How To Pack Peak Design Backpack

By | 16/11/2022

I wrote this Acme Design Travel Backpack review a year ago, only accept decided to update it for 2022 with some insights from my recent trips.

Peak Design is well known in the photography industry for creating bags that introduce in excel – we’ve reviewed almost all of them here on Shotkit.

Their foray into the travel manufacture was an eagerly anticipated 1, and I was swell to get my hands on their new 45L camera backpack.


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My initial review was written afterward a couple of weeks of testing. It was, absolutely, rather harsh 😐

The Top Blueprint Travel Backpack deserves
at least
a twelvemonth of consistent usage in order to form a counterbalanced opinion – equally you’ll encounter, there’southward a lot more to it than meets the eye…

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Peak Design Travel Backpack | Intro

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Writing photographic camera bag reviews is usually a rather elementary thing. After all, a bag designed to carry a photographic camera is usually much like any other bag, albeit i with some form of adjustable padding to safely transport photography gear.

Then in that location are bags similar the Peak Blueprint Travel Backpack that require a big step backwards, and a consummate rethink of how to broach the topic.

To say that in that location’due south a lot going on with the Peak Blueprint Travel Haversack and the arrangement of Packing Cubes is an understatement.

Luggage redefined: a bear-on Travel Haversack and system of Packing Tools designed around the idea that no two trips are the same.

There are literally so many features, and so many nooks and crannies, and then many more large and small design details than you could milkshake a stick at – this review was a real challenge to put together!

Writing nigh every unmarried ane of the feaures of the purse would result in an enormous post, so I’ve decided to approach this review a little differently, and highlight what I like and dislike about the product.

Summary of Features

Sentry the video above to encounter all the features of the Peak Pattern Travel Backpack, including applied usage cases.

Despite all the video reviews flying around online, Peak Design is plain the best at showing exactly what this backpack is capable of in existent-world situations.

As y’all’ve probably gathered, this is no ordinary camera haversack. It’south a complicated product with numerous features that require time to digest, and as such, is best explained in a video by its makers.

Afterward you’ve watched the video, go on reading on to hear more almost my favourite features, and those that left me feeling a little dislocated.

What I Like

  • Appearance

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Size comparison – I’yard 6ft iv″ (194cm)

While some brands choose to release a range of bags with different design elements to suit a range of people, Peak Design seems to prefer to try and offer one purse for everyone.

With the other bags in the line up, size is the only differentiator – you tin can have the Peak Design Sling, for example, in 5L or 10L variants.

With the Peak Design Travel Backpack, there’s simply one size (45L), merely a plethora of congenital-in storage/carry options designed to entreatment to every sort of traveler/photographer.

45L is actually the expanded size of the backpack, with its regular size hovering around 35L, which is in my opinion the perfect size for a travel backpack. Information technology’southward as well the maximum carry-on size of most airlines.

You lot tin also ‘collapse’ the superlative 3rd of the backpack, making it 35L and its appearance slightly less bulky. I recollect the aim here was to transform the bag into a more streamlined day pack, merely in reality it doesn’t make that much difference.

The main matter I like about the pattern of the Elevation Design Travel Backpack is how it looks. For all its bells and whistles, it still succeeds in looking understated and cool.

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I usually opt for all-blackness bags, but the ‘Sage’ colourway looks great too!

I’m non a huge fan of the advent of their previous cosmos, the Peak Blueprint Everyday backpack, even though information technology’south a hugely popular production.

I much prefer the expect of the Peak Design Travel Backpack in both black or ash, which manages to straddle both ‘tech’ with ‘stealth’, whilst still concealing an absolute
of internal conduct/storage options.

The ‘Ash’ colourway deserves a special mention for beingness dissimilar any other pocketbook I’ve owned – it really is a unique colour – kind of a mixture between gray and green, which is bonny and cool. I particularly like the brown leather branding accent on the front end.

Recently, Peak Design take been releasing all-black versions of its Everyday line of bags, and I’m glad they went with two ane-color options with the Travel Backpack.

I’m as well glad they resisted the temptation to bring other colours in to the various design elements, which may accept resulted in a very ‘decorated’ appearance.

  • Build

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Camera cube featuring padded dividers can be accessed via the front flap or side flaps.

Looks are nothing unless they’re built on a solid foundation, and the Peak Design Travel Backpack doesn’t disappoint in this regard.

In fact, every Peak Design product I’ve handled has always featured premium build quality.

The more you use the Peak Blueprint Travel Backpack, the more yous’ll appreciate just how well it’south been put together.

The nylon shell looks and feels astonishing in its matt finish, and coupled with its concealed padding, it’s congenital to protect your precious photographic camera gear even if you’re forced to cheque-in the bag when traveling.

Available separately, the camera cubes add an additional layer of protection, whilst offering innovative side access points which mirror those found on the bodily backpack, for ease of admission without removing the bag from your shoulder.

As mentioned previously, the bag’s padding feels so robust so I’ve really decided not to use the camera cube, with all my principal gear items stowed abroad in the main flap’south zippered pockets.

Another case of the incredible build quality of the Tiptop Blueprint Travel Backpack are the waterproof zippers, that slide solidly, but effortlessly around the inside and outside of the bag.

If you’ve always wrestled with a zipper when it meets a bend, the operation of this pocketbook will be a breath of fresh air. I likewise love how the zippers completely concealed when fastened, with the attachment pulls remaining large plenty to grab fifty-fifty with gloved hands, simply still non overwhelming in the bag’s overall appearance.

The zippers also offer multiple ways to secure the pocketbook from pickpockets.

  • Storage

Once you’ve got over the sheer multitude of storage options available to you, and realise that you
don’t need to
apply every single pocket and pouch, you’ll have a lot of fun loading and unloading the Peak Design Travel Haversack.

It feels a piffling strange initially to neglect certain storage options on the purse, but I believe this is essential to use it efficiently.

Leaving pockets completely empty and unused on the Top Design Travel Backpack is OK! It may seem strange, merely really,
allow go…!

Peak Design has given you lot the luxury of choice when it comes to loading your perfect travel backpack. This is a great thing, as long as you’re not wasting fourth dimension looking for items every time yous need to utilise them.

The storage options I liked in particular on this bag were as follows:

  1. Side pockets
    – these expand to include water bottles or lightweight tripods, and include handy magnetic closures when storing smaller items. They’re besides the perfect size to house the awesome Superlative Design Travel Tripod.
  2. Internal Primary Flap Zippered pockets
    – I utilize these to comport pocket-size travel cameras and lenses.
  3. Shoulder Straps stowaway
    – ingenious design which allows yous to create a ‘clean’ duffel bag, with the shoulder straps concealed behind the magnetic rear panel.
  4. Belt Strap stowaway
    – as above, simply for a belt strap for when you need the extra support.
  5. Belt Strap zipper pocket
    – useful for small items, meaning you don’t need to remove your backpack for access.

Shotkit being a site for photographers, I should as well mention that that the camera cubes transform the Peak Design Travel Backpack into a fully-fledged photographic camera backpack.

The cubes are available in three sizes, and mount deeply to the inside of the Travel Haversack via removable clips. The side access points can be tucked away, allowing you to access photographic camera gear from the outside of the haversack via a single zip.

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You can fit a ton of gear into the Peak Backpack!

Within the photographic camera cubes reside a selection of Top Design’s origami-fashion dividers and other padded ones, allowing countless organization and customization.

The cubes are sturdily congenital and offer a lot of protection, almost equally if they’re intended to be used on their own. I actually found that the padding of the Travel Backpack was substantial enough to not actually require a camera cube to protect my gear.

I imagine if y’all’re planning to check-in the backpack, using the photographic camera cube would offer the most peace of mind for protection, but if the haversack is to be largely remaining on your back, it may non actually exist necessary (from a protection signal at to the lowest degree).

Either style, the photographic camera cubes practice provide boosted organisation options for your gear, which tin can be very useful.

As for the tech pouch and wash pouch, they’re both impeccably built and designed, with a multitude of sleeves, pockets, nooks and crannies to organise all your bits and bobs and keep them protected.

I too similar the compressible packing cubes and shoe pouch, which weigh side by side to nix and aid keep the miscellaneous clothing items organised in the haversack.

  • Admission

Camera Cube can exist accessed via side opening of Travel Backpack.When you’ve got over the (somewhat disruptive) novelty of being able to access the contents of your bag via the front, the back, the sides and the top, you should decide on one or ii access options that work all-time for y’all.

This goes back to the notion of decision-fatigue, whereby you’ll be forced to think every time y’all come up to open the Peak Design Travel Backpack, since there are so many damn ways to get within information technology!

Remember I mentioned muscle-memory? Well, I want to exist at a point with this bag where my hands movement
without thought
to exactly where my gear is located.

I’ve chosen to ignore the side entry points completely, choosing to favour front flap or rear console access. If I demand gear, I admission via the front. If I need apparel etc., I access via the dorsum.

Once you’ve decided on your admission points, you can now enjoy one of the best-thought-out travel bags you’ll e’er come up beyond.

No affair which zipper y’all pull to become into the Peak Blueprint Travel Backpack, y’all’ll be able to admission the interior in a split-2nd, without tugging stubborn zippers dorsum and forth, or scratching your arm trying to reach through small openings.

Pulling open up the front end flap or rear panel is a glorious feel, instantly revealing the entire contents of the interior primary compartment (or zippered interior pockets, depending on how you lot accept the haversack set up).

  • Bear

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Padded rear panel conceals shoulder and hip straps.

With all these innovative design features, let’south not forget what a travel backpack needs to exercise well –
exist comfortable while you lot carry it.

Despite being heavier than other travel backpacks I’ve come across, all that is forgotten when you really accept the Peak Design Travel Haversack on your back – this thing feels
to carry.

The rear console and shoulder straps are padded just enough for prolonged use, and the axial rivets that secure the straps to the acme of the bag allow the straps to rotate freely as you motion.

This modest design add-on results in a backpack that conforms to any shape and size of back, and makes the Peak Blueprint Travel Haversack comfortable and enjoyable to acquit.

The stowable waist straps are a neat add-on too, allowing you to tighten the backpack more than securely to your body, to help with weight distribution and reduce move when walking or running. There’s also a basic sternum strap, to further reduce handbag motility.

I likewise love the grab handles, which as yous’d expect from such a multi-faceted product every bit this, are located on the top, sides, rear and bottom of the backpack! The back handle also doubles as a pass-through for rolling camera numberless, which is a squeamish touch if you’re traveling with check-in luggage too.

Another ingenious design characteristic is the rear panel, which folds under itself for increased ventilation and comfort, past reducing the surface area on your back.

What I Dislike

  • Over-Design…?

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Zippered dividing panel separates pocketbook into 2 compartments, or stows abroad to create 1 large volume

Watching the video above, you’ll probably be excited about a camera backpack with and then many features – several of which y’all’ve probably never seen on a bag before.

After all, I tin can’t name any travel backpack or photographic camera purse which offers access from all 4 sides… well actually,
5 sides
if you include the regular summit access too.

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a bag with so many pockets, zips, straps and attachment points either.

In their own words, the Elevation Design Travel Haversack is the consequence of
“2-years of coffee fueled nights and a desire to make the all-time damn travel system on the market.”

Now imagine an experienced design team consisting of photographers and other creative professionals, with a proven track record of creating a line of truly innovative carrying products, having a
2 twelvemonth long discussion
nearly what to include in a travel/photographic camera haversack… information technology’south inevitable they’d create a monster!

The Top Design Travel Backpack is the starting time bag I’ve e’er used that requires muscle memory!

Is this a bad thing? Well, yes and no. Yes peradventure, if it’s a backpack you’ll be rotating aslope several other bags, without devoting the necessary fourth dimension to really get used to its multiple storage options – I wasn’t kidding most the muscle retention thing!

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Side access point – i of five means to get inside the Travel Backpack

…and no if the Peak Pattern Travel Backpack will be, as Peak Design intended, the
travel/camera backpack you’ll ever need.

By my counting, at that place are xi pockets you could legitimately use to carry your passport. Xi!

With this bag, you lot need to spend time deciding and memorising which pockets you’ll be using for each individual gear particular… and never alter them!

There’s the OCD part of me that loves being able to organise gear in a compartmentalized way, with a pocket for absolutely everything.

Then there’s the lazy part of me that’s most comfortable with simplicity. Up until now my travel backpack of choice had 3 pockets – i main one for clothes, one laptop sleeve, and one for small items such every bit passports.

In this I’d throw a camera bag insert, or just the photographic camera gear wrapped up in my clothes. I’d always know where everything was
without having to think.

With the myriad of carrying/storage options offered to you past the Acme Design Travel Backpack, yous’ll either be excited or overwhelmed.

2022 UPDATE:
After using this bag solidly for over a year, I’ve grown accustomed to the location of all the pockets, and accept called to ignore those that aren’t practical for me. It’southward nice to know that there are other storage options, if and when my gear changes.

  • Weight

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Front organization panel with defended laptop/tablet sleeve opens to reveal main compartment, medium camera cube, wash pouch and tech pouch.

This was almost a deal-breaker for me. One of my bug-bears with camera bags has always been bags that are heavy even when they’re empty.

Camera gear is already heavy – why would we desire to add to this burden by using a bag that’s heavy?!

Unfortunately, it’southward usually the example that the best looking camera numberless are heavier than their rivals. Numberless like the Holdfast Roamographer (reviewed hither) or the Wotancraft Commander (reviewed here) which wouldn’t look out of place on a catwalk are
and that’s why I don’t apply them.

As for a dedicated travel bag, well weight becomes even more than important, especially if you travel a lot on stingy local airlines with measly conduct on luggage limits (7kg in Australia).

Empty, information technology weighs in at 2190 g (4.8 lbs). Coupled with the Medium Camera Cube which I imagine almost photographers will go for, the combined weight is already 2930 g (6.5 lbs).

My goal is to always travel with merely one unmarried carry-on item, not only for fright of mislaid checked luggage, just as well to do away with the time required waiting for luggage to arrive on the conveyor belt at the destination.

Ironically, the weight of the Elevation Design Travel Backpack actually makes it a huge challenge for me to travel
without checking in an additional bag.

Depending on your country and airlines, this may or may not exist an issue for y’all, but I’d much prefer to exist under the most stringent airline baggage allowances worldwide, for absolute peace of mind.

Pro travel tip for photographers:
Over the carry on weight limit? Just attach your flashes and lenses to your photographic camera bodies and carry them via a strap on your shoulders when checking in. It’s a fleck cheeky, only these items won’t count towards your behave on luggage weight.

[Related: travel tips for photographers.]

Fortunately, I use a mirrorless camera system and a couple of small, lightweight flashes and lenses (see my Sony accessories guide), so shave off a lot of weight in that regard.

Withal, traveling with the Pinnacle Pattern Travel Backpack has required a complete rethink of my packing options.

2022 UPDATE:I’ve been traveling carry-on-only with this bag for a year now. Yes, it’south been a challenge on regional planes with stingy baggage allowances, but it has been possible with a little ‘rejigging’ of my gear.

To say that the weight of the Meridian Design Travel Backpack is a disappointment to me is an understatement, just I’m willing to make the sacrifice and use this bag over my previous lite-weight travel bag for two reasons.

Starting time,
protection. Fabricated from recycled plastics, the 400d nylon sail shell and 900d bottom is weatherproof and extremely durable. The outside is padded to the extent that I don’t experience I really demand to apply the beefy camera cube at all, which shaves off some actress weight to my ready.

The 2nd reason is that I’ve grown to like the wealth of features, which no incertitude add to the weight.

Yeah, I believe information technology’due south somewhat excessive to have and then many carry/storage options, but it’s also smashing to have a place for each gear detail, once you lot’ve spent the fourth dimension memorising the location of everything.

Thanks to the exterior padding and multiple zipped pockets on the interior, I’g currently experimenting with my camera body plus two lenses in ane pocket, and my 2 flashes and trigger in another – a second zippered flap ensures that my gear is suspended above the main carry compartment.

For those with bulkier DSLR set ups, my pocketed-approach to gear storage to free upwardly the main compartment won’t exist possible, in which example you’ll need to resort to the camera cubes, or my recommendation for lighter weight – Domke protective velcro wraps.

It’s besides worth noting that if you want a photographic camera backpack with a similar level of robustness and features, it’ll likewise be as heavy as this ane – instance in indicate, the McKinnon x Nomatic Camera Pack, which weighs in at a portly 3kg (6.6lbs) unpacked!

Value for Money + Discount Code

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Despite so many innovative features, the Height Design Travel Haversack manages to remain understated in its appearance.

And so for such a well-thought-out,
well-designed backpack, what’s the harm?!

It’south obvious that for this level of quality, you’re going to be looking at pricing that’s above average for a travel haversack, but Peak Design have still managed to keep it competitive when compared to other models by competing brands.

45L Travel Backpack

MSRP: $299.95

The diverse modular packing cubes are sold separately hither, giving you the selection to selection and create your own private handbag set upward to suit your needs.

Compressible Packing Cubes

MSRP: Sm – $29.95, Md – $39.95

Wash Pouch

MSRP: $59.95

Tech Pouch

MSRP: $59.95

Camera Cubes

MSRP: Sm – $49.95, Md – $69.95, Lg – $89.95

Shoe Pouch

MSRP: $24.95

Rain Fly

MSRP: $29.95

All in all, I retrieve the Travel Haversack and accessories are all
fantabulous value for money, and a great investment for those who need a highly functional, good looking travel backpack which is
congenital to last a lifetime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Elevation Blueprint backpack waterproof?

The Height Blueprint Travel Backpack is built for the elements. It has outer shell made from waterproof nylon canvas and double padding. The zippers are also waterproof.

How big is a 45l backpack?

A 45l bag is the most efficient use of most airlines’ deport-on luggage allowance. A bag measuring 22″ x 14″ x nine″ is 2,772 cubic inches in volume, which equates to 45.2l.

How practise I clean my Peak Pattern pocketbook?

Most clay tin can be easily removed using a damp washcloth. The Peak Blueprint Travel Backpack is treated with anti-absorbtion agents, meaning that nearly stains don’t penetrate very deep. If the stain/social club is however present afterwards the first rinse, repeat the hand wash, and gently scrub it with a soft-bristled castor. Rinse and repeat equally necessary. So let the purse fully dry in a well-ventilated area.

Peak Design Travel Backpack | Determination

So every bit you lot tin can see, in that location’s a lot to like near the Peak Design Travel Backpack…

It’s difficult to please everyone with the release of a product, but Peak Design has certainly tried to do exactly that with the Travel Backpack.

I beloved the modular arroyo, which attempts to simplify travel via the apply of defended pouches for tech, toiletries and clothing.

Initially I was overwhelmed by the multiple carry and storage options of this backpack, and part of me wishes that they’d neglected some of them, which may have resulted in a lighter product.

Even so, I’m willing to sacrifice my lighter travel numberless for the minor additional weight of the Peak Design Travel Backpack, and what I’g left with is a truly innovative product which is a 18-carat joy to use.

Congratulations Meridian Design for continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible in pocketbook design, and in doing and then, making one-bag-travel more user-friendly, secure and fun.


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