Gear Thoughts. Peak Design everyday backpack 20L

A week with Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

A couple weeks ago, I went ahead and purchased Peak Design's Everyday Backpack 20L from Allen's Camera.  Now if you really want to know, I now have five camera bag/transportation items- my Filson Magnum, ONA Camps Bay backpack, Thinktank International, and my very first one, Domke bag.  If you follow the link on the ONA, it is on my ebay page selling it for $200. 

Here is my reasoning for going with the Peak Design, even though with all the gear in it is about as weighty as the gear in the ONA- ease of getting to my gear.  With the ONA, since the gear storage is at the base, you can only access it when you put the bag down, unbuckle the top flap, and then unzip.  Then do vice versa to close it all up.  It is fine if you are just carrying from spot to spot.  But if you plan on going around and photographing, that issue may come up.  Now that may seem trivial, but it gets pretty annoying.  With the Peak Design, it allows you to sling it to the side and open the gear from the side, which cuts down that process down by one or two steps. 

The second reason, is that being a biker (I got a mountain bike, not a motorcycle!) the ONA is way too boxy leading to being an issue biking with.  With the Peak Design, it has a more streamlined design making it easier to bike with. 

But.  The ONA is a beautiful bag.  Its material, waxed canvas, is one that I really like.   More so than leather, it is true.  I'd rather wear my tin cloth Filson Short Cruiser than a leather jacket.  Well not that I have a leather jacket..  The 20L, is nice, but if in the waxed canvas material I would have been hands down favorite. Still its material is water resistant and durable, so it's not without its functionality. 

With all my gear inside, a 5D4, 5D3, 35L, 50mm, 85L, and an ipad, in both bags, the weight dispersion is about the same.  Though I felt the straps on the Peak Design was more padded for it.  I don't want to know what these bags would feel like if I had a 15in laptop in there.  That said, I don't know how heavy the bags would have been since I haven't tried putting my old 15 MBP in.  I use my ipad for travel. 

So my choice between the bags is pretty obvious- the Everyday.  I still love my Filson, which is my go to bag for my minimalist exploring.  But if I wanted to carry the rest of my gear it would have to be the Everyday.  That's not to say the ONA is terrible, it isn't.  It just doesn't suit my needs.  So please buy it.  I am selling it for more than half it's cost- $200.