Gura Gear Unveils Kiboko 22L+ Photo Backpack

October 17, 2011

By Dan Havlik

Gura Gear unveiled a new photo backpack over the weekend, the Kiboko 22L+. The new pack, which is available directly from the Gura Gear website for $379, is a smaller follow-up to the Kiboko 30L.

Gura Gear was founded by wildlife and safari photographer Andy Biggs who says the Kiboko 22L+ bag is based on suggestions from customers who wanted a more petite companion pack to the 30L, but that would also fit a laptop. The lightweight Kiboko 22L+ is designed to meet international carry-on airline requirements and can house a 15-inch laptop computer, up to a 500mm f/4 lens, and multiple pro bodies.

The bag has dimensions of 14x18x19 inches and is made from durable VX-21 sail cloth. The Kiboko 22L+ comes with a rain cover and has a removable waist belt.

More details in the press announcement below.


You spoke. We listened. Introducing the Kiboko 22L+, the versatile photo backpack that you helped design.

The Kiboko 22L+ was designed from the blueprints that our customers provided over the last couple of years while working out on Safari, touring southeast Asia, or simply shooting at home. Much like its more mature sibling, the Kiboko 22L+ is lightweight and durable, but this bag has a thing or two to teach big brother; like  how to carry up to a 15″ laptop computer. Sized to fit the most stringent of international carry on requirements without sacrificing carrying capacity; this gem can carry up to a 500mm f4.0 lens in style. The Kiboko 22L+ was made to travel with a beefed up harness system that features memory-foam shoulder straps, a vented and padded back panel, a removable waistbelt and shoulder straps that can tuck away when not needed.

While remaining true to the Kiboko DNA, the 22L+ features a unique butterfly flap access system which allows you to easily get to multiple bodies, lenses, and all your photo accessories without exposing all your prized gear. Kiboko backpacks are made of high-tech materials designed to balance weight and durability. Used by some of the fastest sail boats in the world, VX-21 has a superior strength to weight ratio while remaining abrasion- and tear-resistant. It’s expensive, but your gear is worth it.

Can the 22L+ accomodate big bodies with L-brackets like the Kiboko 30L? No. Because of the laptop compartment and the 9″ overall depth requirement, the main compartment of the 22L+ is not as deep as the Kiboko 30L and cannot accommodate certain configurations like a body with a grip and an L-bracket. Will a Nikon D3x body fit? Yes, we’ve used dual bodies configured as shown in the photographs above, but we recommend placing the bodies along the center spine. Smaller bodies without grips like the Canon 5D or Nikon D700 have no limitations.

What lenses will it fit? There is not much that won’t fit. There are only three common focal lengths that are too big. The Canon and Nikon 400mm f2.8, 600mm f4.0, and Canon 800 f5.6 fit perfectly in the Kiboko 30L but not the 22L+. As always, each Kiboko 22L+ comes complete with a custom-fit rain cover and a no-nonsense warranty.