We made the Niko pack for day-event shooting. It has a fully customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes, and multiple pockets for cable and gear storage. The quick-access, top-loading compartment provides access to a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15" Macbook Pro. It also provides quick access to personal items like a windbreaker and phone. The outside of the bag features industrial-strength Velcro straps to secure a tripod or skateboard and a u-lock holster. The Niko Backpack is made with a tough, weatherproof, denier-nylon outer shell and military-grade, truck-tarpaulin liner.
FIT:• Ergonomic shoulder strap design with EVA foam back panel for improved fit and breathability
• Sternum strap for load distribution Industrial metal cam lock under arm compression buckles
Dimensions:11” wide, 17.75” high, 8” deep
FEATURES:• Fully weather resistant Video/DSLR camera pack with PU coated zipper
• Large zip around opening and customizable main compartment for organizing lenses, flash and other equipment
• Padded laptop compartment fits up to Macbook Pro 15
• Quick access top-loading camera compartment
• Front velcro straps secure large tripod or skateboard
• Side access U-Lock Holster
• Made in China
CAMERA COMPATIBILITY:While this is not a complete list, these are a few possible combinations of camera equipment for the Niko to pack down. Carry these camera bodies plus a wide-angle lens (e.g. 18-55mm) and still have room for a telephoto lens (e.g. 55-300mm) plus battery packs, cables, and more.
• Canon EOS models 1D X, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 60D, 6D, 7D, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4i
• Nikon D300N, D3100, D3200, D4, D5100, D600, D700, D7000, D800, D90
• Olympus E-5, E-M5 OM-D
• Pentax 645D, K-30, K-5, K-5 II, K-r, K30
• Sony Alpha A390L, A580L, NEX-F3, SLT-A33L, SLT-A35K, SLT-A37K, SLT-A55VL, SLT-A65V, SLT-A65VK, SLT-A77V, SLT-A37, SLT-A57K, SLT-A65VK, SLTA57
• Weatherproof 1000 denier nylon outer shell
• Nylon 69 thread and waterproof urethane YKK zippers
• 600 D interior lining with 10mm padded foam
Some of our favorite reviews
Chrome provieds nothing more than the best4/26/13 by RustyWhat a bag! This is my first camera bag I've purchased and I'm quite pleased. Even though this bag seems like a carry-all pack for every last bit of equipment... it's not. This is a chrome bag, designed for use by the nomad in the city. this is definitely a good all day pack to carry all the camera gear you need for on the go shoots and trips.
Cons: The laptop sleeve is not as big as some may like (my 15" mac book barely fits without camera gear) and the shoulder straps seem a little small (I'm a big guy: 6'2" 240lbs). The lining on the zippers makes them a little hard to open but they will loosen up after a few uses. But it still fits and is super comfortable to wear around.
Pros: 2 Velcro straps on the back of the bag are really nice for tripods or anything else you'd wanna strap to the back. The internal organizer space is phenomenal, lots of see through zippered pockets, elastic net and accordion style pockets. The padded section for the camera is pretty versatile... 3 main sections for lenses and the body and a "gutter" on each side if you wanted to store both attached and sideways. everything else is pretty straight forward and what you would expect from chrome.
This bag is for you if you need something for day trips where you want to have some options as far as camera equipment and also just be able to handle the demands of wherever you go. Definitely a bag to grab no matter what!
Good bag4/26/13 by HarryI have what's being called the Niko Messenger now, and have had for a year or so. It's still a great bag (I reviewed it as well). I got this because the Niko Messanger is quite small, so if you need a camera day bag it's good, but if you need anything more than that, you're going to find yourself too cramped.
I got this because I like Chrome's build and materials, and was wanting a bigger bag. I received it today, filled it with stuff, hauled it around for a bit, and feel like I know what I like and don't like.
1. Construction. Weatherproofing looks like typical Chrome quality.
2. Comfort. Like other Chrome backpacks, it sits well.
3. Upper compartment. It's a good nice size. The slot for a laptop is accessed through there, and that seems pretty accessible. i'm not limited to three things in here, I can fit a bunch of stuff.
4. Tripod straps. Or maybe skateboard straps, for hipsters. Make for good handles on the back, too.
5. Interior pockets in back flap. Nice layout, good utility for storing cables and SD cards and filters and such. I've got cables for all my electronics in most of them.
1. The big one is the missed opportunity with the backflap design. So it has the fold-back back of the pack, to get to the entire compartment. There are two side-flaps to the zip back, which can work as side-opening quick access flaps, to get to anything stored at the side in the bag. There are two clip straps for extra security.
But there are only two zipper pulls on the zipper. There should be four, so that you can have two zipper pulls on each side, to easily use each side's flap for quick access. As it is, you can get ready access to one side, but to use the other, you need to unclip both straps, and slide one zipper pull all the way across and open the other side: at this point, you've pretty much fully opened the back of the pack. Seems like a waste.
It could have had fast access to each side with four zipper pulls, but doesn't. Pick the side you want fast access to, and be happy with that.
2. Interior dividers still aren't awesome. I replaced the ones in the smaller Niko with ones from an old Tamrac pack, which helped a ton. These still have limited arrangability: the three-pane dividers have a velcro panel on one side, in the middle section, limiting how you can attach other diver panels to them.
They did improve the interior with cloth on most surfaces, and giving the dividers a bottom velcro edge, allowing them to be placed more specifically and strongly, which is nice.
I would also like it if they offered some extra custom dividers: I'd buy them. I'd like three-pane dividers where the middle pane is as wide as the bag, so I could set up a few fully horizontal regions inside. I don't see a way to not arrange the bag mostly vertically. So some further customizability here would be good, with some optional divider panels.
A-Mazing Upgrade!4/26/13 by Daniel VargasBought this as soon as it came out. It is a huge upgrade to the original Niko Bag. This bag is incredibly compact and yet has plenty of room for all of your camera/lens. I love that I still have plenty of room after storing the camera body (Canon 60D and 3 Lens). This is a MUST for any photographer/enthusiast.