Published on September 21st, 2011 | by Greg0
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.