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REVIEW: HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack

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Full disclosure: when it comes to photography and being camera-ready at a moment’s notice, I am definitely not a professional. My camera isn’t exactly top-of-the-line, so more often than not, I’m using my normal backpack to tote it around – along with the rest of my electronic peripherals such as my iPhone, Nintendo Switch, and laptop.

However, since having the opportunity to use a backpack that’s specifically designed for hauling around a DSLR, I have to say – it makes a world of difference, even for an amateur like me. Whether you’re a seasoned photography pro, a content creator, or someone who just kind of dabbles in all of the above, the HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is a great camera backpack that offers plenty of style, functionality, storage, and customization options to fit your needs.

Sleek & Stylish Design

The HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is a sleek and stylish camera backpack that also doubles as a gaming backpack (more on that later). The backpack features customizable storage, allowing you to store your camera and other gear exactly how you want it, while allowing you to grab contents from the top or from the fully-accessible back of the pack. The design of the backpack is also very stylish, making it perfect for everyday use or travel.

I was sent the Camo-patterned bag, and even as someone who doesn’t tend to gravitate toward that color scheme, it looks great. The square body and sharp lines make it look modern and stylish, but the camo print gives it a bit of an edge.


Staying on the topic of its square shape, the HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is actually quite comfortable to wear. I was able to wear it for long periods of time without any discomfort, and the backpack’s straps distribute the weight evenly.

Even when the backpack is loaded down with gear, it’s still comfortable to wear thanks to the padded back panel and adjustable straps.

Its durability is also quite impressive, with heavy-duty zippers, buckles, and straps. I’ve recently put this backpack through its paces while traveling, and it’s held up very well.

Functionality & Storage

Arguably the best feature of this camera backpack is the storage customization. The backpack has a removable camera insert that can be customized to fit your camera and lens(es). This is great for those who have different camera setups or who want to be able to change things up on the fly. In fact, the velcro dividers make it easy to change the configuration of the insert, so you can really tailor it to your needs – even if that means removing all of the dividers completely.

In addition to the camera insert at the top of the pack – making grabbing your camera at a moment’s notice incredibly accessible – there are several other pockets and compartments that can be used for storing things like extra batteries, memory cards, your phone, etc. The backpack also features a built-in rain cover for inclement weather. It’s kept in a hidden pouch that I didn’t even know was there until I had already used the backpack for a week.

A Backpack For All Needs

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While the HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is primarily a photographer’s dream pack, it’s also one that can easily be used for content creators, as well as gamers.

Route cables through the dividers for charging or connecting external storage devices. Effortlessly store your mini-tripods and mobile lighting solutions. Keep your mobile gaming devices and accessories padded and safe (I’m personally a big fan of the 15″ laptop compartment). Even tabletop players could use the HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack to store things like miniatures, card decks, and playmats.

This is really all to say that the backpack is incredibly versatile, and I think that’s one of its best selling points.

The Verdict

The HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is a stylish, comfortable, and functional camera backpack that can also be used for gaming or as a general storage backpack. The storage customization is my favorite feature, as it allows you to really tailor the backpack to your needs. Whether you’re a professional photographer, an on-the-go content creator, or a hardcore gamer, the HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is a great option for you.

A product sample was provided to GamingPizza for this review. The HEX Back Loader DSLR Backpack is available on Amazon for $189.95, as well as on the official HEX website.

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