Cosyspeed: updates on actual shipping + feedback on products

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starfly Senior Member • Posts: 1,104
Re: Pretty nice backpack!

Chris 222 wrote:

starfly wrote:

Well I received the backpack. Looks and feels well made. The bottom isn't rubberized though, it's just a thicker nylon like material than the rest of the bag (perhaps a final change from the prototype Chris tested).

Nope, no change. This was already addressed above. Basically Vaude used the standard industry practice of a stronger material that receives a slightly different coating.

I think we can safely assume that "rubberized" is just one of the many odd or just bad translations from German on the CS site.

I'm actually glad it's not rubberized, as that type of material tends to flake off with age anyway. Starts to look ugly and can make an otherwise decent bag look completely worn out.

I for some reason received two XL cubes. One was in the backpack and is just all gray, the other one is the black one listed on their website.

Check the provenance on the grey/beige one: Vietnam or China?

Also, check the dividers on the grey/beige one. Does the hook side actually adhere to the loop lining of the Cube? On the one I initially received there was practically no grip.

I can't tell where the gray one was made, but the dividers don't stick at all to the sides. Terrible velcro they're using. In that sense, glad they included the other cube as well, as in that one the velcro sticks just fine.

The black one feels much sturdier than the gray one. Gray has hard panels on both long sides, but the two short sides don't have it. The black one has hard panels on all sides, so seems like the better cube.

Actually the grey one is FAR stronger (I found out the hard way, check my review again.)

I'm sure it is, but what I like about the black cube is that the top and bottom sides also have thick padding. Particularly for the bottom I like that, as that's where I can fit my 100-500 lens.

The gray one has absolutely no padding down there, so when setting the bag on the ground there would be no protection for any lenses on that side.

BUT, the black one is ever so slightly longer than the gray one, making it harder to open up the cube while it's in the backpack than the gray one.

Yup, the CEO told me they would do that. Never said why but I agree that it makes access to the zipper a little more difficult. What I suggest doing is simply zip both sides up to about two inches from the top. Don't worry, you gear won't go anywhere.

Yep, that's what I did last night, figured there's not need to fully close it each time.

I'll need to see which one I'll like using more. It's between a stronger sturdier cube and one that's easier to open.

The side zipped laptop compartment is nice, fits my 14" laptop easily. And then the main part of the backpack has a divider that you can zip open or leave it closed. I'll leave it closed as I can put in a few odds an ends there while traveling (such as headphones, books, etc.). And then the brain has a mesh pocket underneath it, good spot for passports and such. And the top part has a couple of organizational pockets and otherwise just a large open space.

Comfort is good, though the straps run a little close to my neck, will see how that fares while carrying it for many hours (hoping it doesn't rub my skin).

Probably just simple adjustments needed, this takes time and many miles (all packs behave differently while loaded and actually used out there.)

These are my short initial impressions.

Thanks for sharing!

And remember how we do it (FAQ 1): minimum of 100 miles (~161 kms) and 10,000 feet (~3000 meters) elevation (up and down mountains) testing the pack with varying loads, terrains and weather.

Yeah, I'll get to test it in the coming months. But I can already tell it'll be a keeper either way. Perhaps not as feature rich as some dedicated photography backpacks, but those carry like bricks anyway. It has enough features to satisfy my needs. And it's great you can just remove the cube and turn it into a fully fledged hiking pack when photography gear isn't needed (but who am I kidding, I'll always have at least some photography gear on me).

Oh, and my tripod fits perfectly well in one of the side pockets.  Somehow putting it on my left feels more natural.  I could put it centered on the outside of the pack in the large mesh pocket, but that pocket will then probably wear out pretty quickly.

Now it's time to cut out or blacken-out the "photohiker" branding

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