Glamorous as it may seem, a day filming on the snow is never easy. Skiing and snowboarding is a whole lot more difficult when you’ve got your camera gear in tow. Getting the shot means you need to be mobile on the mountain, and being able to carry what you need is vital! On top of that, you have the weather. It could be a blizzard or a bluebird day, so you have to come prepared for anything. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about leaving something behind, because the Manfrotto 3N1 is one thing you can always count on.
I’ve been traveling with this pack for years. I used the smaller version of the bag, the 3N1-25PL, on Viator’s Dream Travel Job adventure and carried a small camera kit around the country. I could easily fit a camera, a GoPro, a lavaliere mic, a small light and extra batteries into one compact pack. These days, I find myself bringing a bit more than the basics, opting for a larger camera, multiple lenses, a couple GoPros and more mounts. For larger loads like this, the Manfrotto 3N1-35PL offers a bit more space.
This time, I’m on assignment for Colorado Ski Country, filming travel stories on snow. Our goal is to travel around the state, seeing various ski resorts through the eyes of the visitors who love their mountains dearly.
It’s not unusual to see me shredding down the slopes with a couple cameras in hand. 😛 But, there’s a reason for my madness. I like to be able to shoot interviews, film action shots from a distance, add in artistic elements, and be able to capture steady ski shots while on the move. I like to have it all and be ready for anything!
The Manfrotto 3N1 is just as versatile as I am. You can store and access your gear from a number of compartments. You can also customize the straps to you liking—choosing from a sling option on the right or left side, crossing the straps to make an “x”, or wearing it like a traditional backpack—with a waist strap to help share the load. With ample padding, this pack offers protection from any bumps along the way. There’s also a tripod connection for times when you need a steady shot.
The modular design is really smart. The top pouch is a great place to store things you want easy access to, like a hat, gloves, or personal items. These days, I’ve been finding it a perfect place to put my GoPros and mounts. There’s a zipper compartment to safely store memory cards, along with additional pockets to stay organized. I even found a space for my selfie stick in the laptop compartment.
The small side pouches are a great place to store for batteries. I like to keep fresh batteries on one side of the pack, and empty batteries on the other side.
The bottom half of the bag is an ideal place to pack your DSLR camera and lenses. There are versatile dividers as well, so you can customize the bag any way you want.
On this adventure, I had the opportunity to test the Manfrotto 3N1’s water repellent fabric as well! And it passed the test!
Sunlight Mountain offers both skiing and snowmobiling tours, so I was able to strap my pack to the back of the seat, and blast off. We zoomed through trails in the forest and experienced pristine fields of powder. My pack got a bit snowy, but it wasn’t a problem. The bag also comes with a protective rain cover to protect your gear from moisture.
The Manfrotto 3N1 was a great companion for this snowy Colorado adventure. It’s a smart choice for situations where you want to stay organized, stay mobile, and be ready for anything. Remember, this bag comes in two sizes, so there’s a great option for any sized adventure ahead.
Here’s a video series I created for Colorado Ski Country featuring some of Colorado’s ski resorts through the eyes of visitors. We travel to beautiful ski like Telluride, Steamboat, Copper Mountain and Winter Park—with more to come!