A month ago I was asked to review the Uinta backpack from Gura Gear and was excited about using it in the city. Gura Gear makes backpacks for outdoor / travel photographers; however, I instantly noticed some features I have been looking for in a bag for my elopement and wedding coverage needs.
The Uinta bag is created to be your one bag for multiple trips. It is designed with a modular system of storage cubes that can be removed and reconfigured. This helps divide the pack from camera gear to personal gear. Since this bag is compact and flexible, I can easily slide it under an airplane seat and still feel like my gear is well protected. And if I'm carrying a ton of gear, it's super simple to load this bad boy up to carry every little piece I need.
I was using the Thinktank Streetwalker Harddrive for weddings and elopments, which it is huge and bulky. I spent a day walking around with the Uinta loaded down, full with two bodies, two lenses, two flashes, and some modifiers. I noticed right away how the Unita conforms to my body much better than the Thinktank. I was amazed how well the bag takes weight off my shoulders and distributes it to the belt or chest strap, while also allowing adequate airflow to keep me dry instead of a sweaty mess.
This year I've found myself switching between a backpack and a messenger bag, trying to find the option that is best suited for my needs. I have struggled to find a bag that allows quick and easy access to my gear while also providing enough support that I'm not aching at the end of a long wedding day. Most backpacks you have to set down in order to access your gear, and most messenger bags don't offer enough support. The Uinta has a neat system for accessing your gear without having to put the bag down. When you are wearing the belt you can spin the bag around, and it hinges down to access the back flap, which creates a surface to change lenses on with out having to drop your bag on the ground.
The Unita's construction is top notch, from welded zippers to rip resistant material. I honestly wouldn't be worried if I was caught in a rain storm with this bag. The inside provides a ton of pockets and storage compartments, including a laptop sleeve, and I easily found a place for all my batteries, business cards, and cables.
Gura Gear has created a solid back with the Uinta. I truly believe this can be your go to bag for all your events and adventures. With its interchangeable modular system and solid build, this bag can transform into whatever you need for your workday.