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I’ve lived in cities my entire life. Through my photography and journalism career, I’ve moved between messenger bags and backpacks. Very few camera bags seem to get everything right. Trust me, we’ve reviewed the most of any photo publication. We’ve known about the OneGo backpack for a while now. It addresses the needs of a photographer who lives in the big city. Innovation with camera bags is pretty rare these days, but the OneGo backpack is doing things a bit differently.
Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post by PGY Tech.
OneGo BackPack Standout Features
- Waterproof design. It’s got a new coating that really makes this possible.
- Dustproof build quality for when you’re going on a hike.
- YKK zippers.
- Proper loops on the bottom of the OneGo Backpack for storing a tripod. This is HUGE for balancing weight on your back.
- It’s got a waist strap and a chest strap, which keep it from hurting your back. And they really make the difference when you’re ready to go walking from one airport terminal to the next.
- It’s got what they call an AirFiber back panel as well as a honeycomb-structured TPR strap padding to dispersing the pressure by up to 50 %. This basically makes sure that your back isn’t sweaty from a day of photo walking, and that you’re comfortable.
- The OneGo has dual side quick access zippers.
- The top section uses a magnetic buckle system.
- There’s enough space for a 16-inch Macbook Pro.
- You can store your passport safely.
- Inside the bag are Magnetic battery power indicators—these double as a 1/4″ wrench to undo a tripod plate.
- It comes in Obsidian Black, Deep Navy, Sand Beige, and Shell Grey.
- OneGo has a clamshell design that can fully open in the front, which makes it easy to access the contents of the bag while enjoying the large compacity.
- The main compartment uses the detachable dividers with the latch and loop design for customizable storage.
The OneGo Backpack Takes Build Quality Seriously
If you’ve read our website for a while, you’ll know that we test gear in rough conditions all the time. So camera bags that can handle rain and snow are super important. In the past few years, the photo industry’s customers have seen just how important that is. What’s more, the OneGo Backpack is a nod to long term durability. And who doesn’t want that? These days, there’s something to be said for camera bags that can probably be handed down to a future generation the way many others have. Similarly, you’d be ecstatic to inherit your grandfather’s old Leica camera set.
Perhaps for me, the biggest thing is all the straps. Too many backpacks have come out that don’t have both chest straps and waist straps. They should be an industry standard at this point. If you just have a chest strap, then the weight can be too much on your shoulders. With just a waist strap, your backpack straps can sometimes feel too loose unless you tighten them a lot. But with the backpack straps, waist straps, and chest straps working together, you’ve got better balance.
What’s more, one of the core feature of the design is that the shoulder strap uses the honey-structured TPR padding that can disperse pressure up to 50%, And don’t forget about the AirFiber Back panel, which makes things breathable for your shirt.
All this means so much when you consider the lower strap system. The OneGo Backpack does what I’ve been asking the industry for years. It puts the tripod carrier on the bottom. Sure, you can still put it on the side if you wish. But why would you bother throwing off your back like that? If you’ve walked around with 35lbs of camera gear, you know that weight management is important. In the past two years, I changed my lifestyle and lost 35lbs of bodyweight. So when I carry a lot of camera gear these days, my body works a lot less. Specifically, putting things like heavy tripods on the bottom lets me manage the weight on my back much better. And in my experience, the heavier tripods always last so much longer than lighter ones. One particular situation that this really comes in handy in is with walking up steep hills. Sometimes when going up, I feel I need to have one hand securing my camera bag in place. The other hand is carefully ensuring I don’t slip or fall. But with a centered tripod and straps hugging my torso, I’ve got better control.
Better yet, if you ride your bike with camera gear on your back, you’ll be better balanced!
One really cool thing is that the OneGo Backpack can hold a ton of gear. You can store a camera with a lens, extra lenses, drones, grip accessories, lights, microphones, flashes, filters, etc. All this gear can be accessed from one side or the other. Because the OneGo Backpack is so new, it was designed with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro in mind. We know that a lot of you still use Apple products, so when you’re on the go, this is important. If you’re holding out and hoping that they put the SD card reader back into that laptop, you at least know that the OneGo will be ready for it. The laptop sleeve is designed with a drawable divider to store laptops separately and also easy to draw out the devices. Otherwise, that’s a great place to store an iPad, magazines, lighting gel sheets, prints, and client contracts.
We’re excited to test the OneGo backpack out. And if it’s anything like the OneMo Backpack also by PGYTech, we’re sure we’re going to love it.