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02-08-2019, 10:47 PM   #1
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Crumpler King Pin Pro Full Backpack Question

I've been looking at a Crumpler King Pin backpack to replace my now ripped Kata (vale, was a fantastic bag.)

Can anyone comment as to whether the bag 'crushes down' to airline carry on baggage limits with some sections left empty?

The published external dimensions are well over the standard carry on allowance but I'm wondering if leaving the top or bottom empty would bring it back down.

Also wondering of the published dimensions are counting the top section being pulled out and filled up.

Thanks in advance.

NB: I'm after a backpack that doesn't scream camera bag. Also after something with decent internal padding etc. The Lowepro/Manfrotto offerings i tried today weren't overly appealing to me. Open to suggestions.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jawsy Quote
I've been looking at a Crumpler King Pin backpack to replace my now ripped Kata (vale, was a fantastic bag.)

Can anyone comment as to whether the bag 'crushes down' to airline carry on baggage limits with some sections left empty?

The published external dimensions are well over the standard carry on allowance but I'm wondering if leaving the top or bottom empty would bring it back down.

Also wondering of the published dimensions are counting the top section being pulled out and filled up.

Thanks in advance.

NB: I'm after a backpack that doesn't scream camera bag. Also after something with decent internal padding etc. The Lowepro/Manfrotto offerings i tried today weren't overly appealing to me. Open to suggestions.
no experience with that back pack

as far as others have you checked the reviews yet ??


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Not familiar with that backpack either, but a word of advice. If you have to physically crush the bag to make it fit, oftentimes it will simply get refused, on the basis that you could fill it up afterwards.

If I understand your requirements correctly, you want:

-an airplane carry-on compatible backpack
-doesn't look like a camera bag
-able to carry photo gear and other stuff
-padded but flexible

I've just come back from a week-long trip with the Peak Design Travel Backpack as my carry-on bag, and I loved it. I believe it fits your requirements. I actually wrote a complete review of the bag which will be published here eventually, but I can tell you it leaves little to be desired. I liked it better than using a rolling suitcase, for a variety of reasons.

If you're interested in more information, I'll be happy to help.
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when I choose a back pack I tend to look for things to help with the weight as if I was choosing a back pack for camping/hiking

a waist belt helps to transfer the weight from the shoulders to the hips
a chest strap helps to keep the shoulder straps together
adjustable shoulder straps
" load lifters " are nice for final adjustments while hiking
good sturdy buckles and zippers
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for photography purposes:

moveable interior compartments helps to customize how you can put your gear.

these are the ones I have bought and use:

Ruggard Thunderhead 75 DSLR & Laptop Backpack
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when I want to haul a ton of gear in my car but can fit into the over head bin ( barely )
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Lowepro Flipside 400
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the one I tend to use when I am flying to a location
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Lowepro Fastpack 100
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my first camera back pack good for minimal gear


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02-13-2019, 12:34 AM   #5
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Thanks to all. I looked into the suggestions and took the punt on the Crumpler. Very happy. Crumpler do themselves a disservice with their advertised external dimensions as they’re the expanded/stretched dimensions when the top is undone and filled like a stuffed pillow. When loaded up and clipped down in normal configuration it’s within carry on sizing without need to crush down or force into shape.
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