Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (2023 Update)
UPDATE: It is mid-2023, and the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is still my camera backpack of choice! It has traveled more miles than I can count and still looks almost brand new.
My old Tamrac backpack I’d had for years, had served me well, but it showed its age, and I was ready for something new. I knew my next bag had to be both functional and attractive.
I’d heard great things about Peak Design products and their Everyday Messenger bag, but I prefer to have the weight of my camera gear balanced across both shoulders, so when the Everyday Backpack was announced, I quickly jumped on board.
Enter the 20L Everyday Backpack.
When my Peak Design Everyday Backpack finally arrived (after months of anticipation) I was stoked. It is a beautiful, tailored backpack. I ordered the Charcoal version with red accents, and I fell in love.
It took a bit of time to configure it functionally for me, but now that I’ve used it for a few months, it has become my go-to camera bag for day trips and longer travel.
“It is super comfortable, even when full (laptop and all), and best of all, it doesn’t scream” HEY! I’m carrying thousands of dollars worth of camera gear!!” It just looks like a tailored everyday bag that anyone could use.”It is super comfortable, even when full (laptop and all), and best of all, it doesn’t scream “HEY! I’m carrying thousands of dollars worth of camera gear!!” It just looks like a tailored everyday bag that anyone could use.
Form + Function
From the moment I took it out of the bag, the attention to detail and quality of workmanship was evident. The design is sleek and tailored yet extremely durable.
The Everyday Backpack is full of pockets and straps (all of which tuck neatly out of the way when not in use) and can be configured about a hundred (or more?) different ways.
What I love:
- Tailored Design
- Comfortable to wear
- Side pockets can accommodate a large water bottle
- Side pockets + built-in strap to hold a tripod
- Expandability (adjustable top pocket + exterior straps)
- Small divided pocket in the laptop compartment, perfect for easy access to keys, smartphone, etc.
- Integrated luggage carry (slips securely over the handle of a rolling suitcase)
What could be better:
- FlexFold dividers are a bit challenging to work with
- Contents of the interior zipper pockets must lay fairly flat to securely and easily close the bag. Even something as thick as a battery can make it difficult to close, depending on the configuration of your gear.
What is missing?
- I would have loved an additional zipper pocket in the top compartment for small accessories that don’t fit in the side flap pockets.
Like most photographers, I’m constantly searching for the perfect camera bag and have a closet full of them to prove it. To date – the Everyday Backpack is my favorite camera backpack that I’ve ever owned.
“If you are looking for a sleek, modern, tailored camera backpack that holds a ton of gear but doesn’t scream,” Hey! I’m full of expensive cameras!” then the Everyday Backpack may be the one for you.”If you are looking for a sleek, modern, tailored camera backpack that holds a ton of gear but doesn’t scream, “Hey! I’m full of expensive cameras!” then the Everyday Backpack may be the one for you.
Originally published on April 4, 2017, and updated on July 12, 2023.
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