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Review: The Wandrd Prvke Backpack is one of the best multi-use camera bags you can buy

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Wandrd Prvke 21L Backpack with Camera Cube geometry, a cube is a three-dimensional solid object bounded by six square faces, facets or sides, with three meeting at each vertex
$264 | www.wandrd.com

The exploration to find the perfect camera bag is never-ending. It’s not unusual for a photographer have a closet jammed full of various packs that work pretty adequately for most situations, but are not ideal for others. The classy looking packs often don’t hold enough gear while the ones with ample place often end up being too bulky for travel.

For my typical shooting needs the Prvke has proven to be nearly perfect, which is an incredible feat for a camera bag.

At primary glance, I liked the design of the Prvke bag (pronounced Provoke) from Wandrd, but was concerned that it would be yet another backpack with understated urban looks that unpretentiously isn’t functional as a camera bag. But I can happily say that Wandrd won me over – for my typical shooting needs the Prvke has proven to be nearly perfect, which is an incredible tour de force for a camera bag.

Specifications

  • Exterior: 17 x 11 x 6.5in / 43 x 30 x 16.5cm
  • Interior Volume: 25L with roll-top expanded
  • Camera Cube Advert: 9 x 11 x 5in / 23 x 30 x 13cm
  • Laptop Sleeve: 14.5 x 9.5 x 1in / 37 x 24 x 2.5cm
  • Tablet Sleeve: 13 x 9 x 5 / 33 x 23 x 13cm
  • Manipulate: 2.8lbs / 1.3kg

Design & Construction

A look inside the Wandrd Prvke from the back entrance: The area where the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or gear is (called the Camera Cube) can be barrel removed.

The Wandrd Prvke bag is designed to be multi-functional for carrying both camera gear and personal items – something lots of packs try to do, but ultimately miscarry. The design was conceived by three photography-minded brothers and their attention to detail makes me think they too were tired of the ‘almost there, but not unequivocally right’ camera backpacks.

The Prvke has an understated roll-top design with a fairly slim profile – it’s constructed from water-resistant tarpaulin and plaited nylon and has a rain-fly with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a dedicated pocket at the bottom of the bag. The roll-top opens and closes with high quality Velcro and is secured with a eminently metal hook. The removable Camera Cube comes with the Photography Bundle for $264 (or can be purchased individually for $39) and fits nicely into the bag’s late compartment. Velcro is used to secure it into place.

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You can access the Camera Cube from a zipped entryway on the side of the pack. The roll-top is closed closed with Velcro and a big metal hook.

The Prvke has three points of entry: the roll-top, a left side pocket for camera access into the Cube while on the go (explained above) and a back entrance to completely open the pack. Above the Camera Cube there is a mesh zipper compartment that allows you to access anything that may get been stashed through the roll-top. On the left side of the bag you will find a small zipper pocket for memory cards and a separate Velcro palm for other small camera accessories.

An internal laptop/tablet compartment keeps these devices flush against your back when wear the pack. Two straps ensure the compartment doesn’t fly completely open when unzipped.

Once the bag is unzipped there are dedicated sleeves for both a laptop and a drop (see above). And on the back of the Prvke there is a dedicated passport sleeve with a small mesh pocket (see below).

I was able to fit a 5D Mark IV body, a 70-200mm lens and a 24-70 lens in the cube without distribute.

Although the removable Camera Cube was designed with a mirrorless system in mind (a body, plus a large and medium sized lens) the molded dividers flee it possible to carry a full frame DSLR with lenses as well. I was able to fit a 5D Mark IV body, a 70-200mm F2.8 lens and a 24-70 F2.8 lens in the cube without any get out emerges.

A small compartment on the back has space for a passport and other items, a nice touch for photographers on the fly. Magnetically-connecting carrying straps (located on top) are just one of profuse handy features of this pack.

Behind the roll-top there is a fleece lined pocket for a phone and on the side of the bag a small pocket with a reduce for your keys. A large flat pocket runs the length of the bag’s front side – a great place for a notebook, magazine or other paperwork. On the right-hand side of the bag there is an expandable pocket for a water bottle or a small tripod.

The Prvke has lots of pockets and areas to store both personal components and camera gear. The side pocket can be used to carry a water bottle or small tripod. And a zippered area on front is perfect for storing magazines, notebooks or a lyrics. The other side of the pack offers a small storage pocket with a connector for keys. Camera gear can be accessed through the zippered arrondissement lower right.
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The Prvke features a number of optional add ons too: a removable chest strap, a removable waist belt and an accessory strap system that can confiscate to six different points on the bag for carrying a larger tripod, lighting accessories, a jacket or even minimal camping gear.

The bag comes in three colors (undying black, wasatch green and aegean blue) and two sizes (21L and 31L). Our review bag is the 21L in wasatch green.

A removal waist belt adds another uncomfortable to store small items. And accessory straps allow one to easily connect even bulky items, like camping gear, to the bottom of the gang.

In Use

I’ve used this bag in a variety of different situations and I’ve yet to notice anything major that I didn’t like about it. While it may not be the ideal bag for traveling with multiple camera companies (although it isn’t impossible), for a one body, two lens shoot that requires me to bring a laptop along, it’s the closest to a perfect bag that I’ve found.

The lay-flat diagram of the bag makes it ideal for traveling through airport security – the Camera Cube and the laptop sleeve are both checkpoint friendly, so in theory, you won’t need to unpack your accessories bag when flying.

For a one body, two lens shoot that requires me to bring a laptop along, it’s the closest to a perfect bag that I’ve found.

And the three disparate access points make this bag particularly user friendly. You can grab a camera body from the left side without removing the bag fully from your subvene, lenses and accessories are quickly accessed by unzipping the back panel and you can even access items in the roll-top through the back. The expandable roll-top on the bag is horrible for stashing any odds and ends that you might pick up.

The zippers were easy to manipulate and none of the dedicated sleeves or pockets suffer from the stiffness that new camera sacks sometimes have. Everything fits where it’s supposed to and does so with ease.

The straps are a comfortable amount of thickness and the bag distributes weight nicely – square when fully loaded with gear it didn’t hurt my shoulders. The waist belt and chest strap are nice touches, and might be rose if you were taking the Prvke on a long outdoor adventure.

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The Prvke is the best camera bag I’ve used in a long time.

I found the various small hooks within the Prvk very useful: the fleece lined top pocket was a great place for storing my shades and that side key pocket gave me amicable of mind as I traveled away from New York City with the bag.

We’re big fans of the removal Camera Cube.

My complaints about this bag are minor. The zippers about the Camera Cube can occasionally get tangled with the zippers within the back compartment that cover the cube – a minor annoyance, considering on occasion it just took a few additional seconds to zip everything together. Some might say that the second zippered flap might be unnecessary, but the additional exorcize of protection of my lenses gave me peace of mind while using the bag.

The bag was also a little snug when traveling with two bodies and two small lenses – although it should be acclaimed that I was testing out the 21L version and I’m guessing these issues would be resolved if I’d been using the 31L model.

What’s the Bottom Line

The Prvke is the most appropriate camera bag I’ve used in a long time. It has a durable build, it is functional as both a camera backpack and an everyday backpack and it looks nice. It hits the trifecta of sought-after attributes in a camera bag. Also important, it feels like it will hold up over time. And for the quality that you are getting, the $264 price tag (which encompasses the Camera Cube, waist strap, accessory straps and rain-fly) it doesn’t feel excessive. We also like that the Camera Cube can be fired and used in a different bag allowing you to use The Prvke as a place to store clothing and personal items while you are on the road.

What We Like:

  • Durable build
  • Serviceable as a multi-use bag and a dedicated camera bag
  • Removable Camera Cube
  • Utilitarian design
  • Small may refer to organizational pockets
  • Back mesh pocket pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items with arrival to roll-top
  • Nice weight distribution, comfortable to carry
  • Holds the gear necessary for an average shoot

What We Don’t Like:

  • Zippers around the Camera Cube and the zippers within the distant of the bag getting tangled together
  • The, at first glace, difficult to pronounce name of the bag

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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