Really? I find them too deep. It annoys me that I have to either lift the bag up with one hand and dig with the other, or put the bag in a chair and actually bend over to reach the bottom. I expect this in the main compartment but never on a side pocket.
Originally Posted by JohnJ80
I didn't find it too small but too secure. The zipper and flap make it hard to get at quickly. But it's good for keeping things inside. To me it's a trade off. Either you get something you can quickly dump stuff into or you get something secure. If the line is long then quick isn't a big deal but if it's short you want quick.
- Top pocket with hook for keys is too small to easily load iphone, wallet, keys, passport etc.. while going through security checkpoint.
I'm not a fan of the mesh. I have yet to find a good use for it. But water bottles should go to the middle strap. I believe that's why it's there. You even have two straps to secure it so why bother with the mesh?
- Disappointing that the mesh pocket does not work well for a water bottle if there is anything of size in the pocket behind it. Most mesh pockets on backpacks have an elastic top and pleats to help make this work.
This might be cool but it's definitely custom to photo bags. I never really noticed it until you mentioned those manufacturers.
- Harness needs to have daisy chain and/or D-ring to attach accessories. This is critical if you intend to use it with a DSLR (you're making a camera block, IIRC). Virtually every major strap mfg (upstrap, optech, think tank photo, etc) has a set of tails that clip onto the camera quick release and then expect to attache to either a daisy chain or a D ring. Given that this was a major reason I bought this bag so I could take my camera with me traveling, I'll be having this added at some point.
Is this the water bottle holder you're talking about? Maybe I have it wrong.
- Strap ends on umbrella holder (which I will use for holding a travel tripod) need to not be straight finished but finished with ends that prevent them coming undone like the rest of the straps on the pack (harness, waist belt).