GoPro Backpack pricey but comfy

The Thule Legend GoPro Backpack can hold up to three GoPro cameras and is right up there with the best in terms of comfort.
The Thule Legend GoPro Backpack can hold up to three GoPro cameras and is right up there with the best in terms of comfort. PHOTO: THULE

If you have not just one, but three GoPro cameras, you ought to get the Thule Legend GoPro Backpack.

It has a special front padded crush-proof compartment with a die-cut foam pad that is able to hold three GoPro cameras, as well as a Go Pro remote control, an LCD BacPac, three GoPro batteries and SD cards.

I found that the GoPro Hero4 with the underwater casing is able to fit perfectly into the foam pad. But the new GoPro Hero5 Black has a slightly loose fit.

Zip up the front compartment and you will see an integrated GoPro mount. The backpack also has a chest-strap mount. You can mount two GoPro cameras - front and back - when carrying this backpack around cycles or walks.

At the top of the bag are two smaller compartments that are great for housing smaller items like your smartphone, while two side pockets hold your water bottle or umbrella.

In the main compartment is a laptop sleeve and a tablet sleeve. You can fit up to a 13-inch laptop and 9.7-inch iPad inside them. Even after packing in both items, I was able to stuff two shirts and a pair of pants in the main compartment.

Alternatively, you can fit a hydration reservoir (not included) in the laptop sleeve. There is an opening at the side for the hydration tube to emerge from inside the bag.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $329

    MATERIAL: Nylon

    WEIGHT: 1.7kg

  • RATING

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

The Legend GoPro Backpack is really comfortable. The design provides great lumbar support. The sternum strap and waist belt allow the backpack to "stick" close to your back to prevent unnecessary shifting.

A nice touch is the waist belt, which has two small side pockets that let you store a jackknife, a multi-tool or a GPS device.

On the downside, the Legend GoPro Backpack is not exactly cheap at $329. And it weighs 1.7kg even before you fill it with gear. That said, if you want to store GoPro cameras like a professional, there are not many options out there.

Trevor Tan

•Verdict: For adventure seekers who have a few GoPro action cameras, the Thule Legend GoPro Backpack should be their default backpack.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'GoPro Backpack pricey but comfy'. Print Edition | Subscribe