I recently came back from my longest solo ride to the Himalayas, Jammu Kashmir State and the journey has been a Bliss.
An experience to cherish.
I believe many factors of a good and successful ride, has some relation with the gear, luggage and things you carry on the trip.
When I listed out the things I want on this ride (Clothes, Writing Material, Bike Spares), I found that a standard Cramster Saddle Bag will do fine. But the very purpose of this ride was to quench my thirst of ‘Photography Full Time’ in the Himalayas. So I wanted the camera gear to be at quick access throughout the trip.
And after putting some thought on my options, I decided to get myself the ViaTerra Fly Camera DSLR Tankbag.
I had my eyes on it since the day it was launched. Just it was a new product in the market so was not sure whether it will do right or not! — Should I take a chance or not?
So using their product eyes closed, was a safe bet.
For 36 days this bag accompanied me on the trip and there are few things I learned about it on the go. Not even ViaTerra guys are aware of its Full Potential 🙂
Here I present you 5 things you didn’t know about the ViaTerra Fly Camera DSLR Tankbag –
- Clothes: In the default features of the bag its a clear mention that its a camera tankbag. So its pretty much given, that its not to store spare clothes. Just your photography gear. Although you can squeeze something in if its a challenge. But they will create obstruction when accessing the camera. Solution! You see, at the bottom of the bag, a compartment opens up where the mounting and fastening straps are stored. You’ll be surprised to know what else it can take in. I managed to put in 1 thin towel, 2 Tshirts, 1 undergarment and few smaller items. Now that’s the luggage of a weekend trip on bike.
- Mount on Tank using Carabiners! Now this one doesn’t applies to all bikes, but goes for most. There are some bikes available here in India, where you can mount a bungee net on their fuel tank. On the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 I used a bungee net on its enormous tank, with offcourse a cloth in between for protecting the tank from scratches. And I affixed the FLY on the net using carabiner keychains. Now the advantage? You can mount and dismount the bag quickly as compared to the bags default mounting system. The net also becomes a great utility.
- 1 DSLR and 1 lens? As per the specs the bag can accommodate 1 DSLR and 1 telephoto lens. But if just look inside and you’ll immediately hunch that FLY can accommodate 2 DSLRs, even if both have telephoto lens affix on them. Assuming you have nothing bigger than 50mm prime in the lens pocket. Only an experienced photographer knows that if you want to enjoy travel photography at the fullest then its best to have 2 DSLRs along; one for telephoto shots and the other for wide angle. In the process of changing lens constantly, you lose the moment.
- Mount Over Saddle Bag: Be it any company saddle bag, they always have a handle on the top to help you lift the bag while mounting or dismounting from the bike. Now if you see, the two handles perfectly line up along the rear seat of the bike. I kept the Fly on the rear seat and locked it down using the same carabiner key-chains on to those handles. In my personal opinion, I liked it more on the rear seat than on the tank. I’m not sure but I think this feeling is because I was riding a cruiser!
- For Motorcyclist – Hikers: There are hikers who use a typical trekking backpack for mountain/hill trips. There are Bikers who prefer a tank bag for short rides. And then there are some photo enthusiasts who along with a backpack or tank bag, carry one more small bag for the camera gear. FLY, just combines the 2 scenarios into 1. I’m not saying its go anywhere bag, but for the simple cool weekend rides/trips, this just fits the script.
Many of you must have read some of its reviews and user feedback online.But for those who don’t want to go through all the research and feedback, I’m summing it in just one sentence — FLY is a great product; your money is well spent.
Next I’m trying out this tank bag on my Ninja 250R. Whether it will hold steady! or create obstruction? Find out in my next post.
Suggestions to ViaTerra Team –
– The strap for the backpack mode can be a little longer. May be 6 inches more.
– Just above the pocket of additional lens, one more fastening strip can be affixed to hold one more DSLR (when the lens pouch is empty.) So basically the bag can hold 2 DSLRs.