Award-winning fashion accessories brand HEX has just unveiled its 2018 camera bag line, the Ranger Collection! Input from top photographers, who tested the bags during their everyday grind over a period of time, had been integral in their development, because no one truly understands photographers’ needs than actual photographers themselves, right?
A backpack and a body bag, aptly called The Clamshell Backpack and The Sling respectively, comprise the “unique and very intuitive” Ranger Collection. Both bags combine form and function, are comfortable, and created to look unassuming enough to hide the fact that expensive photography gear is carried inside them.
The Clamshell Backpack is customizable inside and out, depending on its owner’s preference and needs. For starters, it boasts of a patent-pending design that “allows the photographer total control in setting up the bag to be top, left, or right-side loading.” Inside, EVA foam partitions make the internal compartment structure fully customizable.
Other features for The Clamshell Backpack are:
- Fully padded and faux-fur lined device pockets for phone and laptop
- A hideaway rain-fly, pass-thru luggage partition to allow the bag to be used in conjunction with roller luggage
- A new shoulder strap design for added comfort
- Numerous accessory pockets
- Water bottle holder
- Security clip
- Molle systems
- Compressions straps
- Tripod straps
Meanwhile, The Sling was designed to function as a day bag “for shorter, more focused excursions.” A fold-out bottom pad allows the bag to be folded flat, while removable foam dividers can be added during use to provide both structure to the bag and protection to your gear.
Other features of The Sling are:
- A roomy main compartment
- Separate faux-fur lined pockets for both phone and tablet
- Compression straps
- Mini tripod straps
- Two discrete stash pockets
Per Trent Valladres, co-founder of HEX, “We have been really involved in the photography community for many years and we are very excited to have had the opportunity to include input from photographers into these bags. We think the results speak for themselves.”
The Clamshell Backpack retails for $199.95 and The Sling for $99.95. Both available in all-black Cordura and in camo on HEX’s website.