Man­frotto Pro Light Reloader-55

£310/$380

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

55 x 35 x 23cm, 4.9kg www.man­frotto.co.uk

The Reloader-55’s boxy de­sign and 55x35x23cm ex­ter­nal di­men­sions fully uti­lize the carry-on size lim­its of most air­lines. That gives it the most prac­ti­cal in­te­rior lay­out here, ri­valled only by the Think Tank bag. You can also fit a 17in lap­top and 10in tablet in slots on the out­side of the front flap for easy ac­cess, and the un­der­side of the flap con­tains plenty of pouches for fil­ters and mem­ory cards.

Com­pared to the fea­turepacked Calumet bag, the Reloader’s ex­tras are more sub­tle. One nice touch is an in­te­grated zip­per lock­ing point on the side of the bag that’ll se­cure the main zip­pers more el­e­gantly than a pad­lock.

It nails the ba­sics though. Ex­tra-thick di­viders are sized to fit per­fectly around full-frame kit, giv­ing un­matched gear sup­port and pro­tec­tion. The tough ex­te­rior is well re­in­forced on key wear points and in­cludes user-re­place­able wheels of a com­mon size.

Pros Ex­cel­lent in­te­rior and ex­te­rior qual­ity; good kit­car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity Cons Doesn’t come cheap; comes up short on ex­tra fea­tures We say

A se­ri­ous in­vest­ment, but a great com­bi­na­tion of prac­ti­cal­ity and qual­ity Over­all score

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