Fstoppers reviews the awesome Wotancraft PILOT travel camera bags


Neither looks like an ordinary photographer’s bag. They’re sturdy yet attractive, and no matter where you go, you’ll look stylish knowing your gear is safe and well protected.

The construction of the Wotancraft PILOT bags is very impressive. The fabric, finish and stitching are premium, letting you know the bags will hold together, even under stress, for years to come. Beyond the rugged design, the bags are carefully designed to maximize their functionality and ease of use. The two are standing. They do not fall, even when empty. Both are well padded so they’re going to protect whatever you put inside which, as a photographer, is the most important aspect of a bag for me.

Both bags are customizable and are designed with a modular approach. In the 10 liter bag, the laptop divider can be moved if you have a thick laptop or want to slip a magazine into the sleeve as well. Even without the divider, the structure of the bag remains rigid, making it easy to pack.

The Pilot Bag 10L carries everything I usually take with me when I step away, and it looks stylish in the process. I especially like the slightly worn look and neutral color scheme that looks just as good whether walking down the street or showing off on the set of a film set. The carrying strap and handle are quite comfortable and make carrying even a heavy load much easier for your body. Meanwhile, the G-hook loop is secure but easy to undo if you need to quickly get your gear for a fleeting shot.

Beyond the attractive exterior is a well thought out and functional interior. With 10 liters of space, there’s plenty of room for everything you need on the go. The laptop sleeve easily fits my 15 inch MacBook Pro and can be adjusted to fit thicker laptops as needed. In addition to my MacBook Pro, it fits my Canon 5D Mark III (an older and rather bulky DSLR) as well as my 24-70mm and 100mm lenses. In the side pockets I was able to easily stow my MacBook Pro charger, mouse, camera battery chargers, memory cards, and cables. It was easy to fit everything I needed for a photoshoot and for editing the photos afterwards. There are also tripod straps on the underside if you need to bring your own.

The 7 liter bag is smaller, but it fits my iPad Pro 11 “with my camera and two lenses without a problem. If I wanted, I could add the Magic Keyboard to the iPad, and I would have alot of the features I have with a MacBook Pro in a lighter case.

Besides the Wotancraft G-hook, there is also an optional upgrade to the Fidlock Magnetic Slide Buckle which makes it very easy to access and close. The magnets are quite strong and lock securely.

This bag came in a lovely khaki color with dark brown accents, a timeless combination that fits just about anywhere. The clasp slides into place to close the bag. It is magnetized, which makes it easy to guide into place even with one hand. The interior comes with a cable management panel and divider, while just like the larger bag there are tripod straps underneath. The thick strap is quite comfortable, never cuts my shoulder even with a heavy load, which makes it easy to take a lot of gear on long walks.

Additional front pockets

Both bags have optional pockets that can be attached firmly to the front vertical MOLLE straps. These pockets come in handy when you just need a little extra space when planning a day in the field. With the help of a shoulder strap, these pockets can be used individually as a scarf.

What I liked

The interior panels are quite cleverly designed. They are soft to the touch but work just like velcro. Because they’re smooth, they don’t collect dirt and hair like Velcro tends to. It’s little touches like this that really set the bags apart.

The outer material is quality Cordura fabric. It’s also weatherproof, so you can rest assured that your gear is safe when you’re on the go. The modular and customizable nature of the bag is quite practical and definitely something that I miss in most camera bags. You can change its interior and also add or remove the two bags on the outside.

It’s airport ready with a strap on the back that slips over your larger handle of rolling luggage. So the designers thought about lightening your shoulders a bit.

What I did not like

There’s not much that I don’t like – maybe the outside pockets aren’t covered by the main bag flap, which could expose them more to the elements, but it sure isn’t. a decisive factor.

Conclusion

The bags are different from the classic photography-focused bags, and they do not communicate the “photographer’s bag” like many other bags do. That’s a positive aspect in many ways, especially if you want to travel and keep the fact that you’re carrying expensive gear under the radar. I love the innovative approach to design and the way they interpreted the needs of a modern photographer.

They can also be used as general purpose bags if you are just going out with the family. You have more than enough space to store bottles, toys, diapers, and a camera with a lens. They will also fit your shoes and sports gear, so they’re ideal for a weekend getaway, whether for photography or family time. You can purchase yours using the links below.

WOTANCRAFT Pilot Travel Camera Bag 7L

WOTANCRAFT Pilot Travel Camera Bag 10L

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