On my recent trips I’ve found myself struggling with ways to travel as light as possible, especially if I’m doing a quick day trip abroad or staying for just the one night. You of course want to take your camera gear as hand luggage to keep it nice and safe but what do you then do with say your wash bag and a clean shirt for the following day, not too mention your boxer shorts and socks. Airports are a hassle at the best of times and you don’t want to be in one for longer than necessary so the idea of having to have hand luggage an hold luggage, especially on these short trips has always been a right pain. I much prefer the idea of one bag so you board and jump off the other end and go straight through customs without having to wait for your hold luggage and then join a huge queue at passport control with all the other people from the flight. Camera bag wise I have always used F-Stop gear. They make premium products for the photographer/Videographer as well as for the hiker. The other evening whilst looking at their site I noticed a bag called the Literoom Roller. On closer inspection it turned out to be just what I’ve been looking for all this time, a bag that I can store not only my camera gear in but also a change of clothing and a wash bag.
The bag is based on their component travel system called ICU’s, which just slot into the frame work of the roller. You can fit up to a XL pro ICU which takes up all the space or you can fit say a medium ICU in to leave you space for further gear.
The bag is made from DWR-treated, 330D Double Ripstop Nylon with 1500mm Polyurethane coating, just like their mountain series range of backpacks, has YKK Zippers, the main two being lockable with a padlock, and a material called Hypalon which keeps the base nice and waterproof. The wheels are nice an large as is the pull out handle so no having to walk bent over trying to pull it along. I’ve had a quick play with it with all my gear in and it is extremely stable and does not turn over when trying to pull it along like some of those cheap suitcases you can buy. On the outside it has three pockets, one for keeping travel documents etc in, a large one that will stow a 17″ laptop and another large one at the bottom for whatever else you’d like to take. On the inside of the lid .it has a further two large pockets which you could store some clothing in. It also has a nylon webbing zipped cover which keeps all your camera gear in place. I’ve added some images below and a link to their site and a youtube video of the product. I will update this blog after it’s first run out next week when I take a flight to The Hague for a hotel shoot but I can see this being an ideal accompaniment to my F-Stop Satori that I already use when out in the Landscape. Of course this bag isn’t practical out at the coast when I’m climbing rocks or hiking over uneven ground but when I’m working inside doing commercial or portrait shoots where the Satori isn’t necessary then this is going to be fantastic.
Right I’ve just come back from my overnight trip to The Hague and I have to say that the Literoom Roller performed flawlessly. It was sturdy, the handle extended to a good height to save crouching over and it never once toppled over like some roller bags do when your in a hurry. The handles on the top and side where comfortable in the hand and never dug into my fingers, despite the weight I had in the bag. And I had enough storage space to meet my needs. On top of that it looked great as well. I can definitely reccomend one of these if you are looking for a “walk on” bag that fits your camera gear and an overnight change of clothes.