• GEAR REVIEW //

    WANDRD PRVKE TRAVEL CAMERA BAG

  • WANDRD PRVKE REVIEW

    A hiker wearing the Wandrd Prvke travel camera bag looks out from Stac Pollaidh towards Suilven in the Scottish Highlands

GEAR REVIEW //

WANDRD PRVKE
TRAVEL CAMERA BAG

Heads up! This is NOT a sponsored post. We bought our Wandrd Prvke 31, have been using it for over a year, and (spoiler alert) love it, so we decided to write a review. If we manage to convince you to buy one too and you purchase it via our link, Wandrd will pay us a small commission at no extra cost to you. That’s all that’s in it for us!

The hunt for the perfect camera bag can feel like a never-ending journey of trial, error, more trial and more error. I’ve been backpacking with camera gear for nearly twenty years (I’m not that old, I just started young, OK), and it’s only in the last year that I’ve finally found The One. Introducing the love of my photography gear life – the Wandrd PRVKE.

I pondered long and hard over this bag (for over a year, actually), wondering if it truly would be all it said it was, or if I was merely being sucked in by its sexy streamlined exterior. I erred on the side of caution, told myself I couldn’t justify the cost, and settled on (yet another) cheaper alternative that (what a surprise) didn’t cut the mustard. After a long camera-toting life of carry-solution failures, what did I have to lose by finally giving the PRVKE a go?

THE WANDRD PRVKE

Pronounced ‘Wandered Provoke’, this photography slash everyday travel bag started life on Kickstarter in 2015 and has evolved into what I consider to be a 99.9% perfect travel camera bag. It straddles the world of ‘photography bag’ and ‘travel daypack’ seamlessly, something that really isn’t easy to find out there. And the icing on the cake? It provides exactly what we need even when we aren’t using it as a bag at all, in the form of a removable camera cube.

You’ll notice I switched to ‘we’ there, because the truth is that while I have always been the camera-wielding backpacker, researcher, and purchaser of all photography related goods, Del has in fact become the lead photographer in our relationship as of late. As such, it’s actually him that carries the gear around most of the time, and I’m going to have to start including his opinions in this review.

  • A hiker with camera bag stands looking out over the hills from the Sgurr a' Chaorachain Viewpoint above the Bealach Na Ba in Western Scotland
  • A hiker with camera bag stands looking out over the hills from the Sgurr a' Chaorachain Viewpoint above the Bealach Na Ba in Western Scotland

The Wandrd PRVKE in action, packed with all
our photography gear in the Scottish Highlands



WANDRD // WHO ARE THEY?

WANDRD //

WHO ARE THEY?

Wandrd is a small company run by three brothers from the US, along with a tight-knit group of select team members. It’s kind of nice to know they designed the PRVKE as a passion project out of their parents’ basement, crowdfunding through Kickstarter to make it a reality.

PRVKE bags are manufactured in Vietnam, and shipped worldwide from their US, Netherlands or Hong Kong warehouses. They stand by the quality of their bags and offer a Lifetime Warranty, covering you for manufacturing defects for as long as you own the bag. And they really do come through on this – we had our bag replaced with zero hassle after a stress tear appeared in the material.

WANDRD PRVKE // FEATURES

WANDRD PRVKE //

FEATURES

SIZE

The Wandrd PRVKE comes in two sizes, the 21 or 31. We own the 31. You can check the full specs in the section below, but for now know that the 31 is bigger. By 10 litres. In case that wasn’t obvious.

MATERIALS

It’s made from Waterproof Tarpaulin and Robic 1680D Ballistic Nylon. Whatever that means. Basically, it’s very hard wearing, more or less waterproof and quite ‘rigid’ in shape. The back section and shoulder straps are padded foam, and all of the YKK zippers are weather sealed.

LAYOUT

The PRVKE can be used purely as a travel bag, or in conjunction with a removable camera cube. You can buy two sizes of camera cubes  – the ‘Essential’ size fits in the lower half of the internal compartment, and the ‘Pro’ size fills the entire space.

The internal compartment can be divided in two with a velcro separator, or used as one large space by folding the separator flat against the front. There is a zipped flap between the lower section and the back clamshell opening, and a zipped mesh flap between the upper section and the back. In the clamshell back section there are two laptop/iPad sleeves.

A top down view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 back section, open and empty

The subdivided empty back section accessed via the clamshell opening



A top down view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 back section, open and empty

The subdivided empty back section
accessed via the clamshell opening



ACCESS POINTS

The PRVKE has multiple entry points, designed perfectly to suit a photographer on the go.

It has a clamshell opening, allowing you to zip open and completely fold down the back, accessing the entire contents of the bag. This makes packing and unpacking a doddle, and it’s easy to find whatever you’re looking for.

 It also has a side opening in the lower half of the bag, allowing you to swing it around to your front and easily access the inside of the bag without having to stop and open the whole thing up. This is perfect for quickly grabbing your camera out of the bag, or putting it away.

Finally, you can access the contents of the bag via the expandable roll top. This is great for packing top-down, or just chucking stuff in. The capacity of the expandable roll top is really quite amazing, a touch Mary Poppins-esque. Velcro holds the roll top in place, and it is secured with a G-hook metal buckle.


A photographer uses the side access of the Wandrd Prvke 31 to put away his camera as the rain comes on at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye

Accessing the side opening as the rain starts



A photographer uses the side access of the Wandrd Prvke 31 to put away his camera as the rain comes on at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye

Accessing the side opening as the rain starts



STORAGE POCKETS

The PRVKE has five storage pockets accessed from the outside, and one on the inside.

Internally, there is a small zipped pocket on the inner side flap, with 3 expandable mesh pouches, plus some extra room. This is the perfect spot for holding memory cards or spare batteries in place, plus a cable or such like.

Wandrd Prvke camera bag side mesh pockets with camera batteries and USB cable showing

Side flap with expandable mesh pouches



Externally, there is a large pocket at the front of the bag, perfect for slim items like maps, notebooks, magazines and so on.

A frontal view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag showing a slim book in the opening of the wide front pocket.

Large, flat pocket at the front



There is a fleece-lined pouch at the top-back of the bag, ideal for storing delicate items like sunglasses or phones that you don’t want to get scratched.

 Another discreet pocket is found at the side near the top, with a fixed keychain holder inside. It’s also good for stashing coins, lip balm, or other small items.

All of these pockets have weather sealed zippers.

A close up of the Wandrd Prvke 31 key pocket at the side of the bag, with keys dangling from the attached key chain.

Discreet side pocket perfect for keys



Internally, there is a small zipped pocket on the inner side flap, with 3 expandable mesh pouches, plus some extra room. This is the perfect spot for holding memory cards or spare batteries in place, plus a cable or such like. Externally, there is a large pocket at the front of the bag, perfect for slim items like maps, notebooks, magazines and so on. There is a fleece-lined pouch at the top-back of the bag, ideal for storing delicate items like sunglasses or phones that you don’t want to get scratched. Another discreet pocket is found at the side near the top, with a fixed keychain holder inside. It’s also good for stashing coins, lip balm, or other small items.

All of these pockets have weather sealed zippers.

Wandrd Prvke camera bag side mesh pockets with camera batteries and USB cable showing

Side flap with expandable mesh pouches



A frontal view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag showing a slim book in the opening of the wide front pocket.

Large, flat pocket at the front



A close up of the Wandrd Prvke 31 key pocket at the side of the bag, with keys dangling from the attached key chain.

Discreet side pocket perfect for keys



On the underside of the bag lies a dedicated rainfly pouch. You can remove the rainfly and use this for something else if you like. Lastly, there is a passport holder pocket which sits against your back when wearing the bag, a comforting place to store it when travelling. There is a main pocket, and a smaller mesh pocket in front.

The rear of the Wandrd Prvke 31 with the back pocket open and showing a passport inside.

The perfect place for your passport or other important documents, it is both discreet and secure



The rear of the Wandrd Prvke 31 with the back pocket open and showing a passport inside.

Perfect for passports or other important
documents, it is both discreet and secure



WATER BOTTLE/TRIPOD HOLDER

Another great external feature is the zippable and expandable water bottle/tripod pocket. It’s big enough to hold a 1L Nalgene bottle, and a tripod easily slips in, secured at the top by a buckled strap. If you want to carry both a water bottle AND a tripod, you can use the two detachable straps that come with the photography bundles to strap a tripod to the bottom of the bag. And if you don’t want to use the pocket at all, you can zip it up and it sits streamlined against the bag.

A side view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 showing a Nalgene 1L water bottle inside the expandable side pocket.

The side pocket comfortably fits a 1L Nalgene bottle



CARRY HANDLE

You can carry the bag conventionally using the padded shoulder straps, or grab it by the magnetic tote handles. These are particularly great for maneuvering the bag around quickly, on public transport for example. The padded shoulder straps have two elasticated bands (one lens cap sized, one battery sized) and multiple thumb-sized loops, which could be used for attaching a carabiner, hooking on a GPS device, wedging in a stick of lip balm, and so on.

A side view of the Wandrd Prvke 31 showing a Nalgene 1L water bottle inside the expandable side pocket.

The expandable pocket comfortably fits a 1L Nalgene bottle



A person holding the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag using the magnetic carry handles.

The handles are great for just quickly grabbing the PRVKE



A person holding the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag using the magnetic carry handles.

Great for quickly grabbing the PRVKE



ACCESSORY STRAPS

A sternum strap comes with the bag and can be moved up and down easily to suit the user. Removable waist straps are included in the photography bundle, great for distributing weight to your hips and relieving strain on your shoulders. The waist straps have a handy zippered mesh pocket, too.

Two removable accessory straps are also included in the photography bundle. These can be attached to various anchor points, thoughtfully positioned around the bag. You can use them to strap a tripod or roll mat to the bottom, or strap them across the back of the bag to hold a yoga mat, bulky jacket or such like.

A photographer taking a shot while wearing the Wandrd Prvke 31 at Ayutthaya in Thailand

Accessory straps in use: attaching a tripod to the bottom of the bag at Ayutthaya in Thailand



A photographer taking a shot while wearing the Wandrd Prvke 31 at Ayutthaya in Thailand

Accessory straps in use: attaching a tripod to
the bottom of the bag at Ayutthaya in Thailand



You can also wear the backpack on your front, open the clamshell and attach the back to the inner with the straps. This creates a handsfree ‘table’ and allows you to change lenses, without putting the bag down.

WANDRD PRVKE // SPECS

WANDRD PRVKE //

SPECS

As mentioned, there are two different sizes of PRVKE, the 21 or 31. You can buy the bag by itself, or with a photography bundle. The bundle includes a removable camera cube (‘Essential’ or ‘Pro’ size), waist straps, two accessory straps, and a rainfly. You can use the camera cube inside the bag, or separately.

THE BAGS

PRVKE 21

  • Dimensions: 43 X 28 X 17 cm (17″H X 11″W X 6.5″D)
  • Volume: 21 L to 25 L (roll top fully extended)
  • Weight: 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)
  • Laptop Sleeve Dimensions: 33 X 24 X 2.5 cm
  • Tablet Sleeve Dimensions: 32 X 24 X 1.25 cm

PRVKE 31

  • Dimensions: 48 X 32 X 19 cm (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)
  • Laptop Sleeve Dimensions: 34 X 25 X 2.5 cm
  • Tablet Sleeve Dimensions: 33 X 25 X 1.25 cm


THE CAMERA CUBES

Essential (fits PRVKE 21)

  • External Dimensions: 27.9 X 11.4 X 24.1 CM
  • Internal Dimensions: 26.6 X 10.1 X 22.8 CM
  • Long Divider (x2): 29.21 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Short Divider (x3): 12.1 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Weight: 12.75oz (.36kg)

Essential + (fits PRVKE 31)

  • External Dimensions: 31.7 X 12.7 X 27.9 CM
  • Internal Dimensions: 30.4 X 11.4 X 26.7 CM
  • Long Divider (x2): 32.4 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Short Divider (x3): 12.7 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Weight: 14.75oz (.42kg)

Pro (fits PRVKE 21)

  • External Dimensions: 41.9 X 11.4 X 27.9 CM
  • Internal Dimensions: 40.6 X 10.1 X 26.7 CM
  • Long Divider (x2): 45.7 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Short Divider (x5): 12.1 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Weight: 1lb 5oz (.60kg)

Pro + (fits PRVKE 31)

  • External Dimensions: 47 X 12.7 X 31.7 CM
  • Internal Dimensions: 45.7 X 11.4 X 30.4 CM
  • Long Divider (x2): 47 X 1.3 X 10.1 CM
  • Short Divider (x5): 13.3 X 12.7 X 10.1 CM
  • Weight: 1lb 7.5oz (.67kg


THE COST

There’s no denying the Wandrd PRVKE is pricey. It’s why we held off for so long before finally biting the bullet. But in the end, all we did was waste money on other camera cubes, bags, and lens pouches that could have been invested in the PRVKE in the first place. Prices start from around $185 USD for a PRVKE 21, up to around $375 USD for a PRVKE 31 with a Pro+ photography bundle. You can check current prices over on the Wandrd website now.

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WANDRD PRVKE // HOW WE USE IT

WANDRD PRVKE //

HOW WE USE IT

We are full time travellers, in that we have no permanent home and live most of the time out of our backpacks. Sometimes we are physically travelling for weeks or months on end, other times we are based in one place for a short while. We carry everything we need with us all the time. That includes camping and hiking equipment, regular travel stuff, and all of our photography, video and electrical gear. Sometimes we travel around by public transport, other times we might rent a car for a road trip, and we regularly head off on multi-day camping treks. We’ve had enough of humphing around a large backpack and small daypack each, and only want to travel with one backpack per person, and one bag for all our valuables.

A person wearing a Wandrd Prvke camera bag walks along an empty beach on Sanday in the Orkney Islands

The Wandrd Prvke 31 set up for photography while road tripping round the Orkney Islands in Scotland



A person wearing a Wandrd Prvke camera bag walks along an empty beach on Sanday in the Orkney Islands

The Wandrd Prvke 31 set up for photography while
road tripping round the Orkney Islands in Scotland



Basically, we need a setup that is flexible, yet works well for us in any given situation. After trialling various combinations, we’ve finally figured out the best solution for our needs – 2 x Osprey Backpacks + 1 x Wandrd PRVKE 31. And a few foldaway totes, just in case. The Osprey backpacks have been with us forever, but you have no idea how tricky it has been to nail down the final piece of the ‘how best to carry our travel photography gear’ puzzle.

Here are the three main ways we use our Wandrd PRVKE, and why it has become our perfect travel companion.

FULL PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR SETUP

The PRVKE 31 is big enough to fit all of our electrical gear (see complete list below), and that’s exactly where it goes when we are travelling from A to B. It stays on us at all times, and we know all of our valuables are safe and protected. The clamshell opening makes it really easy at airport security to whip out the laptops or open up the bag for inspection. We can remove one thing without even touching the rest. This is so much less stressful than our previous setup, where everything was crammed into a regular daypack and we had to remove and repack everything at airport security, without fail. It is also the perfect size for us to use as a carry-on bag.

A flat lay on parquet flooring of everything we put in our Wandrd Prvke 31

Everything here fits in our Wandrd PRVKE 31, along with the Sony A7iii camera and Sony 24-70 mm F2.8 GM lens used to take this shot



A flat lay on parquet flooring of everything we put in our Wandrd Prvke 31

All this gear fits in our Wandrd PRVKE 31,
along with the Sony A7iii camera and Sony
24-70 mm F2.8 GM lens used for this shot



Where the PRVKE really comes into its own compared to travelling with a regular daypack is when we are out and about, taking photos day to day. It is such a pleasure to have a bag that caters to a photographer’s needs, as well as having enough space for non-photography related bits and bobs like a spare jumper, suncream, or packed lunch. And let’s not forget that dedicated water bottle holder!

Wandrd Prvke 31 top down view with back open, showing the camera cube and travel items in top section

Packed for the day with camera gear, laptop, and a few other essentials



Wandrd Prvke 31 top down view with back open, showing the camera cube and travel items in top section

Packed for the day with camera gear,
laptop, lunch, and a few other essentials



In the past this was one area where we always had to compromise. We had an easy-to-use photography bag, but had to carry a second daypack for everything else, or we had a daypack with a removable camera cube inside which was so inconvenient to access that most of the time we didn’t even bother.

WHAT FITS INSIDE OUR WANDRD PRVKE 31

TRAVEL BACKPACK SETUP

Despite our undying love of photography, there are actually plenty of occasions when we don’t need/want to carry our camera gear with us, and just require the use of a regular backpack. In these situations, the PRVKE has us covered. We can remove the camera cube and voila! It’s a backpack like any other. Except it’s not like any other, obviously. It’s super sexy and has multiple access points, making it even easier to pack. We can use one large internal compartment, or divide it into two smaller ones depending on our needs.

This has come in handy for us most often when we are ‘settled’ somewhere for a short while, renting a self catering apartment for a few weeks. In these situations, the PRVKE becomes our main grocery shopping bag, and that expandable roll top comes in especially useful for stuffing in all the cheese and wine.

There are sometimes days too when we just want to wander aimlessly without feeling the pressure to capture everything on camera. On these days, the PRVKE works great as our general about-town bag. We’ve also used it for numerous short trips over the last year, when visiting friends and family around Scotland, or for “no photography” weekend breaks. We throw our packing cubes, toiletry bag, spare shoes, and whatever else we need in the bag, stick a water bottle in the side (is it obvious yet that I’m a water-fiend?), and we’re good to go.

Wandrd Prvke 31 top down view with back open showing the bag packed with clothes and toiletries for a weekend trip

The Wandrd Prvke 31 packed for those short trips when photography is not on the cards



Wandrd Prvke 31 top down view with back open showing the bag packed with clothes and toiletries for a weekend trip

The Wandrd Prvke 31 packed for those short
trips when photography is not on the cards



Again, that expandable roll top comes in really handy when you’re travelling in winter and need somewhere to stuff your bulky coat while sweltering on the overcrowded bus, or have a bunch of Christmas gifts to deliver.

CAMERA CUBE ONLY SETUP

CAMERA CUBE ONLY

Over the past few years we’ve gotten really into hiking, and this means we usually have at least one multi-day trek planned for everywhere we go. Normally we do these independently, carrying all of our own gear and camping along the way, sometimes for up to a month. Being travel bloggers, that gear includes cameras, a drone, video mics, and various photography paraphernalia, in order to document the journey. Having a comfortable backpack that can be worn for 6-12 hours a day and fits everything we need is our main priority.

 The Wandrd PRVKE is not this backpack. It’s not big enough or comfortable enough to be used for such a long trek. That job falls on our Osprey Aether and Aura AG backpacks. But, the PRVKE still plays its part in these adventures, in the form of its removable camera cube.

A person sits on one of many multicoloured blocks along a footpath in front of the sea on the north coast of Jeju Island

The camera cube sits securely inside my Osprey Aura AG backpack when hiking in places like South Korea’s Jeju Island



A person sits on one of many multicoloured blocks along a footpath in front of the sea on the north coast of Jeju Island

The camera cube sits securely inside my Osprey
backpack when hiking in places like Jeju Island



We have an older version of the camera cube than what is currently available, but it is comparable to the ‘Essential Plus’ size. We remove it from the PRVKE and pack it inside my backpack, with our Sony camera, three lenses, GoPro, Rode Mic, ND and variable filters, and other bits and bobs all safely stored. Actually, Del usually carries the Sony camera with attached lens (and sometimes the Rode mic too) on his Capture Clip, unless it’s raining. Any other gear which we would normally carry in the PRVKE but doesn’t fit in the cube (eg. the drone or GoPro gimbal) is safe in its original carry case.

Wandrd Prvke camera cube packed with cameras and lenses for carrying separately from the main bag

The cube ready to go, minus the filters which sit neatly on top



Wandrd Prvke camera cube packed with cameras and lenses for carrying separately from the main bag

The cube ready to go, minus the filters which
sit neatly on top of the camera and lenses



Obviously, it’s not as convenient having to stop and take out the camera cube if we want to swap lenses, but realistically there’s no other way around this on such a trek. We usually swap lenses around when we’re at camp or stopped already for lunch in order to minimise the hassle.

In the past, knowing that we had to use a camera cube for the multi-day hiking parts of our travels led us to just buying a Tenba cube and pairing this with a regular daypack to cover other travel situations too. We were also doubtful that the PRVKE would be as good an everyday pack as, for example, an Osprey Talon. We were concerned that we would be limiting ourselves too much by opting for the PRVKE.

What fools.

As mentioned already, the reality of travelling with a camera cube/daypack combo was a complete pain in the arse. In the end we realised that we were denying ourselves a fully functioning photography bag that would be ideal 80% of the time, simply because it wasn’t of use for the other 20%.

We’re both very glad we saw the error of our ways.

SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POSTS

MORE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POSTS

A hiker with camera bag stands looking out over the hills from the Sgurr a' Chaorachain Viewpoint above the Bealach Na Ba in Western Scotland
A person walking beneath dark stormy clouds on Sanday, one of the Orkney Islands
A hiker with camera bag stands looking out over the hills from the Sgurr a' Chaorachain Viewpoint above the Bealach Na Ba in Western Scotland
A person walking beneath dark stormy clouds on Sanday, one of the Orkney Islands

WANDRD PRVKE // WHAT WE LOVE

WANDRD PRVKE //

WHAT WE LOVE

Honestly? Just about everything. I know it’s unnatural to feel this attached to a bag, but I do find myself gazing at it lovingly on a semi-regular basis.

NOTHING ‘EXTRA’

I don’t know about you, but I’ve bought many things that flaunt X, Y and Z features, thinking, ‘Oh, that sounds cool’, only to find that I NEVER use them. It’s therefore very refreshing to discover that we literally use every feature of this bag. I’m thinking that’s because the design has been so well thought out that there is nothing ‘extra’, nothing added on for the sake of it or as an additional wee gimmick. Everything included in the design is useful and needed.

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

Continuing on the great design theme, we’ve found that the PRVKE pack makes organisation easy because it simply has a place for everything. The design is very intuitive, and unlike other backpacks we’ve used, everything just sort of falls into place and finds its permanent home there. It makes packing easy, and saves us from unnecessary arguments because Del can’t remember where he put X this time round.

EXPANDABLE ROLL TOP

I’m not gonna lie, I look like a right idiot when I have it stuffed full to 36L max capacity, but that expandable roll top is a game changer. Whether I’m out shopping and accidently go a bit ‘off list’, or I’m trying to navigate the extreme temperature differences of a winter in Europe/summer in Asia, the flexibility that an extra 5L offers is amazing. It’s also pretty satisfying to roll down and buckle up.

Wandrd Prvke 31 packed to the max with roll top extended

Bag packed to the max and expandable roll top extended fully



Wandrd Prvke 31 packed to the max with roll top extended

Bag packed to the max and roll top extended fully



MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

I’ve waxed lyrical about this already, but just in case you didn’t catch it – we love this bag because it is genuinely multi-functional and great at everything it does. It isn’t an awesome photography bag that does an alright job as a travel bag, or vice versa. It excels in both fields. And of course, it provides us with the padded camera cube that can be carried about in its own right (it’s got a carry handle or you can attach one of the accessory straps to make a sling strap), or packed into our big backpacks.

EASE OF USE = BETTER PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Wandrd PRVKE is so easy to use (especially compared to our previous setups) that we find ourselves actually using our gear more. No matter the location or what’s happening around us, it’s quick and easy to swing the bag around and grab the camera, or put it away briefly. We can access our lenses and filters easily via the side access or clamshell opening, and as such we use them way more than before. This in turn helps us to get more varied shots for our videos and actually utilise each of our lenses to the best of its abilities.

A hiker wearing the Wandrd Prvke 31 climbing the trail up Stac Pollaidh on an overcast day in the Scottish Highlands

The easy functionality of the Wandrd Prvke has meant we actually use our gear a lot more when we’re out and about



A hiker wearing the Wandrd Prvke 31 climbing the trail up Stac Pollaidh on an overcast day in the Scottish Highlands

The easy functionality of the Wandrd Prvke
has meant we actually use our gear a lot
more when we’re out and about



LIFETIME WARRANTY

To be honest this is something that I don’t always pay much attention to when buying new gear. I’m usually too caught up in the excitement, and ain’t thinking about my brand new purchase breaking. But having a lifetime warranty attached to every Wandrd PRVKE pack is awesome, and something we found ourselves using just a few months after buying our bag.

The material that attaches the shoulder strap to the back of the bag ripped at the seam. We were pretty bummed to think that something we’d just forked out serious $$$ for was defected already. Although the bag was technically still usable, we had no idea if the damage would get worse, potentially letting in water to the main compartment and endangering our gear. When you have thousands of dollars worth of equipment in your bag, you want to know it’s fully protected.

The Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag sitting in the footwell of an electric scooter by the sea in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

Big enough to carry all your gear but small enough to fit in the footwell of an electric scooter in Taiwan



The Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag sitting in the footwell of an electric scooter by the sea in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

Big enough for all your gear but small enough
for the footwell of an electric scooter in Taiwan



Anyway, the Wander More, Worry Less policy had us covered and the guys at Wandrd sent us a replacement bag with zero fuss. We just had to fill out a warranty claim form online and attach photos of the damage. Our new bag still has a Lifetime Warranty should any further manufacturing defects rear their ugly head, which makes us even more confident in our purchase. Still, we’re pretty careful now to only ever carry the bag with both straps if it’s heavy, never grabbing it with just one.

HEY GOOD LOOKIN’

What can I say, it’s an attractive bag. Sleek, streamlined, minimalist. It’s a far cry from my Lowepro camera bag of old, and apart from the side access (which in itself is pretty subtle), looks nothing like a ‘camera bag’. I like this because it helps it fly under the radar a bit more from would-be thieves. Although, I will admit that it turns a few heads every now and again. But that’s usually from aesthetic admirers rather than those with nefarious intentions.

WANDRD PRVKE // WHAT WE DON’T LOVE

WANDRD PRVKE //

WHAT WE DON’T LOVE

Nothing’s perfect, right?

Like I said, the Wandrd PRVKE is the 99.9% perfect travel camera bag. So what about that 0.1%?

(I‘M BRINGIN’) SWEATY BACK

(I‘M BRINGIN’)

SWEATY BACK

Although the back of the PRVKE is specifically designed to allow airflow, in hot conditions (20℃+) with a full load (13kg+), we find it definitely gets sweaty. So far it’s pretty much always been Del carrying the bag in these situations, so who knows, maybe it’s his particular body shape, frame or posture. I have read other reviews from people who say they don’t get a sweaty back in the heat. But just in case, I’d recommend dark clothing.

A photographer with the Wandrd Prvke 31 slung over one shoulder takes a picture of the coast in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

Giving the sweaty back some much needed ventilation in Taiwan’s Kenting National Park



A photographer with the Wandrd Prvke 31 slung over one shoulder takes a picture of the coast in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

Giving the sweaty back some much needed
ventilation in Taiwan’s Kenting National Park



UNCOMFORTABLE AFTER MANY HOURS

Fully loaded (again, we’re talking with our entire 13kg+ kit) the PRVKE definitely gets uncomfortable after hours on end. The padded shoulders and waist belt just can’t compete with ergonomically designed bags like the Osprey AG packs we’re used to carrying for extended periods. Even with the waist belt, the weight does start to bare down on your shoulders. But, in reality, we rarely carry it at full capacity for extended periods. Always when we are travelling from A to B, but day to day we pick and choose what we need in the bag, and the laptops, drone, hard drives etc., will often stay at home.

LIMITED USE OF ALL FEATURES WHEN FULL

A couple of minor points that bug us sometimes is that the storage pockets can be tricky to use (or unusable) if the bag is at full capacity.

It’s certainly a struggle to get our 1L Nalgene water bottle in the pocket if the inside of the bag is totally full, however fitting something slimmer like our tripod in the pocket is no problem. In reality, when the bag is that full it’s usually because we are in transit somewhere, and that means the tripod takes pocket priority and the water bottle is in my tote along with other travelling essentials (like snacks and earplugs).

A close up of the Peak Design Travel Tripod in the side pocket of the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag

The slim Peak Design Tripod fits nicely when the bag is full, but it can be a struggle with a bulkier tripod or large water bottle



A close up of the Peak Design Travel Tripod in the side pocket of the Wandrd Prvke 31 travel camera bag

The slim Peak Design Tripod fits nicely when
the bag is full, but it can be a struggle with a
bulkier
tripod or a Nalgene 1L water bottle



Likewise, the front pocket can only be used for super slim items if the main compartment is full, otherwise the item will bulge out and leave an impression on the outer material. For example, we slipped our collapsible tupperware in there and it made a clear circular outline. But hey, we weren’t overly concerned about someone spotting it and thinking it looked theft worthy, and the imprint disappeared over time. We wouldn’t use the fleece lined pocket for anything fragile like sunglasses at full capacity either, as they would get squished.

WANDRD PRVKE // IS IT WORTH IT?

WANDRD PRVKE //

IS IT WORTH IT?

Yes. Yes, it is.

That’s our opinion anyway, and hopefully after reading this review you’ll have a good idea of how we use it and why we think that. The Wandrd PRVKE is so versatile that there’s every chance your needs and intended use for the bag could be quite different to ours. But the beauty of it is that the PRVKE is a real multi-tasker, and functions great in whatever role you give it.

Does the Wandrd PRVKE look like your dream camera bag? Or maybe you already own one?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Does the Wandrd PRVKE look like your dream camera bag?

Or maybe you already own one?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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