Adventure Photography Camera Bags by Clik Elite

Why the Clik Elite Pro-Express was the perfect bag for this occasion.

ALEX-CHAMBERLAINI’m one of those people who will try to carry too many grocery sacks from the car to the kitchen table in order to save myself a trip. As a consequence, I’m also one of those people who drops the eggs a lot. Oddly enough, it’s usually only after I’m cleaning yolk off the garage floor that I realize I was acting stupidly. Saving the extra trip back to the car just seemed so. . . worth it, at the time. For some reason, there’s a drive inside of me that hates to leave something behind.
I get eggs for $2 a dozen, so as wasteful and ridiculous as my little problem is, its never really been a major issue for me. But here’s the clincher: I have the same problem with my camera gear. Thankfully, I’m a little more careful, and I have yet to send a camera body or a lens to the pavement, but I’ve come painfully close several times. From a practical standpoint, maybe I should carry less gear, but I hate to leave anything behind, because I know I’ll end up needing it.
Last October, I found myself purchasing a plane ticket for a last-minute trip to the Photo Plus show in New York City.Alex Chamberlain_newyork
Since I don’t ever place camera gear in checked luggage, this began a quest to determine how much of my beloved gear I could fit into a carry-on. A quick email to the crew at Clik Elite detailing an inventory of my gear, however, cut my quest short with a very elegant solution: Clik’s Pro-Express pack. CE713BK-ProExpress-BLACK-SMALL-3-A
As the moniker implies, it’s basically a smaller, air-travel-friendly version of their Pro-Elite pack. Like many of Clik’s packs, it’s equipped with a bladder pocket for water, a rain-fly, a neutral gray interior for emergency white balancing, and modular velcro inserts for compartmentalizing gear to your exact needs. I found that I was able to fit my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, My 24-70 f/2.8 L II, my 14mm f/2.8, my EOS 6D body, as well as my Macbook
Pro, my iPad, and every charger and spare battery I needed for the entire trip. It even carried my lunch when I was at the show! My one complaint, since I was attending a conference, was the lack of a pen holster, but seriously: I couldn’t believe I had all of that gear in a carry-on!
One feature I also came to appreciate during my first week of homeless use, are the flappy edges of the lid. Clik calls this the “workspace lid,” and I think that’s appropriate. When I change lenses, or assemble my kit for a shoot, it’s really nice to have a place to set my gear that won’t grind sand or scratches into the camera body, so my pack lid usually gets to be the work bench.
The Pro Express has flaps around the edge of the lid that flip up to keep lenses, etc. from rolling off the edge of the lid onto the floor (I have this problem. . . remember?).

CE713BK-ProExpress-BLACK-SMALL-2-ACherie from Clik was kind enough to explain that feature to me when I picked up the pack, or I might never have noticed it, but it paid for itself within a week of loading the pack up when it saved my 24-70 from a drop onto a New York sidewalk.

New York was a bit of an odd fit for me, photographically, and I found by the end of the show that I was more than ready to return to the clear night skies and rocky open spaces of my home. I thought about going back to my larger pack upon my return, but in a sense, I guess I never really unpacked from that New York trip.
Most of my gear still sits in my Pro Express. I’ve set it on sandstone, hung it from tripods, balanced it in trees and bushes, dragged it with me every day to the university where I teach, and never dropped a piece of gear from it. It still looks like I just pulled it off the shelf, too. The thing can really take a beating, which makes it a good fit for me. Maybe I need to start putting my groceries in it!
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