repair kit, rain shell, your lunch and a 13-inch laptop if you need it. Roll-top storage provides adjustable space for long or short days on the trail.

The only downside to the Kenti is the 70-ounce maximum bladder size. That said, there’s usually room inside the pack to stash a water bottle or even a Nalgene if you need it. F-Stop makes some of the best adventure photo gear available, and the Kenti continues that tradition. If you’re looking for an all-day-comfortable, feature-rich pack to haul gear during active pursuits, the Kenti is the ticket.

Best for: Hauling a lot of gear to shoot your next big assignment in the backcountry
More info: F Stop Gear

Mindshift Rotation 180 Trail 16L

Photo Backpacks-2Tester: Justin Steiner
Price: $180

MindShift’s brilliant camera bag is essentially a backpack with an integrated garage for its camera-toting waist pack. A magnetic closure secures the camera unit inside the pack when you’re not shooting. To access it, keep the waist belt fastened, open the slide closure and rotate the camera unit around your body. Just like that, your camera is right in front of you.

The Trail 16L is the smallest of MindShift’s offerings. It’s not a huge bag but is perfectly sized for most day rides. The only downside of this arrangement is the 2-liter bladder maximum. In terms of camera gear, the Trail 16L will hold a DSLR with a superzoom, but you’ll only get in one or two small lens, like a 50 mm prime, with that setup. Despite being initially skeptical about the concept, I’m now totally sold because the trail 16L facilitates taking more photos.

Best for: Shooting while on a ride
More info: Mind Shift Gear

Porcelain Rocket Mini Slinger

PR Mini Sling-1Tester: Eric McKeegan
Price: $140

The Mini Slinger is designed to hold a mirrorless camera and midsize lens. A big brother DSLR Slinger is an option for those still insisting on hauling the big bodies out to the woods. A simple strap system attaches to the handlebar, stem and fork. A drawstring top keeps the camera in place and protected from dust and drizzle, but I always keep a plastic bag stuffed at the bottom in case of real rain. My Fuji X-E1 fits inside just fine, even with a wrist or shoulder strap attached. I ended up using this bag on all kinds of bikes, both touring and just riding road and mountain.

For those trying to keep the backpacks at home, this was a surprisingly unnoticeable way to carry a real camera on almost any bike. While bopping around playing tourist, I had room to shove my wallet and passport in with my camera, and even managed to make this work on a bike with a Lefty fork. With easy access to the camera, universal mounting system for any cockpit I tried, and sturdy construction, the Slinger made sure I had my camera at hand more often. This is a win in my book.

Best for: Bikepacking or bringing a camera on every ride
More info: Porcelain Rocket

 

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New products from Paul, Brooks and Blackburn

It’s a quiet time of year for the bicycle industry, in general, but a few smaller companies are sneaking out some product upgrades and new additions to their lines. Check out some of these items that recently came across our radar.

Paul Components

Funky Monkey Cable Hanger

Paul Funky Monkey

The Funky Monkey is a simple, hanging housing stop for center pull and cantilever brakes. The front comes in a 1 1/8” and 1” sizes, the rear is 27.2mm and is meant for mounting on a seatpost. The front arm sticks out far enough to clear most headsets. The rear arm is hinged to self-align for the proper cable angle. Both have a barrel adjuster to make brake cable adjustments quick and painless.

Price: $49 (each)
More info: paulcomp.com

Thumbies Shifter Adapters

Paul Thumbies

Miss thumb shifters? Converting a drop bar bike to flat bars? These easily transform bar end (aka barcon or TT) shifters into thumb shifters. Thumbies have a hinged clamp for an easy installation and fit handlebars with a diameter of 22.2mm or 31.8mm and are rasied enough to allow clearance for disk brake levers. Currently only compatible with Shimano.

Price: $74 (pair); $39 (right or left)
More info: paulcomp.com

BROOKS England Metropolitan Collection

Rivington Rucksack

 

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The Rivington is a deep rucksack with considerable carrying capacity, made from water-resistant organic cotton textile. It features an extended roll-top closure in an accent colored fabric. Two outer pockets are found on the front of the bag, the uppermost with a zip closure, the lower with a protective flap. On the back, there is a concealed 15-inch laptop pocket with a long vertical zip closure, revealing the yellow quilted lining. The adjustable shoulder straps feature a chest strap for maximum stability.

Price: 295 Euros
More info: brooksengland.com

Mott Large Weekender Holdall

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A stylish and voluminous bag made from treated organic cotton textile with two riveted carry straps made in vulcanized rubber. The inside is finished with a quilted lining in contrasting yellow tone for easy visibility of its contents. With one external zippered pocket, and a detachable shoulder strap which may be adjusted for length.

Price: 370 Euros
More info: brooksengland.com

Blackburn

Outpost Frame Bag

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This frame bag includes adjustable mounting systems and Velcro straps that can be fastened to multiple lash points to allow it to fit to all bikes. The water-resistant pack features an expandable bottom compartment, water bladder tube port and multiple exterior pockets. It weighs in at 402 grams (less than a pound).

Price: $60 (medium); $65 (large)
More info: blackburndesign.com

 

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