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Gura Gear Bataflae 26L photo backpack

 
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Post edited 4 months ago by Nethawked. (2 edits in all)
     
Dec 21, 2015 15:30 |  #1

This bag has celebrity status, I bought it from Dan Carr. You can read his review and see more photos of this bag on his site at http://dancarrphotogra​phy.com …gear-bataflae-26l-review/ (external link).

The bag is in great shape. All zippers are smooth, straps and buckles good, no tears or frays, no discoloring. Rain fly included, as are all dividers for internal compartments.

I'm selling because it's too big for me. The older I get the less gear I want to carry, and I'm using either a Think Tank Retrospective shoulder bag or F-Stop Guru almost entirely. I will say it's great for airline travel, I have gone on two trips with full kit (tripod and lighting in a separate bag of course) and it's been a very handy bag. It's also been my main bag to just carry lots of gear to locations - I can fit 2 bodies and 5-6 lenses, flash units, and tons of odds and ends with no trouble.

The Bataflae is quite comfortable even fully loaded, and with Dan's strap modification (see the review linked above) a tripod can be attached and carried securely without weight shifting. What was perfect about this bag, and i wish others took up similar design, is the butterfly closure. Since I often carry two bodies and multiple lenses, separating out gear to either side of the pack made for fast and efficient switching. It's also been great when I wanted to carry both 100-400mm L II and 70-200mm f/2.8 II. Another interesting point, with this bag load doesn't seem to matter - I'm normally very meticulous in packing so that weight distribution is even, and with the Bataflae there is no load shift or discomfort regardless of where items are packed.

By the way, that strap modification (see review) is very cool. I've since bought these "gatekeeper"(f-stop's term for them) straps for a whole bunch of different packs and uses.

Highlights:
- straps tuck away nicely for air travel
- grab loops. Oh my are these things perfect. Great comfort, sturdy and in just the right places
- butterfly openings or the whole thing, you get to choose
- really comfortable, despite the boxy design (but see below)

The only downside, I agree with Dan that this isn't a real backcountry, backpacker's pack. Great for carrying lots of gear but I wouldn't take it long distances on any trails. I've done 4-5 miles or so with no discomfort but I wouldn't push it much further than that. It wasn't why I bought it anyway, I have both F-stop and Clik Elite Contrejour for any serious backcountry use.

OK, this turned out to be more of a review than a marketing blurb! Pics below and more to come. Please ask questions if you like.

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Jan 15, 2016 09:24 |  #2

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Feb 15, 2016 12:47 |  #3

$40 price reduction!




  
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Feb 15, 2016 14:28 |  #4

These are great bags. I own this one and the 32L.

FYI, the review no longer discusses the modification for how best to carry a tripod.

Interesting to note the company has now combined with Tamrac and renamed the bags.


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Feb 16, 2016 02:28 as a reply to  @ pat.kane's post |  #5

Hi,

The modification isn't specifically described in the article, but this is

Also new for the Bataflae packs is the tripod holding system which involves a couple of removable straps. The straps on their own will secure a tripod of small-medium size comfortably on the side of the pack and when used together, across the front of the pack will hold a larger tripod centrally on the back. A small elastic cord which Gura Gear calls a Kooh cord, is used to stop the legs swinging about. This whole setup is maybe the weakest point in the pack’s design though. The straps have a tendency to come loose and when they do they can easily fall off the pack. I lost one almost immediately and spent the rest of one trip saving the second one just before it too got lost.

And a bit more. The straps are very similar to the gatekeeper (?) straps that F-Stop uses, it was a good modification.

Yeah, it's a nice bag, love the versatility. I've always liked the Tamrac backpacks I've owned, I'm sure the two will do well together.

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Feb 27, 2016 15:31 |  #6

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Feb 18, 2018 00:17 |  #7

Wow, more than 2 years ago I listed this. Big price reduction, great pack. I'll put it on ebay in a week if it doesn't sell here.

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Feb 18, 2018 07:58 |  #8

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