Brevite Jumper Backpack Review
Camera bags are essential products as they play a critical role in your photography. They ensure your comfort, the safe transport of your gear, and security from loss and theft.
Some brands go to extreme lengths to achieve these fundamental objectives – but those extremities always come at a price.
Others, like Brevite, make bags that tick most boxes at a fraction of the cost. I’d never heard of Brevite until this review came up, so I was keen to give one of their bags a shot.
The Jumper Backpack is a very simple, highly functional camera backpack that does its job with no fuss.
What’s more, it doesn’t draw attention to itself as a camera bag – making this an excellent pack for day trips and travel.
There’s undoubtedly space for this bag to be enhanced down the track – perhaps in a Jumper V2 – and we’ll explore why here.
Let’s take a closer look at this stylish and user-friendly backpack!
Brevite Jumper Backpack Specs
- Side access, front access and top access
- Holds a decent kit
- Front pocket perfect for sorting accessories
- Lack of comfort and support
- Outer material tends to collect dust
- 43.2cm x 27.9cm x 14cm (17″ x 11″ x 5.5″)
- 600D Polyester exterior
- 200D Polyester interior
- 18L capacity
- 0.77kg (1.7lbs)
- Fits a 15″ laptop
- Bottom and side tripod holder
- Quick access phone/passport pocket
- 4 x padded dividers
- Hidden inner pocket
- Water bottle pocket
Build & Appearance
The Brevite Jumper Backpack has a simple and minimal style both inside and out. It has the appearance of an everyday backpack suited to a university student or work commuter.
In no way does this promote the camera gear inside. As a result, it’s a great bag for travel as you’ll not draw attention to yourself.
The exterior of the bag – available in Tripple Black, Lemon Yellow, Moonlit Blue, Boulder Tan and Pine Green – is made of a 600D polyester. The interior is lined with a similar 200D polyester.
Regardless of its pared-back exterior, the construction quality is strong and robust meaning it will hold your gear, laptop and daily carry items with no issues.
What’s more, the bag features not one, not two, but three ways of accessing the main compartment and your camera gear – with or without the use of the included dividers.
While the Brevite won’t deal with heavy storms or a solid drenching, it would probably be ok with a few showers (this is more of a city-style backpack).
One thing I noticed is that the bag attracts a lot of dust, hair and other tiny particles, and it was difficult to just brush them away.
As I’ve made clear, the Brevite Jumper doesn’t ‘jump’ out as a camera bag due to its simple look.
The front of the backpack is quite plain and minimal with a small muted Brevite logo at the top, and a small rubber logo lower down. Neither of these is prominent.
There’s a large zip that travels around the top of the bag to gain access to the main compartment. This is a double zip with zip-pulls attached.
The lower half of the front has a full zippered access panel.
This is another access into the main compartment – more importantly, it’s how you set up the camera inserts and stow all of your kit.
This access panel also houses a large pocket that’s the same size and shape – more on that later.
One side of the bag has an expanding water bottle pocket. You can also hold a small travel tripod in this space.
A tripod can be further secured with a thin nylon strap with a metal hook that clips to the side of the bag.
On the other side of the Brevite Jumper, there’s a zippered access panel to get to your gear.
The top of the bag features a padded nylon grab handle so you can either hook the bag up on a peg in your favourite coffee house or carry the bag.
There’s also a wide zip for stowing a laptop or tablet – this one appears to be weather-sealed.
The back of the bag is where I think Brevite could have paid a little more attention. While the back support is somewhat padded, it’s not very thick nor does it breathe well.
And although the shoulder straps are adjustable, the padding is also quite thin and not anchored to the top of the bag very well.
What is great to see is a hidden pocket to store a smartphone or travel wallet – this will be protected against your back while carrying.
Finally, the base of the Brevite is the same material as used throughout. I wonder how this would go if you set the bag down on a damp ground.
There are two adjustable straps for tying down a tripod or a jacket and thus expanding the bags carrying capacity.
The interior of the Brevite Jumper Backpack is just as simple as the outside.
As mentioned already, there are actually three ways to access the main internal compartment – the top, the side and the front.
The latter two are intended for use when you have the camera inserts set-up to store your gear – this leaves the top half of the main compartment free for other daily gear.
There are four padded dividers with positive velcro ends that can be set up in the format you want.
Fortunately, the main divider is the whole width of the bag, allowing you to make a clear separation between your camera gear and your other gear. Of course, you can remove all the dividers and use the Jumper like a regular backpack.
The laptop pocket drops all the way to the bottom of the bag and will hold a 15″ laptop. I prefer bags that have a false floor for the laptop sleeve, so your laptop sits off the ground – again I worry about the damp seeping in.
The front access flap has its own deep pocket that has a main compartment and four mesh pockets for storing filters, memory cards and spare batteries.
And that’s all there is to the Brevite Jumper – sufficient and straightforward!
I found that thanks to the simple separation of camera storage and daily gear storage, I was able to hold quite a bit of kit. You can adjust the internal dividers to support whatever camera you are intending on transporting.
From a simple and small mirrorless system like mine to a full-size DSLR – the Brevite Jumper Backpack will carry it with ease.
I have listed my kit below – this is the kind of kit I would take with me on an afternoon of street photography in town.
I pack enough camera gear to keep me challenged along with enough accessories to get by. Not pictured are my iPhone, wallet and keys. Let’s take a look at my kit for this bag:
- Fujifilm X70
- Fujifilm X-T200
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2
- Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2
- Spare batteries for both cameras
- Pelican SD card case
- Cura cleaning kit
- Water bottle
- Manfrotto Pixi Tripod
- Manfrotto Lumimuse LED light
Ease of Use/Comfort
Given that the Brevite Jumper Backpack is an effortless design, there’s not much involved in setting it up.
The camera insert needs to be configured to suit your needs (do ensure that you have your primary camera next to the side access panel).
All of the zips glide as you’d expect, however only the laptop zip is water-resistant. It’s something that photographers are expecting more and more in their bags.
I like that there’s a front access panel that gives you full, unhindered access to all of your gear.
The back support straps are adjustable, but they are really flimsy and basic – just two long pieces of rectangular foam.
Remember my introduction saying that bags must focus on comfort?
I feel like the folks at Brevite missed an opportunity here to make this bag shine. If you load up with much more camera gear than I showed above, the bag’s going to be bulky and uncomfortable.
It’s not terrible; it just could be a lot better.
Value for Money
The Brevite Jumper Backpack is a straightforward concept of good design, sensible materials and a good degree of comfort. What’s more, it’s priced at around US$130 including the camera insert sections.
This is excellent value for money for a bag with such simple but well-considered design. It could do with a little more effort in a couple of minor areas, but for that price, it’s a great bag.
I think that it would be a great bag for student photographers or those looking for a daily commute bag that can also hold their camera.
Beyond that, its comfort system is just not there for heavier gear.
Brevite Jumper Backpack Review | Conclusion
The Brevite Jumper Backpack does manage to do what it proclaims, and it meets the essential criteria of a camera bag.
As I have pointed out, there is an opportunity for further enhancement to be considered for the comfort system – notably the back support and shoulder straps.
Aside from this concern, it’s an incredibly reliable bag that carries a suitable amount of gear. What’s more, it’s flexible in its use thanks to the access to the main compartment and the ability to remove the camera inserts.
If you are looking for a simple but stylish bag to carry your kit, then the Jumper is a great solution – and at a reasonable price too.
There are some really smart design solutions here that make it one of the better camera bags of this style that I’ve come across. Plus, it makes a great everyday bag that will not draw attention.
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