Mike Helfrich while shooting for the Deep Winter Photo Challenge, where his Bigfoot snowboard show earned him a very respectable third place. Helfrich describes the bag as “the perfect bag for a small cam for a day mission on the resort.”"> Mike Helfrich while shooting for the Deep Winter Photo Challenge, where his Bigfoot snowboard show earned him a very respectable third place. Helfrich describes the bag as “the perfect bag for a small cam for a day mission on the resort.”">

Review: MindShift rotation180 Panorama Pack

Version:
Tahoe Blue
Price:
$199.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4.5
On January 28, 2015
Last modified:January 27, 2015

Summary:

Ski and snowboard photographers, look no further for your perfect resort camera bag. The swivel technology allows you to access your gear without removing your pack—it's a clear game changer. This 22 liter pack helped Whistler-based photographer Mike Helfrich while shooting for the Deep Winter Photo Challenge, where his Bigfoot snowboard show earned him a very respectable third place. Helfrich describes the bag as “the perfect bag for a small cam for a day mission on the resort.”

Functionality: ★★★★
Designed with the action sports photographer in mind, the rotation180 Panorama comes with all the bells and whistles: a camera storage area with Velcro inserts, a hydration pocket, a designated spot for your tripod, room for extra gear and snacks, and an easy-to-access top pocket. “It was just a little small”, says snowboard photographer Mike Helfrich, “The camera compartment could be bigger while making the upper storage smaller. I like all the space up top, but I would rather be able to bring a bigger lens.”

Design and Aesthetic: ★★★★★
This pack’s design is unbelievably clever. Unlike many other packs, which have one big, deep compartment, the Panorama is separated into distinct, smaller sections. The bottom compartment is attached to a rotating belt pack: simply unclip the magnetic attachment, and the camera compartment swivels easily around your waist. That means you can access your gear without taking off your pack. “The easy access part is pretty awesome,” says Helfrich. “It’s ready for a quick shot, and it’s perfect for riding on-the-go with friends that can’t wait to shred more.” Quick and easy is the name of the game—and at only 2.9 pounds, it won’t slow you down.

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Durability: ★★★★★
Every element of this backpack was thoughtfully considered, and its construction is no exception. If you don’t overload it, this bag will see you through many photo sessions on the mountain.

Value: ★★★★
The Panorama falls in the same price range as many other camera packs, but the extra features put it a leg above the rest. There are extra add-ons, like a photo insert that allows you to carry more photo gear and a rain cover, that are sold separately for those who want to take it to the next level.A035_C014_01012R.0006581F

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