Review: The Booq Python Courier Camera Bag


Bags are rad.
I pretty much live my life out of various backpacks, sleeves, shoulder bags, and laptop cases.
I book a job. I pick my gear. I go.

Selecting the right way to haul my gear is almost as important as selecting the gear to haul.
Booq’s Python line of camera bags is more than happy to help; and for a day gig, the Courier bag would probably be my weapon of choice…

The Python Courier ($179.95 MSRP) is a messenger bag designed to get you through a day or two of work, and the bag’s specs are pretty outstanding.

  • Water Repellent Ballistics Nylon
  • Water Resistant Zippers
  • Reinforced Padding
  • Adjustable Dividers
  • Seatbelt Shoulder Strap with non-slip pad
  • Pockets Galore

This thing is rugged, and it should take a lot of abuse before any of the kit you’re carrying sees a bump or a knock.

For photogs, the bag is designed to top load a DSLR with a lens attached, plus be able to stack four additional lenses. Pouches and pockets hold on to the rest of your accessories, cables, cards, batteries, and chargers. A standalone back pouch can hold a tablet or small netbook computer, and there’s an open vent to slide the bag onto a rolling suitcase handle. A hidden pocket holds your personal effects like your wallet, and an attached keychain insures you don’t loose your janglies.

The design of this bag is savvy and subtle, simple grey with black accents. It wont attract a lot of attention in public, but it’s instantly recognizable as being quality. Open the top flap and you’re treated to a bold splash of red. Flaps which help redirect water away from the main compartment resemble the folds of skin around a snake’s jaw, earning the Python its name.

For those times that you don’t need full work compartments, the shelf that holds the adjustable velcro dividers can be removed for “civilian” work.

If all of this gear protection wasn’t enough, a small badge with a bar code provides some additional peace of mind. Appealing to the good in people, you can have it registered with Terralinq’s tracking service–and if you ever lose your Booq bag, whoever finds it can go to the website and get information on how to return your belongings. On all fronts, Booq is watching your back.

This is an easy recommend.
On a short job, or just day-to-day audio/visual work, the Python Courier would easily be a bag I could use and trust to get the job done.

Now there will be times when this bag wont be enough, when you’ll need to carry more gear, so we’ll be covering the Courier’s big brother soon…