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06 February, 2016

Waterproof video backpack for filmmaking and mobile journalism

I travel for a living and make movies with small cameras.

This approach allows me to film life unscripted from places where larger cameras can't easily get to (like in my hand while bicycling, on sand dunes, in Qatar.)

To safely carry that gear and protect it from the elements this is the #MOJO filming pack I use. It is well-suited for adventure filmmaking and backpack journalism.



The pack is waterproof, light and has the kind of special pockets and features that appeal to me.

I bought my pack while traveling through Chicago on the way to film in Patagonia. Best airport purchase, ever.

For the last 10 years I have traveled for a living, so my gear is somewhat fetishized and highly valued for not only style, but how how well a piece of gear performs under pressure.

This is the Oakley Men's Blade Razor Pro Pack and it is actually marketed to surfers.

Please don't let that throw you off.



All this means, naturally, is that you also get a free dry sack as well as the ability to quickly strap a towel and dive fins to the outside.

Trust me, a dry sack can be handy when you are filming on a kayak towards a hanging glacier in Patagonia.

Filming in Patagonia. We are kayaking to a hanging glacier at Queulat National Park in Chile.

Waterproof gear is critical if you like filming water sports like kayaking.
While waterproof packs may not seem important to most journalists or filmmakers, it does grant you superpowers.

This rugged pack is designed to keep your gear dry in water immersive environments and that alone puts it a cut above other backpacks.

Additional touches that appeal to me is that there is a fleece-lined glasses case in the top and easy to reach internal pockets to secure passport and travel documents.

I added four high-strength Mammut carabiners to my pack to make it easy to attach it to the top of my North Face waterproof luggage.

Having waterproof packs mean I can stay longer at a scene when the weather changes and survive longer without external support when news breaks.

When you travel and tell stories for a living, gear like this can make all the difference in the world.

The pack has extensive internal and external waterproofing as well as a clever venting panel in the center.

Of course it can carry a laptop in a dedicated section separate from the rest of your camera, batteries, lights, cables, and microphones.

This pack will travel with me over the next month to sands of Doha, the streets of Dehli, the snow of Slovakia and the sun of Singapore.

Like I said, I travel for a living . . .