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Published on January 17th, 2011 | by Alicia

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Clik Elite Escape: Ideal for Day-Long Adventures

Tru­lyNet read­ers know we like to check out the lat­est and great­est gear de­signed to ac­com­pa­ny out­door en­thu­si­asts in all their ad­ven­tures. The lat­est out­door item we’ve got­ten our hands on is the Clik Elite CE513­GR Es­cape cam­era bag in gray (it al­so comes in black), a mid-sized cam­era bag that’s ide­al for the day-trip­per out­door pho­tog­ra­pher. The bag’s cam­era bay pro­vides quick and easy ac­cess to the cam­era, lens­es, and oth­er items, and is padded suf­fi­cient­ly well. The space al­lot­ted should be ad­e­quate for most cam­eras and lens­es, though we think it wouldn’t have hurt for the com­part­ment to be a tad bit larg­er to ac­com­mo­date big­ger cam­eras and longer lens­es. The cam­era bay has cra­dle lens di­viders, full-length ver­ti­cal di­viders, and a cam­era nest to pro­tect your cam­era. The di­viders are re­mov­able as well as flex­i­ble, mold­ing bet­ter to the cam­era and lens­es than oth­er stiffer di­viders on the mar­ket. The com­part­ment can be par­tial­ly opened just enough to grab the cam­era for su­per quick ac­cess when that cam­era shot you’ve been wait­ing for all day fi­nal­ly man­i­fests.

We were very pleased with the com­fort of the bag, al­though it’s a lit­tle heav­ier than sim­i­lar cam­era bags on the mar­ket. The shoul­der straps are com­fy and eas­i­ly ad­justable, and the chest strap is a nice ad­di­tion, pro­vid­ing added se­cu­ri­ty and weight dis­tri­bu­tion. The hy­dra­tion blad­der com­part­ment is a great fea­ture and holds up to 3 liters of liq­uid, and it al­lows the side mesh com­part­ments to be used to hold tripods. We like that this bag doesn’t scream, “I’m a cam­era bag!” It’s a stylish lit­tle thing. It’s al­so air­plane-friend­ly, meet­ing size re­quire­ments for car­ry-on lug­gage.

We thought the bag could use some more stor­age ca­pac­i­ty for ac­ces­sories, food, and the like. One stor­age area is un­der the top flap, cov­er­ing the cam­era body, which is great for gen­er­al stor­age, cam­era cars, and fre­quent­ly ac­cessed small items. The bag al­so has a stor­age area on the low­er front that is fair­ly roomy, and a third area at the top of the bag is good for hold­ing things like maps but not a whole lot else. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, none of these stor­age ar­eas are padded. An­oth­er less than de­sir­able qual­i­ty is the bag’s han­dle at its top, which isn’t thick enough and cut in­to our hands a lit­tle bit. Al­so, un­like Case Log­ic’s Case­l­og­ic SLRC-206 SRL cam­era and lap­top bag we re­viewed not too long ago, the Es­cape does not have a wa­ter­proof bot­tom. Thus, cau­tion must be used when set­ting the bag on the ground.

De­spite these quib­bles, the Es­cape is a good choice for day-long ad­ven­tur­ers seek­ing a com­fort­able cam­era bag but not re­quir­ing an ex­cess amount of stor­age or padded pro­tec­tion. The bag re­tails for $210, a lit­tle on the ex­pen­sive side. Amazon.com along with some oth­er on­line re­tail­ers sells the bag for $189.

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