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Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review

We take a look at the Dorr Combi 3-in-1 backpack and shoulder bag - how does it perform?

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Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review:

The Dorr Combi 3-in-1 is a large photography rucksack that has an internal camera pack which can be fully removed and worn as a separate shoulder bag. When removed, the rucksack can be used as an everyday backpack. The bag is suitable for DSLR or compact system camera kits. Dorr say it provides comfort when worn for a long period of time. Here, we'll take a look at how it performs. 

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review:

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack Features

The Dorr Combi is made from durable nylon and weighs around 1.5kg when empty. The shoulder bag when removed weighs 520g. On the front there is a vertical zipped pocket for small accessories. Behind this is a clip closure pocket with stationery pockets and a deep zipped pocket for valuables. It would be ideal for field notes and is shielded by the top flap. 

The top flap has a zipped pocket on top of it and unclipping it reveals a drawstring compartment ideal for personal effects such as a waterproof coat or some lunch. There is also a waterproof cover stowed in here.

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review:

The photography pack/shoulder bag is accessed via a side compartment which when fully unzipped allows you to completely remove the shoulder bag. On the other side of the rucksack is an elasticated mesh pocket with two straps allowing you to attach a tripod to the side of the bag if you wish. 

To the rear of the bag there is a zipped padded compartment which will house a 13 inch laptop and tablet. Over this are unclippable shoulder strap supports to help distribute weight better. 

The back of the bag is well padded as are the adjustable straps. There is also a padded waist support which has zipped pockets on either side. There is a small carry handle on the back too.

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review:

Moving on to the removable shoulder bag, there is a clip on shoulder strap which can be unclipped when not in use. On either side there are elasticated mesh pockets. The bottom has two large rubber feet to protect from wear. On the inside of the lid for the main compartment there are two velcro pockets which will be ideal for memory cards and a zipped compartment ideal for cables etc. The camera compartment is well padded and includes 3 soft, padded dividers which are movable so you can get a good fit for your kit. On the back there are 2 straps allowing you to attach the shoulder bag to a belt or the outside of another bag should you wish.


Key Features

  • Removable shoulder bag 
  • Holds a DSLR/CSC kit with 2 additional lenses 
  • Holds 13 inch laptop and tablet 
  • Side access to kit 
  • Robust nylon material
  • Large top compartment for personal effects 


Dorr Combi 3-in-1Backpack Handling & Performance

The bag feels well made and the camera kit pack is robust and well padded - reassuring when it's filled with expensive gear. Grey pullys on the zips are a nice touch and make accessing your kit on the go easier. 

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack And Shoulder Bag Review:

It has an inconspicuous style and doesn't look like a photography rucksack on first glance, which is good for peace of mind. There are lots of pockets and cubby holes for all your smaller accessories as well of plenty of space for personal belongings, making the bag an ideal choice for day trips or similar activities. 

Back padding is well placed to give support to where it's needed and the padded waist support really does help to balance the load. The straps for the waist support are very long, meaning that no-one should have a problem getting it to fit. 

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We tried using the bag for both DSLR and CSC cameras and found the camera compartment too large for most compact CSCs - the dividers can be moved to compensate for this to an extent but it will still leave a compact mirrorless model and its more compact lenses swimming around in the space. 

Value For Money

The Dorr Combi 3-in-1 backpack is available from the Dorr website for £74.95. It's also available from other photo retailers. Considering the amount of gear the bag can carry and the quality of the build, this is a fair price. 

Similar bags include the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW which is available for £101.69 but doesn't hold any extra lenses. If side access is important for you, the Vanguard 2Go 46 backpack features quick access and holds more spare lenses for £73.87 but it doesn't feature a removable camera pack. 

Compared to other similar camera bags, the pricing seems pretty average for a bag of this size and quality. 

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Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack Verdict

Overall, the Door Combi 3-in-1 backpack is well made and also the perfect size for a day trip with your camera and a couple of additional lenses or accessories. It's quite a plain design, but this helps it to remain inconspicuous. 

The nylon material it's made from feels tough and hard wearing, and the camera compartment is well padded. The fact that you can remove the camera pack and use it as a standalone shoulder bag makes it really versatile and opens up more possibilities in terms of use for the backpack.

To this end the bag offers good value for money and will no doubt prove useful as a well equipped day back.  

Dorr Combi 3-in-1 Backpack Pros

  • Versatile
  • Comfy to wear
  • Robust build
  • Lots of pockets for small accessories

Dorr 3-in-1 Backpack Cons

  • Too large for CSC users 

Overall Verdict


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