Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review

Anna Baria reviews the Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag - designed by a photographer for photographers.

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Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review: Front

I don't think it's any secret to regulars on ePHOTOzine that I have longed for feminine camera bags for years, longed for and moaned about. I do not want to carry around a big, black, ugly, butch rucksack when I am wearing a nice colourful summer dress, but alas, there were none to be found... until now.

When I was asked to review a Kelly Moore bag I was literally bouncing with excitement, I have lusted after one of these for ages and even just getting to try one out briefly was more than I could hope for!

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Features:

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review: Loaded

There are 3 adjustable compartments inside, 2 small pockets on either end of the bag, perfect for mobile phone, iPod etc, 2 zipped pockets on the front for batteries and cards etc and a zipped pocket on the bag which I would personally put my purse etc in as that would be against my body.

Key Features:

  • 2 front zipper pockets (4.5 x 5 inch each)
  • 1 back zipper pocket (9 x 5 inch)
  • 2 side pockets (4.5 x 3.5 inch each)
  • Small flap with hidden magnetic closure
  • Zipper top
  • 2 padded, removable, adjustable velcro dividers creating 3 sections inside for gear
  • Exterior walls & bottom of the bag are padded
  • carries up to a 9 inch lens, camera body, flash, phone, batteries & other accessories
  • 2 Straps: One for wearing over the shoulder, One for wearing cross-body (up to 56 inch)
  • Water Resistant Man Made Material
  • Stands on its own
  • Weight 2 lbs
  • Pearl Silver Hardware
  • Shoulder Pad Included
The bag zips up on the top but also has a flap which covers the zip and which has a hidden magnetic closure inside which I really liked, no fiddling around with trying to get a magnetic snap fastener lined up in the right place etc.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review: Kelly B-Hobo

The bag comes with 2 straps, a short one for carrying in your hand or over your shoulder so the bag nestles snuggly under your arm, or a long one for wearing across your body, both were very comfortable.

I don't have a lot of natural padding and have very boney shoulders so bag straps always pose a problem for me, both straps felt very comfortable and I would imagine they would soften up with use.

They come in quite a few gorgeous colours, the one I was sent is called Grassy Green, which is a subdued shade of green, bordering on olive green I would say and lined in lilac which actually works really well, it is a good colour and goes with quite a few things, it's bright without being gharish. Very nice.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Handling:

I could get a DSLR with lens attached plus 2 fairly large zoom lenses in the bag. Empty, the bag is very lightweight, when full of camera equipment it was fairly heavy as are all camera bags.

When using the short strap I had to take the bag off my shoulder to be able to access my camera as the zip needed 2 hands to open, using the long strap across my body I didn't need to.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Performance:

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review: When I go out with the family I don't take a lot of equipment with me, just a camera and a lens, maybe 2 lenses if the bag allows, I ALWAYS need a bag with pockets for my purse, keys, phone, lipstick etc as I don't want to have to take a camera bag plus a handbag which is what I have to do now, so this bag ticked all the boxes for me where that was concerned.

This is pretty much a 'does what it says on the tin' kind of bag, it carries your camera and lenses safely and securely and also has places for your other bits and pieces.

Value For Money:

The reason I have lusted after, but not owned a Kelly Moore bag, is simply the price. This bag is £159, available from There is no way on earth I can afford to spend that on a self indulgent item of luxury no matter how much I love it (oh, and how I love it!).

There are plenty of bags out there that do the same job for a mere fraction of the price, I know, I have one, but it's ugly, and black and looks like a man's industrial equipment bag, it ruins my outfits and makes me feel frumpy and I hate it, so, how do I decide if this is worth the money... I adore it, it looks like a proper handbag, it's pretty, it's unashamedly feminine, it comes in umpteen pretty colours, it's girly, elegant and stylish. You could take this to a wedding, garden party, stroll around town and not look like you should also be sporting a beard and sandals with socks.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Verdict: 

I was disappointed to discover it is not made of leather, which I had always thought they were, especially judging by the price, but it is not, although it does look and feel so much like leather I had to give it a good sniff to be sure.

If I was in the position to afford one, without guilt, I would buy one in a shot, it's everything I have been after in a camera bag for years. Unfortunately I'm not and so I would have to say that I do find the price steep, you are clearly paying for the novelty factor of having a bag like no other and that doesn't look anything like a camera bag. I can only sum it up by saying, if I could afford one, I'd buy one, without a doubt. I love it.

  Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Review:
  If you can afford one, buy it, you'll love it.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Pros

Looks fabulous
Doesn't look like a camera bag at all
Secure and waterproof
Comfortable to carry
Fits enough bits in for a day out with the family or a more serious photo session.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag Cons

The price


Article by Anna Baria.

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kaybee Avatar
kaybee 19 8.7k 28 Scotland
Good review.
mikesavage Avatar
mikesavage 21 299 2 England
A wonderfully humorous review!

Personally, I'm looking for a big, black, ugly, butch camera bag that makes me feel that I don't have to wear a nice colourful summer dress while carrying it... Grin
User_Removed Avatar
"I could get a DSLR with lens attached plus 2 fairly large zoom lenses in the bag."

What DSLR? (consumer or pro size?). What lens was attached (kit lens or fast glass)? What 2 zoom lenses (same Q)?

This was the only vaguely useful bit of info in the review. Yes, it looks good, but if it can't accommodate what I need it to, then it's a waste of money, especially if it's not leather! Much better to look at your existing (nice) bags then work out what padding you need to make your kit safe(est) in that bag, surely? Calumet do a range of envelope-type padding.
joshwa Avatar
We put in an Olympus E-30 (the E-30 is a medium sized DSLR) and two of the larger lenses in the bag with no problems. They may have been the 12-54mm and the 18-180mm lenses. They would certainly fit.
HelenHiggs Avatar
Fantastic - and just in time for Christmas too. Love it!

HelenHiggs Avatar
I did a bit more research on this and everleaf aren't offering too much choice in the way of colour.

However, Kelly Moore is a US company, and you can almost swap the £ for a $, as well as choosing from a gorgeous range of colours. Of course the shipping costs put the price right back up there.

Lucky for me I've got a brother living in the US and another one about to visit him for Christmas

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