Jack Wolfskin ACS Photo Pack Pro

I have been making an effort over the past few months to invest a little more time and money in my photography skills (or lack thereof). I’m still not very good at it, but at least I’m making an effort. After I purchased my first “real” camera last summer, I started looking for a functional camera bag. My first choice was a simple shoulder bag. It worked well for a quick New York trip with the family, but I knew that it wouldn’t suffice on a backpacking trip. Since the backcountry is where I intended to use the camera most, I started looking from something more travel friendly.

I came across the Jack Wolfskin ACS Photo Pack Pro mostly by accident. Most of the options I had looked at were made by photography-centric companies, not necessarily outdoor brands. On a whim, I decided to check the Jack Wolfskin website. I’ve used Jack Wolfskin before; I absolutely love their Gecko fleece pullover. And, as a company that markets an extensive line of outdoor gear across multiple categories, I was fairly sure they’d have a camera bag in their lineup.

ASC Photo Pack Pro

The ACS Photo Pack Pro carried a full day’s worth of camera and sightseeing gear at the Tower of London.

The ACS Photo Pack Pro was exactly what I was looking for: plenty of space for my camera gear plus it can carry my laptop when I’m traveling, or carry water and hiking supplies when I’m outside. Finding a solid camera pack that also has a laptop sleeve was remarkably difficult. That characteristic alone makes this camera bag an easy choice as a carry-on.

Durability

This bag has held up very well. I’ve taken it out in the eastern Wisconsin forests and used it exclusively on a trip through western Europe. So it’s been thrown about a bit between overhead compartments, train stations, and subways. The body is 420D ripstop, which is abrasion-resistant and repels water effectively. Construction is solid, with reinforced stress points and a nice frame that gives the ACS Photo Pack Pro a little more muscle than competing packs.

ASC Photo Pack Pro

It’s a really solid option for the full-featured camera bag/pack market.

Features

If you’ve ever wondered what a full-featured camera pack looks like, look no further.  The ACS Photo Pack Pro has two separate compartments. The upper compartment contains a padded, removable laptop sleeve (my 13” MacBook fits nicely), plus plenty of room for other travel necessities. I generally keep external batteries, cords, etc., in the main compartment. The lid has two pockets (one hidden) that are pretty large in and of themselves. I use these for papers, change, and other travel documents I might need to access quickly. One of my favorite features of this camera pack is the beefy handle right on top of the pack; it makes it so much easier to manipulate the pack without having to sling it over a shoulder.

The lower (main) compartment is for your camera. It allows side access, so you can get to your camera in the same fashion you would as if you had a sling bag. In other words, you don’t need to take it off to get at your photography gear. It’s well-padded. There is plenty of room for your camera, a couple extra lenses, and a flash. The foam dividers can be rearranged or removed completely to compliment your gear setup.

ASC Photo Pack Pro

Wandering around North Kettle Bell Forest in Wisconsin with the help of Jack Wolfskin.

In addition to the two main compartments, the ACS Photo Pack Pro has a few other small zippered pockets for memory cards, lens cleaning gear, a granola bar, or whatever else you need to take with you on your next shoot. There’s even a small hip belt pocket, a key clip, and a phone pocket.

Oddly enough, it didn’t rain on me in Europe, so I wasn’t able to test out the integrated rain cover which stores in the bottom exterior of the pack. Nor did I use the available tripod attachment.

ASC Photo Pack Pro

This camera pack has a lot of pockets for all your ancillary photography gear

Comfort

Fully padded, contoured shoulder straps help make this pack almost unnoticeable. Mine tipped the scales at just over four pounds, which is about right for a fully featured, 30-liter camera pack.  Anything less and the pack may have been too flimsy. The frame is a rigid plastic, and it is very comfortable when teamed with Jack Wolfskin’s ventilation system. As with other Jack Wolfskin packs, a comfortable mesh separates your back from the pack, allowing some much needed airflow.  It won’t totally keep you from sweating, but it did manage to keep me drier than usual. And it did so while remaining comfortable. It’s an easy pack to wear all day.

The Jack Wolfskin ACS Photo Pack Pro is exactly what I was looking for before I went to Europe. It’s large enough to carry my camera gear, laptop, and travel necessities. It’s durable enough for consistent travel abuse while doing yeoman’s work in protecting its contents. If you’re looking for a quality camera hauler, be sure to check it out.

ASC Photo Pack Pro

The ACS Photo Pack Pro served as our daypack during a visit to the American cemetery in Normandy, France.

The Jack Wolfskin ACS Photo Pack Pro can be purchased online at Amazon. You might be able to find it cheaper at other online retailers.

*This product was sent to me for review.  There are no affiliate links on this page.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: