Dakine Sequence 33L Photo Backpack Review

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Dakine makes gear for those who are inspired by nature and not afraid to push against the predictable and break away from comfort. Gear that combines performance and style and is expertly built for people with a willingness to venture where they’ve never been and do what they’ve never done. And the Dakine Sequence 33L Photo Backpack is no exception, this pack allows you to venture deeper and go longer by keeping your back and shoulders comfortable, all the while protecting your camera gear or day kit from impacts and torrential weather .

The 33L Sequence is designed to give you a best of two worlds, a roomy and capable daypack and a tech-minded outbound camera bag. The durable 600D Ripstop Polyester outer fabric protects your gear from brushes with nature and the removable camera pod protects it against impacts. Customizable dividers inside allows camera gear to be arranged in a variety of different ways, accommodating everything from multi-session shoots to a nature photo op full day hike into the woods. And with the padded removable camera compartment it’s as if you are getting double the protection from the common bumps and grinds found on hiking trails. 

A padded laptop compartment securely stows up to a 15” laptop, and the two zippered internal pockets offer up storage for SD cards, spare batteries, chargers, cords and pens.

A padded and ventilated back panel provides superb comfort at the back, while the adjustable waist belt, and shoulder straps can be dialed in for a precision fit.

The outer polyester material will stand up to and bead a light rainfall, yet the Sequence is equipped with a deployable rain cover for added protection when the weather decides to let loose.


  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Vertical board carry straps
  • Removable padded camera block
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Fits most 15″ laptops
  • Backpanel entry system
  • Deployable rain cover
  • Padded waist belt
  • Adjustable sternum strap

    Zippered side pocket and adjustable strap to carry a tripod.


  • 420D Nylon Mini Rip
  • 600D Polyester Ripstop ( Tabor )
  • 600D Polyester Heather ( Tabor )

    An open pocket behind a zippered pocket allows for mono-pod or smaller diameter tripod carry.


  • Outside Dimension
    • 2000 cubic inches [ 33 Liters ]
    • 21 x 11 x 8″ [ 53 x 29 x 20 cm ]
    • 5 lbs. [ 2.2 kg ]
  • Inside Camera Block Dimension
    • 16.5 x 12 x 6.5″ [ 42 x 30 x 17 cm ]


  • 2 in 1 Bag – Camera Bag and Backpack
  • Extremely Comfortable Carry System – Completely Adjustable to Unique Body Types
  • Rain Cover included – Stores in top side pocket, that has room for keys, wallet, trail snacks and smartphone
  • Adjustable padded waist belt with zippered side pockets, perfect for spare batteries, snacks and SD cards


  • Lack of Photo Equipment Dividers (Only two large and two small included)

The Verdict

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just getting into photography, the Dakine Sequence 33L Photo Backpack will keep your camera gear safe and organized on all of your travels. Dakine designed the Sequence to move expensive camera equipment around in the backcountry not only with plenty of protection and organization, but with enough stability that you can even enjoy the adventure yourself. When you feel the need to bring your entire studio – from card readers, hard drives, tripods, lenses, camera bodies and even a laptop, the Sequence 33L ensures maximum carrying capacity for all of your haul. The interior padded camera storage bag safeguards precious equipment while the personal storage space ensures that you’re able to pack along extra layers should the adventure take you deep into the outdoors. In addition, the padded front compartment accommodates a laptop and plenty of room for cables and extra batteries, making it relatively effortless to bring your work with you. Not to mention, the padded hip belt and adjustable straps allows you to customize your fit and assure day-long support when the load is on the heavy side. For more information on the Sequence 33L Photo Backpack and other Dakine products, visit rei.com/dakine.

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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