8 Stylish and Functional Gear Bags Under $250
Spruce up your look with one of these functional and fashionable gear bags—perfect for anyone on a budget.
Ona Leather Bond Street
Ideal for mirrorless or advanced compact cameras, the Leather Bond Street is bedecked in full-grain leather and antique brass hardware. There’s a closed-cell foam-padded interior that’s roomy enough for a body and two lenses. You’ll also find a removable padded divider and a zippered pocket on the back for smartphones and small accessories. Thanks to its detachable strap, you can use the Bond as an insert in a larger camera bag when you need to lug more gear.
Brevitē Rucksack and Rolltop Camera Bags
The two newest members of Brevitē’s camera bag family carry on the company’s removable camera-carrying system. Each has a customizable padded insert that can be removed, and it works in any other Brevitē bag. The Rucksack and Rolltop bags fit up to a full-frame DSLR with an attached lens, a 70-200mm zoom lens and an additional lens and small accessories. They include an integrated laptop sleeve for a 15-inch laptop and several access points (top and side) to get at your camera gear quickly. The Rolltop and Rucksack offer a removable lens cap buckle on the shoulder strap that’s compatible with 52mm, 58mm and 67mm lens caps. The shoulder straps also have a loop for sunglasses, because hipsters.
Prices: $165 (rucksack), $185 (rolltop)
Kelly Moore Libby 2.0
The Libby 2.0 is decked out in the company’s new Cambrio material and is water and abrasion resistant. The bag has five padded dividers that are removable and adjustable. There’s enough room for a 15-inch laptop, two lenses (including a lens up to 10 inches long), a gripped camera body and a 10-inch tablet in a dedicated zippered pocket. There are two shoulder straps and one long removable messenger strap. It’s sold in orange, saddle or stone colors.
Jill-E Designs Jack Hudson
The compact Hudson can house a DSLR body and up to two lenses and a flash. There are quick-access zippered and netted pockets just beneath the flip-lid for stowing small accessories like batteries and memory cards. The exterior Colombian leather includes a leather top handle and an adjustable (and removable) cloth shoulder strap. There’s a one-touch buckle that pops open the lid to reveal a padded interior with customizable dividers to protect your camera.
Think Tank Signature Series
These hand-sewn bags caught our eye at WPPI. They’re weather-resistant and offer leather details and metal hardware. There’s the Signature 10 and Signature 13. The former fits a 10-inch tablet, a DSLR and up to four prime lenses; the latter can house a 13-inch laptop, a DSLR with zoom lens attached and three more lenses. Both models offer a dedicated phone pocket, a luggage pass-through handle, a front cover that fits a strobe and zippered front pockets for smaller items. The bags have a customizable quilted velex interior to protect your gear with dividers that can shelve smaller lenses. The dividers and bottom foam can be removed from the bag completely if you want to collapse the bag.
Prices: starting at $249
The Cooper series is made from a soft cotton canvas with full-grain leather trim. The canvas exterior features water-repellant coating and an ultra-light, silicone-coated rip-stop nylon liner. Additional features include a Velcro flap that opens silently, a quick-access top zipper, a silver/black reversible rain cover (the silver side reflects the sun to keep bag contents cooler) and a rear laptop/tablet pocket. There’s a removable padded camera insert and side pockets that can be compressed slim against the side of the bag or expanded to hold as large as a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (for Cooper 13 or 15 bags only). The series is available in four sizes, capable of stowing everything from compact mirrorless cameras with an 8-inch tablet up to pro DSLRs with 15-inch laptops.
Prices: starting at $170
Tiny Atlas Solas
Available in three colors, the Solas can be worn in one of three ways: as a tote, a shoulder bag or a backpack. It offers a weather-resistant, durable waxed cotton canvas exterior and a cushioned internal frame with protective foam to keep camera gear secure. The interior stands upright when the bag is placed down, and it fits a full-frame DSLR with a battery grip, lens and a few accessories. A padded sleeve fits a 13-inch laptop, and there’s a pair of lined mesh organizers and an internal key leash too. You can accessorize the Solas with cushioned lens pouches and a grid organizer, which has zippered pouches for accessories and comes with its own strap to sling over your shoulder if want to free up bag space.
Grafea Lilac Camera Bag
The eye-catching Lilac is 100 percent leather with a padded interior and two adjustable dividers that are large enough for a DSLR body and two lenses (or a lens and a flash). The padded inserts are removable, in case you need to make room in the bag for personal items. There’s a front pocket and two side pockets for holding small accessories and an adjustable/removable shoulder strap.