April 19, 2014

Case Logic Luminosity DSB-103 Large DSLR Split Pack Review

Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack Overview
Case Logic besides their CD & DVD cases, Laptop cases, Tablet cases and Luggage, have a broad selection of no less than 40 Camera bags, Messenger bags, Slings and Backpacks.

In 2013 they introduced their innovative line of Luminosity Split Packs specifically designed for trekking or long hikes.

The Luminosity DSB-103 Large DSLR Split Pack, although at first glance seems like a common Back Pack it is divided in two quite large separate compartments, placed one on top of the other. The lower compartment equipped with appropriately padded dividers is meant to accommodate photographic gear while the top one is meant to house many extras needed for long hikes but not only.

The DSB-103 is the largest of the two Split Pack models available, large enough to accept 70-200mm or similarly sized zoom lenses in the camera compartment.

Camera bags and cases are never enough, as each situation calls for a different type of carrying method according to the gear one needs to bring together for the task. I already have small and large shoulder bags, a sling backpack and other modified cases, however they are more appropriate for urban use or when a car trunk is close by.

I opted for the large Luminosity DSB-103 Split Pack, attracted by the innovative design, its ability to hold photographic gear separated from other items or else gear in two compartments and its capacity to house telephoto lenses like the Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM and/ or the similarly sized EF 100-400 L IS USM. Being lightweight and relatively compact, it was promising for a comfortable carry for long hikes.

The DSB-103 Split-Pack
In the product page, at the Case Logic website, the description starts with the definition of Luminosity as the measurement of brightness.
Although relevant to photography, one might think that brightness has nothing to do with a black colored Back Pack unless... it refers to the brightness of the designer.
Awkwardly enough, whoever from the Case Logic team was inspired with the "Luminosity" name was proven correct, since the smaller sibling of the DSB-103, the Luminosity DSB-102 medium DSLR Split Pack was awarded with the 2014 iF Product Design Award last February.

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:Luminosity DSB-103-BLACK
Size ( L x W x H ):13.4 x 11.8 x 18.5 " / 34 x 30 x 47 cm
Fits Devices ( L x W x H ):10.2 x 8.3 x 7.9 " / 26 x 21 x 20 cm
Materials:Nylon
Volume:656.64 cu" / 10.76 lt
Weight:4.77 lb / 2.16 Kgr
Warranty:25 Years

Features
  • Split-pack opening provides easy access to camera and configures into a great work-out of station.
  • Customizeable storage for DSLR camera, up to 4 lenses, including a 70-200 mm lens, or flash and accessories with adjustable foam walls and short snake divider.
  • Secure storage pockets for SD cards and filters and stash pocket for cleaning cloth or other slim accessories
  • Zippered lid compartment stores personal items such as a jacket or snacks and additional zippered pocket for small valuables.
  • Spacious front organizer stores wallet, phone and all non-camera related items
  • Guaranteed quick access to camera thanks to the unique, patent-pending tripod attachment that makes it possible to open split pack without removing tripod.
  • Thickly padded, air mesh shoulder pads and back panel ensure a breathable, comfortable carry
  • Snug-fit, padded waist belt and adjustable sternum strap distribute weight of heavy loads for maximum comfort.
  • Sturdy top and bottom grab handles for easy lifting and loading
  • Modern, functional design and durable rip-stop nylon create a quality, ergonomic camera bag.
  • Removable weather cover protects case from the elements – Stored in dedicated compartment, attached by adhesive straps, or removed completely to dry or clean.

Packaging & Contents

Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack Carton box
The Luminosity DSB-103 Split Pack arrived right at my door via courier in a big generic carton box with no signs of the contents. Despite the volume its weight was rather insignificant.
Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack Carton box opened
The box is quite larger than the Split Pack which was further...
Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack in nylon bag
enclosed in a nylon bag for protection against dust and humidity.
Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack unpacked
First impressions after unwrapping the Split-Pack were very positive. An elegant design with three different textures of good quality ripstop nylon fabric. Strong stitching all around with extra seams which help retain the form of the Split-pack when loaded.
Case Logic DSB-103 DSLR Split Pack Tag / Manual
Tied on one of the top-lid zipper-pulls exists a Tag-like 8 page leaflet which highlights with illustrations and short descriptions in three languages (English-French-Spanish) the Split-Pack features and usage.
Case Logic DSB-103 Tag - Cleaning cloth - Rain cover
Besides the Tag-like Manual a lint free Lens Cleaning Cloth and a Rain Cover come hidden in different zippered pockets as we shall see later on.

Split-Pack Overview

Case Logic DSB-103 front view
The DSB-103 front is dominated by a large zippered flap which contains the organizer compartment, featuring the Case Logic logo. On top of that is the zippered lid of the large top compartment.
Case Logic DSB-103 front handle detail
Below the front flap exists an second padded handle, inherent in all larger Luminosity Back-pack and Messenger bag models. This is a very thoughtful design characteristic, as this handle proves valuable for lifting and loading the Split-pack in a car trunk or even more on an airplane baggage compartment.

Case Logic DSB-103 left view - tripod straps
On the left side exist two large Hypalon (synthetic rubber) adjustable straps and one smaller fixed strap below, all intended for monopod or tripod attachment.
Case Logic DSB-103 right view - pocket
The right side lacks any mesh pocket usually found on other Case Logic Back-pack designs but has a vertical zippered pocket with its opening towards the rear, the use of which we shall discuss later on.
Case Logic DSB-103 rear view - shoulder straps
The rear side reveals the 7,4 cm (2.9") wide shoulder pads duly contoured following the shoulder and chest lines. They are thickly padded, featuring air mesh on the inner side, therefore ensuring a breathable contact with the body and comfortable carry with a good distribution of weight.

Straps and Zippers in Detail

Case Logic DSB-103 sternum tension strap detail
The thickly padded Shoulder pads/straps are connected with a sternum strap which deprives the shoulder straps from being displaced and slip off when trekking. The strap has a connecting buckle and is adjustable both in length and up-down position on the shoulder pads. A nice detail here, is that near one of its attachments, the sternum strap is equipped with a strong elastic band behind the strap. This flex ensures ease of movement without exercising too much pressure on the chest. 
Case Logic DSB-103 shoulder strap extension details
Another Case Logic originality is found on the Shoulder pad adjustable straps. The shoulder pad straps come rolled and secured (top left photo) since the end of the strap is equipped with a stitched piece of Velcro (bottom photo) so after the user unrolls and adjusts the strap to the desired length, can then roll-back the remaining strap and stick it near the adjustment buckle (top right photo) avoiding annoying loose ends hanging around.
Something else that shows attention to detail is that the strap adjustment buckles lie upon the end of the shoulder strap, (top left photo) thus avoiding to bruise the ribs after long hours of carry.

Case Logic DSB-103 back-panel and waist belt details
By folding back the thick shoulder straps the Back-panel is fully exposed revealing its design details. Same as the shoulder straps, the back-panel is thickly padded for comfort and covered with air mesh, plus stitched in a pattern that ensures better breathing.
Hidden within two openings near the bottom are the two parts of the Waist-belt, also thickly padded and air meshed, with their waist straps and buckle. It is up to the user whether to use the Waist belt according to his/her needs, taking into account the carried weight of course.
It is quite obvious from the photos above the division of the Split Pack into the top and bottom compartments by an oversized zipper. Further, in the lower left photo it is evident that the back panel is not flat as on many back packs but contoured following the shape of the human back. This ensures more comfortable carry for long hours, since the bottom compartment intended for the heavier photographic gear is held by the waist relieving the shoulders from excess pressure.
Case Logic DSB-103 waist belt buckle and strap details
The 3,8 cm (1.5")  wide Waist straps have a large clip-on buckle for fast attachment and are cross stitched on the padded section. A closed band on each side keeps the end of the strap attached once again avoiding loose ends hanging around.
Since it is more evident in the bottom photo above, I should mention here that all straps on the Split-pack follow the same design pattern in regard of their ending. The strap end is folded back and stitched so it can pass through a buckle openings but cannot be pulled back unintentionally.
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod straps details
As mentioned in the overview above, the adjustable hypalon straps are a nice design touch as they prevent the engaged tripod from sliding. Both straps feature a clip-on buckle for quick release and ample fabric strap to accept a larger tripod.
By unbuckling the straps two large strong fabric bands are revealed, which are stitched on the side in order to reinforce it, preventing deformation as well as wear and tear from the tripod rubbing against the nylon fabric.
A more elaborate description of  these straps is found further down in the "Attaching a Monopod / Tripod" section.
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod foot strap detail
Below the two adjustable straps the fixed strap is intended to engage a monopod or one of the tripod feet.
Case Logic DSB-103 zippers details
The DSB-103 is equipped with oversized nylon coiled zippers featuring extra Cord Zipper Pulls. The Split section zipper is double the size of the others since it bears all the weight of the lower compartment keeping it attached to the top section.
Although not visible on the outside all zippers offer a form of weather insulation to the interior by a simple but ingenious design. One side of the zipper is stitched on the edge of the closing section but the other is stitched 1 to 2 cm from the other edge. When the zipper is pulled together to close there is always a reinforced piece of fabric behind the zipper pressed against the opposing side.

Front Organizer Compartment

Case Logic DSB-103 front compartment flap
The front Organizer compartment opens via two cord zipper pulls all the way to the bottom, while the flap is held at an angle by two triangular pieces of fabric protecting the contents from falling off. The flap has a large and deep pocket which comes padded with wrapping paper in order to avoid deformation.
Case Logic DSB-103 front compartment Tablet pocket
Same as all the exterior of the Split Pack the front flap has a foam padding protecting the Organizer compartment contents. Although not documented by Case Logic, the front flap pocket is wide and deep enough to accommodate a 10.1" Tablet as illustrated above.
Case Logic DSB-103 front compartment organizer pockets
Taking a front view we can see the front compartment organizer pockets, which also have a thinner padding. There is one wide and deep zippered pocket on top with two shallower open pockets below and an elastic band on one of the pockets.
There is enough space to accommodate many things as for example your smart phone, color balance cards, remote releases, cables, card readers, pens, lens pens, manual(s), maps or whatever you see fit.
Top Compartment

Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment zippered lid
The Top Compartment lid is also padded and opens in the same manner, via two cord zipper pulls all the way down to the sides.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment zippered lid pocket
The top lid has also a zippered pocket stuffed with wrapping paper during transport. Hanging from the zipper pull and hidden in the pocket behind the wrapping paper you may find the bonus Lens Cleaning Cloth mentioned in the beginning.
The top lid pocket is quite big to store a lot more than the Cleaning Cloth, like keys, extra batteries, connector cables and so on.
Case Logic DSB-103 free cleaning cloth
The 15,4 x 18,0 cm ( 6 x 7" ) bonus Lens Cleaning Cloth is made of a good quality soft and lint free cloth.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment transparent insulated pocket
Keeping the lid open and looking from the front we can see a semi-transparent zippered pocket taking all the width of the back of the top compartment. The pocket is made of a thick nylon material protecting the contents from spills if you ever intent to put any liquids or food in the top compartment. That's a nice place to keep your wallet concealed in my opinion.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment depth view
The Top Compartment has a quite large opening while it is spacious enough to allow for a lot of uses as we shall elaborate below. Internal dimensions: Width at the back 30 cm (11.8"), Width in front 22 cm (8.66"), Depth at the back 22 cm (8.66"), Depth in front 17 cm (6.69").

Top Compartment Usage (Case Logic suggestion)

Case Logic DSB-103 w/ windbreaker, water bottle and fruit
Case Logic's original idea is to offer a separate compartment so the user can store personal items like a rain jacket and/or snacks as well as some water or energy drink. This is an excellent idea for long hour hiking or trekking.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment loaded w/ windbreaker, water bottle and fruit
As illustrated above, the top compartment can accommodate my XL size "Jac in the Sac" an Aluminum Thermos and some fruit, leaving space for other items like gloves, a cap, sunglasses etc.

Top Compartment Usage (Alternative suggestions)

Storing Panoramic Equipment
As an alternative, I found the Top Compartment very promising for storing hardware which I usually carry in a separate case.

Case Logic DSB-103 w/ panorama head, P&S camera and lens hoods
Such as a full featured Multi-Row Panorama Head comprised of a leveling base, an indexing rotator, a vertical rotator and three rails, together with an extra P&S camera, the large hoods of my lenses etc.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment loaded w/ panorama head, P&S camera and lens hoods
After enclosing the hardware in neoprene bags to avoid scratches, everything went in nicely, still leaving space for a rain jacket or whatever else as shown above.

Storing more Photographic Equipment
On the other hand, if you are not out for trekking and don't need to carry jackets or supplies but need to carry more photographic equipment than what can be stored in the already spacious Main-Bottom Compartment, the top compartment can prove very handy.

Case Logic DSB-103 w/ extra padded bag insert
The Top Compartment is large enough to fit a well sized camera padded insert. I wish Case Logic had available an optional padded insert fitting the dimensions of the DSB-103 top compartment, like the one included with their Reflexion DSLR + iPad® Cross-body Bag, but I can't find any in their website.
Nonetheless, having a generic padded insert available was good enough to illustrate my suggestion.
Case Logic DSB-103 top compartment loaded w/ extra padded bag insert
With a little effort, the generic padded insert which I had available, fitted into the top compartment. Somehow, the exterior padding of the Split Pack makes the insert's thickly padded outer walls redundant, loosing some valuable space.
Case Logic DSB-103 w/ extra padded bag insert plus flushes, lens & gels
In any case, extra lenses, a couple of large Canon 580 EX II Speedlites and Gels...
Case Logic DSB-103 w/ extra padded bag insert plus gripped camera & lenses
...or even a large Canon EOS 7D with Grip and a medium telephoto lens may be stored for quick access from the top.
This may prove a good solution in the occasion you want to carry a second camera body for example.



Bottom Main Compartment

Case Logic DSB-103 bottom main compartment opening sequence
First fold back the thick Shoulder pads towards the front of the Split Pack in order to get them out of the way and then pull the two cord zipper pulls to the side and all the way down to the front (top left photo).
This reveals the spacious camera compartment with the foam walls and dividers.
Should I point out, that the Shoulder straps have to be extended prior to opening the Split Pack. Otherwise they will not allow the top to unfold fully as in the lower left photo.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment overview
The Main bottom Compartment is spacious and deep, fully customizeable with 5 foam padded wall dividers and apart of the camera, is able to accommodate 4-5 extra lenses, flashes and/or other devices.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment w/ out dividers
The Main Compartment walls are cross stitched on the Split Pack exterior on three sides and lined with a light blue felt-like fabric. I must admit that I prefer this light blue color against the striking orange or red found in many camera cases. It is still very contrasty in dim light, making visible the usually black contents without being very pompous.
The bottom compartment is rectangular and measures internally 30 cm (11.8") Wide by 21 cm ( 8.27") Long by 20 cm (7.87") Deep.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment dividers details
The 5 dividers are covered by the same felt-like fabric as the interior lining, and are adequately filled with foam padding. With the two full size wall dividers being light grey and the smaller ones being light blue they match the internal colors of the pack.
Further, the two larger have Velcro bands on three sides securing them on the bottom as well while the smaller ones only on the sides (bottom left photo). The fifth divider has vertical stitches making it more flexible than the others for special uses as we'll see further (bottom right photo).
Another design detail that deserves attention is that unlike most of the dividers I have seen up to now, Case Logic's dividers feature Velcro bands stitched in a T shape at the edge of the divider. This T shape gives them an advantage over the regular L shape, since even under pressure from either side the Velcro will stay attached. Clever!
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment short snake divider detail & usage options
The most flexible of the dividers, called short Snake divider by Case Logic is shown in the main photo above with evident the previously mentioned T shape Velcro bands. The Snake metaphor sticks to its ability to curl in many forms so it may be used either as a hammock (lower left photo) or as a bent divider (lower right photo) according to user preference.

Bottom Main Compartment Usage

Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment work-out station and slim pocket
One of the hidden design features of the DSB-103 Slit-Pack is that when opened it configures into a very appealing to me work-out of station. One can rest his/her gear in the padded space between the upper and lower sections when changing lenses, fitting filters etc. That's especially useful considering that your alternative is resting your gear on rough ground when trekking or hiking.
At the bottom of the upper compartment exists a thin but wide and deep pocket witch may prove sufficient for storing filters, cleaning cloths and other slim objects. The pocket has a small Velcro catch in the middle.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment filter & memory card pockets
Looking from the other side now, we can see three Secure storage pockets half lined with Hypalon sporting flap like covers  made of Hypalon too. These synthetic rubber pockets may store CF or SD Memory cards as shown above, or even small diameter filters, depriving them from slipping out. Nice touch!
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment configuration options
Let's see next what the Main bottom Compartment can accommodate in regard of lenses and other photographic equipment. Due to the sufficient depth, not one but two similarly sized telephoto lenses can be stored with ease at an upright position. As pictured above one is the Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM and the other the EF 100-400 L IS USM. Both lenses are equipped with a lens collar foot and an Arca style lens plate but there is not enough space for their hoods reversely mounted on the lens Anyway, there is still enough space for a 2-3 more shorter lenses and/or Canon 580EX II speedlites. If you store shorter lenses the large hoods of the teles can optionally sit above them.
The larger and heavier lenses should preferably be positioned towards the innermost part of the main compartment in order to keep the center of gravity closer to the back where the Split Pack rests on the carrier's waist, therefore exercising less strain on the shoulders.

Accommodating a Camera
Here we come to the most important stage of how to accommodate a camera in the main compartment together with large and long lenses. Smaller cameras fit easily between larger/longer lenses and above the shorter ones, for fast access, kept safe by the tall grey padded walls. Somehow, when longer lenses are stored, there is a small issue with large pro or gripped cameras but can be overcome.
Therefore, I made some examples below to show how different size camera bodies fit, taking full advantage of the Main Compartment space.

Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment w/ gripped medium size camera
Even a medium sized Canon EOS 550D with grip and a kit lens installed finds sufficient space to rest face down, so there is no need to speak about smaller bodies without grip or mirrorless cameras.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment w/ large size camera
It also easy to fit a larger Canon EOS 7D with an all-around zoom installed, facing down.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment w/ gripped large size camera
However, a full sized Pro body or a large gripped camera like the Canon EOS 7D with lens is not easy to fit together with two large/long telephoto lenses. It is possible with one on the left of the camera but not with two.
Case Logic DSB-103 main compartment w/ gripped large size camera II
In this case a small compromise has to be made regarding the quantity of long lenses or position the large body / gripped camera vertically between the lenses without a lens installed.

Fitting the Rain Cover

Case Logic DSB-103 rain cover pocket
As mentioned in the "Packaging and Contents" section in the beginning of the review, the DSB-103 comes with a Rain Cover hidden in a pocket. This is the vertical right-side zippered pocket. When unpacking the Split Pack a small white spot on the right side gives a hint that something exists inside the pocket (top right photo). The white spot is actually one end of a plastic tag-string which secures the Rain Cover from dropping or stolen in display.
Case Logic DSB-103 rain cover fitting
The Rain Cover is equipped with an elastic band around its perimeter and a couple of Velcro straps. It fits on the front and sides of the Split Pack like a shower cap and it may be secured by the two Velcro straps around the Shoulder straps.
Another use of the Velcro straps could be to roll the Rain Cover and secure it by the Velcro straps on the exterior of the Split Pack.
Case Logic DSB-103 rain cover fitted
The Rain Cover has the same light blue color as the main compartment lining and fits seamlessly around the Split Pack leaving only the Back Panel open. 
Case Logic DSB-103 rain cover water repellence proof
Of course the Rain Cover could not escape me from being tested. Laying flat the rain cover, I poured half a glass of water on the fabric and waited for some minutes to see if it will soak. Absolutely nothing happened. The water remained on the surface and it was very easy to wipe off with a cloth without leaving any marks. Excellent!

Attaching a Monopod or Tripod
Although a declared tripod fan, or geek if you like, I left last the description of the Tripod attachment as it was the only part that left me with a taste of disappointment compared to the overall brilliant design and attention to detail. Maybe the attachment is adequate for small entry level or the smallest traveler tripods but I found some issues accommodating medium sized traveler tripods. So I'll elaborate a little on that below.

Case Logic DSB-103 monopod attachment sequence
For long hikes or trekking a monopod may be more appealing to some, as it involves less weight to carry around. For the illustration I have chosen the extremely lightweight Triopo GL-70 Carbon Fiber Twist Lock Monopod combined with the Hejnar MH-01 Monopod Head (both pending review). The GL-70 is 5 section full height monopod with a 34 mm top section and a 22 mm last section, matching to the telephoto focal lengths the pack can carry.
The first move was to insert the monopod foot behind the lower fixed strap which proved a little tight for the size of the leg causing some deformation to the pack side, while the adjustable Hypalon straps seem to do a fine job keeping the pod in place. 
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod attachment sequence A_1
Next trial was performed with the Nest NT-6294CT Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod combined with the Sunwayfoto FB-36DDH Lightweight Ball Head (both recently reviewed). The NT-6294 is a 4 section, 180° folding back, lightweight tripod with a 29 mm top section and a 20 mm last section and somewhat large sized feet.
As the lower fixed strap seemed to have loosened a bit it was a little easier to insert the tripod leg behind it but was still tight for this type of leg. Then, after clipping the Hypalon straps  in their buckles I tried to tighten the straps around the tripod legs. And here comes the problem of them loosening almost immediately.
Although the straps are more than adequately long to embrace the tripod the buckles remained on top of the tripod leg (as illustrated in the larger photo above) forming an angle with the rest of the strap, depriving them from locking. Since this kind of buckles rely on friction between the folded strap ends to keep the strap tight, they need to be straight with both ends in order to accomplish their task.
Further to that, the Hypalon part stays in in the air unable to perform its own task of keeping the enclosed tripod still. 
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod attachment sequence A_2
The most obvious solution was to strap only the two internal tripod legs. In this way the strap remained straight enough to tighten and the Hypalon parts embraced the tripod leg depriving them from slipping.
However, this works but leaves one of the tripod legs hanging out loose with unforeseen results in the field.
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod attachment sequence B_1
Nevertheless, I tried also to fit a slimmer tripod in my arsenal, the Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod (reviewed in the past). The GT-3228X8C is a 4 section, 180° folding back, lightweight tripod with a 28 mm top section and a 19 mm last section and slimmer sized feet. Despite the retrofit foam grips on all legs the overall perimeter of the tripod is smaller.
The also smaller twist leg locks made it easier to pass the leg behind the lower fixed strap, but the issue with the loosening Hypalon straps was still there.
Case Logic DSB-103 tripod attachment sequence B_2
Once again the solution was to tighten only two of the legs with the straps.
My last comment on the tripod straps is that no matter how easy or difficult it is to insert a tripod leg behind the lower fixed strap, it is equally difficult to remove it since the rubber on the tripod twist leg locks sticks with the strap causing some frustration.

As I do not find fulfillment in criticizing without offering a feasible solution, I would submit for evaluation by Case Logic designers a couple of modifications on the tripod attachment, that I feel would make this Split Pack excellent in all respects.
a. The lower fixed strap, could be replaced by a strong elastic band or an elastic mesh pocket in order to facilitate insertion and removal of a tripod leg.
b. Elongate the Hypalon part of the adjustable straps by a couple of centimeters so it can bend over a larger tripod and
c. Reverse the buckles so the female part of the buckle is stitched on the Split pack side instead of on the Hypalon part while the fabric strap is stitched on the Hypalon part. In this way the fabric strap ends will always remain straight and parallel avoiding unintentional loosening, independent of the angle generated by the size of the enclosed tripod. Plus it will be easier to operate the buckles even with one hand since the female part will be more steady stitched on the pack side.

Case Logic DSB-103 opening w/ tripod attached
That said, I should point out another of the design innovations of the Split Pack. The tripod attachment concept makes possible the opening of the Split Pack without having to remove the tripod.

Product Video
Case Logic's marketing department has done a very good job releasing a series of videos for most of their larger Messenger bags, Back Packs and Split Packs as the one for the Luminosity DSB-103 Large Split Pack below. The potential user can have a quick tour to the product's features and functionality, which is far better than a few pictures.


Pros
Lightweight for the size.
Innovative and award winning split-pack design with multiple configurations.
Strong stitching and zippers.
Rain cover and lens cloth included.
Very good value for money.
Exceptional 25 Year Warranty

Cons
Lack of external canteen mesh pocket.
Tripod attachment Hypalon straps fall short for medium sized and larger traveler tripods.

Conclusion
The DSB-103 Split Pack has been with me for quite some time now, but had very few chances for outings in order to evaluate how it feels carrying it on your back for long hours. From the little I have used it, it feels comfortable and well balanced, although I have overloaded it. In case I come across any issues from its use, I shall report back accordingly.
Now, despite my comments about the tripod attachment, I find that overall the DSB-103 is brilliantly designed with lot of innovations and great attention to detail, exploiting every little space for storage. Not only suits its original purpose, but can also be configured to serve for more than prescribed.
Built quality is exemplary, so considering the 25 year warranty and the moderate price for a pack of this size, I can only claim it as an unbeatable value for money. If it suits your storage needs and you are a fan of long hikes or trekking go for it.

Disclaimer:
This evaluation and review were run on a single product sample, based on the specifically described methods.  Although the findings are good and overcame the expectations for the product, it can not be used as a rule, unless more samples of the same product are tested. Furthermore, similar comparison tests should be run with comparative capabilities products so as to reach a solid conclusion.

Note: The Luminosity DSB-103 Large DSLR Split Pack presented in this article was kindly offered by Case Logic USA,  for evaluation and review.

I hope you found the review useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2014 S.C.Vlachos

Price & Availability:
In the US the the DSB-103 Split Pack sells for US$ 129.99 and is available either direct from Case Logic US website or from Amazon.com. In EU the the DSB-103 sells for GBP 94.28 available from Amazon.co.uk, or for EUR 118.95 available from Amazon.de, EUR 113.40 from Amazon.fr, EUR 115.40 from Amazon.es

Referenced Articles:
Nest NT-6294CT Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Review
Sunwayfoto FB-36DDH Lightweight Ball Head Review
Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Review
Triopo GL-70 Carbon Fiber Twist Lock Monopod Review

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