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Like a Rock

M-Rock Denali camera bag is built like a truck By Charlie White

For those of us who live in harsh climates, spring is here and the weather is looking better every day. That means itís time to take that brand new digital camera out on an expedition. Even if that sojourn is just to the local mall or the park across the street, there is a line of camera bags that will be there for you, no matter what happens. M-Rock sent one of its rock-solid camera bags to review, and after taking it out on a mini-expedition, all I can say is, where have you been all my life?

The bag M-Rock sent to me is called the Denali ($40), which at 6 inches high by 5ľ inches wide by 3 inches deep is sized to hold medium-sized digital cameras with large zoom lenses. This bag is just right for those digital cameras that are slightly larger than the smallest compact cameras, but when I tried to fit a full-sized Nikon F3 SLR with a zoom lens inside, the Denali bag was a bit too small.

There are a variety of sizes of M-Rock camera bags.

But not to worry, the M-Rock line of high quality camera cases doesnít just stop thereóthere is a bag thatís sized just right for every photographer and for every camera on the market, from the tiniest digital camera up to the largest camcorder (see graphic above). The biggest model is a backpack that can hold cameras and a whole lot more. Best of all, thereís a modular system with this line of products, where you can put a belt around your waist and attach two or three of these bags for a whole ensemble of carrying cases containing a variety of fragile items. Or, you can attach two of the smaller bags to the sides of one of the larger bags.

Open the M-Rock Denali and you'll see lots of places to hold various-sized items.

When I first picked up this M-Rock Denali bag I was impressed with the apparent strength of its ballistic nylon. The fasteners that close this bag were all of the highest quality, and released with an easy squeeze without pinching the fingers.  

Once I opened the top of the bag I noticed that there was also a zipper closure to make sure nothing fell out. The bag seems waterproof enough as it is, but then when you open the pouch situated in the front of the bag thereís a little raincoat thatís attached to the inside that you can pull over the entire bag in case of a cloudburst. What a neat idea!

Using its convenient bungee cords, you can attach a tripod or a rolled up jacket onto the bottom of this bag.

Another nice touch are the bungee cords situated on the bottom of the bag. These are perfect for fastening your rolled-up rain coat to it, or better yet, I easily attached a small aluminum tripod, and it worked out beautifully (see graphic above). When I attached the shoulder strap to each side of the bag, I noticed it was well-designed and was able to carry the bag with considerable comfort and perfect balance. The bag includes two types of straps, one for the shoulder and another a belt to put around your waist. On the back of the bag is the holder where you thread the belt, which can be quickly released with a Velcro fastener.

You can attach smaller bags to a larger one.


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