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Mindshift Gear BackLight Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 60 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 16 reasons to buy the BackLight - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

100% of the reviewers give the Mindshift Gear BackLight a good or excellent rating!

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Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Mindshift Gear BackLight:

Reviewers like these things about the Mindshift Gear BackLight

  • Many users like how it allows them to access their gear without taking off the backpack.
  • Others like how they can change lenses or just snap a quick photo by spinning the bag to the front of their body.
  • Some hikers like how the padded waist belt allows them to work out of their bag without getting the harness dirty.
  • Others thought the rear-panel access adds security when traveling since their camera gear is protected behind their back.
  • Many hikers love the presence of the air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort.
  • A lot of reviewers are impressed with how the front stuff pockets carry personal gear and trail essentials for a day's outing, like extra layers, a light jacket, a headlamp, gloves, chargers, food, etc.
  • Others find the daisy chain, ice axe loops, and additional lash points perfect for expanding their carry capacity.
  • Many owners are amazed with how the included seam-sealed rain cover opens flat for use as a ground cover.
  • A number of users are pleased with the presence of dedicated compartments to fit a laptop and full-size tablet.
  • Others like the presence of two large water bottle pockets with cinch cord to keep them hydrated on trails.
  • A lot of users find the adjustable dividers very convenent for large and bulky gear and items.
  • Others like how the zipper pulls are easily gripped even with gloves on.
  • A lot of owners find its build quality and innovation absolutely top notch.
  • Many reviewers refer to it as a cleverly designed pack with lots of useful features.
  • A lot of photographers find the main compartment quite roomy and comes with a ton of dividers to configure the pack whatever works for them.
  • A user said that the attention to detail on the zipper loops and the just overall polish of the bag is excellent.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users thought that the only design flow is that there is no load lifters on the shoulder stapes.
  • Others find the tripod straps a bit lousy.


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The Mindshift Gear BackLight ranks #3 compared with the other Mindshift Gear bags.

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3Mindshift Gear BackLight
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vs All Bags

The Mindshift Gear BackLight ranks #967 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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The North Face Slingshot
966Mindshift Gear BackLight
Mindshift Gear BackLight
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969Dakine Element
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Selected Reviews


For those times when carrying lots of kit is a must, this MindShift option is a great choice due to its fantastic comfy padding and durable feel.

Posted 6 February 2018 by ePHOTOzine - Read full review

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The BackLight 36L is an excellent outdoor photography pack for those that want to carry more than just camera gear, and considering the features and build quality I think the price very good. It’s great that they came out with a bag that brought the features of the BackLight 26L into a size that works for professionals with larger lenses and taller camera bodies.

Posted 26 September 2017 by Dan Carr - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019