Whenever I leave for more than one day, there’s a long list of electronic related things I have to pack – cables, chargers, powerbanks. The longer the trip, the longer the list. Lens filters, spare batteries, memory cards – you name it. If I go out – even only for a couple of hours – to shoot some footage like this one I additionally need to pack my microphone with all the cables and adapters. And sometimes a GoPro with all mounts, filters and other stuff. And a drone. And a second camera. I can go on and on…
I have always used some leftover cases, small bags or boxes for this. Yes, there are some pretty decent lens filter boxes, some batteries would come in a protective plastic case, there are memory card cases etc. The problem is it all takes too much space when everything is packed separately and this „separately” is even a bigger problem. Having all the stuff you need neatly packed in one case does not seem like a big thing but it really is. Especially when you’re outdoors.
This case is made quite obviously with synthetic materials and they say these are 100% recycled. To be precise, I would rather say it’s 99% recycled since I can bet the metal hardware and zips are not. Still – it’s actually quite impressive that such a small thing that’s not usually on top of your list like a jacket or boots and does not get this much attention is still made with sustainability in mind. The outside fabric of the case is SmartDry Eco. The „Eco” is referring not only to the fact that it’s recycled though. It is DWR treated and the coating is PFC free. And it is very well waterproof – I had the possibility to test this numerous times. The zipper is also somewhat waterproof and dustproof which is very important if you carry fragile electronics inside – dust and dirt is as undesirable as humidity. The case is not very hard, just stiff enough to hold it’s shape but since the whole exterior is padded with EVA foam – the one that’s used for cushioning in midsoles or handles in your trekking poles or the back of your backpack – it provides some decent level of physical protection.
There are four pockets inside. Two are open and two are zipped. They are placed one on top of the other so anything you put into one will take up space in the other one. If I put a big powerbank into one, I can only have some small items like memory cards or small batteries in the other one and vice versa. It’s not a huge problem of course. Both pockets on top are made with mesh so you can easily see what’s inside – that’s extremely useful.
Under the “lid” there are a few loops designed mainly for cables – I use them for my microphone setup as well. There’s a short lanyard with a clip and though the idea is – as usually – to have your keys attached to that, it works very well as a hanger. When I need to charge my camera or anything else while shooting I keep the powerbank inside and use the carabiner to clip it to my tripod or my pants.
There’s a nice big handle on the outside and a flat, slip-in pocket that I frankly did not find use for yet. Dimensions you can see at Craghoppers website are slightly off – it is a little larger than that. 21,5x13x8cm – in US money it’s 8.5x5x3.2 inches. Weighs 135 grams – 4.7 ounces. Still small and light. It is definitely not a must have item, though I have it in my backpack literally at all times, but it is extremely useful. No more tangled cables, no more diving to the bottom of your backpack to find the spare battery. If you’re taking with you anything more than your phone alone, whatever the length of the trip is – this will make your life just a little bit easier.