25 Rucksack For Cameras
All prices in British Pounds (GBP)Model Number: 502533-70
- Constructed from a choice of 3-layer waterproof canvas or 3-layer waterproof FibreNyte material.
- Closed cell foam padding on all sides of main compartment.
- Repositionable fabric covered, padded dividers to separate equipment.
- Expandable with optional AVEA pockets that can be attached to the strong leather side patches.
- Real full grain leather and brass fittings.
- Ergonomically designed shoulder straps with spacer fabric for breathability.
- 5 year manufacturers guarantee
- Made in England.
Originally made for our 25th Anniversary and now back due to popular demand the Rucksack 25 is perfect for the serious photographer who wants to spread the load across both shoulders. The biggest of our two backpacks and improved from the previous design the bag is intended to carry a DSLR plus a few small to medium-large lenses with a high level of protection.
In the main compartment the bag features closed cell foam padding on all sides - 2.5cm thick in places - to protect from bumps and impacts. Additionally, inside the main compartment are removable, repositionable padded foam dividers to create places to store spare lenses, light meters etc. Of course all this foam padding leaves the camera and lenses incredibly protected.
Unlike some bags out there the protection doesn't stop with just the padding - the three layer Stormblock fabric, including a layer of butyl rubber, is impermeable to water. Further, the double zips that grant access to the main compartment and the double zips that allow access to the front pocket are both protected by rain guards - the rain guard on the main compartment is adjustable with a drawstring so it can be closed tight over the zip or pulled back to allow ease of access. The outer protection is finished off with four brass feet on the top grain leather bottom corners to minimise wear.
Extra storage is provided by a slim document pocket inside the main compartment that's ideal for a map or tourist leaflets and by the generously sized front pocket - perfect for carrying a newspaper or a raincoat. If that isn't enough AVEA pockets can be attached to strong leather patches on the side.
Finally ergonomically designed shoulder pads and a central backing both made of padded spacer fabric promote breathability and make it easier to carry the bag for long periods.
All in all this will be the perfect medium sized backpack for a great many photographers - use it and you'll see why so many requested we start making it again!
W340mm (13½") x D230mm (9") x H440mm (17⅜")
Internal Dimensions (Main compartment)
W250mm (9⅞") x D130mm (5⅛") x H310mm (12¼")
(with removable padding in place)
9.4 litres (0.33 feet³) with padding (11.4 litres (0.40 feet³ with padding removed)
Additional 1.6 litres (0.06 feet³) in front pocket.
1.59 kg (3.51 lbs)
W230mm (9") x D50mm (2") x H300mm (11⅞")
Shoulder Strap Measurements
Length: can be adjusted between 410mm (16⅛") to 840mm (33") approx.
Colour of Internal Lining
|Colour of Outside of Bag||Colour of Inside Lining|
|Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Khaki FibreNyte / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Black Leather||Olive|
|Black FibreNyte / Black Leather||Olive|
|Burgundy Canvas / Chocolate Leather||Chocolate|
|Grey Canvas / Black Leather||Black|
Amateur Photographer Magazine: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/review/accessory_reviews/billingham-25-35-rucksacks-review-80322
Which is bigger? The '25 Rucksack' or the '35 Rucksack'?
The 25 Rucksack is larger.
Will this bag fit a laptop?
No. This bag doesn't fit a laptop.
Is there any significance to the '25' name?
The bag was originally made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Billingham. We then stopped making it because the staff who were good at making it retired. In 2016 we started making the bag again - it took us months to get the redesign right and get everyone trained up to make it!
'25' doesn't bear any relation to the size or capacity of the bag.
What is the green/black/brown cowling for?
The green fabric round the opening to the main compartment is to stop water getting in the zip if it rains heavy. It helps keep your equipment dry.
Can this bag fit a tripod?
Yes - but it is awkward:
- We sell 'tripod straps' you can attach to one of the side panels. You can then attach a tripod to the tripod straps. Obviously the tripod can't be too big or heavy or this won't work.
- Some people also put the legs of the tripod through the side panels (as pictured here - photo by Mark Gilligan). Again the tripod can't be too big or heavy (or the legs too thick) or this won't work.
If a tripod is a big deal for you then this might not be the best bag for you. We can send you photos of some possible configurations with tripod straps if that would help though.
Does this bag need re-proofing to keep it waterproof?
No. The fabric is made of 3 layers - the middle layer is butyl rubber. Water cannot pass through this butyl rubber layer. As long as you don't get a hole in the fabric or expose it to harsh chemicals (for example in a washing machine) the fabric should remain waterproof for many years. There is no need to apply re-proofing.
What is the difference between 'Canvas' and 'FibreNyte'?
In simple terms ‘Canvas’ or ‘FibreNyte’ refers to top layer of fabric on our bags – the facecloth.
‘Canvas’ is a mix of cotton and polyester. ‘FibreNyte’ refers to our face fabric that is completely synthetic. Canvas is hard wearing, FibreNyte is very hard wearing.
Both fabrics are bonded to a non-wicking polyester backing fabric with a middle layer butyl rubber – this rubber layer makes both fabrics equally (and very) waterproof. Water can’t get through that rubber layer.
Both fabrics have a similar weave - the FibreNyte looks similar to canvas. Canvas is slightly softer to the touch, FibreNyte is slightly rougher to the touch.
People tend to choose Canvas if they want the bag to age gracefully and look vintage over time. This is particularly true of people who chose our ‘Khaki Canvas’ fabric as this looks particularly lovely as it ages.
People tend to choose FibreNyte if they want the bag to look newer for longer or if they are particularly hard on their gear - for example by carrying the bag to work with them every day, doing a lot of hiking or filling it particularly full. If you are buying a black bag it’s particularly worth considering FibreNyte as it will stay looking blacker longer. Also Sage FibreNyte is particularly attractive as a colour – it’s probably the most popular colour among our staff!
What do the end pockets look like on the bags?
Here are some photos: