Manfrotto is expanding its already extensive camera bag collection with a new range: Chicago. Chicago bags are discreetly styled to suit the urban environment and include upmarket features like a Kevlar fabric base, Duraflex buckles and YKK zippers. The outer fabric is treated to make it water-repellant, plus each bag comes with a separate rain cover to fend off heavier downpours.
The Chicago bag collection consists of two backpacks in small and medium size. Both bags utilize a modular internal design similar to that used by sister-brand Lowepro in its FreeLine backpack. A removable photo inserts enables the camera backpack to be easily transformed into a regular backpack. The insert itself can also be used as a compact self-contained shoulder for times when you only need to transport camera gear.
Both the Small and Medium versions of the Chicago backpack will hold a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera body with a standard zoom attached. The Medium backpack can carry an additional 3-4 lenses, while the Small Chicago 30 version can hold the camera/standard zoom combo plus 2-3 extra lenses. Both bags boast a separate top compartment designed to house personal effects, while a dedicated gimbal pocket on one of the side-access flaps has been designed to hold a DJI Osmo Pocket mini gimbal.
The Chicago 50 Medium even contains a special media organizer pouch perfect for your memory cards, cables and dongles. Both bags have been designed to also carry a laptop, with the Small able to fit a 14" model, and a 15" notebook will slide into the Medium backpack. A tripod can be carried on the outside of each backpack, either horizontally across the front or underneath, or mounted vertically on the front.
Each Chicago bag contains Manfrotto's Slim-Tech Protection System which has been designed to offer top-notch gear protection without consuming too much valuable carrying capacity.
Both bags are available now from B&H in the US, with the Small costing $199.95 and the Medium for $239.95.
UK buyers can find the Chicago range at Wex for the £179 and £209 respectively.