As an avid photographer and hiker, it was really important to find a bag that would hold my camera securely, have enough compartments for my extra gear, and have comfortable, adjustable straps. I’ve been using the Lowepro Hatchback for many years (you can see a review here) but I’m now looking for an upgrade and I think I’ve just come across the perfect candidate.
ETHNOTEK has been making bags since 2011, but it has just launched a new range of camera backpacks that is bound to impress. What I love about ETHNOTEK is that social responsibility and doing good is at the heart of its business. By collaborating with artisans around the globe and using their traditional handmade textiles in its functional travel bags, ETHNOTEK provides a long-term lifeline to often vulnerable and isolated communities. Plus its bags are pretty damn cool and highly functional which is a win-win!
The new ETK OPTIKS collection
Live on Kickstarter
ETHNOTEK’s range excels because it’s managed to transform traditional handmade textiles into something more useful for the modern age. The bags are vibrant, original and above all super functional. The pièce de résistance of the collection, the Raja Photo Backpack, not only features a secure and padded place for your camera, but plenty of storage for your extra lens and equipment, as well as loads of space in the main compartment for hiking gear, jackets and food, external gear attachments, a built-in rain cover, a removable waist belt to store valuables, water-resistant pouches and a back zip pocket for your laptop. Plus it’s got padded shoulder straps and a padded back support—just like a backpack designed for hiking.
If you’re interested, take a look at the bags on ETHNOTEK’s Kickstarter campaign.