Northern Lights above our camp at Yurtville - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
I have always wanted to explore the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada. The Yukon is about the same size as California but only contains 34,000 people. From abundant wildlife to dramatic landscapes to the Northern Lights, it is a photographer’s paradise. Several months ago I was lucky enough to receive an assignment that would take me into the heart of this amazing landscape.
One thing I didn’t know existed in the Yukon was world-class mountain biking. My assignment was to team up with my good friend and fellow Novus Select photographer Trevor Clark for a 10 day video project documenting the lesser known mountain bike trails throughout the territory.
As Trevor and I began planning our trip, the first thing on both of our minds was how we were going to carry all of the photography and video equipment while logging long days on mountain bikes in extremely remote locations.
We let the good folks over at Lowepro know about our dilemma and a couple days later received the not-yet-released Rover Pro 45L AW and the Rover Pro 35L AW. As soon as we saw the packs it was clear that they were going to be absolutely perfect.
The larger Rover Pro 45L AW that I carried
I carried the larger Rover Pro 45L AW and Trevor took the Rover Pro 35L AW. Before leaving, we laid out all the photo and video gear we would be carrying (about 50 pounds apiece) to see if we could get everything in the packs. Not only did we have no problem getting the gear to fit, but there was room to spare for the necessary outdoor gear we would require.
Here is the breakdown.
Camera/video gear that went into my pack (the Rover Pro 45L AW):
- Nikon D7000
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8
- Tokina 12-24mm f/4
- Nikon TC-14E-II Teleconverter
- Genius 8 stop ND filter
- Nikon Circular Polarizing Filter
- Dynamic Perception Stage One Motorized Slider/Dolly System
- 2 Flashpoint Carbon Tripods
- 2 Go Pro Cameras and Mounts
- Zacuto Z Finder Loop
- Manfrotto 55 Mag Photo-Movie Head
- Sennheiser MKE 400 External Mic
- San Disk Extreme Cards
- LowePro Memory Wallet 20
- Two Liter Camelbak Bladder
- 2 Tahoe Trail Bars
- First Ascent down jacket
- REI Event Rain Shell
- Spare Inner Tube
- Bike Tool
- Innertube Patch Kit
- Bike Pump
- Tire Irons
- Water Purification Tablets
All of this gear made for a heavy load but thankfully Lowepro took this into consideration and equipped the bag with a trampoline-style suspension system that performed beautifully. Having 50+ pounds strapped to my back during rough 3,500 foot mountain bike descents was a true testament to this bag’s capability. The bag handled all of the weight with ease and the pack always felt snug on my back.
Aside from the way the pack fit, one of the things I really loved about the Rover Pro was the ability to access all of my camera gear from the front hatch. This meant not having to unpack and repack all of my outdoor gear every time I wanted to set up a shot. That, in conjunction with the customizable modular compartment system, created key timesaving elements that allowed me to move faster and maximize my shooting.
The Rover Pro was an essential part of our Yukon mountain bike film project. It carried all of our gear comfortably and reliably. In the end it did what a great bag is supposed to do – let us focus on making killer content!
For the full skinny and specs on the new Rover Pro visit the Lowepro website. They hit the ball out of the park with this one.
Stay tuned for our short film on our incredible experiences mountain biking in the Yukon. Coming soon!