Mindshift Gear Rotation 180 Trail

The “moment” as they call it in photography world can come and go in the blink of an eye. When that moment happens in the great outdoors you can’t stop the photo shoot and have the director reset the scene. For this reason Mindshift Gear designed a unique bag called the Rotation 180 Trail.

The Rotation 180 Trail is a 11.5-liter daypack with an integrated 4.5-liter camera belt pack capable of holding your camera body and one lens with batteries or Gopro camera and mounts. Did we mention that you could also fit a 1.5-liter reservoir (sold separately) behind the main compartment? In addition most modern tripods strap securely onto the side of the pack with little effort whatsoever. To further strengthen the case for the 180 trail, Mindshift Gear used very durable mix of nylon and nylon thread with a water repellent outer coating and flexible yet breathable rear structure system that provides more than adequate cushioning. The interior is composed of 200D polyester lining, belly-mesh and closed-cell antilon foam. What you get with all of these materials is a trail capable daypack that excels in demanding environments all while keeping your prized photography possessions safe and accessible at moments notice. The days of on again, off again can be over after giving this system a try.

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The Specs:

Backpack

 Exterior Dimensions:

9.4” W x 21.3” H x 5.9” D

(24 x 54 x 15 cm)

Interior Dimensions:

8.5” W x 11” H x 4” D

(22 x 28 x 10 cm)

Beltpack Exterior

9.1” W x 7.1” H x 5.1” D

(23 x 18 x 13 cm)

Interior Dimensions:

8.7” W x 6.3” H x 4.3” D

(22 x 16 x 11 cm)

8” Tablet Compartment:

7.9” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D

(20 x 14 x 1.5 cm)

First impressions when fitting the pack included slight amazement at how comfortable the straps and main panel were. With minor adjustment of the straps the entire frame structure fit snug and felt extremely well balanced. When you purchase a camera specific bag these days you expect to sacrifice the comfort and function of a trail bag. The team at Mindshift Gear put many hours of testing into this pack in order to attain this level of comfort. The main 16.6-liter compartment fits an adequate amount of gear or necessities that would be required for a day on the trail. While testing in the fairly intense heat of Southern California we were able to store lunch for two, a canopy shade, and water for the dogs. A small exterior pocket also allowed for quick access to sunscreen and wallet. It was a true relief to know that we had a completely separate space to store all of our camera gear.

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Now on to the bread and butter also known as the rotational beltpack. We can confidently say that you will be able to store at least your camera body, one lens and a few accessories with ease. Depending on your day you can substitute binoculars and Gopro or mix and match for another camera body or lens.

Beltpack Accommodations:

Sony a7 with 28–70mm kit lens attached + 55mm f/1.8 + 8″ tablet

Nikon D5300 with 18–55mm kit lens attached + 75–300mm + 8″ tablet

Canon Rebel t5i with 18–55mm kit lens attached + 75–300mm + 8″ tablet

1-3 GoPro cameras, LCD back, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adapters

The beltpack itself is attached to the main waist/hip belt with allows for your camera gear to be properly supported when rotated away from the main bag. The fit between the beltpack and main bag is snug enough to keep both units in unison yet still allow the two to slide apart when pulled from the side. Unlike other models the 180 Trail allows you to completely remove the beltpack and use it on its own for those days where you aren’t trekking to far. We will also say that this design proved to very intuitive and all of our users were able to access he beltpack with relative easy. Given the your surroundings and room for operating the bag you may experience resistance when pulling the beltpack from the main unit from time to time. This is where the backup strap came into play to save us after forgetting to secure the main clasp. Again, it’s these small features that add value to this back when you are holding highly valuable gear.

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The complete blueprint of this pack proved to me most dialed by how well the pull strap and clip aligned with our arms. We never really needed to twist from side to side in order to access the system. With this bonus we captured more of our shots by not having to take our attention away from the subject. Overall the 180 Trail is a pack to be reckoned with in the photography realm. We admit that the design is one that you will definitely want to get your hands on in order to wrap your head around the benefits that it provides. Don’t worry, you wont be disappointed.

 

User Profile:

Hiker: Mirrorless camera, iPad Mini, GPS device, smartphone, radio, headlamp, knife

Bird Watcher: Binoculars, iPad Mini, bird watching book, map, bird list, voice recorder

Mountain Biker: GPS, GoPro, cell phone, map, energy bars, bike tools, banana, sunglasses

Skier: Energy bar, flask, lip balm, trail map, hand-warmers, liner gloves, sunglasses

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