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Garry ­ Gibson
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I just got my Kiboko bag and wanted to do a quick review
and show some photos of how it works for me.

My main goal in getting this bag is transporting my equipment
including tripod when I have a pretty long hike to take
bird photos.

What I do now, is carry one camera over my neck, have my
camera with 500L on my tripod over my shoulder. Trust me
your shoulder does not want to have a huge lens, heavy
tripod, heavy ballhead and Sidekick riding on it for any amount
of time.

On several websites people have raved about the Kiboko.
Their biggest positives are the lightness of the bag (4 lbs),
what you can fit in it, and how it is capable of fitting in
almost any airline overhead bin, even regional airlines.

If you want to read a more comprehensive review and video
of details I don't cover please go to Guragear.com and there
is plenty of info.

Let me show you the bag itself.

THE FRONT

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4357117612_d37ec52a4b_o.jpg


THE BACK - STRAPS HIDDEN

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4356371619_917a99ee6b_o.jpg

The front opens from the side to the middle so you have
two separate compartments. I have taken part of the
dividers out to begin to fit things. There are a load of
dividers and they send you a pack of about 8 more to
be sure.

LEFT SIDE OPEN

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4356376173_41c90c54e3_o.jpg


Okay so this is my goal, to get all this stuff that you see below in this
bag and be able to attach my tripod to the side.

Here is what is going in:
Mark 1 DSII
40D
500L
70-200 F4
17-40
100 Macro
580 EXII Flash
1.4 TC
2 TC
Assorted CPL Filters
Lee Filter Holder
Lee Filters
Extra Mark I Battery
Compact Flash Cards
Gitzo Tripod with Ballhead and Sidekick

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2696/4356377619_bfc254ebf9_o.jpg

First Step get the 500 L in.
I took all the dividers out, connected the 500 and the 1.4 TC and the 40D
I also had room for the 580 Flash.

On the inside of the flap was room to add the CPL Filter holder
and the Better Beamer. There is more room on the outside flap but
I wanted to keep it free if I needed to add something else. I put
the 500 on the left side to balance the weight of the tripod
which fits on the right side.

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2705/4357302616_b0f3bc06f3_o.jpg


Now I had to rework some dividers for the stuff for the right side.

From the left 17x40 no hood.
100 Macro
I took a divider and made the long opening with the 70-200
two levels. The Mark 1 battery is below it.
70-200 Hood with 2Tc inside it
Lee Filter holders and Lee Filter
Mark1 DSII
On the flap on the top right side I put flash cards and the hood for the 17-40

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2717/4356382237_3fc6cf2566_o.jpg



Bag zipped and with Tripod attached. I have been informed by Andy Biggs,
the maker of the bag, that he uses his bag to carry a tripod larger
than this all the time with no problems.

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2702/4356410899_be3514676b_o.jpg


Finally here is the bag with the shoulder straps and
waist straps fully deployed.

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/4357159806_6b7df1cb92_o.jpg

I could have added more items like a poncho to the zipper compartments
in the front. There is really a lot more space there.

For what I want to do with it it is a great bag. It is pricey $399.
However it is very unique and does what I want it to do. BTW
If you buy it at Naturescapes.net they will give you a $30 gift card.
which takes a bit of the sting out.

Hope this is helpful to anyone looking at the bag.

Garry

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Excellent writeup with great pics.

I've read about this bag and it surely seems worth the money.

One question: Where were the straps hiding? Do they detach or just hide inside somehow?

Also, please report on its comfort, etc., when taking long hikes.

mark

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I am very curious how comfortable this bag is as a backpack.

I like the specifications of the bag, but I would love to see it before I buy it.

Would you post some pictures of the bag on your bag fully loaded?

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The straps are folded inside very ingeniously. They don't even seem to be there.

Here are a couple of links with photos of folks with the bag on their backs
and a video which does a better job that I did in explaining the bag.

GG

http://hoothollow.com ...%20Keboko%20backpac​k.htmlexternal link

Video Review
http://www.outdoorphot​ogear.com ...backpack-by-gura-gear-367external link

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Gary,

I remember you from other forum. Your tripod seems to ride higher than mine. You can push down further. Pocket is very elastic. I remove my head (M20 or Wimberley WH200) and store inside the bag for better balance. Kiboko is most comfortable photo specific bag I ever tried and actually work fairly well in the field even though I still prefer Osprey Atmos 50 for field work. I bought Kiboko for Tanzania Safari that I'm planning and I like it very much.

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Just a follow up, I packed the bag with everything you see in the photos
above and took a 3 mile hike to get to a observation tower at one of
local NWR.

The strap and belt system fit well with lots of adjustments available
and the portion against your back is well padded so you don't feel
any protuberences from the equipment inside.
It was probably more than 40lbs. and once I got it on my back
it was easy to deal with.

If I had my landscape gear only which
would keep out the 500 and use a smaller travel tripod. I would have
plenty of room to add some more non-photographic items like
food, extra water etc. There is a water bottle holder on the opposite
side of the tripod now.

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Great review. I have been in contact with Andy as well and I will ordering one of these bags from naturescapes. My prime motivation is that I will be getting a 500/4 in the near future and I am planning a trip to Tanzania. This is the type of back pack that I have wanted for many years but could not find.

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Good review. One way to save a little space is by taking along an Aqua-Tech lens shade instead of the solid Canon lens hood. I think they are available from B&H or through Kirk Enterprises.

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I received mine last week and I am very impressed with it.

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Nice review I found it helpful as I am considering this bag... Does anyone know if it will l fit the 600F/4?

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CanaHolic wrote in post #9771654external link
Nice review I found it helpful as I am considering this bag... Does anyone know if it will l fit the 600F/4?

The gura gear website says it will carry the 600/4

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col4bin wrote in post #9771745external link
The gura gear website says it will carry the 600/4

Frank,

Thats good news. thanks for the reply, I could not find it there at first but after researching lil more seen it there.

I think I may bite the bullet and get this pack...

Thanks again for confirming

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UPS just dropped my new Kiboko off, just had a moment to open it up and play. Looks fantastic, the backpack harness looks good. Can't wait to get home, fill it up and try it on. Then I need to get out on the trail with it this weekend.

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I would buy this right now if it had a laptop compartment. I read the faq with their feelings about laptops but really..its kinda BS.

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I took my Kiboko out for a 5 mile photowalk today, loaded with a 5d MK II, 100-400, 24-70, 17-40, 50mm 1.4, 15mm and a lensbaby composer. About 25 pounds total, very comfortable to hike with. I cannot say enough about the functionality, design, construction and quality of the bag. The strap system is ingenious in the method it tucks away. The butterfly opening makes accessing the gear much easier than a large single panel. Prior to this bag I had the Lowepro Pro Trekker II, similar in size, twice as heavy and more cumbersome. As for the lack of laptop compartment, it's not missed. I have a TT Streetwalker HD that I use if I want to take a laptop. Or if I'm going to travel with the Kiboko, I'll take a separate laptop bag. I highly recommend this bag to anyone looking for a backpack.

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