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Mountainsmith Borealis AT Camera Pack - Recycled Materials

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Information about Mountainsmith Borealis AT Camera Pack - Recycled Materials
Closeouts. Mountainsmith's Borealis AT camera pack delivers celestial performance on technical day hikes and ski photography outings. It features a dedicated camera and lens pocket, back panel cushioning and a supportive waistbelt.
  • Padded top-access compartment with weather-resistant zip holds laptops up to 17"
  • Removable bottom clamshell pocket with adjustable dividers for camera and lens organization
  • Upper compartment with internal zip pocket
  • Front accessory pocket with organizer and internal zip pocket
  • Side compression straps can be used to carry snowboard, skis or snowshoes
  • Hypalon® lens case attachment point
  • Side mesh water bottle pockets
  • Molded back panel
  • Padded, adjustable shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Padded waistbelt with zip pockets
  • Removable rain cover with dedicated pocket
  • Made of 100% recycled PET fabric with 840 denier nylon ballistic reinforcements
  • Made in Viet Nam
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Specs about Mountainsmith Borealis AT Camera Pack - Recycled Materials
  • Pack material: 450 denier ReForge® PET body fabric (100% recycled), 840 denier nylon ballistic reinforcements, 210 denier polyester liner
  • Frame type: Internal
  • Frame material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Pack loading: Top
  • Laptop compatible: Yes
  • Laptop compartment fits up to: 17"
  • Ski carry: Yes
  • Snowboard carry: Yes
  • Recommended use: Daypack
  • Dimensions: 21x13x10"
  • Pack capacity: 1586 cu.in.
  • Volume liters: 26
  • Weight: 5 lb. 1 oz.
  • Fits torsos: 16-22"
  • Pack volume: 25-34 L
  • Pack style: Backpacks
  • Pack gender: Women,Men
  • Made in Viet Nam
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Verified Buyer Reviewed by Carolyn from Washington on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It's great! It might be a little bit big, but I'm just going to deal with it. I really like the design of this pack. As the bottom opens out, I don't need space to lay it down & open the entire top & fold it back to get to everything. It's very well made & has tons of padding. The the sectional came... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Carolyn from Washington on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    It's great! It might be a little bit big, but I'm just going to deal with it. I really like the design of this pack. As the bottom opens out, I don't need space to lay it down & open the entire top & fold it back to get to everything. It's very well made & has tons of padding. The the sectional camera area can be completely pulled out & it can be used as a regular back pack, too. There's more than enough straps & loops for everything you (I?) could think of. I'm a concert photographer & I can't wait to try this pack out next week. It will be best for all day festivals, where I not only need cameras, but I need to take a hoodie or rain jacket, snacks, solar phone chargers, ect.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jeff H from Texas on Monday, July 7, 2014
    Loaded the bag with 2 lenses, camera body, and flash. Had plenty of room for charger, cleaning, iPad and many other items. Even though this is the old design you can't beat STP pricing.
  • Reviewed by Glen from LA, CA on Friday, June 6, 2014
    When we planned an Alaskan cruise in 2012 to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary, I shopped around for camera pack.. I am a big fan of Mountainsmith products, so naturally I checked out their packs. I chose the Borealis over the Parallax because it seemed bigger and sturdier (you know for all the ruggedness I was going to need on the deck of the cruise ship. ha ha). My thinking was that although I didn't need a a heavy duty bag for the cruise, as long as I was buying one, I should get the best I could find/afford.

    The pros:
    1) The construction of the Borealis is rock solid, as I have come to expect from Mountainsmith.
    2) lots of loops and straps to add extra gear that doesn't fit inside the 2 compartments (3 if you count the laptop slot)
    3) straps are very customizable so you should be able to adjust it to get a comfortable fit
    4) the camera storage compartment is very well padded and fully adjustable. You can even remove it if you don't need it and want to use it as a non-camera backpack

    The cons:
    1) The design of the camera compartment makes it very difficult/awkward to access the camera w/o taking the backpack off (as another reviewer mentioned). I guess this is ok if you are trekking to a destination to take photos and don't plan on stopping to take photos along the way. But if you will need to access your camera/photo equipment frequently, it can be annoying.
    2) The bottom of the pack is sloped, not flat, so the pack doesn't really stand-up on it's own, it tends to fall in the direction away from the back of the pack (the strap side). I guess this is better than falling toward the strap side if you set it down on dirt/water/mud/snow so it keeps the part that touches your back clean, but it would be preferable if is stood upright on its own. My guess is that it was designed that way to ease in the opening of the camera section (for you tropical fish enthusiasts, the camera section opens like an Arrowana's mouth), but, again, I found it annoying.
    3) The zipper for the camera compartment. It is a heavy duty zipper, which is great, but for resistance to moisture, there is a flap that covers the zipper. If you don't carefully roll this flap over when you open the camera compartment, the zipper tends to fray the flap. Perhaps a ticky-tack criticism, but would it not have been better to use a moisture resistant zipper instead?
    4) Although this is listed as my #4 con, it is one of the biggest ones: the capacity of the non-camera storage compartments is very limited considering the overall size of the backpack, but I suppose the majority of the space is used for the camera section. But it was just disappointing at how little usable space there was. There are 2 storage compartments + the laptop slot, the bigger one fits an XL hoodie sweatshirt and maybe a couple of bottles of water. You could cram more in, but just to give you a general idea. I just checked the Mountainsmith website and it looks like they have modified the design since I bought mine in 2012 (which is the model that is pictured here). The new design has a less tapered upper portion which should improve the non-camera storage space significantly (think of a station wagon compared to a hatchback).
    I think if I had waited until now to buy this product, my rating would be a 4 or possibly 5 (if some of my other peeves have also been addressed), but for now, it's a 3. Excellent construction and quality, w/ a less than desirable design and disappointingly small non-camera storage.
  • Reviewed by Glen from LA, CA on Friday, June 6, 2014
    When we planned an Alaskan cruise in 2012 to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary, I shopped around for camera pack.. I am a big fan of Mountainsmith products, so naturally I checked out their packs. I chose the Borealis over the Parallax because it seemed bigger and sturdier (you know for all the ruggedness I was going to need on the deck of the cruise ship. ha ha). My thinking was that although I didn't need a a heavy duty bag for the cruise, as long as I was buying one, I should get the best I could find/afford.

    The pros:
    1) The construction of the Borealis is rock solid, as I have come to expect from Mountainsmith.
    2) lots of loops and straps to add extra gear that doesn't fit inside the 2 compartments (3 if you count the laptop slot)
    3) straps are very customizable so you should be able to adjust it to get a comfortable fit
    4) the camera storage compartment is very well padded and fully adjustable. You can even remove it if you don't need it and want to use it as a non-camera backpack

    The cons:
    1) The design of the camera compartment makes it very difficult/awkward to access the camera w/o taking the backpack off (as another reviewer mentioned). I guess this is ok if you are trekking to a destination to take photos and don't plan on stopping to take photos along the way. But if you will need to access your camera/photo equipment frequently, it can be annoying.
    2) The bottom of the pack is sloped, not flat, so the pack doesn't really stand-up on it's own, it tends to fall in the direction away from the back of the pack (the strap side). I guess this is better than falling toward the strap side if you set it down on dirt/water/mud/snow so it keeps the part that touches your back clean, but it would be preferable if is stood upright on its own. My guess is that it was designed that way to ease in the opening of the camera section (for you tropical fish enthusiasts, the camera section opens like an Arrowana's mouth), but, again, I found it annoying.
    3) The zipper for the camera compartment. It is a heavy duty zipper, which is great, but for resistance to moisture, there is a flap that covers the zipper. If you don't carefully roll this flap over when you open the camera compartment, the zipper tends to fray the flap. Perhaps a ticky-tack criticism, but would it not have been better to use a moisture resistant zipper instead?
    4) Although this is listed as my #4 con, it is one of the biggest ones: the capacity of the non-camera storage compartments is very limited considering the overall size of the backpack, but I suppose the majority of the space is used for the camera section. But it was just disappointing at how little usable space there was. There are 2 storage compartments + the laptop slot, the bigger one fits an XL hoodie sweatshirt and maybe a couple of bottles of water. You could cram more in, but just to give you a general idea. I just checked the Mountainsmith website and it looks like they have modified the design since I bought mine in 2012 (which is the model that is pictured here). The new design has a less tapered upper portion which should improve the non-camera storage space significantly (think of a station wagon compared to a hatchback).
    I think if I had waited until now to buy this product, my rating would be a 4 or possibly 5 (if some of my other peeves have also been addressed), but for now, it's a 3. Excellent construction and quality, w/ a less than desirable design and disappointingly small non-camera storage.
    1) as another reviewer pointed out, you pretty much have to take off the pack in order to access your camera which is very inconvenient.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by vergoin from IL on Monday, June 2, 2014
    This bag fits all my camera gear with room for my laptop, Ipad and other electronic gear. Only downside is you have to take it off to remove camera. I look forward to use this in Alaska this July.

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    • Answer Should not be a problem. The bottom (camera) portion has adjustable borders, but is set-up for a camera (plus lens) in the middle and there are 4 other sections in the corners for lenses, flash, etc.... I bought a Canon T3i package from cCstco and it came w/ the camera and, 18-55mm & 55-250mm EFS lenses. The camera with 55-250 lens fits in the camera compartment. So in the base, you should be able to fit a camera (& lens) and 4 lenses/accessories plus the compartment(s) up top.
      Answered on 6/26/2014 12:16:02 PM by Glen from CA
    • Answer Yes I have a 55-300mm lens on a nikon d5300 and it fits with hood off, and thera several places to store additional lenses in the camera carpartment. I also fit a 15" laptop, IPad and many other electronic stuff in the upper compartment
      Answered on 6/26/2014 12:58:04 PM by vergoin from IL