Gear Review: SOG Seraphim 35 Backpack
I’ve had the pleasure of trying out several SOG backpacks over the last few years from the biggest to the smallest versions, so I was stoked to try out the SOG Seraphim 35. This thing is *packed* (wink) with a long list of features. In fact, it has far too many features to list off every one but I’ll give you a few of the real world things I like most about it. First off, it’s a super clean looking pack, and all black is always a good move for a color way. I also really enjoy the ability to strap my gear to the outside of the pack. There’s several ways to attach stuff either with the pack’s shock cord tie downs, the Hypalon MOLLE field, or the endless loops and lash points. Also, the fold down panel on the outside of the pack has the ability to carry long items like an axe, fishing rod, rifle or if you’re like me, a tripod!
Now, for the inside. If you’re on the OCD end of the organization spectrum like me then you will absolutely love the multitude of individual storage pockets and compartments this pack possesses. I personally love to keep my different photography accessories (batteries, lenses, lights, cords, etc) nicely organized in the endless individual pockets and my camera body stays nice and protected in the impact resistant top pocket. Also, its worth mentioning that the main pocket is huge, and zips fully open like suitcase to make getting to the whole pack simple and easy. There’s plenty of room for all of my photography gear, extra layers, lunch, my survival kit and then some.
The last features I thought worth mentioning are that I really like the shoulder straps and hip belt on this backpack. It rides really comfortably even when loaded down, and it’s built sturdy as hell. The unique part is that both the shoulder straps and hip built can be tucked away and you can use the pack like a compact travel duffle if you needed to. Overall, the Seraphim 35 is a great gear hauling daypack, overnight backpacker or serious city pack, for just about anybody.