Fifty-Fifty Backpack group test
Crumpler JackPack Half Photo
- Street price: £128
- Interior Size: 25x36x24cm
- Exterior Size: 34x46x21cm
- Laptop compartment: Yes
- Weight: 1.5kg
Crumpler's Cupcake design has recently been replaced by the Jackpack series of backpacks. This half photo model is the smaller brother of the full photo version and is constructed using a Chicken Tex fabric and waterproof ripstop lining for maximum durability.
Unlike the Cupcake, the Jackpack design benefits from clip-fastened waist and chest straps to enhance stability on the move, but we would have liked the chest strap to be elasticated to allow for movement. The lower compartment has thick, removable padding and we managed to fit a semi-pro DSLR (without grip) with standard zoom attached, sqeezing a pair of smaller primes alongside.
The top compartment offers plenty of space for everyday essentials and a softly lined compartment is ready to swallow a 15in laptop. Despite there being only one external pocket the interior is littered with pockets and there's space for a tablet too.
On the shoulder it's one of the most comfortable Crumpler packs we've ever used. Light when empty and secure when full, the padded air mesh offers superb ventilation from perspiration and the side extensions make it comfy at your side when the waist strap is used. Overall, there's very little to fault other than it being a bit pricey.