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Viper Rucksack now available

The Viper Rucksack designed by Pro Photographer Andy Rouse Exclusive to Warehouse Express!

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Warehouse Express proudly announce their exclusive seller rights to the Andy Rouse Viper Rucksack, hailed as the ultimate carrying equipment for up to three DSLR bodies and lens combinations plus all the accessories.

Designed and conceived by Award Winning Wildlife Photographer Andy Rouse and made in Britain to his exact specifications, the Viper is the rucksack for the professional photographer who thought they had everything. The Viper’s vertical column design allows unprecedented access to complete camera systems, thus allowing you to shoot without any delay. The Viper enables the photographer to store lenses such as a 500mm or 600mm vertically in the pack all ready attached to the body of choice. This means that you can shoot without wasting time assembling kit or exposing it to the elements. Similar side pockets allow you to take up to a further two systems with you, assembled and ready to shoot. Perfect for the working sports, newspaper or wildlife photographer, the Viper has truly been designed by a photographer for photographers.

So why is it called a Viper? Well, a Viper typically moves very fast with an attack being likened to a stab rather than a bite. When the action you want to shoot is fast, say a cheetah setting off on the chase to kill – your whole camera set up needs to be within grabbing distance for when that spur of the moment action strikes; or you miss the shot. So the Viper name came into being.

The Viper is made to survive tough conditions in the field. It is thickly padded throughout to protect the fragile gear inside, is fully waterproof and has extra retractable waterproof covers that cover the side pockets. Additionally it has a storm flap to protect the main compartment from horizontal rain and snow. A large storm cover for the whole rucksack is supplied and stored within its own handy pocket. Finally, the base of the Viper is made of a more rigid material, which allows it to stand up on its own, and is totally waterproof as well. In short it is made with no compromise to protect your valuable equipment from whatever nature may bring.

The Viper may be a big rucksack but it features attention to detail in the smallest areas too.
  • Two hidden zip pockets inside two of the main flaps
  • A waterproof and washable kneeling mat is included which tucks neatly away into its own pocket on the outside (so it doesn’t wet any of your gear).
  • Three accessory pockets:
  1. Water bottle pocket with a draining hole in the bottom.
  2. A pocket large enough for a small rain jacket but can expand to carry a small hide or a monopod. This is located on the front of the rucksack.
  3. A side pocket that is fully waterproof and able to take a small spare camera, a small wide-angle lens or even your sandwiches!
The only problem found with making the Viper so flexible for carrying big lenses is that a pro photographer will be tempted to overload it. Andy says, "During testing I carried 600mm, 200-400mm and 70-200mm lenses, all with a Nikon D3 attached, plus anything else I could find to put in it. … on a long and seemingly endless walk I am pleased to say that the rucksack performed perfectly and I felt little of the huge weight behind me. The simple truth, which comes from many years experience in the field, is that no rucksack can take this load and not let you feel it at all.” He continued, "There is a small back pad at the bottom of the rucksack, which has been deliberately made adjustable so that you can set the perfect carrying position for you. Some people like a rucksack that sits on their hips whilst others like me like theirs higher up their back. I have tried to make the Viper flexible enough to cater for everyone.

The Viper is made in the UK by a traditional British manufacturing firm called Heritage and so you are supporting British industry with its purchase. All seams are double stitched and the harness is both stitched and internally studded to ensure a long life. The Viper is a quality product and an example of British manufacturing at its best.

Andy’s final thoughts on his creation are: "The Viper is the only rucksack on the market that can carry this amount of kit and keep it accessible - perfect for the gear junkie like me!"

In addition, the Viper helps conservation projects across the globe via a donation to the Aspira conservation fund. So far Aspira together with Paramo have funded projects on tigers in India, an orphanage in Rwanda, Capercaillie breeding research in Scotland and a Little Owl PhD study in Wiltshire. With each Viper Rucksack sold a donation will be made to the Aspira Fund or a nominated (and verified) project of conservation. Announcements will be made on the Warehouse Express website or Andy Rouse’s BLOG and Twitter to update on donations to these worthy causes. This is not a sales gimmick as this donation is coming from the joint profits, showing both Andy’s and Warehouse Express’ commitment to conservation.

Colour: Khaki Green
Size: 64cmx55cmx25cm
Internal size: 62cmx53cmx23cm
Weight (g): 3060
Material: Heavy duty nylon
Style: Tube Backpack
Extra compartments: 5 external compartments
Weather shield: Yes included
Waterproof: Yes
Price: £329

Visit Warehouse Express for more details.
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JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
15 May 2009 12:45PM
Stuff me, look at the size of that thing... Interesting, to be sure, but a little too specialised for my liking. There again, I'm not a wildlife kinda person.
gary.d 19 146 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 1:11PM
Looks like a military bergen. The material is the same that holds gas masks!
martin_hurton 13 200 United Kingdom
16 May 2009 9:43AM
Doesn't look ideal. Looks way too bulky for starters. And the price! I wonder if Andy's name will be enough tempt people.
cuffit Plus
15 357 8 England
16 May 2009 10:44PM
Crikey, I've seen soldiers select less kit when boarding a Chinook helicopter for an operation - just how much do you need for a photo shoot!!!
Melanie_M 16 168 9 United Kingdom
17 May 2009 6:00PM
Ideal for the conditioned and dedicated wildlife photographer on a mission. But for a mere mortal who can fall into a bog at all opportunities, I doubt I would get out alive.
mark_delta 14 1.3k
18 May 2009 6:11PM
News photographers ?
It does not accommodate a pro body with a flash on a off camera bracket, standard kit for a news/press tog.
OMG 329 for a bag ?
wolf666 16 497 England
18 May 2009 7:34PM
Its very well made and light. I have all my kit in mine and loads of room to spare it has a specific purpose and it is the best bag on the market for that purpose. Yes, it's expensive but you get what you pay for.

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