The most important part of something that stays on your back for several hours is comfort, and Wandrd nails it. The company has upgraded the padding on the back and shoulders, so it is very much pillow, as if someone is holding a pillow against your spine. The straps are wide and don’t dig into the shoulders, and I like to use the chest strap to further reduce the pressure. Initially I switched from messenger bags to backpack to stop making sick shoulders, and the Prvke feels really good to put on.
I also like the attention to detail. Each unique strap comes with an elastic band, so you can perfectly enrich any annoying and dangling strings. The two handles on top are magnetized, so they stick together instead of flashing around. (These magnets are even stronger in version 2.0.) And there’s now a passage for luggage, so you don’t need to drag it around the airport!
The whole thing is made from Robic 1680D ballistic nylon tarpaulin, with YKK weather-resistant zippers (and really great zippers!) And a durable, polyurethane-coated fabric on the inside to repel water. It’s safe to say that you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Seriously, my original Prvke looks pretty like new despite constant use. I also brought the new version in heavy rain, and my gear didn’t get wet on the menu.
Glorious, Glorious Pockets
Pockets can make or break a camera bag. Because every photographer is a unique bright star, and the cameras, lenses, and SD cards they choose are all different, the Prvke doesn’t come with a predefined camera cube. If you don’t want to buy on paper, you can pick up the right Photo Bundle for any size you buy, which includes a removable cube and accessory straps.
You don’t have to to get have both. I don’t use straps, but they can be useful if you want to tie on a larger piece of equipment, such as a tripod, to the outside of the bag. The Essential Cube is real, though. In the 31L, I can put in my camera, a shotgun microphone, another lens, and a chunky external monitor, with room for more. In the 11L, I can squish in my camera, the gun microphone, and another small lens. Adjustable velcro dividers keep everything in place.
I can access the camera through the side pocket without removing the bag from my back, but for the rest I need to remove it. The original Prvke had a flap that covered the cube on the inside, which was annoying. Fortunately, Wandrd has removed it, so the equipment to attack is a more simplified process now.