How do you review a back pack? use it a lot and write your thoughts of course, I was a bit lost on what to write when I was sent the Miggo agua 90 stormproof versa back pack some time ago to review, it isn’t your typical camera bag but I somehow found this pack becoming my everyday bag, I will explain why but first some information direct from Miggo Australia.
- DSLR with attached lens (such as Canon 5D mark IV with 24-70mm f/2.8) (or medium size DSLRs / large size Mirrorless such as Sony A7)
- 1 extra lens (such as 70-200mm f/2.8)
- Flash unit
- Up to 14.5” laptop
- Memory cards
- Extra battery
- Extra personal belongings
- 3 carrying options on your back
- IPX3 rain-proof standard: Protected against spraying water – water spraying up to 60 degrees from vertical at 10 liters/min. at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2 for 5 min. Fits camera’s body + lens.
- Quick draw main compartment with side opening and internal flat mash pocket for quick-access to gear
- Removable padded insert with 2 detachable dividers
- Internal built in organizer with up to 14.5” laptop slot ,iPad/tablet slots ,pens and other flat accessories
- External dual USB port charging connector for Power Bank
- External flat zipper pocket with 2 layers and internal mesh pocket, for anything you need on the go
- External side quick draw flat zipper pocket for smartphone
- External front flat zipper pocket for passport, etc.
- Trolley insert
- Adjustable shoulder straps with height-adjusted sternum strap
- Water-repellant zippers
- Thermo-forming reinforced bottom
In the Box
- miggo agua Versa Backpack 90 + 2 shoulder straps with sternum strap
- Photo gear padded insert with 1 half way divider and full divider
- 2 years warranty
- Owner’s manual
My Initial thoughts,
Receiving this bag the first thing I noticed was the outside construction, it is made quite robust. The main material is water resistant, storm proof as Miggo puts it, it’s thick strong and kind of like one of the heavier duty dry bag materials I’ve used for kayaking, this robustness is a common feature on the bag, the zippers are high quality water repellant zippers, theres strong grab handles in multiple points on the bag, there is a rubber cover on the end of the outside zipper to stop any water entering and probably to protect the zipper, a lot of the stitching is double stitched, fittings/buckles are all quite strong and there is a reinforced base. The bag looks really nice and quite modern. The other thing that stood out apart from the big Miggo logo was on one side of the bag there is a dual USB port, I can’t say I have seen a bag with USB ports before, awesome feature.
Quality water resistant zippers, this is one of the quick access outside pockets, there are two, one on the front of the bag and one for your phone or wallet hidden on the side.
The bottom of the bags harness, quality fittings and padded lower back area.
Stitched well in areas of stress like etc top of the straps, you can also see the waterproof/resistant seams on the main body of the bag here.
Back to the everyday use, the Miggo Agua-90 Versa isn’t really a full time camera bag it’s features lend itself to great everyday bag that can also carry your camera and a few lenses with a removable padded insert, which is becoming a bit of a trend in camera bags these days.
I have a few dedicated camera bags and was kind of wondering where this would fit for me personally, I was looking for a new work bag and then it dawned on me this bag has all the features I could dream of for the job, usb charging for my phone and tablet, organiser for my phone and tablets chargers and cables, mesh pockets for my headphones and all important stash of chewing gum and lip balm, space for the paper or a magazine, side pocket for phone or wallet, slots to hold a few pens, importantly a place for camera and three lenses, spare camera batteries and a jacket and jumper.
It is literally the perfect everyday “work” bag for someone that loves photography, carry all your everyday gear plus your camera and you don’t even have to worry about a bit of rain, or even a lot of rain, I’ve tested this walking the 500m into work from my car over winter, this bag would have to be submerged before you would worry about the contents getting wet. On submerging, the bag is storm proof, not fully water proof so it will keep the water out if it rains or gets a splash on a boat etc, but don’t submerge it under water. I can see this being a great bag for the inner city photographer, it looks quite modern but I can also see it being great for those that really need a rugged bag each day, very versatile and of course you could just use it as your camera bag but I believe it offers a lot more than just that.
The harness, I use the bag in it’s standard form like a traditional back pack when it comes to strap placing, but it can also be configured to cross across your body or use one strap like a sling pack. The bag has been comfortable with really good neoprene padding on the strap, I’ve been carrying an injury after dislocating my shoulder and this bag hasn’t caused me any trouble even when loaded up although I do find the strap a bit wide but I believe this is part of the design that makes it work in other configurations, it’s also a personal thing, but it is comfortable.
Let’s take a closer look
Above, a major feature is the bags dual USB port for micro and standard usb, this allows you to charge your phone, camera along with being able to charge whatever usb power pack you own and have stored in the bag. The port is tough and weather proof.
Inside the charging port side pocket, you can see my phone usb power adapter, a spare Jupio battery, the mains charger for my Sony a6500, usb cords to suit all organised and safe there is also a small pocket behind the battery etc for more organisation and storage.
Pocket inside a pocket, this is the where you store a usb power pac, I’m using a cool Jupio one that actually plugs into my camera via a dummy battery, awesome for time-lapse. You can see the white USB cords here they are attached to the outside USB port, you simply plug them into your power pack and you are good to go for either charging your devices from the powerpack via the outside port or charging the power pack itself via the outside port. Such a great feature every bag should come with this these days.
The opposite side to the USB port and pocket is the main access to the bag, plenty of dividers/pockets for all your gear inside. I have a couple of magazines in the laptop area, a tablet, pen and you can see there is plenty of extra pockets to organise your everyday gear.
Again a look inside the main opening, mesh pocket on the side holding my chewing gum, I also usually keep a set of headphones, lip balm etc in here for easy access. You can also see the padded insert that fits in the base of the pack, inside is a Sony a6500 with Laowa 9mm attached, there are also two lenses, a Samyang 50mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4. This insert is big enough to hold my Canon 6d and 70-200 f2.8 or something like my canon 6d with 17-40 and a 100mm macro lens or flash gun. Above inside the pack is you can see there is enough room for a jumper or Jacket or some more lenses if you own a second insert.
Miggo Agua-90 Versa and camera insert, the outside pocket of the pack is well protected from water entering it. The insert can double as storage for your gear when it’s not inside the bag too with handles making it easy to carry.
Neoprene insert bag for your camera gear
Inside the camera insert
This kit fits perfectly inside the Camera insert, but as mentioned it can also carry a much larger camera and a few lenses.
The Miggo Agua-90 Versa back, back pack is a really versatile bag. It can be used as your camera bag or as a versatile everyday pack for work or just to carry the gear you need around with you. You don’t need to worry about the weather and your gear getting wet, you have power for your devices on hand and you can carry a camera everywhere with, there is a lot to like about this bag. I’ve used mine almost daily for the last coupe of months as it just suits my needs perfectly, I recommend you check these out if you are looking for something a bit more versatile that a general camera bag.
Miggo Australia sells these online for $299 and they are also available from these retailers, click here.
For more information check out the product here, Miggo Agua – 90 Versa back
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