I am not a glamour girl. As much as I admire the woman who can effortlessly look as though she has stepped off a runway; I have never been such a person.
I roll out of bed and throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. My hair is swept up into a pony tail or let loose in a twist of waves. My poor bags are often pulled through the wringer of life and show the proud markings of past travels. I cringe at t-shirts that cost more than $25 and will spend every penny on travel instead.
My current camera bag (which is admittedly more masculine than feminine) is a thing of beauty; a veritable relic of my past trips abroad. The last I checked, that camera bag still had sand tucked in its pockets from my camel trek in the Sahara Desert, folded lemon grass from a farm in Jamaica, currency from at least 5 different countries and too many folded boarding passes to count. That bag has been to at least 8 different countries and has the wear and tear to prove it, so when Lo & Sons offered to send me a brand new camera bag for my trip to the Dominican Republic, I wondered how long this bag would last.
I chose the Claremont Crossbody bag both for its stylish appeal and its functionality. The major flaw in my previous camera bag is that it looks like a camera bag. When solo traveling with expensive equipment, a bag that reads like a billboard with the words “CAMERA IN HERE” is not practical.
The Claremont is surprisingly slim for a bag guaranteed to fit a DSLR camera and accompanying lens. The bag has removable padding for the camera so on days when I opted for iPhone and GoPro, I could leave my Nikon behind and travel light. The bag is crafted from high quality, full-grain leather although my bag has already sustained a few scratches on the surface because, well, I’m me. After shoving my camera bag under airplane seats, it’s expected that the exterior won’t stay pristine for long.
All in all, I grant this bag the label of “Perfect Camera Bag” because it is discreet, is fashionable, is light and is convenient, which is about all one can ask for from a traveling camera bag. As for the longevity of my new camera bag? Well, check back with me in a year once it has the trappings of multiple past trips.
Buy this camera bag if…
Buy the Claremont Crossbody camera bag if you’re looking for a stylish alternative to the chunky camera bags typically made for DSLRs. One of my favorite features? The bag features a secret zip pocket in the back, which is absolutely perfect for storing passports and currency discreetly.
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Disclaimer: Lo & Sons sent through a complimentary Claremont crossbody in exchange for a written review. As always, any opinions expressed on The Pin the Map Project are my own.