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DaKine Sequence Photo Backpack
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DaKine Sequence Photo Backpack

 
DaKine Sequence Photo Backpack

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: DaKine Sequence Photo Backpack

Manufacturer: DaKine

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Page By: silversummit

Created/Edited: Jul 22, 2011 / Jul 24, 2011

Object ID: 7732

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Product Description and Features

DaKine is a company that makes and sells accessories within the premium surf, skate, snow and windsurf market including small and large specialty backpacks.

The DaKine Sequence is a versatile mountaineering daypack with the capability to:

Go for a day on the mountain with your best camera well-protected.
Do vertical snowboard carry.
Do diagonal ski carry
Carry a laptop and camera.
Hold FSnow tool pocket.


1. Easy zip back access entry
2. Removable, completely independent camera block with carry strap
3. Outside tripod or ice ax carry
4. Water bottle pockets
5. Organizer pockets
6. Two waterproof, fleece-lined waistbelt pockets
7. Load compression straps
8. Attached rain cover


Dimensions: 8 x 21 x 11 inches
Volume/Capacity: 2000 cu. in
Material: 6300 Nylon/600D Polyester
Weight: 5 pounds
Color: currently black but may find others at a few places online
MSRP: $190 (cheaper at some online outlets)

Lifetime warranty.
(...from DaKine website)

In addition, although the stats say you can only fit a 15" laptop I have squeezed in my 17" laptop.

Evaluation

Pros

+ Roomy
+ Pockets, pockets, pockets (love the waistbelt pockets for memory cards and chapstick)
+ Adjusts well to fit my 5'8" average frame
+ Reconfigures for larger laptop etc. during travel to destination
+ Rain cover is attached (no losing or forgetting)
+ Tripod attaches very securely (ice ax etc. likewise)
+ Independent camera block is handy for separate pic excursions and velcro dividers easily reconfigure
+ Well padded overall, including the straps
+ Everything inside the pack can come out giving you a huge daypack if you don't need it for photography


Cons

---This pack is a monster in size and weight!
---Putting the camera block back into the pack securely takes some effort.
---Cost $$$

References and a Review

Dakine website Sequence pack diagrams, details

Pictorial and well-done review from Photography On The Net forum

Nicely done video showing the features

Images


Reviews

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silversummitMy review after using a full week!

Voted 5/5

I bought this backpack for two reasons: to hold my ever increasing photo equipment on day hikes and to carry my laptop and camera equipment when traveling by plane or bus etc. Yes, I probably overspent and over-estimated my space needs but I don't regret it at all. This pack is tough; it is flexible for re-arranging your camera gear and it feels good on my aching back! There are pockets and more pockets! You could even hang more pockets on it if you wanted to. The water bottle pockets are ample-sized and the tripod loops are easy to use and secure.

I love that you can simply yank out the camera block and carry it (with its' own strap) and go off and take photos if you are on a road-trip and it doesn't even look like a camera bag! And if you need to use this as a backpack without the camera block, go ahead. It will be a bit awkward since the main large access is from the inside (your back) but I can think of some times where that isn't a bad thing!

Biggest negatives are the cost and the sheer weight probably but if you have been looking for a large, feature-filled, camera backpack, especially for day hiking, skiing, and other sports and need quality look at DaKine (taken from a Hawaiian word I think). I'm sure I don't fit their average buyer profile but I really like my DaKine Sequence! (And I only paid about $120 using reward program points.)

And I have had this pack since April but used this pack for a week straight at camp this month on hikes.
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Update 2/7/12:
I have taken this pack now on two plane trips and several hikes. It has done very well even stuffed to the brim with two cameras, 4 lenses, 2 remotes, a 17" laptop, souvenirs, and tons of assorted photo gear. It also fit easily under the seat in front of me flying. Surprisingly comfy even after I was diagnosed with a vertebrae and neck problem I plan to use it this spring when I finally get out and hike again!
Posted Jul 22, 2011 11:47 pm

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