As you may know I was kindly sent a Healthy Back Bag to try out as an alternative camera bag by the lovely people at The Healthy Back Bag Company. (You can see my first post about it here)
I have been using the bag for a few weeks now, and it has been great. It is big – as the name suggests – and comes with so many pockets, that even fully loaded I was still a few pockets to the good! I found that lugging a lot of heavy camera equipment about with me felt a lot easier, even if I was carrying two cameras and lots of accessories. It seemed to distribute the weight nicely across my back, and it didn’t seem overly heavy even when it was! You can see more about why the bags are healthy for your back on the website here.
I have used loads of different camera bags in the past, and when I looked at how heavy some of them were (up to 1250g) without anything in them, I began to see why I was getting achy shoulders and a sore back. I was surprised when I saw that the big bag weighed in at 590g – it does feel a lot heavier than my medium sized bag, but it is a lot bigger, and I suppose the zips and accessories that come with the bag must add up a little! But compared to some of the bags I have been using, it is lovely and lightweight!
I guess the only thing wrong with this bag is that it is – get ready for a slightly silly statement – a bit big! I wouldn’t want to take this one with me for an evening out for example, and even sometimes finding things in the depths of the big bag was tricky – I think this might have been because everything was a little bit floppy and unless the pockets were full they have a tendency to fold in and obscure the inside of the bag – something that I have not found happening with the smaller version. I would also have like to see a fastening on the pocket behind the large zipped pocket on the side of the bag, as this part just flopped open which didn’t make me feel safe putting much in it.
I think this bag would be great for a weekend away, or for those of you with kids and all the daily bits and bobs that goes along with them! It is a great, comfy way to carry a lot of things. Is it a perfect camera bag? Honestly, no, but it is a welcome change to the boring black (horrible) camera bags that you usually see around. I think with the right camera insert it could come close to being a perfect camera bag – I think my insert was a little bit too small for the bag, hence all the flopping of the pockets and obscuring of contents. And anything that helps my back from the strains of everyday carrying is always welcome in my opinion.
These bags are fantastic for so many things – and truly do help you carry a load without feeling like you are carrying much at all. If you are struggling with any kind of back pain, or even if you want to keep all your day to day bits and bobs organised – did I mention the pockets?! amazing – then you could do a lot worse than to take a look at these bags. There will be a style and colour to suit you almost certainly!
So while this bag did not answer all my camera bag wants (to be honest, what bag is every really going to do that?) I am still loving using it, and my trusty medium sized bag which has been with me for years. Will I still keep searching for my perfect camera bag? Probably, but in the meantime I will relish using my bright, cheerful and back friendly bags!
PS – I was sent this Big Bag for review by the Healthy Back Bag Company – all thoughts and opinions are my own and this did not change my review in any way. I was already the proud owner of the medium sized bag, and I am sure in the future will be adding to my little collection!
(The photographs were sent to me by the company from their website)