I'm not a big cannabis lover... Let me re-phrase that, I don't know much about cannabis, but I do know that one of the many species of the plant is Hemp. This particular plant has been used to manufacture products like paper and rope for centuries and after a steady decline in its use, has started to see a comeback in recent times due to its ecological safety.
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Specification
- Zipper fastening
- Adjustable Shoulder Straps
- Two front pockets
- Side bottle holder pocket
- Side slot for small tripod
- Waterproof covering
- Weight: 875g
- H/W/D: 31x27x17cm
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Features
The bag is only small and barely covers half of my back when on, but still has ten pockets, eleven including the one that houses the waterproof cover on the underneath. The main compartment will comfortably hold an SLR body and around four or five lenses depending on the size of them.
The dividers are attached to the bag by heavy duty velcro strips and will keep your equipment in place. Most pockets are either zipped or elasticated so any objects put in will not come back out in a hurry and the only exceptions are the front two pockets. The map pocket does have a zip, and the pockets within are designed for pens and small torches, maybe even a swiss army knife. There is also the inclusion of a Karabiner to hold your map.
The shoulder straps have a chest clip across the middle to hold the bag in place and there is a waist clip too, although, I am unsure what size waist you need to have for it to fit. Rest assured if you are big boned - like me - the waist clip will have difficulty fitting, which is somewhat embarrassing.
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Build quality
It is no secret to the material that has been used and its family tree. Sativa are quick to inform that the type of Hemp used in the construction of the bag has a low count of THC which is the drug that sends people funny. Burning the bag will not get you high, but will simply give you a bad headache.
The skin of the bag is more akin to canvas in toughness and texture. The zips are tough with big tabs and the padding, whilst stiff, is soft enough to keep your gear safe. My main complaint about the bag is the positioning when being worn. The bag is comfortable and sits nicely until the chest clip is attached, then to get that in the right position, the bag has to be hitched right up so it is practically touching your neck. The more weight that is put into the bag, naturally, the more it will drag down and if that happens, the chest strap will start to rise until eventually it is pressing against the throat. I feel that this issue should be revised by Sativa for a more suitable solution, but the bag can be used properly and safely without the straps across the front.
For those of you that enjoy the rain, the Sativa bag comes with a rain cover which is located in the zipped pouch underneath the bag. This poncho is elasticated and fits the bag snugly.
There are two slots on the sides that are for a water bottle and a small tripod. The bottle would have to be pretty small, but the tripod would have to be tiny to be able to fit into the space that has been provided. I would also have like to have seen this pocket elasticated so a larger tripod could be used or a smaller one is not lost.
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Verdict
I like the design and even though it comes in a variety of colours, I like the brown version the best. The idea of having a bag made out of a distant relative of the Cannabis plant amuses me and I am pleased with the ecological aspect of it as Hemp is cultivated using less chemicals than other materials like Cotton.
I don't like the bad design of the front clips, but if those issues are resolved, this bag will be a very attractive option for the ecologically aware as well as those of you with a sense of humour. Indeed, there is no reason why one couldn't be bought now as the bag is perfectly comfortable without the straps being used.
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Plus points
Tough exterior material
Rain cover included
Sativa Professional camera rucksack Minus points
Uncomfortable chest clip
Waist clip is not for the portly
The Sativa Professional camera rucksack costs around £45 and is available online from the Sativa website here.