Peak Design has been designing and making gear for photographers since 2011. Their focus had been on their incredibly successful CapturePRO and camera straps but as of late 2015 they have entered the bag market. The Peak Design Field Pouch was one of the first two products they used to begin their trip into this new territory.
Before writing this review I used the Peak Design Field Pouch for three months as the sole means to carry my extra camera gear. The goal was the use this pouch to hold everything I needed for a day of shooting then to toss it in whatever backpack and head out. It’s great for shadowing GORUCK events because you pack it once then toss it in your ruck and you’re good to go.
The pouch is sewn incredibly well and I couldn’t find any issues with it. From the above picture you can see the sew lines for the bottom, the Velcro area, and the pouch material are all straight and consistent. I was very pleased with how it looked with the only disadvantage being it’s not sewn in the USA.
The Peak Design Field Pouch is made out of an ultralight waxed Kodra synthetic canvas which feels great. You might have noticed already that Hypalon was used on the bottom of the bag and to surround various attachment points. If you have any of the Triple Aught Design backpacks then you’re probably familiar with Hypalon as they use it quite a bit in them. If you don’t have any experience then it’s important to know that it’s the same stuff that’s used to make the Zodiac boats the military uses.
The outside of the pouch is covered mostly in the Kodra synthetic canvas with Hypalon accents.
The back of the pouch features two seat belt style straps which allow you to attach it to a belt or similar strap. There’s anchors in the top left/right which allow you to attach a Peak Design strap to the pouch and use it as a make-shift purse. It’s way to small to look like a messenger/shoulder bag so I just call it how I see it… it’s like a make-shift purse.
When you open it up you immediately see the loop of Hypalon on the bottom of the pouch. This is so that if you’re using it as a shoulder bag you can slip the CapturePRO through there and hook your camera in. The two Velcro strips are nice because they allow you to cinch the pouch tight if it’s near empty and still close it if it’s stuffed.
There’s six pockets within the pouch not including the main area. You can see the two mesh pockets (one on the left and another on the right) attached to the two deeper pockets in the above picture. On the side closest to you is a zipper which runs the length and lets you gain access to two additional pockets.
Having Hypalon on the bottom is incredibly smart because you can just toss this thing on the ground without worrying about it. Like I mentioned before Hypalon is used to create boats so you know it will keep any minor ground water out of your pouch. I’m not saying you should throw it in a lake but if you place it on the ground and it’s a little dirty or wet you should be fine.
I used this pouch within my GORUCK, Triple Aught Design, and Tom Bihn packs and it always performed wonderfully. From this view you can see the two internal pockets that are hidden by the zipper.
Within the pouch I kept the following items all designed to work with my current camera:
- Lens Cloth
- E Mount Lens Cap
- E Mount Camera Cap
- Additional SD Cards (2)
- SD Card USB Connector
- Camera Remote
- Spare Peak Design Attachment
- USB Cord
- Spare Batteries (2)
- Battery Charger
- Peak Design CapturePRO
As you can see it all fits within the pouch with a ton of room to spare. Everything fits within the pockets and the main pouch is free for whatever I may need to put there.
Above picture is the pouch with nothing inside and the picture below is it filled with all of my gear.
As you can see it’s slightly thicker but not unwieldy in the least bit.
I didn’t use the pouch as a shoulder bag or a fanny pack so I don’t have much to say about those features. They’re present… so I guess that’s something.
Because I didn’t use the pouch as a shoulder bag/fanny pack I never did more than attach my CapturePRO to the Hypalon. I verified that it fit and would work but nothing more than that.
It’s super easy to fill it up and toss it in the bottom of whatever bag you’re taking for the day. I prefer that to a dedicated camera bag because a camera bag isn’t ideal for every situation so being able to toss this in a hiking back, day pack, or work bag is very convenient.
At $39.99 this pouch is a pretty good deal. It’s sewn well, has great usability, and has a great design for its intended purpose. The photography market (and the EDC market) is filled with expensive pouches which makes it refreshing to see something affordable.
- Looks great and is durable
- Well thought out internal design
- Competitively priced
- Not made in the USA
Used For: Everyday Carry and Photography
Tested For: Three Months
Conclusion: This is the headlamp that I’ll be grabbing when I head out on hikes and camping trips.