The Moment Backpack Review | Perfect, Minimal Travel Bag

An ideal everyday carry backpack specifically designed for traveling light, whether or not you have a camera in hand.

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Over the years, I've tried numerous camera bags, and none have met my expectations until I came across the Moment 21L bag. I want to share exactly why this bag could be essential for you, too.

⚡ Quick Note:

This review focuses on the first generation of Moment's MTW backpacks. Since then, Moment has launched an improved and more functional second generation, the Everything Bag Line, available in three sizes, including the 17L version I own. Please note that all affiliate links provided will direct you to the most recent version of this backpack.

To Know:

This is Moment's first-ever backpack. It can hold all your essentials and is water-resistant, ensuring your gear stays dry regardless of location or travel destination. If you want a high-quality everyday carry bag, without a doubt, this is the one for you.

What We Love:

Camera Insert

Sizeable enough for an insertable camera compartment to hold your precious gear safe from the elements, yet removable anytime you don't care to carry it on your trips or daily outings.

Quick Release Chest Strap

Simply click to attach or reattach with a chest strap for extra support during heavy loads.

Sleek and Discreet Design

It doesn't scream "camera bag" like others do and is versatile enough for sleek fits.

The Details:

Brand: Moment

Product Type: Backpack 21L

Best For: Photographers looking to travel compactly with robust compartments.

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It's Ideal For Travel

Moment, you nailed the backpack line. It's an ideal travel companion for securely transporting your gear; you can trust this bag to protect your equipment. Moment has meticulously crafted every aspect, from the water-resistant fabric to the numerous pockets for organization, leaving no detail overlooked. As a content creator, you don't always want to bring every piece of equipment you own and put it in a camera bag that screams, "Hey, look at all this expensive equipment I have on me!". This backpack and camera insert perfectly fit my Sony A7SIII with a 24-70mm lens and an additional lens like the Tamron 17-28mm and securely hold two of my filters. This compact camera setup is incredibly suitable for my needs. Now, I can transport my valuable equipment more discreetly using this backpack.

Several aspects of this backpack stand out as advantages for me, including its comfort, the versatility offered by the camera insert and tech organizers, the convenient luggage slip-through on the back panel, and the specially designed laptop sleeve. Another significant feature is the backpack's ability to stand upright independently, a considerable improvement over previous bags I've used that would frustratingly topple over every time they were set down.

Now for the cons — they are few but worth mentioning. Occasionally, it can be difficult to zip and unzip the main compartment when the camera inserts are full, and the zipper doesn't fully open on the opposite side for a clamshell-like opening, as seen in other bags. For future iterations, one potential improvement could be the inclusion of a top access zipper to reach a removable camera cube. This would provide extra versatility for carrying more camera equipment while still allowing the cube to be removed when using the bag for general purposes.

  • Weather Resistant: Able to withstand water to keep your equipment dry and safe
  • Modular Add-Ons: Adding the camera insert, and tech organizers unlocks so many more configurations.
  • Travel Ready: The Luggage Slip makes traveling with your equipment a breeze.
  • Discreet Design: Keeping a low profile on carrying expensive gear is a must
  • Computer Sleeves: Sleeves for both your laptop and tablet separately!
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In Detail

The backpack is available in two sizes: the 17L and the 21L, the latter being the model I own. These materials might seem unfamiliar, constructed from 600D Recycled Nylon on the exterior and 210D Nylon Oxlan for the interior. However, they are synonymous with durability and high quality, ensuring the backpack's longevity. Moment has invested heavily in this product, with every element reflecting superior craftsmanship. You need to see and feel the backpack's quality to appreciate it fully, as photos don't entirely capture its excellence.

I must highlight the bag's impressive water resistance, starting with the exterior. Living in Florida, where hurricane season is a concern, I've been caught in heavy downpours without a single drop penetrating the bag. Inside, the backpack accommodates up to a 16-inch laptop in the 17L and 21L models, which is fantastic. It also boasts numerous pouches and slots for all your tech accessories, even more than you might need. In summary, this bag is the epitome of quality.

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What It Has:

  • Weatherproof Material
  • Laptop and Tablet Sleeves
  • Ability to add camera insert
  • Luggage Slip
  • Quick Side Access
  • Front access for daily essentials
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Comfortable Back Cushions

What It Does:

  • Stores your everyday tech safely
  • Keeps a low-profile design
  • Allows comfort all-day
  • Self Standing Design
  • It enables you to travel without any friction of creating

The Specs:

  • 17L
  • 16inch Laptop Sleeve
  • Dimensions 17.1” x 11” x 5.5”
  • Weight 1.75lbs
  • 21L
  • 16inch Laptop Sleeve
  • Dimensions 18.7” x 11.4” x 5.5”
  • Weight 2.15lbs

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