Last year at Photo Plus Expo in New York I came across a surprise as I was walking across the show floor to the Think Tank Photo booth. Attached to the side of their booth was a small table and a new banner; Mindshift Gear. I’m a big fan of Think Tank’s stuff, you guys have probably read a review or three on here in the past but whilst they make the best roller bags and sports/event photography gear in the business they have never produced a bag that suits my main needs as an outdoor and adventure sports photographer. Mindshift is changing all that right now and is an entirely new company formed from within the design studios of Think Tank Photo that will concentrate on the outdoor photography market. Their first bag was launched as a Kickstarter project and raised more than $130,000 in backing when the goal was just $30,000. That first bag, the Rotation 180 Pro, is now shipping to all those who backed it on Kickstarter and I’m lucky to be one of the first to receive one and the first to show it to all of you in detail.
The Rotation 180 Pro – Features, Design & Build
The R180 Pro is so chock full of intricate little features and details that photos and video are the best way for me to show these to you. This is a unique outdoor photography pack that divides the available space into two sections. The top half can be used either for your ‘other’ gear such as clothing food, stove, shelter or first aid kit, or with the addition of the optional camera insert it can also be used to store cameea equipment. This top section can be accessed via a zippered back panel, or from the top of the bag. The bottom half of the bag is the R180 Pro’s secret sauce. An ingenious magnetic clip on the side of the bag can be released, at which point the hatch cover springs open and the entire bottom half of the bag can be rotated around to the front to provide you with access to your camera gear (see video below). This belt pack section can be easily pushed back into the pack and the magnetic latch closed to secure it, all with only one hand. The belt pack can also be worn on it’s own for lightweight missions or climbing purposes. On top of this, the pack features more other features than I think I’ve ever seen on a camera bag and I’ll cover every little detail with the images and video below.