Is this the perfect camera backpack for hiking and travel?

About two years ago, my long search for a new camera backpack culminated in me coming across a company called NYA-EVO. In this article I review their largest backpack, the Fjord 60-C. After two years of heavy travel and hiking use, I feel competent enough to share why I think this is the perfect camera backpack.

As my previous camera bag, the f-stop Satori, began to fall apart after five years of use, I began looking for a replacement. I looked at a few backpacks and even ordered a few, including one of the newer f-stop backpacks. But none of them meet all my requirements, which I detail below. When I almost gave up and started putting glue on my Satori in various places to extend its life, I found the Fjord 60-C and never looked back.

Requirements for a camera backpack

Let’s start with a list of minimum requirements for a camera bag:

  • It needs to be strong and protect my gear from minor impacts. The material and zippers of the backpack must withstand short rains. The bottom of the bag should be reinforced with a thicker waterproof material.

  • The carrying system should allow me to comfortably carry loads up to 18 kilograms.

  • Nowadays, many brands make access to the camera compartment in their backpacks from the back, which is the right way to do it. But good padding and ventilation are often sacrificed to achieve this goal. While I don’t expect the carrying system to compete with the Deuter Aircontact, I still want comfort.

  • It should be possible to attach a tripod to the front of the backpack for proper weight distribution.

  • The size of the bundle should be adaptable. In its compact form, it must meet the carry-on restrictions of all major airlines. In its expanded form, it should hold around 50 liters of gear, ideally with the ability to attach additional gear to the outside of the pack.

  • I’m a big fan of detachable camera units because they offer a lot of versatility. Depending on the hike or photo tour, I can pack more or less gear and adjust the camera compartment accordingly. In addition, the ability to remove the internal camera is critical for flights in small aircraft, where carry-on luggage is further limited.

  • Many new camera backpacks do not have open side pockets to hold water bottles. This is a necessity for me.

In addition to these requirements, there are other things that would be nice to have. But the above list contains what I think is important. Your list may vary, but I’m sure it will match.

NYA-EVO Fjord 60-S

In this video I share my first impressions of the Fjord 60-C a week after purchasing it. After using this 60L backpack for over two years, I’m still in awe. I use it with medium RCI, what NYA-EVO calls internal cameras. In it, I can comfortably fit my Canon R5 with Canon RF 15-35mm lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 lens with RF adapter, filter case, DJI microphone and a few small items. This configuration leaves a lot of space in the upper compartment where I can put things like food and clothes.

What I like

The Fjord 60-C is the most comfortable camera bag I’ve used. It’s a huge improvement over my Satori and I’ve had no problem wearing it for hours on end. Sweat will build up on my back because there is little room for ventilation in this opening backpack. But it’s a trade-off I can live with.

The back and adaptive shoulder straps are very well padded. I’m 6’1″ and with the shoulder straps in the up position the backpack fits perfectly. If you are smaller, you can switch to one of the two lower attachment points.

As mentioned above, I bought a Fjord with a medium RCI. It can be easily added to and removed from the backpack through the back hole – no need to insert it from the top. The opening is large and all the gear is easily accessible.

A great feature is the removable fabric that separates the upper compartment from the lower one. I often had small objects fall out of my Satori when I opened it from the back. This does not happen with a fjord.

An important feature of the backpack is the strong adjustable straps that go around it. They allow me to attach a tripod to both sides and the front. This flexibility is great. When hiking, I have a tripod in the middle, and if I’m carrying a laptop, I put it on the side.

This brings me to another feature: my Dell XPS 15″ fits neatly in the large front pocket, even in the Inateck soft case I use. That means a 16-inch MacBook should also fit.

The front pocket can be extended. This allows for a little travel hack that I share in the next video.

It’s also worth noting that I’ve used this backpack on several flights and never had a problem fitting it in the overhead compartment. With its length of 56 centimeters when compressed, there is usually free space.

In the photo above, you can also see the thick rubberized material that makes up the bottom of the Fjord. It stretches a few inches around the sides and allows me to put the pack on a wet surface without worrying about my gear getting wet. This also prevents the bag from falling.

There are also side pockets. Although they are a bit limited, I can fit up to 1.5 liter bottles.

A feature of the game is a zippered pocket in the upper part. It is large enough to fit a sleeping bag and has a waterproof coating. That’s why I often use it on the coast to store wet clothes or water shoes. They do not seep into the main compartment.

Even more hidden storage is available with this package. It comes with a net that can be attached to the bottom, front or top to hold even more gear. I have a special video where I show how I use all this capacity for multi-day hikes.

What could be improved

One of my requests was open side pockets. While I can fit up to 1.5 liter bottles in these pockets on the Fjord 60-C, it wouldn’t hurt if they were a bit more flexible. Yes, bottles with a large diameter do not sit very firmly.

Since I started using Vapour’s 1 liter bottles, this is no longer a problem. They are perfect for the Fjord 60-C. When they’re empty, I can roll them up and they don’t take up any extra space until I fill them up. It’s great for travel.

The second improvement is to make the waist belt removable. It would make traveling even more comfortable, and NYA-EVO seems to think so. They’ve added this feature to the updated version of the kit they just announced.

Conclusion

The NYA-EVO Fjord 60-C is a versatile camera backpack ideal for travel and hiking. It protects the camera equipment while keeping it easy to access. It’s small enough to fit in carry-on luggage, and its expansion features make it a true adventure pack, holding up to 60 liters of gear. With a weight of 2400 grams, it is not light. But given the high-quality materials and soft back, it’s nothing out of the ordinary and similar to other backpacks in this league.

So, back to the original question: Is this the perfect camera backpack for hiking and travel? It’s very close to me.

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