Pine Survey contributor Alzwolf had the opportunity to take a closer look at the Tasmanian Tiger Modular 30 Camera Pack IIR. I am happy to present you his thorough review of TT’s new pack for 2020.
For a long time I was looking for a suitable backpack to carry my camera, GoPro and drone equipment simultaneously or separately. Tasmanian Tiger offers something new and interesting here, namely a backpack in the tactical area for camera equipment. I got the opportunity to take a closer look at this backpack. This is the TT Modular 30 Camera Pack IRR. Many thanks to Tasmanian Tiger for making their product available.
- HxWxD:58cm x 28cm x 19cm
- Volume: 30L
- Weight solid colours 2,39 kg
- Materials: Solid colors 700 den IRR, Cordura, Ykk zippers, WJ buckles
- Colours: coyote, oliv, black
The Tasmanian Tiger Modular Camera Pack 30 was designed as a modern camera and documentation backpack. In addition to a front access, the main compartment also has a separate extra access from above so that camera and photo equipment can be removed quickly and easily.
Inside, the TT Modular Camera Pack 30 has been equipped with adjustable dividers for the camera and lenses, which can also be completely removed if necessary. A small organizer for memory cards and filters can be ideally adapted to the needs of the respective user and can also be removed on request.
A spacious lid compartment ensures adequate storage space and extra deep side pockets have been specially designed to hold tripods, which can be reliably secured by side compression straps. The all-round MOLLE system in laser cut design allows individual expansion and attachment of additional pockets and holsters.
The TT Padded Back carrying system with practical camera holder on the shoulder strap and a removable, well-padded hip belt offer unrestricted freedom of movement, maximum functionality and optimum comfort in every position. A rain cover integrated in the bottom compartment completes the entire package of this outdoor camera.
Top Lid Compartment
The compartment on top of the pack features some basic organisation options for the user. There are two D-Rings in the upper corners, two pockets for A6 sized items, one of the two being made of mesh material. On top of the nylon pocket you will find a smaller pocket, that is closed by a velcro flap. This is large enough for your personal items.
Camera compartment, access from above
The TT Modular 30 Camera Pack offers access to the main compartment from above, where the camera can be stored and carried ready for shooting. On the left and right are two dividers that can be adjusted with Velcro and allow the compartment to be adjusted to the size of the camera and to be flexible.
The storage space of the adjustable dividing walls can be used to store filters, straps or other accessories, for example.
A sturdy handle is attached to the padded compartment for quick opening. The strong YYK zipper with interlocking sliders can be locked with a small padlock and thus prevents unauthorized persons from gaining access to the camera.
Main compartment, access from the front
The main compartment is well protected in the back area, can be opened completely and thanks to the removable dividers, you can adapt it individually to your equipment.
The main compartment can be opened via a sturdy YKK zipper with interlocking sliders. These can also be locked with a small padlock.
Thanks to the removable dividing elements made of shockproof material, the main compartment can be turned into a multifunctional storage space for e.g. drone, GoPro, lenses, video camera, charging battery, lenses and accessories.
In the padded cover of the front main compartment there is the possibility to store a tablet, notebook, documents etc.
Two tripod straps and two lower pockets on the right and left side help to attach the tripod and transport it safely.
On one side you will also find two Hypalon flaps with holes in it. One flap on top, the other at the bottom. Usually you lace a short shock cord with a cord lock through and use it to carry ice axes or similar items. I used it in combination with the laser cut Molle to create another carry option for my tripod.
On the side and on the main stream there are laser-made MOLLE loops for attaching other equipment and bags.
Tasmanian Tiger has installed a system on the shoulder straps where it is possible to put the camera in a kind of holster.
The holster, let’s call it that, is adjustable with Velcro and can be adjusted to the lens size of the camera.
In addition, to prevent the loss of the camera, a security band was attached. This allows the camera to be attached to the shoulder strap. So you have a double safety against the loss of your camera.
The whole system is adjustable and can be changed on the shoulder straps depending on whether you are left- or right-handed.
The camera can be separated from the shoulder strap at any time via a very stable WJ Buckle.
The camera is well housed there and I was able to move, run or climb well in the area.
Load Distribution System
The backside of the Camera Pack is a very specific and heavily padded construction. While the framesheet on the inside of the pack keeps it in shape and rigid, there is a thickly padded element of mesh put on the backside as well. This construction resulted in a space between the pack and the back padding, that you theoretically could use to transport flat items, like an additional mat.
However, because of the way the opening on top of this space is closed by an inverted velcro tab through a glider, you can really tell, that this is not really made to be used for anything
As an additional support you will find a waist belt made of the same heavy padded mesh. The complete belt can be removed from the backpack and worn separately as an extra belt. This type also makes it easier for those who carry weapon belts or climbing harnesses to take them out and carry the backpack.
The shoulder straps are ergonomically shaped and fairly padded as well. They are not sewn on as you normally see it on Tasmanian Tiger packs, but are attached by webbing, which is laced through a glider buckle. This is also a result of the backside construction and gives you the option to really adjust the pack to the height of the user. An elastic loop makes it easy to tuck away the excess webbing.
Another strap with buckles is also attached to the top of the pack and the shoulder straps to pull the pack close to the body and optimize the carrying experience.
The shoulder straps feature a D-Ring on each side and can be easily thrown off via quick release buckles. In order to ensure noise reduction, these buckles are covered with elastic loop which is secured by a webbing strap (so it won’t get lost).
The quality of manufacture leaves no room for criticism. The pack is well made: stress points are reinforced by bartack stitches, the materials used are high quality and I did not even find a single thread hanging loose when I got the pack.
Up until now it also held up greatly and I do not see any wear or tear. In that sense Tasmanian Tiger was always able to deliver a decent level of quality.
Tasmanian Tiger also adds a rain cover, which provides additional protection to be prepared outside in sudden bad weather.
A small organizer for memory cards and filters can be ideally adapted to the needs of the respective user and can also be removed on request.
The Tasmanian Tiger Modular 30 Camera Pack is extremely comfortable to carry thanks to the extensive padding on the pack as well as the ergonomic shoulder straps that you can adjust to your height. The waist belt is strong enough to assist in the load distribution and is not just a pretty gadget that keeps the pack from moving too much. The structure of the backpack allows the safe transportation of the camera equipment in any terrain und application.
It would be desirable if the entire interior of the Camera Pack was fitted with Velcro as with the Modular 30. This could enable the user not only to use the existing material, but also to expand it. I would have loved to add a few more spaces for lenses and batteries for example.
In my view, the Tasmanian Tiger Modular 30 Camera Pack is a very successful solution for professional and amateur photographers to carry their complete equipment with them.
I found the idea with the camera holster on the shoulder strap to be a great solution. Hands free for other things and the camera is ready-to-use. With that being said, I hope I was able to give you a decent insight about the pack.
Thank you for reading and as always big Thanks to Tasmanian Tiger who made it possible for me to give you this review!