There are a lot of camera bags on the market these days but it’s not as simple selecting one that may fit your preference when it comes to quality, style, and a professional appeal.  Not to mention finding one that can provide enough space to comfortably fit your essential camera gear and more if need be.   Yet the Hex Glacier Camo Cinema Backpack happens to cover all of these basis being made out of premium materials expanding its quality, water resistant, offering a stylish appeal with the camouflage patterns, and enough space to fit one of the largest DSLRs on the market with the lens attached (Canon 1DX).  This backpack is beyond well suited for any camera enthusiast or professional carrying a wide range of gear with them.

I spent about 2 months with the Hex Cinema Backpack traveling to multiple shoots and filming events which afforded me plenty of opportunity to get the true feel and experience of this backpack.  In the past, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I purchased cheap camera bags, but I didn’t invest in a higher end one either which leaves me to say that this bag is a huge step up compared to what I’m normally used to. 

Specs

  • Water Resistant
  • Opening access into main compartment via top opening
  • Designed to fit a 15’’ MacBook Retina or smaller laptops
  • EVA foam protection
  • Quick release premium metal buckle on front flap
  • Premium 900D exterior
  • Adjustable interior dividers allow you to customize your setup to your gear
  • Exterior tablet/phone pocket
  • Air Mesh back
  • Adjustable side water bottle pocket
  • Genuine YKK zippers with custom metal pulls
  • Side tripod straps
  • Premium poly web belting straps
  • Pewter Grey HEX heritage lining
  • Durable non-skid bottoms
  • Volume: 20L
  • Dimensions: 18.5’’ H x 12.0’’ W x 5.5’’ D
  • Weight: 3.25lbs

Design and Features

I really appreciated how much space I had to pack my camera gear and other equipment if needed.  Spacing that stood out such was a special compartment specifically made for storing your laptop with enough padding in the compartment to not worry about damaging the laptop (fitting laptops up to 15 inches in size). It gave the Hex backpack a cool feature but not quite unique since a laptop sleeve is found in a several higher end camera backpacks.

The detachable velcro fleece lined padded pockets afforded me the opportunity to adjust spacing in the bag depending on what I was packing. On one particular shoot, I was able to pack my Zhiyun Crane Gimbal Plus, 2 Canon T7i DSLR Cameras, and two lenses (Canon 24-105mm and a Sigma 18-35mm Lens, which are both heavy lenses!) with pocket spacing still available if I chose to pack more gear.  There are additional 3 zippered side-pockets within the backpack itself, a pocket designed for holding your business cards, a water bottle holder, sturdy buckles on the side of the backpack if one chose to travel with a monopod or a small tripod, and an additional compartment on the back of the backpack. 

3 inner zipper mesh pockets.

The backpack is water resistant, with a the back panel padding and shoulder straps made out of EVA foam and finished in air-mesh for comfort and breathability .  One cool feature that can be overlooked if one isn’t observant that Hex was clever enough to attach straps at the bottom of the bag for carrying a tripod as well.

An important feature to one may want to take note of is that the Hex Cinema Backpack is padded with a lumbar support belt which helps distribute the weight of your gear off from your shoulders to the larger muscle groups on your hips and legs. (cited from www.Hexbrand.com).

Pros

Spacing, Spacing, Spacing!  That was one of my favorite features of this bag, not only does it look cool and stylish, but I had the luxury of not worrying about not having enough space to pack my camera when traveling to shoots.  Normally with the bags that I currently own, I would have to compromise and make decisions on what gear I’m able to bring to the shoot due to the limited amount of space. But if I wanted to pack some extra gear in the Hex Cinema Backpack, even if I didn’t use it on a shoot, I was afforded that opportunity to do so with the spacing available.

Next, I like the stylish look and the high-end material that this backpack is made from.  Most of the shoots that I worked on I received a number of compliments on how “cool” the backpack looked and at the same time it gives off a professional appeal to others.  Camouflage patterns aren’t normally my forte, but the unique blueish-gray color scheme made me like the backpack even more.

The cool air-mesh padding material on the back panel and the shoulder straps on the backpack provided comfort for when I was wearing the backpack for an extensive amount of time

Mesh back panel and lumbar support belt

Cons

Now moving on to what I wasn’t particularly fond of with the Hex Cinema Backpack.  For starters, even though the backpack weighs 3.25lbs without any gear inside of it, it can be quite a large bag for some individuals.  Depending on what gear you’re packing, it can get heavy if you aren’t mindful of the weight of your camera gear.  I’m 6’2 tall and at times, it became slightly heavy on my back but the lumbar support belt did come in handy to alleviate some of the stress on my back.  Also, this bag isn’t cheap, with a retail price of $239.99 it can be quite expensive to some but keep in mind that you’re getting what you pay for and that this is truly an investment to your camera arsenal.

Final Thoughts

Overall, hands down, this was one of the best camera backpacks that I used during my time as a videographer so far.  The spacing provided within the bag gave me a plenty of choices of what I could bring to a shoot without having to worry about what gear I would have to leave behind.  The comfort of the air-mesh padded material reduced the stress of weighing down my back and shoulders while transporting the backpack to shoots.  Although the size of the backpack and price range may not be for some people who are in need of higher end DSLR backpack, but the Hex Brand Cinema Camo backpack is worth every penny.