The WANDRD Prvke 31 Camera Bag is the perfect camera bag for full-frame DSLR shooters. We’ve been long time WANDRD supporters here at Polaryze, and were extremely happy with our Prvke 21 as soon as it was released. We put it through its paces, took it halfway across the world, and thought we’d found our date with destiny. It wasn’t until the Prvke (not Provoke) 31 came out that we realized we were just a few inches away from our perfect camera bag.
In this review we’ll look, in depth at the Prvke 31. So the bag was right for us. Whoop-te-doo. Our goal is to help you decide if the bag is right for you.
Background and Needs:
A quick background on me, and what I was looking for in this bag. I’ve been shopping for the perfect camera bag for the last near-decade. I began carrying my gear in a Lowepro bag, tried a Manfrotto bag, and spent a couple of years doing the “camera wrapped in a t-shirt inside a backpack” method. Once I upgraded to a full-frame DSLR I decided I had better get a real bag.
So I began my search with some specific criteria:
- Size. Room for a full-frame body, a 50mm prime, 24-105mm zoom, and a 16-35mm wide angle, a tripod, possible flash, and a bag of filters.
- The ability to carry a handful of additional items (sweatshirt, snacks, additional gear, sandals). My prior bag was barely large enough to carry the body, 50mm, and 24-105 lens. I struggled to get it zipped, and….tripod?…don’t even think about it.
- Good Layout. Quick access to the camera and tripod, as well as room for everything else I needed to carry.
- Aesthetics. Nobody likes an ugly camera bag.
- Cost. Needed to be less than $300 total.
So how does the Prvke 31 stack up against my criteria? And more importantly, is it going to meet yours?
The base price of the bag is $205. You can get the smaller 21 for $20 cheaper. The $205 covers the bag only, so you’ll need to spend a little extra to build out the bag the way you want. Their website provides an a-la-carte buying format to give you a flexible buying experience. They also have packages that offer a discount over a-la-carte. For example, I purchased the photography bundle, which on an a-la-carte basis would cost an additional $125 total, but the bundle brings that down to $60.
Shipping was free.
The bag took a few days to get to my house, and when it arrived I was immediately impressed. These guys are a startup, but they put a lot of thought into customer experience. The bag came inside a drawstring storage bag with their logo on it, and opening the bag revealed the entire photography bundle nicely packed. I had already seen their bags before, but this time I ordered the green color. Absolutely love it. I also noticed a few improvements they had made on their original (better zipper pulls, for example.
I’ve used WANDRD bags for over a year now, and have really put them through the ringer. I’m frequently setting them down on rocks, in the sand, on the pavement, slightly damp surfaces, and throwing them into the trunk of my car and stowing them in airplanes. The quality is evident as soon as you open the package. Below are a few highlights:
Water-resistant YKK zippers.
The zippers aren’t waterproof, but they’re definitely water-resistant. The first few times you zip them they feel a little stiff and unforgiving. The more you use them the more they loosen up, and the first time you find yourself running to your car in a downpour with several thousands of dollars in gear in the bag, you’ll be glad they were built that way.
The bag itself is a dipped canvas material, and actually wears really well. One of my biggest concerns was when I initially set the bag down on some dirty pavement and my son grabbed the strap and started dragging it (yikes). I had scuff marks down the entire front of the bag and was worried they would never come off. I took a wet rag to them and the bag cleaned right up. Not only does it look great, but it’s durable.
I LOVE the magnets in side the two carrying handles. It’s a refreshing design improvement over nearly every other bag I’ve ever owned. You know, the kind where one of the handles has a velcro strap sewn to it, and you’re expected to peel/unpeel the velcro every time you want to either open or close the bag. I much prefer this design, and appreciate the fact that they improved the magnet closure based on customer feedback.
I’ve already touched on this lightly, but the durability is superb. Having put it through virtually every condition possible, in all four seasons, it still looks and behaves like it did the day I got it. Nothing is more frustrating than spending high dollar on a product only to find the quality lackluster. WANDRD does a great job ensuring their products meet strict quality specifications.
Layout is the primary issue that has kept me on the search for the right bag over and over again for the last seven years. The folks at WANDRD nailed this one. A dedicated, removable cube for your camera, lenses, or other fragile items. One of the things great companies do well is to anticipate what consumers are going to need before they even know they need it. WANDRD included a few features in their bag that I wouldn’t necessarily expect out of a camera bag, but am really glad they included.
- A partitioned pocket up top for all of your other gear (flash, filters, and other accessories. You’ve got hooks to anchor straps to in order to mount your tripod to the bottom of the bag, or strap a jacket to the back of the bag.
- Dedicated key storage.
- Zipper pocket for memory cards inside quick access pocket.
- Top pocket for easy access to batteries, etc.
- An expandable water bottle pocket.
The bag is great looking. It wasn’t ten minutes into my walk along the beach in Maui that I had a passer-by ask me for the details of the bag. It certainly stands out as a fashion statement without drawing too much attention to it as a camera bag. Great balance. The colors they offer are all fantastic. I have both the black and the green, and love them both.
The bag comes enclosed in a larger storage bag in case you only plan to use it every once in a while. I got rid of mine, cause the PRVKE 31 is now my daily carry bag.
Assuming they have your bag in stock, both of my bags were shipped the day after I ordered them, and only took a couple of days.
I have only had to contact customer service once, and it was a very positive experience. They’re a small company, so they all have a vested interest in the company. I’d say they’re all passionate about what they do, and are passionate about ensuring their customers get what they paid for.
As mentioned previously, the bag comes stock, and I recommend purchasing the photography bundle. This will give you the camera cube and some additional waist straps, as well as additional straps to use to strap gear to the outside of the bag. For what it’s worth, I like their original straps better than their “2.0” straps.
Here’s a link to our unboxing/review on YouTube (please excuse the sound quality):
The conclusion is this…buy this bag! It’s worth the money. I spent several hundred dollars in attempts to buy a bag that would function/look like I wanted. The WANDRD bag isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the money. As of the writing of this post, they have a 30-day return policy…so no risk here.
If you already own the bag, let us know what you think about it in the comments below!