WANDRD’s PRVKE 31L Photography Bundle Backpack Review

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Steph Castelein with Wandrd's PRVKE 31L photography backpack.
Our favorite travel AND photography backpack!

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Alright my friend, we’ve officially found thee best travel photography backpack. The WANDRD PRVKE 31L backpack is everything you’ve been looking for and more.

Created by two brothers who were on the hunt for the perfect backpack themselves, they decided to make their own! It honestly has every feature we could have thought of ourselves. It’s spacious, durable, convenient, looks super great, and most importantly it protects our gear.

Being both travelers and photographers we knew we needed something great. If you’ve ever searched for the perfect backpack, you know it’s hard to find the right fit. We spent hours and actual days reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, and looking at different options.

In the end, Scott and I each bought our own WANDRD bags back in 2017 when the company was fairly new. At that time WANDRD only had the 21L and 31L PRVKE bag available and were working on a second Kickstarter for their newest duffel. Now, they have a bunch of new products to choose from.

Everything we saw from WANDRD seemed authentic, genuine, and real. Often you buy gear for the function and not the story behind it. With our WANDRD backpacks, we were getting both, a great product with a great story.

Scott Castelein in the snow during the winter with his WANDRD PRVKE 31L photography backpack.
Our WANDRD bags have been exposed to all types of climates and weather!

How We Use Our WANDRD PRVKE Backpacks

We use our WANDRD backpacks almost every day. They go with us to our client shoots as well as when we travel.

For client shoots, we take multiple lenses, batteries, and sometimes a flash and it’s all easily accessible from the backpack.

When we travel, they have enough room to hold all of our gear as well as protect it from the wear and tear that traveling brings.

On our recent, 2 week trip to Portugal, we packed EVERYTHING in our two WANDRD bags. We were able to take our camera, drone, multiple lenses, laptop, and all charging gear as well as all of our clothes into our two 31L backpacks!

Because of this, we were able to avoid the additional fees of checking in luggage. It was also nice being able to carry everything we brought on our backs. We rented a scooter and traveled over 1,300 KM through Portugal and it made carrying everything we brought super simple and easy.

What We Bought

As I said, when we bought our bags the PRVKE was the only option they had available. We each got the 31L Photography Bundle.

I got Wasatch Green, Scott got Black.

I was worried the 31L would be too big for me (I’m 5’8”) but it is just fine. I rarely have it rolled out and if I do I’m usually traveling (not everyday use) so it doesn’t look as strange.

Listed below are the features, followed by the cons and pros for the PRVKE 31L Photography Bundle. By the end, you’ll see why you need to SERIOUSLY consider this backpack if you’re looking for a new travel photography bag.

Steph Castelein looking through her WANDRD PRVKE 31L backpack while traveling in Portugal.
We packed everything we needed for a 2 week trip in Portugal into our two 31L PRVKE backpacks.

Included In The PRVKE Photography Bundle

Backpack
Dimensions: 19″H X 12.5″W X 7.5″D
Volume: 31 L to 36 L (roll-top fully extended)
Weight: 1.5 kg (3.4 lbs)
Camera Cube
Waist Strap
Accessory Strap
Rainfly

WANDRD PRVKE 31L Photography Bundle.
Here is the Photography Bundle (Image from WANDRD website)

WANDRD PRVKE 31L Photography Bundle Features

DURABILITY: Made out of waterproof tarpaulin and robic 1680D ballistic nylon with weather resistant zippers. That is taken from the WANDRD website and gibberish to me but let me tell you this my friend, holy schmoley these bags are tough. They are durable, they protect everything inside, and they are actually weather-resistant.

We’ve had ours for a year and have put them through the wringer. From the winters in Northern Michigan to the beaches of Portugal our bags barely have a scratch. We’ve never had a problem with rain or water getting in either. We haven’t even used our Rainfly because the bags themselves have done such a great job.

*Edit: The zipper on our black PRVKE backpack broke after 3 years of using it. With WANDRD’s lifetime guarantee, we worked it out with them to get a new one.

EASY SIDE ACCESS: The PRVKE has side access that makes it easy to grab your camera quickly. You don’t have to take off your backpack and dig to find what you need. It’s easy to grab your camera or any other gear on the fly.

EXPANDABLE ROLL-TOP: This might be my favorite feature. THE PRVKE backpack has a roll-top that gives you 5 extra liters of space if you need it. Keep it rolled down to stay compact or expand it and pack it full.

It’s great because you can use this space for anything. When we’re working at home we keep our bigger gear in here, telephoto lens, lights, etc. But when we traveled, this is where we kept all of our clothes.

SEPARATE COMPARTMENTS: The PRVKE has two separate “areas”. The top area with the expandable roll-top and the bottom with the cube. They are separated by a velcro stop. At anytime that velcro stop can be put down, the cube taken out and the PRVKE is suddenly one whole bag, like a regular backpack. When we traveled to Portugal, I took my cube out and made it like a regular backpack to make space for our clothes.

COMPUTER AND TABLET SLEEVE: There are two sleeves on the inside part of the bag that opens up. It can fit a 15” computer and tablet but we don’t have a tablet so we keep our notebook and planner in ours. It’s TSA friendly so all we have to do is unzip the backpack and send it through. It keeps all of our gear protected and safe and is everything we could have asked for.

EXPANDABLE WATER BOTTLE/TRIPOD POCKET: This is on the side of the backpack. I mostly use it to hold my Nalgene water bottle but have also used it to hold tripods and our Ronin stand.

PASSPORT POCKET: This is a small, enclosed area that sits against your back. The purpose of it is to keep your passport safe because there’s literally no way to get to it unless you take off the backpack. We keep our business cards in there when we do normal, client work and store our passports and business cards in it when we travel.

KEY HOLDER: This probably won’t show up as a feature anywhere else but I love this space. It’s a small side pocket toward the top of the bag that, for us keeps our charged batteries and other odds and ends. It has a clasp inside of it, like a little keyring that’s connected to the bag. It’s supposed to be for keys, which I’ve used before, but I’ve also used it to KEEP MY WEDDING RING SAFE! Yes, sometimes when I’m doing ridiculous things or swimming in the ocean or need to get my hands dirty, I’ll take off my wedding ring and put it where? In this nifty key ring clasp of course! I love it.

TOP POCKET: We use the top pocket for all of our miscellaneous stuff. Gum, keys, tripod plates, etc. It’s deeper than you would expect and is easy to access.

BOTTOM POCKET: I hardly ever unzip the bottom pocket. It’s currently storing my waist straps and rainfly for the day I might need them. I don’t notice this pocket, but I’m glad it’s there.

SIDE ACCESS POCKETS: The easy side access compartment also includes a mini pocket. We usually keep our memory cards and adapters in it. It’s great for storing those small things you always seem to lose.

MAGNETIC TOTE HANDLES: I’ve seen mixed reviews on these (see cons below). Two small magnets hold the tote handles together. If you have the top compartment unfolded and filled with things, they don’t fit together and generally fall onto your back. I usually hold them together with a carabiner so it’s no problem for me.

REMOVABLE CAMERA CUBE: This is an added accessory with the Photography Bundle and it’s 100% worth it. This cube fits in the bottom part of the PRVKE bag and is 100% adjustable (see next feature). The cube keeps all of our gear safe and separated.

It’s also removable and I’ve used it as a smaller, over the shoulder day bag. When we traveled to Portugal, I left my cube at home so I could pack more of the clothes and other items, while Scott kept it in to protect his camera, lenses, and gear. I love how versatile it is for your different needs.

ADJUSTABLE VELCRO SEPARATORS: The removable camera cube comes with 7 adjustable velcro separators that can be adjusted to fit your gear. Create a space for your camera, lenses, filters, flashes, drone, etc. You name it, the adjustable velcro separators can create the space for it!

ADJUSTABLE ACCESSORY STRAPS: I love these straps. They connect to almost any spot on the outside of the bag and can be adjusted and changed to fit whatever you need. They’ve carried blankets, shoes, and tripods for me.

WAIST STRAPS: I’ll be honest, we haven’t used the waist straps yet because the bags are so comfortable on their own. We’ve tried them on though and they seem legit. We carry them everywhere, along with the rainfly in the bottom pocket.

*Edit: I HAVE used the waist straps and they are awesome! They take the stress off of your shoulders and keep the backpack from bouncing around. I recommend attaching them if you are traveling or hiking.

RAINFLY: As I said, I haven’t used the rainfly before. It’s included in the bundle but the bag is so durable itself that even in snow and rain I don’t worry about our gear.

*Edit: We used the rainfly on a rainy day and it was a lifesaver! We had an outdoor shoot and although the backpack was doing a good job on its own, it gave us the confidence we needed to know that everything inside was dry and protected.

Cons Of The PRVKE 31L Backpack

I decided to start with cons because, well, if you can’t tell, I don’t really have any. After having these backpacks for 3 years, I can think of 3 things that I don’t like.

1) The easy side access pocket is only on one side.
This was fine with me but Scott swears he only takes his backpack off one way and of course it’s not on the side with the easy access compartment. He complained about this in the beginning but has adapted. If he needs something, I usually grab it for him anyway!

2) The magnetic tote straps are meh.
I love the straps but the magnet in them is kind of…..meh. It’s worked fine for us but like I said if you expand the top part it’s irrelevant. They’re a good idea, but I wouldn’t say it’s the strongest feature.

3) The price.
These backpacks aren’t cheap. Upgrading to the 31L and Photography Bundle increases the price by $92. If you are a photographer and you travel, it’s totally worth it in my opinion. The camera cube will keep your gear safe and the 31L is the perfect size for traveling.

Pros Of The PRVKE 31L Backpack

I don’t have specific pros, but see all of the features above! We love this bag, seriously, we still find ourselves saying how great they are.

They hold everything we need, protect all of our gear, and look really great. I haven’t mentioned very much about comfort but they are extremely comfortable. The shoulder straps are wide and strong and sit on your shoulders nicely. There’s also padding along the back that helps when you have all the odds and ends thrown into your bag.

*Edit: One pro I do want to highlight is the WANDRD warranty. They promise to replace your bag if it has defects or isn’t functioning properly. You can read more about it here. We had the main zipper on our black bag come off after 3 years, sent them an email explaining the situation, and are working with them to get it replaced.

I could go on and on about these WANDRD backpacks. We’ve had them for more than a year and would recommend them over and over again.

Let me know if you have any questions about the WANDRD PRVKE 31L Photography Bundle backpack.

As they say over at WANDRD: WANDER MORE, WORRY LESS.

Click here to buy WANDRD’s PRVKE 31L backpack!

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