F-stop’s Tilopa BC Video Review

I made the big decision to purchase an F-stop Tilopa BC camera backpack for my trip to help coach Trey Ratcliff’s  New Zealand Photo Adventure in February, 2013. I made this move at the last minute, with barely enough time to get the bag in time. In the process, I had a huge quandary over whether to go with the Loka model, or the slightly larger Tilopa BC. After much hemming and hawing, I went Tilopa… and in this video, talk about some of the things I discovered, enjoyed and how I used it along the way.
Oh yeah… there’s also a special guest appearance by Trey toward the end. Fun! 🙂

6 thoughts on “F-stop’s Tilopa BC Video Review

  1. Hi!
    I have been looking into the Tilopa bag myself. Two questions: they come in two colors one is black and the other is ‘forest’ but in the video review you did Trey’s bag looked more light grey. Is the non black color green or grey? finally, can you talk to the people over at f stop and get some sort of coupon code for all the people that cannot afford a 400$ bag? even 10% off would be super cool.

    1. Hi Mohammad!
      Trey’s bag is an older model – from what I understand they don’t make that color anymore. (I don’t actually work for the company, so am just going by what I was told) It was called “stone mist” or something like that.

      As for the coupon, wouldn’t that be nice? I’d love it if they offered a code, but as far as I know, at present they don’t do that. I asked around, but ended up paying full fare myself.

  2. Hi Karen,
    Thank you so much for your detailed review! I’m in the exact same position trying to decide between the Loka and the Tilopa.and your information is so helpful! My one question is how tall are you? I’m trying to figure out if the Tilopa will be slightly too large since I am only 5’2”. Thanks for the video; it is great to see how it fits on a woman’s frame!

    1. Hey Christina, glad the info is helpful. I agonized before my trip, so I was hoping it might help someone else in a similar switch.
      I’m 5’6″… and short waisted. My height is more in my legs. Varina Patel is 5’4″ and longer waisted… check out one of her videos where you get a glance at how the Loka looks when its on here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5F_kjg1-Lmo. Since the Loka and Tilopa are the same length/height (top to bottom I mean), that might help. I’m not 100% sure show much of a difference torso length variances matter, but at least you can get some kind of idea!
      You can also call F-stop to ask what they’d recommend. I did that before I bought mine- they are SUPER helpful! Tell ’em I sent you. :))

    1. Thanks Joe! It’s definitely a great bag – and was a fun review to do! Trey’s my favorite sidekick. hehheh.

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