The most important part of something that sits on your back for several hours is comfort, and Wandrd nails it. The company updated the padding on the back and shoulders, so it’s very soft, as if someone is holding a pillow against your back. The straps are wide and don’t dig into the shoulders, and I like to use the chest belt to reduce the pressure even more. Initially, I switched from messenger bags to backpacks to stop my shoulder pain, and the Prvke is really comfortable to wear.
I also like the attention to detail. Each strap comes with an elastic band, so you can neatly wrap up any dangling dangling cords. The top two handles are magnetized, so they stick together instead of tilting. (These magnets are also stronger in version 2.0.) And there is now a luggage passage, so you don’t have to lug it to the airport!
The whole thing is made from tarpaulin and Robic 1680D ballistic nylon, with YKK weatherproof zippers (and really good zipper pulls!) And a durable polyurethane coated fabric on the inside to repel the fabric. ‘water. It’s safe to say that you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Seriously my original Prvke looks like new despite constant use. I also wore the new version in heavy rain and my gear didn’t get wet in the slightest.
Glorious, Glorious Pockets
Pockets can make or break a camera bag. Because every photographer is a unique shining star, and the cameras, lenses, and SD cards they choose are all different, the Prvke doesn’t come with a camera cube by default. If you don’t want to buy à la carte, you can pick up the appropriate photo pack for the size you are purchasing, which includes a removable cube and accessory straps.
You do not to have have either. I don’t use the straps, but they can be useful if you want to attach larger equipment, like a tripod, to the outside of the bag. The Essential Cube really is. In the 31L, I can fit in my camera, a shotgun microphone, another lens and a bulky external monitor, with room for more. In the 11L, I can crush my camera, shotgun mic, and another small lens. Adjustable velcro dividers keep everything snug.
I can access the camera through the side pocket without removing the bag from my back, but for everything else I have to take it off. The original Prvke had a flap that covered the cube inside which was annoying. Fortunately, Wandrd removed it, so hooking up gear is a more streamlined process now.