Awhile back Kirk had gifted me a Canon PowerShot G11 camera but I wasn’t carrying it much due to not having a case for it. Having carried tiny compact digital cameras that could hang off my sternum strap, going to the G11 was a pretty big difference. But I had wanted one that might take a bit better photo but hey, if I am not carrying it, I am not using it. So I accepted that I would be carrying a non-UL camera and case (still nowhere as heavy/bulky as the rig by Cotton Carrier that Kirk wears with his DSLR!).
I did some research and wasn’t much impressed by most of the bags – and it had to be one aimed at a hiker so I could attach it to my pack, yet I wanted to be able to carry just it if the mood strikes me. After looking on REI’s website I saw a few by M-Rock. Not having a clue of what size to get I went over to M-Rock’s website and used their search function. Turned out not only did they have more on the website, but also had many colors and the price was a LOT lower buying direct. The Mesa Verde 644 was the choice for my G11.
The camera bag comes with a built in tethered rain fly, tethered lens cleaning cloth, slots for memory cards, a detachable (and padded) strap so you can wear it across your body and replacement zipper pulls (nice touch!). The main compartment has a dual zipper and then the top closes over and buckles for double the safety (so yes, you can leave it open and just buckle it for easy camera grabbing).
I checked it out on Amazon and M-Rock sells directly via Amazon as well, the same bag at REI was $31. I got it for $22 + $2 shipping ( M-ROCK Mesa Verde Compact Camera Bag (Black/Lilac/Purple) ) and I got it in lovely lady lilac as well. The company quickly shipped it via FedEx and I didn’t have to enter my buying info on a new website as an added bonus.
So now I can carry the fun camera…and protect it as well!