MindShift Gear, the sister company of ThinkTank Photo, has released its all new Exposure messenger bag lineup. Like its backpacks, the MindShift Exposure lineup is made with outdoor photographers in mind, complete with water-repellent material and a rugged bottom.

The Exposure shoulder bags come in two versions: the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15. As the names suggest, the Exposure 13 can fit a 13-inch laptop, as well as one ungripped DSLR with a 24–70mm F2.8 attached and 2–3 extra lenses depending on your setup. Moving up, the Exposure 15 can fit a 15-inch laptop, as well as one ungripped DSLR with a 70–200mm F2.8 lens attached and 2–5 extra lenses depending on the glass you’re packing. Both bags can also hold up to a 10-inch tablet inside a zippered pocket.

As for looks, the bags are available in two color schemes: Black and Solar Flare, the latter of which is essentially gunmetal grey with orange accents.

Here's a closer look:

Looks and capacity aren't the Exposure lineup's selling point though; these bags were purpose built to handle inclement weather.

The Exposure 13 and 15 were constructed out of durable water-repellant (DWR) fabric and lined with a polyurethane coating, with integrated waterproof sailcloth panels for increased protection from the elements. And for those times when you need to set the bag down, MindShift has constructed the bottom of the bag with Tarpaulin, a strong waterproof fabric that shouldn’t have a problem keeping your gear dry. Finally, if the weather gets even more demanding, there’s also an included rain cover.

The Exposure 13 and 15 messenger bags are available now for $160 and $170, respectively. To learn more, visit the MindShift Gear website.

Press Release

MindShift Gear’s “Exposure” Shoulder Bags Offer the Ultimate in Durability and Weather Protection for Outdoor Photographers

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments. A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down.

Exposure shoulder bags come in two models, the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15, and in two colors, Black and Solar Flare. The Exposure 13 fits a 13” laptop; the Exposure 15 fits 15” laptops. A 10” tablet fits in zippered pocket.

​“We believe it is time for outdoor photographers to have the optimal level of weather protection and durability in a shoulder bag,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer. “The X-Pac™ technology we employed is a four-layer laminated waterproof sailcloth material. It is abrasion resistant and the C6DWR coating meets current environmental concerns and regulations. Many of the large outdoor companies are using this level of DWR coating now.”


• YKK® AquaGuard® weather-resistant zippered front pocket sized for today’s large phones

• Weather Wings on flap for additional weather protection

• Anodized aluminum hardware is lightweight and resists corrosion

• Tripod attachment straps included

• Comfortably padded neoprene shoulder strap with easy adjustment

• Luggage handle pass-through

• Customizable divider layout for stacking short lenses

• Internal pockets hold batteries, card wallets, and other accessories

• Ultra-Stretch mesh water-bottle pocket fits most 1 liter water bottles and secures with an elastic cord-lock

• Deluxe organizer located in wide zippered pocket

• Gusseted pockets allow for large objects

• Compatible with the MindShift Filter Nest, Filter Hive, and Switch Case (sold separately)

• Compatible with the Peak Design Capture Clip and the SpiderLight Camera Holster

• Seam-sealed rain cover included


Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK® AquaGuard® (weather resistant) zippers, high-performance Sailcloth, 420D velocity nylon, 600D polyester, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, UltraMesh pockets, anodized aluminum hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: PE board reinforced removable closed-cell foam dividers, 200D liner, PU backed nylex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


Exposure 13

Exterior Dimensions: 16.1” W x 10.6” H x 6.5” D (41 x 27 x 16.5 cm)

Interior Camera Compartment: 13.8” W x 9.1” H x 4.9” D (35 x 23 x 12.5 cm)

Laptop Pocket: 13.3” W x 9.6” H x 1” D (34 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm)

Tablet Pocket: 11.8” W x 4.7” H x 0.8” D (30 x 12 x 2 cm)

Phone Pocket: 4.7” W x 6.7” H (12 x 17 cm)

Weight: 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kg) - With all accessories included

Exposure 15

Exterior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 12.2” H x 7.1” D (44 x 31 x 18 cm)

Interior Camera Compartment: 15.7” W x 10.4” H x 5.1” D (40 x 26.5 x 13 cm)

Laptop Pocket: 15.4” W x 11” H x 1.2” D (39 x 28 x 3 cm)

Tablet Pocket: 13.4” W x 9.4” H x 0.8” D (34 x 24 x 2 cm)

Phone Pocket: 5.5” W x 6.7” H (14 x 17 cm)

Weight: 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg) - With all accessories included