By Cacinda Maloney
Ok, that’s it, I have finally decided that I am a backpack junkie. I practically won’t travel anywhere without one. They don’t have that sheik luxury look that I like, but they are so functional that I just can’t get past this very fact. As a travel writer/blogger and now Instagrammer (my account hit over 10k this week!),
I need my hands-free at all times in order to take that perfect shot with my iPhone. I literally see opportunities for photographs happening right in front of my eyes and I try to snap the shot, otherwise, it disappears so quickly sometimes. With the aid of a backpack holding my other gear, I can be hands-free, except for my iPhone, for those moments while traveling.
I have an upcoming trip to the Galapagos at the end of the month and was looking for another functional backpack to carry my gear when a video of the MindShift Rotational 180 Travel Away Backpack came across my desk. I was intrigued.
The thing about it that was most intriguing was the fact that the center pouch circles around your waist so that its contents can be easily accessed. Here is my dilemma, I really need both hands to steady the iPhone 5S that I shoot a majority of my photographs on, but I also carry my Canon Rebel DSLR, the problem is that it is just so heavy and bulky. I usually carry it around my neck, but when out all day in nature or a city, it becomes cumbersome.
The MindShift Travel Away is a smaller backpack than I am used, but that feature of the rotating “fanny pack” does make for an interesting twist for this travel product. With its slim design and durable material, I think it will be the perfect fit for this adventure trip I am about to embark on. In the meantime, I am on a ski holiday in Telluride, Colorado and I am trying it out on the mountain to see how it holds up there as well.
I was given the Mindshift Rotation 180 Travel Away for review:
As mentioned above, I was hoping my DSLR camera would fit in the pouch of this backpack, so that I could carry it and have my iPhone in my hands. Unfortunately, this particular backpack is too small to carry a DSLR, so my idea to use it in that fashion was a bust. I did find that my Go Pro Hero 4 Silver fit in it just fine, along with my keys, money, credit card, etc while on the slopes, but even the selfie stick for the Go Pro was too large for the pouch. So my dreams of having it work with my DSLR was a bust. I now see on their website that they have created the Professional version ($389.99) which does hold a DSLR! So apparently I was on the right track, just received the wrong one for the function I wanted.
But, regardless of the fact that functionally this particular backpack did not work for that, I can see that it can have many other uses as a backpack. The design alone of one swift motion, where you can access your concealed belt pack is a very cool feature. I also like the fact that you don’t even have to take off your backpack to get to the belt pack. Also, because these items are stored and covered (concealed), you know they are secure and inaccessible to others, which is an innovational design.
Another popular feature is that the backpack straps are padded and sturdy, and the bag is made from breathable material and has a unique airflow harness (350 G Air mesh). For superior water resistance, the exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent coating plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. I also love the zippers, which are high-quality YKK zippers with 420D velocity nylon (which basically means they are high quality!) The product looks amazing and is made well.
Lastly, the backpack also can accommodate a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet, while the belt pack can fit an 8” tablet.
What: Mind Shift Gear Rotational 180 Travel Away
How Much: $199.99
Disclosure: The backpack was sent to me in exchange for a review by MindShift Gear.