Man­frotto Ad­vanced Tri Back­pack Large

£125, $120 A split photo/day­pack that can be re­con­fig­ured for use as a full photo back­pack with longer lenses

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Like the Lowe­pro Tran­sit, this split photo/day­pack from Man­frotto is big on ver­sa­til­ity. One plus point over the Lowe­pro is that the main com­part­ment has dual quick­ac­cess flaps, so you can swing the bag from ei­ther shoul­der and get to your kit from the right or left of the bag.

The main com­part­ment is sim­i­larly ca­pa­cious, and fur­ther like-mind­ed­ness sees the in­clu­sion of stor­age for a lap­top of up to 15-inch size. This time, how­ever, ac­cess to the lap­top is via the main top open­ing zip, which also re­veals the up­per com­part­ment for per­sonal items.

To aid the piv­ot­ing side-ac­cess func­tion, ei­ther shoul­der strap can be used in­di­vid­u­ally, and con­nected to the op­pos­ing bot­tom clip. This en­ables you to use the bag mes­sen­ger-style, like the Hama bag. The strap you’re not us­ing can be stowed out of the way in a pocket.

Split or full – you choose

The main di­vider be­tween the photo and up­per com­part­ments can be un­zipped, ideal for car­ry­ing a cam­era with su­pertele­photo lens at­tached. It’s not im­ple­mented quite as well as in the Lowe­pro bag, how­ever, be­cause of the lack of a ful­l­length open­ing front flap. Switch­ing be­tween split and full photo op­tions is also rather more fid­dly.

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