|Quality is in the details|
Design. Crumpler is known for styles and color combinations as funky / witty/ silly / kooky as the names of its bags. My grey vintage bag looked very conservative sitting next to its 2013 sibling which is red with orange accent. Even from afar and without seeing the logo, the color combination is very Crumpler-esque (other color combinations are purple with yellow trim and navy with rust red). The padding inside the main compartment is rendered in orange (instead of the usual yellow of other camera bags) for better visibility of and contrast with black lenses. I do noticed and liked the small touches -- the 4M$H logo on the inside flap, the rubber orange logo in front, the orange zipper head and even the nylon divider top flaps embossed with the Crumpler logo.
|Sibling Rivalry: Vintage vs. 2013 model|
Nitpicks. Front pocket/compartment. The front pocket is shallower in the new model, losing a few features I find useful in the older one: a large one-piece velcro-secured mesh (vs. two smaller mesh pocket secured with elastic) and two velcro strips at the edges which help keep small stuff from spilling (the newer model has a single velcro strip near the strap). Curiously, there's a small pocket near the strap that I found odd and useless; if you use this itty-bitty pocket, you lose the extra security provided by the velcro strip (Crumpler calls it the Velcro Silencer so maybe it serves a purpose after all).
|The inside story (click to see larger image)|
Adjustable strap. Same as before and as I can attest to, easy-to-adjust, durable and snag-proof. my only wish is that it has some sort of rubber gripping material in the middle so it wouldn't keep on slipping and sliding around my neck and shoulders.
Dual accessory loops. The newer model also has dual accessory loops at the sides which I find little use for (the straps too wide for hanging a small carabiner; when the compartment is full, the loops will be too taut to hang or insert anything much). Nice design element though and I think it helps keep the bag's profile/shape even when filled to capacity.
|More of the inside story|
Padding. I have two main uses for my vintage 4 Million Dollar Home: as a standalone bag when shooting with just a camera body and one or two lenses; and as camera protection when I want to go on an extended trip without lugging a separate bag for the camera -- it goes into my main backpack when mobile and I pull it out as my hand carried luggage when flying. I feel confident about the wraparound padding of the bag, I use it as a bag within a bag.
|Room for two (lenses that is, and a DSLR body)|
|Back pocket feature|
As far as quality is concerned, I have full confidence in this bag because I've used its sibling for five years. I would like to think that getting a Crumpler bag is more than just buying into the brand's prestige and/or hype; it's more of investing in a good pack that will really last and one that will protect your gear well. That it looks good is extra icing on the cake for me.
Product info: Available at Crumpler Philippines stores in Bonifacio Global City, Trinoma, Robinsons Magnolia and the flagship store at the East Wing of ShangriLa Mall. Also available at the ff. stores: Beyond the Box, Canon, DigiHub, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, Digital Walker Zoom, District 32, G-Stop, GBX, F8 Photoshop, iCenter, Islands and More, iStudio, Macy's Camera, Mobile1, Nikon Store, PRG Photoshop, Rustan's, SM Department Store, Toby's Arena, Trilogy, Urbanathletics • Retail price: P3,250 • Visit www.crumpler.com or the Crumpler Philippines Facebook page.
Disclaimer: Product provided by Crumpler Philippines for testing and reviewing purposes; however, views expressed here are solely the author's own.
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