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National Geographic Small Waist Pack Review

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Review - We try the National Geographic Small Waist Pack and see if it's the best pack you can buy or whether it's a bum deal.

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National Geographic Small Waist Pack in Bags, Cases and Straps

Handling and Performance

Small Waist Pack
National Geographic Small Waist Pack

National Geographic, yes the famous magazine, also makes a wide range of camera bags, This is a small waist pack, but may also be called a "bum bag" or a "fanny pack" if you're American (try not to laugh).

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Features

This bag is all about the pockets, with seven main compartments, the largest with a zip, and four of these have sub-pockets, for things like memory cards, or cables. The bag is also designed to be water resistant and with numerous pockets should hold anything you have with you.

Key Features

  • Double latch belt for secure fastening
  • Environmentally friendly material Hemp
  • Treated for water resistance and include a nylon inner shell for excellent moisture protection
  • Designed with pouches and compartments that protect your camera equipment
  • Padded point-and-shoot flap pouch with external accessory pocket
  • Personal gear and accessory pouch features double closing, zippered compartment and Velcro flap
  • Flat external pockets for easy-access storage
  • Rear zip pocket for securing valuables such as passport, wallet, etc
  • The design incorporates the pouches as separate elements that are connected to the waist strap platform and this enables a perfect fit to the carrier’s body shape
  • Unique buckle closer provides ultimate security

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Handling and Performance

The smaller main pocket has sub pockets that will fit SD cards, the larger pocket will hold compact flash cards in the sub pockets, and the side pockets on the belt will either hold memory cards, batteries, or perhaps even a charger (depending on the size). The main pockets have both a larger section for a camera, and a front (external) section for things like cables, ipods, phones etc. The largest pocket has a zip to keep it secure.

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Photos of Equipment

We were able to fit a larger camera like the Fujifilm FinePix X10 in the larger section and in the smaller compartment a Canon Powershot S100. The pockets are flexible and a Micro Four Thirds camera body and pancake lens would also fit in the larger section.

Value For Money
The small waist pack is available for around £36-39 making it a little more expensive than a dedicated camera only bag (such as the KATA Grip 10-DL), but not as expensive as a rucksack styled camera bag (such as the Dorr Slim Pack Pur Backpack). It offers good value for money considering the variety of uses the pockets offer with quick access.

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Verdict

Quite unique in a sea of me-too camera bags the National Geographic bags realise that if you're out and about taking photos, then you're also likely to have a whole host of other things with you, such as your phone, charger, memory cards, ipod, cables and more. The Small Waist Pack gives plenty of scope for holding a variety of different shapes and sizes of kit and provides quicker access than the traditional rucksack and is worth looking at.
  The National Geographic Small Waist Pack is a unique camera bag and gives quick access and lots of storage.

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Pros

Fits lots of kit, including larger cameras
Lots of padded pockets
Dual fastening belt
Hidden pocket for valuables

National Geographic Small Waist Pack Cons

Not completely weather-resistant (although likely to be covered by your raincoat)
Style may not to be everyone's taste


National Geographic Small Waist Pack Specifications

ManufacturerNational Geographic
Bag type
StyleBelt Pack

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