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22/07/2008 – What Mountainsmith bags does Flying With Fish personally travel with? Lets find out!
With the recent Mountainsmith Bag giveaway contest, during the ‘The Great Mountainsmith Bag Give Away From Flying With Fish‘ I received a few e-mails asking me if I chose to use Mounatainsmith bags because of of the company’s giveaway on Flying With Fish.
I dismissed the first email or two, but when the next three rolled in I decided I should probably address this question. In fact I have been using Mountainsmith bags for my camera equipment for many years………..nearly a decade now! Throughout this past year I have detailed my use of Mountainsmith bags in great detail, including a five part series on the Mountainsmith Tour back in January.
As a photographer who travels, I have used Mountainsmith bags around the world and chose to accept Mountainsmith’s offer of giving away a few of their bags because I am a huge fan of their products!
How big of a fan am I of the Mountainsmith line of bags? To demonstrate my enjoyment of their bags I loaded up some of my collection into the back of my 1990 Volvo 245 and shot a picture of my collection (missing from the photo is my bright pink Mountainsmith Tour).
The Mountainsmith bags in the photo below from left to right are:
– The Day : The Day is a fantastic ‘hit the ground running bag’ to carry multiple carry configurations for shooting, lighting, taking your laptop to the library (it’s even good for hiking).
– The Parallax : I used The Parallax as the only bag I brought with me while shooting a project where I flew around the world 1.5x in 4 days! Great bag to carry everything, while still being carry-on legal and small enough to wear on my back while shooting!
– The Cube : The Cube is great for not only packing your clothes for travel, like a duffel bag, however I use mine to disguise checked camera equipment. When I am forced to check camera gear in cases such as the Pelican 1514, or long lens shipping trunks, I place these cases inside the The Cube. When The Cube comes around the baggage carousel no one gives it a second glance as it looking nothing like what you’d expect to find camera equipment in. The bright neon green colour is to allow me to quickly and easily spot my bag among the sea of black ballistic-nylon bags in the baggage area
– The Correspondent : The Correspondent is the newest bag in my collection, and after some heavy travel in the past few months it has proved to be fantastic rolling bag! The unique interior configurability, while taking getting used to, has been great, and for many trips this bags design has allowed me to travel with one bag only for gear, clothes, laptop, etc.
–The Tour (in front of The Cube): The Tour has been by far my most used Mountainsmith pack. The Tour is a lumbar pack designed for hiking, but for me it is the do it all bag. I have at least half-a-dozen configurations of this pack. The Tour coupled with a ‘Newswear Pouch‘ can meet nearly any shooting situations needs. The bright yellow interior is also ideal for not loosing little black lens caps, black cords etc etc……..I also have a bright pink Tour which my daughter bought me that is not shown in the photo
– The Amp (in front of the Tour) : The Amp is a small mobile phone holster which I use every day to carry my Motorola Razr around on my belt. I wish they made a sleeve large enough for my Blackberry! The Amp’s oversized top-flap and excessive use of Velcro ensures my phone is always in its case even when constantly being banged by camera equipment, lens pouches or waist packs. It has been by far the best mobile phone holster I have ever used……..and I have used mine for over a year now since I first spotted the Amp at the Kittery Trading Post up in Maine.
Well there you go, my regular line-up of Mountainsmith bags (and yes I have others that are old and worn out elsewhere, but I wasn’t emptying my entire closet into the back of my car)……….and why the Volvo again (I used the bumper in this week’s post on the Sony PSP), I just felt like photographing my car for no real reason :0)