Accessory review: MindShift Gear SidePath camera backpack
The MindShift Gear SidePath
$99.99 | MindShiftGear.com
MindShift Gear makes a lot of cool bags; I've used several over the years and have been impressed with their durability. The most recent bag to join the MindShift Gear family is the SidePath. It caught my attention because it features a near identical design to one of my all time favorite camera backpacks, the Lowepro Hatchback. These 'hatchback' style bags consists of two main compartments: an upper area to store personal stuff and a lower area, accessible via the back of the bag, for storing one's camera gear.
I've found this style of bag to be exceptional for everyday use. I almost always have a camera on me (usually a Nikon D750 and 35mm F2), but often need additional room in my bag for carrying my hard drives, extra clothes and a snack. With the SidePath, I have plenty of room to do this. I was also able to keep my camera and hard drives separate from my cloths and food. Also convenient: the bag has a trapdoor to open up the two compartments into one. This makes it a good grocery-getter as well.
The SidePath is available in one size only, and offers a total volume of 14 liters (by comparison, Lowepro has a 16L and 22L version of the Hatchback).
- Exterior Dimensions 10.6" W x 19" H x 5.9" D (26 x 47 x 15 cm)
- Camera Compartment: 9.1" W x 6.7" H x 5.5" D (24 x 15 x 14 cm)
- Tablet Slot: 8.3" W x 9.8" H x 0.6" D (22 x 25 x 2 cm)
- Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg) (includes rain cover)