GoGroove DSLR backpack review

There are plenty of great photo backpacks out there, each offering you a safe and comfortable way to carry your kit. The problem is that most look like camera bags: dull and frankly uninspiring. And in most cases, they cost an absolute fortune. The GoGroove DSLR manages to strike a comfortable balance, style, price and capacity.

For GoGroove DSLR Backpack

  • Well Priced
  • Great looks
  • Plenty of room for kit

Against GoGroove DSLR Backpack

  • Quite thin straps
  • Medium level of protection
  • No waterproof cover

I, like many photographers, love camera bags and seem to be on a never ending quest to find the perfect balance. It must have enough room to fit at least one DSLR, a couple of lenses, some filters, a GoPro or two, food and a lightweight rain jacket.

There are many bags like the GoGroove DSLR Backpack that fulfil this brief, but it’s only when you get out into the field and really test them that you know whether or not they’re going to be any good.

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The GoGroove DSLR Backpack has a lot going for it: the canvas retro look that many people are after these days, mixed with a touch of leather. Billingham gets this mix right, as it’s what the company has always done. The GoGroove DSLR Backpack almost nails this fine balance, too, and although the looks don’t initially inspire me the bag has definitely attracted adoration from others.

What does appeal is that this bag offers that something different that you usually have to pay a fortune for at a very reasonable price. The quality is by no means Billingham-level, but at the same time, it’s not at all bad. In fact, after a quick once-over, the bag seems pretty sound and well thought out. But is it all just looks or is this really a true functioning camera bag?

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The GoGroove DSLR Backpack is what I’d class as a medium backpack on the smallish side. Constructed from pretty strong nylon fabric with a decent amount of thin but solid padding that is more than enough to help protect the kit inside.

There’s a selection of zips and buckles that give the bag that authentic ‘working photographer’ look. Zips are obviously functional and the buckles are there to enable some length adjustment over the magnetic clasp straps.

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At the top of the bag, there is a single large zipped and clasped flap that gives you direct access to a relatively large cavity that features enough space for a jacket, food and a few other bits and pieces.

The bottom of this section features a velcroed in bottom that can be removed if you want to open the pack into one larger bag.

Under the top flap, there’s a handy mesh pocket that uses a zip to keep the content safe.

Moving on from the top the back of the bag features a large pocket that’s covered by a buckled flap, again with magnetic fasteners. This pocket is the ideal size for an OS map or guidebook which is very handy.

Around this pocket is a zip that gives you access to the main section. This reveals a decent inner space with enough room for a medium sized SLR or CSC with lens and a further five pockets for further medium sized lenses or accessories.

On the rear of the flap are two large velcro closed pockets to keep memory cards and or cables.

On one side of the bag, you have a small change or memory card pocket, and a larger opening that again gives you access to your kit if you’re using the bag as a sling.

On the opposite side of the bag is a pull cord pocket and strap that will enable you to attach a small tripod, such as the MeFoto BackPacker Air.

Along the side of the backpack, there’s a long zip which reveals a large slot for a laptop.

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