The guru 25l ultra-light camera bag by f-stop is the newest addition to my growing f-stop camera bag collection. There really is a camera bag for every occasion. The occasions best suited for the guru 25l ultra light include day-hiking, trail running, biking, climbing and more.
Disclosure and transparency disclaimer, as an f-stop gear ambassador, I receive a few camera gabs each year to provide in the field feedback to the company. Reviews are not part of the exchange and I am writing this to share my genuine thoughts.
Guru 25l Ultra-Light Features
Housekeeping out of the way, let’s jump into the features of the bag.
- Straps for tripod or additional outdoor equipment
- Additional gatekeeper straps for even more accessories or equipment
- Rugged and abrasion resistant nylon exterior for extensive abuse in the mountains
- Padded hip and shoulder straps
- Access to internal camera unit
The f-stop guru 25l ultra-light camera bag is the perfect size for lightweight, single day activities in the mountains. I’ve had a lot of recent adventures that have been lightweight, and single days here in the Rockies. I’ve been enjoying the guru 25l ultra-light now for about 7 months, from spring to fall.
The features I enjoy most is having the ability to add extra equipment onto the outside of the bag. There’s tons of options for tripods, helmets, trekking poles, water bottles, bear spray because the pack comes with gatekeepers installed but also has room for additional ones. I have all the above hanging off of my backpack on any given adventure, and it still has a low profile.
The access to the internal camera compartment is great, it’s my preferred system for accessing camera gear quickly. I typically take one strap off and then use the “working shelf” method where the bag is still on my other shoulder and the bag is flipped upside down so I can change lenses or filters using the bag like a work shelf.
I’m usually pretty skeptical of “ultra-light” gear in general because the Rockies are typically too rugged of an environment. I’ve destroyed man ultra-light weight hiking trousers and rain shells that claim to be rugged. In the case of the Guru 25l ultra-light camera bag, it really is rugged enough to handle the tough environment found here in the Canadian Rockies.
In the Field Impressions
My first impressions were the camera bags weight because it is definitely comparable to other ultra-light day packs. Even with the internal camera unit inside. The construction was really comfortable right away. I can wear all day long, and even full days back-to-back without chafing or having any sore spots.
I have found that the pack feels like it’s becoming less and less stiff the more I use it. That isn’t to say it’s really stiff when you first get it, but it’s definitely conforming to my body and becoming increasingly comfortable with more time on my back.
My Pack List for Days Out in the Mountains With My Guru 25l
Here are some general contents in and on my guru 25l ultra-light camera bag on a typical day in the mountains. This is to provide some context for capacity and give you an idea of what to expect. Just because I don’t list more doesn’t mean the pack is totally full either.
- Mirrorless camera body
- 24-70 2.8 lens
- 15-28mm 2.8 lens
- Camera cleaning equipment
- 2l water bladder
- 1.4l water bottle
- 3 snacks and lunch
- Long sleeve
- Insulation Jacket
- Gloves, buff, hat
- First aid kit
Because the internal camera insert is removable, I can use my other various inserts with the Guru 25l ultra-light. I typically use the small ICU because I generally need a bigger bag for more photography equipment in the mountains because there are so many other pieces of gear I carry in addition to camera gear. However, I do occasionally use a medium sized ICU which does allow me to carry a third lens, another camera body, and a few more accessories.
If I had to find one thing to criticize, it might be the zippers. It’d would be advantageous to have weather-proofed zippers like f-stop gear includes in their mountain series lineup. However I don’t think it’s critical for most people in most environments outside of the mountains.