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Best-Camera-Bag-Boundary-Supply

Best Camera Bag – The Sixth Annual Carry Awards

by , June 4, 2018

1st Place

Boundary Supply Prima System

Most camera bags are designed to do one thing well – carry camera gear. But the Boundary Supply Prima System isn’t like most camera bags. By building modular adaptability into their Prima System, Boundary Supply have created a bag that ultra-efficiently nails photography, everyday and travel carry needs – and has taken the world by storm because of it.

Boundary Supply Prima System

All the elements of greatness are here. A durable and water-resistant build using bluesign® fabrics and sustainable construction, backed by a lifetime guarantee. Stylishly versatile aesthetics that look good in the city but embrace outdoor and changing travel settings too. Simple and easy access with magnetic buckles, a central zipper to the main compartment, and side access to your camera gear. And of course the modular components themselves. The Prima Pack, the Verge Case for photography equipment, and the Fieldspace for smaller work and EDC items. All of which can be used as standalone pieces or as a highly adaptable system.

But what takes the Prima System to the next level is how these elements have been brought together. There’s remarkable design harmony here, something rarely seen achieved at this level. The Prima is an exceptional pack, and a worthy winner. Massive congratulations, Boundary Supply!

Boundary Supply Prima System

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Highly Commended

These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.

Shimoda Explore System

Shimoda-Explore-Highly-Commended

Adventure photography puts camera gear through some of the most demanding environments on earth. But to really excel in those environments, these bags need more than just a burly build. So Shimoda Designs set out to create a better adventure photography bag. A bag that would solve real problems. Guided by the design expertise of Ian Millar (former Product and Development Director at f-stop), the Explore system features two packs, the Explore 40 and Explore 60. Through engaging with numerous professional adventure photographers, Shimoda Designs has created a system that solves pain points related to gear access, fit and comfort, changing gear configurations and more.

They’ve really thought of everything. And brought these features together in designs that don’t feel awkward or cluttered. The Explore System pushes the boundaries of adventure photography bags, delivering dialed-in features to help you push further and achieve more. Kudos, Shimoda Designs!


Wotancraft Commander 

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By its nature, camera carry should be functional. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful too. Function at the expense of form is an area where many brands fall down. But not Wotancraft. The Taiwanese brand finds a careful balance of practicality and attractive aesthetics. And the Wotancraft Commander is a fine example of their expertise in doing so.

The heritage vibes are undeniable, but Wotancraft makes those eye-catching aesthetics work in a highly functional form built for modern-day use. Left and right side access lets you quickly get to gear on the go, while a separate laptop compartment and a variety of pockets keep tech and accessories within easy reach too. But Wotancraft knows there’s always room for improvement, which is why they’ve incorporated a number of 2018 updates to the pack too. Adjusted dimensions to accommodate large full-frame DSLRs with a battery grip. Detachable Latex foam shoulder pads, a detachable leather chest strap and an inbuilt aluminum frame for improved carry comfort and structure. And a medical grade microfiber lining that’s Velcro compatible to tailor your setup with dividers and modular accessories. The Commander is an excellent demonstration of form and function brought together in a considered way. A design that strives for better, from a brand not content to rest on its laurels. Well done, Wotancraft!

  • http://thinktankphoto.com/ thinkTank Photo

    Congratulations to the winners! We were certainly pleased to be nominated, maybe next year! We shall shine our shoes.

    • TeamCarryology

      Next year @thinkTankphoto:disqus! We look forward to checking out what you’ve got in store for 2018/19!

  • qin

    Has the team extensively tested the Boundary Prima System? Before I bought the backpack, I checked every review of the bag but nearly none of the reviews out there had real life testing. There’re a lot of promising features in the bag and the materials are very impressive.

    But after I received the backpack and became a real user in the field, the experience isn’t as good as it was wished to be.

    1. The verge case as an insert is a bright idea. But it was a poorly executed one. It used very thick materials and round design to offer more protection. However, as a mirrorless user who uses Fuji and Sony A7 series, the verge case can barely fit A7ii with 50mm lens plus a 85mm prime lens. It’s very tight. No review describes how small the verge case is, comparing to other similarly designed bags like PRVKE 21.
    2. The verge case is attached to the bag with two snap on buttons. The buttons are very well made and you can feel the quality. However, the verge case has a smaller width compared to the internal dimension of the backpack. The verge is only attached to the backpack on ONE side. When I have my A7II and another lens in the verge case, it sinks to the bottom of the backpack quite a bit. It’s awkwardly placed in the backpack. The backpack is thus unbalanced with just my mirrorless setup.
    3. As a result of the lack of balance, and weight of the verge case attached on only the right side of the backpack, where the two snap buttons are located, the overall shape of the backpack is ruined. It’s worse when you have a center zipper that can always show the shape of the backpack when you’re wearing. Your center zipper will always tilt to the side of the verge case.
    4. Because of the room left out between the bottom of the backpack and the verge case, and the verge case sinking in because of the weight, it’s REALLY hard to retrieve your gear with quick-access door. Again, it’s another conceptually great design, but poorly performed feature. It was a lot of effort to take my A7ii out from that side door.
    5. The verge case is expandable. Great thoughts over there, but it expands to the bottom. You still only have one divider. So it’s only useful when you’re trying to fit in a longer lens with a long length. It doesn’t create additional dividers when you want to put another 2 prime lens in. You’re stuck with 2 compartments in the verge case.
    6. The bottom of the bag curves up and makes the backpack absolutely impossible to stand on its own. It’s not as a big issue as the other ones.
    7. To support Bo Ismono’s points from his short look video, Boundary prima systems weights really heavy and has a hard time maintaining its shape when it’s not completely full. You can find Bo testing an earlier version on his channel.

    In short, REALLY try it on for an extended period of time before you decide to keep it. Just by reading the online reviews, you may conclude that this is the perfect bag, but it’s the real life uses that make this backpack not so great. Don’t just look at unboxing videos or descriptive recommendations like the one above. Really try to find users who had longer experience with the backpack.

    About return policy of Boundary, I was told they will not accept any return if the backpack has been used.
    When you want to try it out, don’t use it outdoors and try to keep it new.

  • Mark

    As a regular bag, I’m sure the Boundary Supply Prima is great, however as a camera bag, it fails to do a lot of things.

    -The Verge case does not fit cleanly into the bag and creates an awkward space below and surrounding it. It’s an inefficient use of space.
    -It is too narrow to fit more than an SLR w/ moderate sized lens, and still narrow for a mirrorless camera.

    “By building modular adaptability into their Prima System, Boundary Supply have created a bag that ultra-efficiently nails photography, everyday and travel carry needs – and has taken the world by storm because of it.”

    Many people are still without their bags and still waiting for it to ship.

    As a travel bag, it fits 1 large packing cube, and will no longer fit the camera gear, or 1 small camera cube, the camera gear, and it’ll be bursting at the seams.

    In addition to this, there are very few reviews to be found that actually sing praises for this bag.

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