From the shed (as they wish to name it) of UK-based digital camera bag and tripod model 3LeggedThing comes an all-new backpack sequence – the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie. 3LeggedThing is well-known within the trade for its daring colours and progressive designs, and the brand new Morally Poisonous model is not any deviation from this. Say hey to some shiny exteriors with not-so-subtle patterns. There are some fabulous useful additions of their first sequence of backpacks (referred to as Valkyrie). Accessible in three colours and two sizes, the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie baggage goal to problem standard digital camera bag design by weaving in premium high quality and extraordinary fashion. I spent just a few 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 digital camera bag section of the images trade by equipment producer 3LeggedThing. The outside cloth of the Valkyrie mannequin is fabricated from 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 suits properly when you’re touring. Along with the usual tripod holding straps and elastic straps to carry your water bottle, there are additionally just a few 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, additionally they incorporate a sleeve/pocket on one facet to retailer small equipment like cables or lens caps. There’s additionally what 3LeggedThing calls a Frog pocket. This can be a giant, separate compartment on the again the place you’ll be able to safely hold moist or damp clothes (and even an underwater digital camera) with out it damaging the gear in the primary bag. The outside materials is the true star although. Positive to show heads in public because of its reflective materials, the Morally Poisonous Valkyrie is available in 20L and 25L sizes in Onyx, Emerald, and Sapphire (seen under).
Execs and Cons
Eye catching, trendy, and individually patterned exterior designInternal dividers with robust velcro and inbuilt sleeves/pocketsWater resistant ‘Frog pocket’ to retailer damp or moist objects safelyLiquid and stain repellent exterior fabricLaptop storage compartment is strengthened by YKK Aquagard zippersComfortable to put on and stroll with. Shoulder straps don’t slip offRain cowl tucked away out of sight5 12 months 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 obtained. It’s a one among a form design, however it’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 baggage get the very same design.
I’ve owned a good variety of digital camera baggage 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 under gear:
Nikon FM2 with Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (generally changed with my Z6 II and Nikon 50mm 1.8s lens)Yashica Electro 35 GNNikon 105mm f2.8 lensNikon 24-70 f4 S lensLaowa 10-18mm Z mount lensSyrp Genie MiniFreewell VND Magnetic filtersJOBY GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead XGodox A1 flashGiottos small blower
You would simply slot in a gripped DSLR with a 70-200 lens hooked up in the event you needed to. The dividers are robust sufficient to carry the burden of this combo once you hoist the bag onto your shoulders.
As supplied by Morally Poisonous of their Data sheet:
The final word backpack for photographers who’re bored with plain, corporate-looking digital camera baggage.Luxurious digital camera backpack in 2 sizes – Medium (20L), and Massive (25L)Comprised of premium materials handled to guard towards liquids and stainsWater-resistant “Frog” pocket retains moist objects separate from electronicsClever storage together with dividers with built-in pockets for superior organisationLaptop and pill storage separate from customers’ digital camera gearChoice of three colors: ONYX, EMERALD, SAPPHIREValkyrie: Medium SRP: £259.99 / US$299.99Valkyrie: Massive SRP: £269.99 / US$309.99
I spent about 4 days testing the Valkyrie 20L backpack in numerous areas round city, with various quantities of kit 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 seen from the edges.
The shoulder straps have an adjustable buckle system to realize a extra comfortable match in your chest.
The frog pocket (seen open right here) isn’t precisely for storing cameras, however you get an concept of its measurement.
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 obvious 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 beneficial to shortly detach and fasten your tripod. You may 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 lets you hold a pill inside. You may 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 may stash just a few enterprise playing cards on the opposite facet of this compartment, as properly 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 under this. I hate stretchy pockets turning into free over time, however the materials used within the Valkyrie looks like it gained’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 facet of the backpack. I used one among them to retailer a sanitiser aerosol can.
Construct High quality
I’ve bought no complaints so far as the standard is worried. Nothing feels cheaply made, and Morally Poisonous has completed a great job in making the proprietor really feel like they’ve bought their cash’s value. 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 doable. 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 loads of thought to consolation on this mannequin.
Ease of Use
Don’t let that plush materials idiot you. The divider is sturdy and inflexible.
The Valkyrie 20L is fairly easy with regards to organizing the inside. It’s a must 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 tougher to tug them out. Ultimately, once 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 digital camera bag divider. The dividers don’t sag underneath the burden of my digital camera 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. Should you 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. Generally, you need to put down the bag to make use of this pocket. It’s additionally value mentioning that you simply gained’t be capable to hold any dividers within the decrease portion of your bag ought to you could use this pocket. The inner lining must be pushed again into the bag when utilizing this house, and the dividers would stop this from occurring.
Pull down on these straps to tighten the shoulder straps and pull up the bag for a extra snug match.
Tucked away virtually invisibly underneath 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 most likely safer to place the backpack down on a flat floor when placing in and taking out digital camera gear. Think about attempting to open a packed Valkyrie like I did, then hanging the digital camera in your neck and zipping the bag to shut it.
Comfy to put on even when the design appears to be like squarishHead turning design and patternsRigid inner dividersPlenty of properly thought out storage areasLarge 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 believe the backpack might have benefited from eradicating the decrease exterior facet pocket and including a zippered opening into the within for simple entry to a principal digital camera.
The Morally Poisonous Valkyrie backpack is a powerful entry into an already saturated digital camera bag market. Nevertheless, it doesn’t really feel like an entry mannequin in any approach. Drawing on over a decade of trade expertise, mum or dad firm 3LeggedThing have made a digital camera bag that’s useful and handsome. I particularly just like the rigidity of the interior dividers: they’re fairly not like any I’ve seen or used earlier than.
We’re giving this unhealthy 4 out of 5 stars.