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Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack - Dark Shadow

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Fry's has these camera bags on clearance for $88.50. Retail $199.

For those of you looking for a nice travel DSLR camera bag. Check the ratings, this is a steal. Picked my up today.
https://www.frys.com/product/9526...IN_RSLT_PG

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COol man, thanks. I am going to hold out for when they $20!
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And the mystery price is....

$99.
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have had this backpack for the last 4 years, it's very good.

The only complaint for me is that it doesn't have waist straps so all the loads are on my shoulders. This can be tiring when the backpack is fully loaded (1-2 camera bodies, 2-3 lens, tripod, laptop, batteries...)

I would buy it for this price. Also, the Warranty from Thule is amazing.
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I purchased one of these last year when Frys had it for $99 and as a bike commuter, this has been my favorite backpack to date (I've had various Timbuk2, Chrome, and other packs over the past decade+).

For my typical work commute I leave the camera insert at home and use the zippered area for my breakfast/lunch. There's a pocket inside that zippered access point that's ideal for storing my wallet, key for bike lock, badge and more. The roll-top (with the zippered divider in place) has just the right amount of space for my change of clothes along with an emergency jacket, headphones, raincover and other possible extra layers. I live in Colorado and ride all year long and even in the winter with the extra gear this backpack has always done the job well while still looking nearly new one year in.

There's loads of storage/organization options with the various pockets along the front. Some might say there's too many pockets (and they're certainly a little shallow), but I really like being able to use the pockets intentionally for various types of technology/equipment. Those pockets come in handy when traveling for work/vacation and then the camera insert for my DSLR and a couple extra lenses is just bonus goodness (the insert can be a smidge tight depending on lenses or camera body).

Overall the design, durability & flexibility of this pack have kept me very happy this past year.
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This is a nice backpack if I didn't have 800 backpacks and didn't love my Peak Design I would get this. If it goes any lower though I might have to get backpack 801. I do love Thule too. Ugh.
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I'm getting $88.50!
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This is a nice backpack if I didn't have 800 backpacks and didn't love my Peak Design I would get this. If it goes any lower though I might have to get backpack 801. I do love Thule too. Ugh.
It just went lower... $88.50
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This is a nice backpack if I didn't have 800 backpacks and didn't love my Peak Design I would get this. If it goes any lower though I might have to get backpack 801. I do love Thule too. Ugh.
Which peak do you have?
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Which peak do you have?
The Everyday 20L, I had also had the 10L Sling but it was redundant so I sold it. Flying with it sold me on it, that top opening with the latch makes it so easy to get into the bag when it's on the floor of the plane.
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The Everyday 20L, I had also had the 10L Sling but it was redundant so I sold it. Flying with it sold me on it, that top opening with the latch makes it so easy to get into the bag when it's on the floor of the plane.
so it's pretty good for travel with a dslr? can it be worn all day for day trips around cities?

The reviews are fantastic, but the price makes me pause. People tend to view their more expensive items with a more positive light.
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so it's pretty good for travel with a dslr? can it be worn all day for day trips around cities?

The reviews are fantastic, but the price makes me pause. People tend to view their more expensive items with a more positive light.
It's a tricky bag to assess, if you are just traveling with a camera and a lens or two it's good because you can then put other stuff in the top part. If you are doing the whole photographer kit deal I would go with a real camera bag that has dedicated storage for everything. It's very comfortable, walked around several cities with it for hours, the feature where you can loosen one strap and swing the bag so you can open it sideways works well. The side pocket storage works well in theory but in my usage I like it for slim items because thicker items will bulge inwards and take up room. It's very waterproof, not having to worry about rain and having to put a rain cover on is nice. I'm not a fan that the bag is not lockable but the funny thing is when you put your camera under the divider, no one if they don't have an x-ray machine has any idea that there is a camera in there, they assume when they check the bag that the divider is the floor of the bag. The bag is basically indestructible so if you can find one used do that, Peak even has a refurbished store on eBay. Also when I fly or walk around cities I use the hidden straps under the front flap all the time to strap my jacket to the bag. There are also waist straps but I have never used them. There's also a hidden storage flap inside the bag that is impossible to find if you don't know it's there big enough for a passport or other thin items that size or smaller, the bad part is you might forget that you put something there also. The side pockets will fit thinner bottles but probably not the thicker massive ones. Even though it's expandable using that ladder system I don't prefer to use it that way, I don't like how it looks or carries stuff fully packed out like that even though it's perfectly useable. Also those huge and thick laptops probably won't work for this bag.
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It's a tricky bag to assess, if you are just traveling with a camera and a lens or two it's good because you can then put other stuff in the top part. If you are doing the whole photographer kit deal I would go with a real camera bag that has dedicated storage for everything. It's very comfortable, walked around several cities with it for hours, the feature where you can loosen one strap and swing the bag so you can open it sideways works well. The side pocket storage works well in theory but in my usage I like it for slim items because thicker items will bulge inwards and take up room. It's very waterproof, not having to worry about rain and having to put a rain cover on is nice. I'm not a fan that the bag is not lockable but the funny thing is when you put your camera under the divider, no one if they don't have an x-ray machine has any idea that there is a camera in there, they assume when they check the bag that the divider is the floor of the bag. The bag is basically indestructible so if you can find one used do that, Peak even has a refurbished store on eBay. Also when I fly or walk around cities I use the hidden straps under the front flap all the time to strap my jacket to the bag. There are also waist straps but I have never used them. There's also a hidden storage flap inside the bag that is impossible to find if you don't know it's there big enough for a passport or other thin items that size or smaller, the bad part is you might forget that you put something there also. The side pockets will fit thinner bottles but probably not the thicker massive ones. Even though it's expandable using that ladder system I don't prefer to use it that way, I don't like how it looks or carries stuff fully packed out like that even though it's perfectly useable. Also those huge and thick laptops probably won't work for this bag.
Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for the review.
Ha Ha, no problem. I went into detail because I watched dozens of reviews of the bag before I bought it and after I bought it I was surprised at how many things I noticed that none of those reviews mentioned, things like this bag doesn't push out, it pushes in, so if you will those side pockets with bulky items and the laptop and tablet section with thicker items, that's all going inward, not outwards and encroaching on your space.
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