In all honesty, when first skimming across images I'd seen of Langly's top-tier camera bag - the Alpha Pro - I was slightly reluctant to take one out on the trail. In my experience, most bags that are as easy on the eyes as the Alpha Pro, tend to either be less functional or less durable than similarly priced, yet much less attractive bags, made by more prominent "outdoor brands". However, once I held the Langly bag in my hands, it was evident that this thing was stoutly manufactured, and more capable than it's clean-cut aesthetic might suggest.
The Alpha Pro has now accompanied me on numerous one-day excursions; through the Channel Islands, Sierra Pelona Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, and Santa Ana Mountains to name a few, and I've flown with it as a carry-on several times as well. Each trip has seen it loaded fully to the brim with my Sony A7 camera body, anywhere from three to five lenses, my spare Sony RX100 iii camera, full-size tripod (strapped conveniently to the bottom), and snacks and supplies for a full day on the trail or in the plane.
The padded camera compartment (with removable insert) provides ample room and padding for my entire kit, and carries it low in the pack, which places less stress on the shoulders. The laptop insert fits my Apple MacBook Pro 15" wonderfully, and the top half of the pack has sufficient room for a compressible rain or wind shell and some snacks. I often found myself using the various outer pockets for either more snacks (I eat voraciously), or other supplies/items depending on the trip, such as power cords, spare batteries, or even another small lens for easy access while on the go.
The two small gripes I did have with the bag, were the lack of a sternum cinch between the shoulder straps, and the lack of an easily accessible external storage pocket for a water bottle. Without the sternum cinch, the shoulder pads tended to ride out a tad too far on my shoulders when carrying heavier loads, which wasn't very uncomfortable, but did chafe a bit on longer hikes. As for the water situation; there is enough room in the top storage compartment for a (small) bottle, but getting to it requires you to remove the pack, and having a water bottle laying horizontally right above all of my camera gear is a bit unsettling to say the least. I solved the problem by sliding a hydration reservoir into the laptop sleeve on longer hikes, and feeding the hose up and over the shoulder strap.
All said and done, this pack is incredibly functional, comfortable, and durable considering how great it looks. Despite the many day packs and camera bags I currently have in my arsenal, I often find myself grabbing this one, and being glad that I did. —Jason Fitzgibbon
Jason Fitzgibbon is a self-taught photographer, professional wildlife biologist, and environmental consultant based out of Orange County in coastal Southern California. As a wildlife biologist, his work often involves surveying for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, and ensuring their protection under the purview of state and federal laws. Often his career takes him to wild and beautiful places, many of which he attempts to share with the world through photography on his Facebook and Instagram accounts; mainly in hopes of inspiring others to cherish and protect the wild places that they enjoy in their area.