Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Greg0
Tamrac Anvil Slim 15: Leave The Grips, Take Everything Else
You might not have already picked up your latest camera- Santa definitely hasn’t delivered it yet, and you probably don’t even have a tree ready. Whether you’ve got your eye on a new DSLR or simply a new piece of glass to outfit your mirrorless, you also want to consider a key addition to your outfit- a great camera bag. We’ve checked out a few in the past couple of months- one built especially for more serious outdoors trips and capable of carrying everything, and another that is classy, a little more low-key and made for slinging over a shoulder.
The Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 is a lighter, compact camera backpack that still offers plenty of room for your photo expeditions. If you’re looking to shave some weight, and can leave a few things back at home, then the Anvil Slim will help you balance your needs. After all, every piece of additional equipment adds up fast. meaning more of a burden on your shoulders. By the end of a day, we don’t want our backs to be sore, and the wide hipbelt and airflow harness distribute weight evenly (and help kept our back from being too sweaty as well).
Tamrac is now part of the family that includes Guragear and Ogden Made, and the brand’s history goes all the way back to 1977. The name has an unusual history- “it’s apparently inspired by a pine tree found in the American wilderness”. The Anvil title is shared amongst a few different bags, with a pretty wide range of sizes from the 17, 23, and 27 versions to the Slim editions that are built specifically to shave a few centimeters off the width for those who don’t want to bring battery grips or for those who use smaller camera bodies. And despite the name, this is among the larger ones with room for ultra-zoom lenses and dual camera bodies. Plus, you still have a padded sleeve for your 15-inch laptop, and the foam dividers are quite configurable in the huge internal main compartment.
We especially liked that the Anvil Slim 15 looks pretty much like a regular backpack (unless you strap your monopod or tripod to it). Passersby might not guess that you were casually carrying your expensive gear, unlike some competitors that scream “I’m hauling priceless electronics”. There aren’t all of the features you might find on others- no pocket that can fit a water bottle for instance- but the zippers are solid, the build quality is great, and there are reflective strips for safety. Tamrac includes a fully seam sealed weather protective rain fly for inclement conditions and the four pound, nine ounce weight is low. It’s also among the most comfortable camera bags we’ve seen this capacity, with nothing extra added and all of the essentials. Available now, online and in stores, the Anvil Slim 15 runs around $250.