The Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack is a versatile rolltop backpack for the travelling photographer. I’ve searched for the perfect camera bag for years and before buying this bag i did a lot of research – hours upon hours of research online and in stores looking at different styles, sizes and colours. But now I think i have found the perfect one… ish.
One of the best aspects of the Thule Covert camera backpack is the access to the camera storage area. Instead of it being on the back or from the top, you can access it from the left – this allows you to sling the backpack around to the front and gain access to the compartment. After a bit of practice this is a very useful way of getting to your gear. Custom fit padded protection, thanks to the origami-inspired divider system that folds around the smallest to largest pieces of gear allow for some perfect personalised camera protection. Im able to fit my DJI mavic air and controller, my Sony a7ii with the 18-105mm, an extra 50mm and spare batteries just in this section. Apart from the obvious easy access side pocket for your camera gear, the durable, water-resistant material was also a big selling point for me. Ive taken in out in some poring rain and its held its own. The top and bottom are sectioned up which makes it the perfect day pack for hiking. The spacious rolltop compartment for personal items can also be zipped out to create a massive compartment bag. Ample organisation and quick stash storage for accessories are all over this bag too. Last but not least it also has a very well padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15″ mac.
Seriously I can only fin two cons with this bag. The first being the overall weight. Compared to a lot of the other rucksacks i looked at this one probably weighed the most. Coming in at 2.26kg without any gear in it means its not the lightest thing to haul around on long hikes. But i can put up with this due to the great build quality.
Secondly the bag only comes with a chest strap and due to its weight this really isn’t enough. I have now modified the bag so it has a pretty sturdy waist strap too. This takes a lot of the weight off you shoulders and displaces onto your hips.
As a designer I need it to look good too and this ticks all the boxes for me. Black, minimal, stylish and best of all it doesn’t look like a typical camera bag.