Tam­rac Mi­rage 6

£99, $120 Al­though it’s a rel­a­tively small split photo/ day­pack, the Mi­rage is still pretty ver­sa­tile

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A rel­a­tive new­comer to the Tam­rac line-up, the Mi­rage 6 is ad­ver­tised as a ‘photo/tablet back­pack’. It’s sim­i­lar in size to the diminu­tive Man­frotto Sling but fea­tures two shoul­der straps rather than only one. Even so, you can wear the just left strap and pivot it around to get at your cam­era via a quick-ac­cess side flap.

Un­like the Man­frotto, there’s an ad­di­tional front flap over the lower com­part­ment, which makes it eas­ier to take out lenses and other ac­ces­sories stored in the main photo sec­tion. The tablet com­part­ment is ac­cessed via a sep­a­rate zip at the rear, and there’s also an up­per com­part­ment for per­sonal ef­fects that has its own topopen­ing zip.

Open­ing up

The di­vid­ing plat­form be­tween the two main com­part­ments is re­mov­able, mak­ing room for a cam­era with su­per-tele­photo lens fit­ted. It’s not as well im­ple­mented as in the Lowe­pro Tran­sit, but the front flap makes this con­fig­u­ra­tion eas­ier to use than the setup in the Man­frotto Sling. There’s more room than in the Man­frotto but space is still pretty lim­ited, in keep­ing with the back­pack’s com­pact di­men­sions. Un­like the other Tam­rac bag on test this has a rain cover, al­though it lacks the other bag’s weather-proofed zips.

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