From the shed (as they wish to name it) of UK-based digicam bag and tripod model 3LeggedThing comes an all-new backpack sequence – the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie. 3LeggedThing is well-known within the business for its daring colours and progressive designs, and the brand new Morally Poisonous model isn’t any deviation from this. Say hiya to some shiny exteriors with not-so-subtle patterns. There are some fabulous purposeful additions of their first sequence of backpacks (known as Valkyrie). Accessible in three colours and two sizes, the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie luggage intention to problem typical digicam bag design by weaving in premium high quality and extraordinary type. I spent a number of days testing the 20L Blue Valkyrie, and I used to be pleasantly impressed with what it has to supply.
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The Valkyrie is a assured transfer into the digicam bag section of the pictures business by equipment producer 3LeggedThing. The outside cloth of the Valkyrie mannequin is product of premium materials (and each single bag manufactured has an outer sample that’s distinctive). Zippers are all YKK, the shoulder straps are comfortably padded, and the 3-point air-flow again help means it matches effectively when you’re touring. Along with the usual tripod holding straps and elastic straps to carry your water bottle, there are additionally a number of hidden surprises.
There’s a Secret Stash pocket within the again to carry money and journey paperwork. Along with the super-rigid inner dividers with robust velcro sides, in addition they incorporate a sleeve/pocket on one aspect to retailer small equipment like cables or lens caps. There’s additionally what 3LeggedThing calls a Frog pocket. This can be a massive, separate compartment on the again the place you’ll be able to safely preserve moist or damp clothes (and even an underwater digicam) with out it damaging the gear in the primary bag. The outside materials is the actual star although. Positive to show heads in public due to its reflective materials, the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie is available in 20L and 25L sizes in Onyx, Emerald, and Sapphire (seen beneath).
Professionals and Cons
- Eye catching, fashionable, and individually patterned exterior design
- Inner dividers with robust velcro and inbuilt sleeves/pockets
- Water-proof ‘Frog pocket’ to retailer damp or moist gadgets safely
- Liquid and stain repellent exterior cloth
- Laptop computer storage compartment is strengthened by YKK Aquagard zippers
- Comfy to put on and stroll with. Shoulder straps don’t slip off
- Rain cowl tucked away out of sight
- 5 yr international guarantee!
- Why precisely isn’t the primary compartment additionally strengthened with the identical Aquagard zipper because the laptop computer compartment?
Try the design on the outside of the 20L Sapphire Valkyrie backpack I acquired. It’s a certainly one of a sort design, but it surely’s additionally distinctive to this backpack alone. That’s as a result of Morally Poisonous creates these cloth panels by combining a map of their hometown Stagsden with an alligator print. No two luggage get the very same design.
I’ve owned a good variety of digicam luggage during the last decade, and the one variations I’ve seen within the dividers they’ve had has been within the thickness of every divider. The Morally Poisonous Valkyrie sequence backpack inner dividers have inbuilt sleeves, such because the one seen right here. Plus, the velcro sides are tremendous robust and actually seize onto the inside of the bag.
I examined out the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie 20L backpack utilizing the beneath gear:
- Nikon FM2 with Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (typically changed with my Z6 II and Nikon 50mm 1.8s lens)
- Yashica Electro 35 GN
- Nikon 105mm f2.8 lens
- Nikon 24-70 f4 S lens
- Laowa 10-18mm Z mount lens
- Syrp Genie Mini
- Freewell VND Magnetic filters
- JOBY GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X
- Godox A1 flash
- Giottos small blower
You possibly can simply slot in a gripped DSLR with a 70-200 lens connected when you wished to. The dividers are robust sufficient to carry the load of this combo while you hoist the bag onto your shoulders.
As supplied by Morally Poisonous of their Data sheet:
- The last word backpack for photographers who’re uninterested in plain, corporate-looking digicam luggage.
- Luxurious digicam backpack in 2 sizes – Medium (20L), and Giant (25L)
- Comprised of premium materials handled to guard in opposition to liquids and stains
- Waterproof “Frog” pocket retains moist gadgets separate from electronics
- Intelligent storage together with dividers with built-in pockets for superior organisation
- Laptop computer and pill storage separate from customers’ digicam gear
- Selection of three colors: ONYX, EMERALD, SAPPHIRE
- Valkyrie: Medium SRP: £259.99 / US$299.99
- Valkyrie: Giant SRP: £269.99 / US$309.99
I spent about 4 days testing the Valkyrie 20L backpack in numerous places round city, with various quantities of apparatus inside. At no level did I really feel that the bag was weighing down closely on my shoulders. It does really feel a bit squarish in design (and look) when considered from the perimeters.
The shoulder straps have an adjustable buckle system to attain a extra comfortable match in your chest.
The Morally Poisonous Valkyrie backpack has a 3-point air-flow again help, with cushioned lumbar and scapula pads. The cautious consideration to element within the manufacturing is clear of their badge.
I used a Joby Gorillapod right here, however a bigger, standard-sized tripod would match simply as comfortably.
The adjustable hook mechanism is helpful to shortly detach and fasten your tripod. You’ll be able to tighten and loosen these straps in line with your liking.
I didn’t have a laptop computer to check it with, however the laptop computer compartment additionally has a padded divider that means that you can preserve a pill inside. You’ll be able to see a 9.7-inch display iPad right here.
Books, papers, pens, reminiscence playing cards, cables – there’s room for many equipment within the outer compartment of the bag.
You’ll be able to stash a number of enterprise playing cards on the opposite aspect of this compartment, as effectively journey paperwork or perhaps a thick instruction handbook within the zipped pocket.
The elastic system can maintain a small water bottle with ease. Bigger bottles may also be accommodated utilizing the elastic pocket beneath this. I hate stretchy pockets turning into free over time, however the materials used within the Valkyrie looks as if it received’t go down this route. Time will inform.
Make the most of the removable reminiscence card pockets inside.
No scarcity of cupboard space right here. There are two pockets of various sizes on one aspect of the backpack. I used certainly one of them to retailer a sanitiser aerosol can.
Construct High quality
I’ve obtained no complaints so far as the standard is anxious. Nothing feels cheaply made, and Morally Poisonous has carried out a great job in making the proprietor really feel like they’ve obtained their cash’s price. They’re pleased with their UK origins (“It began in a Hen Shed, in Stagsden, Bedfordshire,” because the About Us web page says on the web site). Spot the city’s identify clearly embossed on the zipper pulls.
Discover the YKK Aquaguard safety together with the zipper tape of the (open) laptop computer and pill compartment? That’s an bonus to maintain water out of there as a lot as attainable. I simply want it had been additionally added to the primary compartment the place the cameras are saved.
There’s additionally a removable, padded waist strap. The corporate has actually given lots of thought to consolation on this mannequin.
Ease of Use
The Valkyrie 20L is fairly simple relating to organizing the inside. It’s important to use a bit extra power than you assume you’d want to tug out these smaller dividers. The velcro on these dividers grips the insides of the backpack so tightly that I assumed they’d scream in ache if I attempted any more durable to tug them out. Finally, while you do handle to get them out, they really feel totally different in your hand. I’m pretty sure you’ll have by no means seen or felt a extra inflexible digicam bag divider. The dividers don’t sag below the load of my digicam or lenses when the bag is on my shoulders.
When you’ve custom-made the place of the dividers, you begin to innovate utilizing the inbuilt sleeves on the smaller dividers. For those who don’t really feel the necessity to use them, you’ll be able to at all times tuck them again in.
The water resistant Frog pocket might be not one thing you’d entry usually. Normally, you must put down the bag to make use of this pocket. It’s additionally price mentioning that you just received’t be capable of preserve any dividers within the decrease portion of your bag ought to it’s worthwhile to use this pocket. The inner lining must be pushed again into the bag when utilizing this house, and the dividers would forestall this from taking place.
Pull down on these straps to tighten the shoulder straps and pull up the bag for a extra snug match.
Tucked away nearly invisibly below the backpack is the rain cowl. Not a lot use for it right here in Dubai, however I would benefit from it after I take this bag into the desert for photoshoots.
It’s in all probability safer to place the backpack down on a flat floor when placing in and taking out digicam gear. Think about making an attempt to open a packed Valkyrie like I did, then hanging the digicam in your neck and zipping the bag to shut it.
- Comfy to put on even when the design appears to be like squarish
- Head turning design and patterns
- Inflexible inner dividers
- Loads of effectively thought out storage areas
- Giant waterproof storage pocket that doesn’t take up house when not wanted
- All of the zipper tapes ought to have had the YKK Aquaguard system. Why cease at simply the one within the laptop computer compartment?
- I feel the backpack might have benefited from eradicating the decrease exterior aspect pocket and including a zippered opening into the within for simple entry to a fundamental digicam.
The Morally Poisonous Valkyrie backpack is a robust entry into an already saturated digicam bag market. Nevertheless, it doesn’t really feel like an entry mannequin in any means. Drawing on over a decade of business expertise, father or mother firm 3LeggedThing have made a digicam bag that’s purposeful and handsome. I particularly just like the rigidity of the interior dividers: they’re fairly in contrast to any I’ve seen or used earlier than.
We’re giving this unhealthy 4 out of 5 stars.