Review of Mountainsmith Parallax
by Beau Johnston
Internal Dimensions: 17.25'' x 10'' x 14.25''
External Dimensions: 18'' x 11'' x 15''
Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz.
Volume: 1952 cu. in.
Material: 100% recycled PET
Price: $189.95 MSRP
Traveling with camera gear can really be a hassle, especially when your gear includes more than just a camera and lens. We love our mix of travel, adventure, and food photography but it comes at the expense of several unique pieces of equipment. On our trip to New Zealand we had our Nikon D90 body, spare battery, 4 lenses, SB-600 speedlight, eight AA batteries, memory card holder, and tripod all inside of or strapped onto the camera bag I cobbled together from an old Kelty lumbar pack. Needless to say, it didn't leave much room for anything else and it wasn't very organized. We were constantly moving things around to gain access to the items we wanted. We needed a better solution as our lenses have been getting better and our gear list keeps expanding.
Enter in the Parallax Pro Daypack by Mountainsmith. Their website says it is a 'daypack designed to hold a true pro-sumer's kit worth of photo/video/audio gear'*, and this pack really is designed with the pro-sumer in mind. When we first un-boxed the Parallax, we immediately noticed the large size of this pack. We were able to take everything out of our lumbar pack, place it in the Parallax, and still have gobs of room left over. The main compartment opens from the back, a feature we really like, and can be done so without completely taking off the bag.
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