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Kiboko 30L Camera Backpack

Designed for supertelephoto lenses

20 total reviews

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Please note, this bag does not have a laptop sleeve, but has additional 0.5" of depth in the main compartment

Carries super telephoto lenses as big as 800mm F/5.6

Weighs 3.9 lbs

Premium water-resistant  X-Pac® VX-21 shell - Carbon Neutral

REACH Compliant - minimal impact on human health and the environment

14 different organizational compartments and sleeves

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Color — Pacific
    Designed to Carry

    • Pro-sized DSLRs
    • Super-Telephoto Lenses

    • Up to a 20.47" (52cm) Lens + Body combo


    Interior Dimensions
    11.81 x 20.08 x 5.91" / 30 x 51 x 15 cm

    Exterior Dimensions
    12.6 x 20.47 x 6.69" / 32 x 52 x 17 cm

    Lightweight: 3.9 lb

    • Sailcloth Material

    • Warning Blue Lining

    • Extra Dividers

    • Carry-On Size

    We've made our bag from sails. Sail cloth that is, using the 100% climate neutral VX-21 X-Pac materials. Providing maximum protection while maintaining its ultra lightweight portability.

    With our High Visibility Blue Lining never forget to zip up again! The Kiboko Backpack line adds an extra layer of protection with this visual cue.

    Our bags are infinitely configurable and come with plenty of extra divider types to accomodate any setup imaginable. Our dividers are also made out of Artillion Foam which is the same stuff used in motorcycle helmets. High impact protection, low weight and profile.

    The Kiboko 30L is designed to carry the maximum gear while staying within international flight carry-on size regulations. The bag comes in at 3.9lbs freeing up weight to bring extra gear instead of extra bag on your next trip.

    Stowable shoulder straps give the bag a less technical look when storing.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 20 reviews
    Ronald Ceton
    Great bag 30L

    I'm able to get my Nikon 600mm TC in one compartment. In the other a 100-400, two Z9 bodies, and one additional lens 24-120 for example. I love the butterfly design, and the bag is more comfortable to wear than my Think Tank Airport Accelerator. The only thing I wish were different is that the Velcro mounting material for the dividers covered the whole bottom of the compartments. As it is now it only covers about a third of it.

    James Nelson
    Great Bag

    Very happy with this purchase. First trip was to Panama to photograph tropical birds. Easily fit my Z9 and 400 mm TC 2.8 plus backup camera body and other lenses. My only wish is for just a little more depth to handle a long lens hood. Overall, great.

    This is my second Kiboko!

    I bought V1 of this back in 2011. 5 trips to Africa and countless local adventures later and I have finally worn it out. And when I say I wore it out I don't mean it was a wreck it is still a perfectly use-able bag and nothing was torn or whatever but the zips were starting to show signs of overuse and one of the corner areas of one of the main zips was getting a little stuck sometimes. I consider this just wear and tear for how much I used it but didn't want to risk a zip failing in the field. I searched around for other backpack options (since I live in Australia and I still can't buy Gura Gear locally) and even tried a Mindshift backlight but nothing worked for me or compared to the features of the Kiboko 30L. So I ordered the v2 bag and I am so glad I did. It is a nice upgrade from V1 with some nice little touches and really nice smooth zips. I love the opening style still and being able to remove the waist band is a huge benefit as I hate the way these get in the way and flop around everywhere on other packs. It's only downside is not having a laptop sleeve but it is just not feasible in this design and I don't need this feature often anyway. I can house both my Pentax medium format system and a full frame body and lenses as needed.

    As someone who has now owned 2 of these bags (and tried several other brands) I can say this is the best backpack on the market for anyone with a large amount of full frame DSLR or medium format gear to cart around.

    A Step Down from the Original Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Backpack

    I have owned an original Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Backpack for a decade and still use it to this day. The new version appears a bit lighter, does not have waterproof zippers, and does not fully open like the original. Both have butterfly opening but the original also allowed the entire cover to be opened by employing a velcro center channel. The new version does not allow for fully opening making packing and review more difficult. My original is dedicated to a 35mm camera and kit. This new version was purchased to accommodate my medium format (PhaseOne XF) camera and three lenses plus accessories. The non-waterproof zippers are easier to pull but the old waterproof version just required a bit of WD40 applied via Qtip to remain easy to pull. The older version's zippers closed closely and could be locked with a small padlock. The new version does not allow for this convenience. And, while locks only keep the honest people out, often times a small deterrent sends a thief to easier pickings. The overall construction appears a bit lighter but is well made. There are more than enough velcro type dividers supplied to make many more compartments than one is likely to ever need. Overall it is a decent backpack but I would prefer they had maintained the original design and construction.

    The bag that fits everything!

    This bag has been with me in all of my travels. It's solidly made, packs well for travel (with the ability to hide shoulder straps inside the bag), and is very spacious inside. It fits my Nikon Z 9 and Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 attached, with the lens hood and cover all on one side of the bag so I can just take that out and start shooting right away. The other side has room for all of my accessories, extra lenses and my Z 8. Note that this combination likely won't fit in the other 30L bag with the laptop sleeve as that cuts into the interior space.

    The bag has been through rain storms and snow storms yet keeps everything inside dry. Most importantly the bag is very comfortable to wear, even with all of that heavy gear inside. I initially wondered whether I would like the butterfly opening but now I like the fact that I can keep part of my gear unexposed while I have the other half open for easy access. Very well made and highly recommended!

    X-Pac VX-21

    In all of our gear we use X-Pac VX-21, a sailcloth-inspired laminated rip-stop nylon. This is the gold standard in materials for bags. Even after years of abuse it holds up as a durable, water resistant, and utlra lightweight material. Some of our legacy users are still using their original Kibokos from 10 years ago.

    Main Compartments

    Our signature Butterfly style duel front access allows you to access the contents of your bag quickly and without exposing everything to the elements. Pack different variations in each side for maximum organization. Pro body DSLR and lens combos fit well inside the 30L Kiboko. There are also webbed zipper pockets on the outside panel of the main compartment for small misc items. The webbed design allows you to see the contents.

    Interior Dimensions11.81 x 20.08 x 5.91" / 30 x 51 x 15 cm

    Ultra Lightweight

    X-PAC® VX-21 by Dimension Polyant is the most light-weight and durable fabric ever for ultimate protection from the elements. We were the first to implement this material into camera bag design. The bag comes in at 3.9 lb / 1.77 kg making it one of the lightest bags in its size class without compromising durability.

    Front Accessories Pockets

    At the exterior of the two front panels are the bags accessory pockets. Loaded with zipper pockets, a key ring, places for pens, and enough space collectively to put a wind breaker jacket inside. The zipper pockets inside feature a webbed style so you can see the contents of the pockets.

    • Butterfly Style

      Butterfly Style

      Our signature butterfly style access allows you to get to your gear without the hassle of a large clamshell style opening. Originally designed for those in a safari vehicle, allowing access in a tight space without exposing all of your gear to the elements.

    • Capacity


      The Kiboko 30L carries your PRO body DSLR or Mirrorless with battery grip. Holds 2 DSLRs, 7 Lenses or Medium Format Kit. Also Holds a DSLR with an attached 400mm f/2.8 Lens. Unattached up to 800mm lens.

    • Comfort


      Designed to keep you comfortable while on the go, the 3D mesh back panel creates a soft and breathable surface against your back with airflow channels to keep persperation at a minimum. A sternum strap helps distribute the weight of your gear and is easily removeable

    Top Handle

    A firm and generous handle makes grabbing your bag secure and easy. While you do the shuffle in line at the airport or if you need to get your gear up to an overhead shelf, these beefy handles allow you to grab and go.

    • Side pockets

      Side pockets

      There are side pockets located on either side of the backpack. The base is reinforced for lasting strength and an adjustible clip is available to secure the tripod in place. Fits a large waterbottle, rolled up jacket or whatever you may bring on your journeys.

    • Weather Cover

      Weather Cover

      All Kiboko 2.0. bags include a rain cover that is held in a small pocket on the backpack. Available and easy to slip over when the weather gets really torrential.

    • Stowable shoulder straps

      Stowable shoulder straps

      Stow the shoulder straps of the 30L bag into the rear compartment to give the bag a compact look and make it perfect for international carry-on size regulations.

    Comparison Chart

    • Kiboko 16L  

      Kiboko 16L

      Designed to carry
      Mirrorless Systems

      Body and Lens Capacity
      Holds 2 Mirrorless Cameras and 3 Lenses. Also Holds 2 Mirrorless Cameras and 4 Lenses, 70-200mm

      Laptop Capacity
      Up to a 14" Laptop

      Exterior Dimensions
      12.6 x 16.54 x 5.91" / 32 x 42 x 15 cm

      Interior Dimensions
      11.42 x 15.75 x 4.33" / 29 x 40 x 11 cm

      3 lb / 1.36 kg

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    • Kiboko 22L  

      Kiboko 22L

      Designed to carry
      DSLRs or Mirrorless Cameras with Grips

      Body and Lens Capacity
      Holds 2 DSLRs and 6 Lenses. Also Holds 2 DSLRs & 300mm f/2.8 Lens. Unattached up to 400mm lens

      Laptop Capacity
      Thin 15” laptop

      Exterior Dimensions
      13.39 x 18.11 x 5.91" / 34 x 46 x 15 cm

      Interior Dimensions
      13.39 x 17.32 x 4.72" / 34 x 44 x 12 cm

      3.7 lb / 1.68 kg

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    • Kiboko 30L or 30L+  

      Kiboko 30L or 30L+

      Designed to carry
      Pro-sized DSLRs
      and Super-Telephoto Lenses

      Body and Lens Capacity
      Holds 2 DSLRs, 7 Lenses
      or Medium Format Kit. Also Holds a DSLR with
      an attached 400mm f/2.8 Lens. Unattached up to 800mm lens

      Laptop Capacity 30L REG
      No Laptop Compartment

      Laptop Capacity 30L+ Laptop Compartment Included

      Exterior Dimensions
      12.6 x 20.47 x 6.69" / 32 x 52 x 17 cm

      Interior Dimensions 30L REG
      11.81 x 20.08 x 5.91" / 30 x 51 x 15 cm

      Interior Dimensions 30L+
      11.81 x 20.08 x 5.51" / 30 x 51 x 15 cm

      3.9 lb / 1.77 kg

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    Our History

    Solving for a critical need: Weight

    Co-founders Trevor Peterson and renowned wildlife photographer Andy Biggs created Gura Gear to answer a problem critical to traveling to extreme locations: weight limits on photo gear.

    En-route independently to East Africa, both Andy and Trevor got into some trouble with the carryon restrictions at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. “I had packed two Nikon Pro DSLR bodies and 200-400mm f/4, 70-200mm f/2.8, & 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses, putting me past the weight limits. It took some convincing to get in the air, "-Trevor.

    Talking over the campfire after a long day of photographing wildlife, Andy and Trevor discussed what the perfect camera bag would be. Literally on the back of napkin, the Kiboko backpack was sketched out. 

    Over two years of development, eight rounds of prototypes, and one patent application later (and one very frustrated factory manager), the Kiboko camera backpack was launched. 

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