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You know you can get the shot, but first you have to get your gear to the goods.
You aren't going to get those epic photos of face shots in the backcountry sitting on your couch or skinning out there with your gaggle of gear in your hands. Load up the Mountainsmith Borealis Camera Pack to seek out the images you want. This comfortable yet rugged pack holds a mid-size to pro SLR body and a variety of lenses in the adjustable internal dividers in the bottom panel main camera compartment. And there's an array of external, internal, organizer, and padded pockets to store your entire camera kit and backcountry ski essentials, like layers and food. If you run out of space inside, you can lash stuff on the outside, like using the side panel pocket with zip out bottom for tripod and light stand carry. The load-stabilizing compression system helps you make quick work of heavy loads, while the molded back panel provides comfort on trail. The included rain cover keeps items protected during unexpected storms. Mountainsmith also added a dedicated laptop sleeve for on-site editing during in-town photo missions, or it makes a nifty place to store small fold-up softboxes. Basically, you have no excuse for not bringing home those prize-winning shots.
- 500D S-Kodra high tenacity nylon
- PU coating (5000mm)
- Atlilon foam
- Bottom panel main camera compartment
- Padded compartment with internal dividers for custom camera carry
- Top-access padded laptop compartment fits most 17in screens
- Two organizational panel pockets
- Side panel pocket with zip out bottom for tri-pod and light stand carry
- Padded waistbelt with zippered pocket
- Removable storm cover
- Lens case attachment point
- Item #MOU000P
- Q & A
Roomy and Organized
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently purchased the Mountainsmith Borealis backpack for a hiking and photography trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion. The pack worked well because I could also use it as a carry-on, so that was a bonus! I was able to fit my camera body, and several lenses including my 70-200 in the padded camera compartment. In addition, it held all my typical stuff that I have in a carry-on such as my iPad, ear buds, magazines, toiletries, medications, small purse, water bottle, snacks, and even a small pillow. Yes, you can fit a lot in the bag, for sure! The pack does an excellent job at protecting your camera gear and whatever else you might have stowed away. With that being said, it can also get quite heavy to carry as well since it is a larger bag. The back's design, backpack straps and waistband all work very well at distributing the weight (thank goodness.. especially when you have a long hike at Chicago's O'Hare Airport!) While the pack was awesome, it was a bit too big for day hikes (for me). I may look for a smaller backpack for the actual hikes, and keep the Mountainsmith Borealis as a carry-on for all of the equipment.. or for longer excursions. This bag is very well made and worth the money. If I could change two things about the pack, it would be to have a removable padded camera component and sealed zippers (rather than the little fabric jackets to go over top of the zippers). All in all, it's a very good bag.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Got to test out this pack on my first Wasatch tour of the season a little while back!
Though this pack is not necessarily designed for backcountry skiing I found it worked out great with a little creative use of the pockets provided. It has lots of pockets to work with and I easily placed my probe, shovel handle and skins in the large external side pockets.
My camlback bladder fit nicely in the laptop sleeve with room to spare for other items.
The camera compartment is a bit on the large side as I have a minimalist camera kit but you can use the compartment to store anything from gloves, to socks, to hats as long as they are dry.
I think the backpack will also make a great bag for traveling with a camera set up as it has a decent amount of room to store clothes along with as big of a camera setup as you will ever need and a large laptop!
The only downside is it is a bit heavy but that just means I get more of a work out!
Really happy with this purchase!
Borealis Camera Backpack
Boulder, CO based professional adventure photographer and Mountainsmith ambassador, Andy Mann has been torturing our camera packs since 2007. He has been providing real world feedback and suggesting innovative, cutting-edge features along the way. In 2012, we sat down and built a new line of camera packs from the ground up using our imaginations, new material advancements, and ideas sketched on beverage napkins. Andy collaborated with our design team to create a series of bags built as tough and extreme as the terrain he explores. We're confident these packs will get you to your next shoot.
Redesigned for 2014, Mountainsmith offers an assortment of comprehensive camera carry solutions for the photographer seeking to capture the experiences in the great outdoors. Incorporating over 30 years of pack building experience, we offer a better fit through correct load dispersion and ergonomic, ease of use for the photographer.
This technical photo hauler is at home on the trail, slopes, and far off lands ensuring a well organized and comfortable carry for any camera intensive pursuit.