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Published on September 21st, 2011 | by Greg


Tenba’s Discovery Daypack Covers Your Camera and Tablet Too

The more you trav­el, the more you re­al­ize that there are ac­tu­al­ly many con­fig­u­ra­tions of nec­es­sary items. A daytrip in­volv­ing like­ly rain will re­quire dif­fer­ent gear than even a week­end stay at a ho­tel. And flights will en­cour­age a dif­fer­ent sort of lug­gage than bus or train or car trips. Some­times you’ll need that DSLR, but oth­er times you might al­so re­quire a flash and a few ex­tra lens­es. We’ve al­so been in places where we want­ed to have our most valu­able gear right on our backs, where we could keep it safe and handy as well.

It’s es­pe­cial­ly for those oc­ca­sions that Ten­ba cre­at­ed the Dis­cov­ery Mi­ni. This isn’t the per­fect bag for those who car­ry bulky lap­tops. It’s meant in­stead for the for­ward-think­ing folks who have tran­si­tioned to tablets (or net­books, in the­o­ry, though we pri­mar­i­ly test­ed the iPad and even the HP Touch­pad). Those with the new­er and small­er eleven-inch Mac­book Air mod­els can al­so take ad­van­tage of this bag. With plen­ty of room for any DSLR (we tried both our trusty Nikon D90 and a Canon Rebel T3) and a few lens­es and ac­ces­sories, it was nice­ly padded and of­fered plen­ty of pro­tec­tion for our valu­ables.

Avail­able in a cou­ple of col­ors, ours was black and grey. Ten­ba al­so of­fers oth­er sizes, if you need some­thing larg­er. But at un­der two pounds, this was a per­fect day­pack for our short­er, lighter trips where we could take this in­stead of a full-sized back­pack or our hy­brid mes­sen­ger that we re­cent­ly re­viewed. We could pack our heavy-du­ty GPS, and even cram in our phone in the handy front pock­et and still not feel too weighed down. And they thought of most ev­ery­thing- a small up­per stor­age area fit our light shell jack­et nice­ly. The bot­tom is wa­ter­proof and a rain cov­er is in­clud­ed, and though we wouldn’t take it in the same con­di­tions as the Aqua­pacs we’ve checked out, it of­fered de­cent pro­tec­tion against some rain that we got caught in. Zip­pers seemed sol­id- they de­scribe them as self-heal­ing, and we would sim­ply say that they held up against a fair bit of beat­ing.

A five-year war­ran­ty is bet­ter than most oth­er com­peti­tors, and we have no trou­ble rec­om­mend­ing this bag even to those folks who don’t have a tablet but do want a lit­tle ex­tra room in a DSLR bag. Our on­ly con­cerns were the straps- we would’ve liked a bit more of a hand­hold on the up­per strap, as con­ve­nient as it was. And the back­pack shoul­der straps were ad­justable, but didn’t end up dis­tribut­ing the weight quite right- de­spite a few at­tempts, it still felt a lit­tle un­even. One bik­er asked for a bit more re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­al on the bag, and an­oth­er writ­er sug­gest­ed that a bit bet­ter ven­ti­la­tion could be bet­ter be­tween the bag and a us­er’s back. But over­all, ev­ery­one came away im­pressed, and af­ter some fair­ly se­ri­ous trav­el it looked like it hadn’t been used. At $110, it al­so is a good price tar­get- we might not be able to de­fend it for those who just a need a bag to lug around a DSLR in the city, but for those with more gear and a need for some weath­er­proof­ing and com­fort for longer trips, the Ten­ba Dis­cov­ery is apt­ly-named.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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