(model height 185cm)
"Nowadays, I no longer want a 'camera bag'.
I want a bag that 'fits' into my daily life, accommodating different scenarios, whether it's photography, travel, or work.
Versatility. That's the keyword."
These words came from a Leica Store manager, who shared his personal thoughts with WOTANCRAFT designer Albert Yuan. His words echoed with WOTANCRAFT's own philosophy, to create bags that "make sense" in our daily lives.
And now, WOTANCRAFT will show you what "Versatility" means to us.
"What if, instead of having built-in pockets, iPad compartments, pen slots... etc, we just give people a blank canvas, so they can design their own pocket placement?"
"Interior Module". It's such a simple Velcro hook-and-loop application, we wonder why no one fully cultivated the potentials.
"Modular" concept is derived from military equipments (backpacks & tactical vests), turning sewed-in pockets into independent "module" accessories, so that each person can mount / dismount the right module for the mission at hand.
Most modular designs focus on external modules, but WOTANCRAFT feels that "Interior Modules" are less noticeable, hence more suited for folks who don't wish to look "tactical" in their everyday lives.
WOTANCRAFT spent over 2 years field testing the "Interior Module" concept, refining it till we know it "works" in the long run.
We use medical grade micro-fiber cloth as the Velcro-compatible lining, with enhanced "fiber loop retention".
In addition, we've selected "short hook" injection molded Velcro, as opposed to traditional "long hook" Velcro, to minimize tearing.
This means when you apply & tear velcro pads, WOTANCRAFT bag lining is less likely to develop frizzy surface, therefore the lining can remain cohesive for longer period of time.
You can use WOTANCRAFT modules on ALL velcro compatible bags, including a wide variety of camera bags in the market.
See "OPTIONAL COMBO" menu on the top and bottom of this page for a list of modules available. The lineup of WOTANCRAFT module accessories available will start from basic needs such as SD card pockets, battery pockets, pen pockets, utility pouches... towards more specific requirements that stems from your own personal preference.
WOTANCRAFT's "Interior Module" system doesn't stop here. Tell us what you are looking for, so we can turn it into reality.
The bag includes a default set of camera & lens dividers, suitable for mirrorless camera system (1 body + 3 lenses).
These dividers have symmetric folds, a small detail to make sure that no matter how the bag is compressed, the dividers will remain neatly structured, with shock-resistant padding to safeguard your gear.
Furthermore, when you remove the laptop sleeve, the extended depth allows you to fit full-frame DSLR camera system (1 body + 1 lens).
Pick-pokets are the NO.1 concern people have when travelling abroad. Gererally speaking, they target "conspicuous" and "accessible" looking bags.
At quick glance, you can't really find an accessible pocket to steal on a TROOPER bag. WOTANCRAFT made sure of that.
The side pocket zippers are hidden behind cover, accessed from "your" direction only. YKK water-repellent zippers are used on the side pockets, the tough seal of the zippers mean that you will definitely "feel it" if anyone is trying to open it.
The side pocket space on the TROOPER bag is "angled", meaning that it extends around the corner, to the front of the bag.
This is an ingenious idea by designer Albert to maximize pocket space, allowing you to stuff items "deeper" in the pocket.
Even when you fill up the pockets, it will still look like the bag is being over-packed and protruded from the inside. People might not even realize there are side pockets.
Here's a true story from our trip across Europe. When Albert himself was passing baggage check at the Fiumicino airport in Rome, X-Ray picked up a bottled water in the TROOPER L size bag, which Albert forgot to take out.
The inspector took over 3 minutes to examine the content of the bag, and grew more confused about where the bottle could possibly be hidden in, before Albert realized what was going on and took the bottle out from the side pocket (and apologized).
Embarassing as the story may be, it's awesome knowing that WOTANCRAFT has created "invisible pockets".
As Leica M users, WOTANCRAFT is always aware that "zipperless" bags are the preferred option, to avoid even the slightest possibility of gear scuffing.
However, as bag makers, we never could ignore that most zipperless flap designs "don't close properly at the sides".
We wanted to mix "roll-top" security and "zipperless" convenience. And now, Albert Yuan finally made it happen.
WOTANCRAFT's "Seashell Flap" reveals designer Albert's genius in cutting percision, a round opening that closes up neatly, no redundant folds and creases.
The curved, tapered flap wraps all the way to the left and right edges, so the sides are gap-free when flap is closed, just as you would expect from a "roll top" flap design.
As the flap closes, a "threshold" lowers to cover up 1/3 of the bag opening, and the overlapping main flap secures the remaining 2/3.
Remember, this is all done with "one single flap", and executed without complication.
"Seashell Flap" has 2 sets of magnets embedded at the left and right edges, to better ensure a tight edge closure.
The perfect alignment of flap cutting allows the magnets to close with straight forward "clicks". They don't miss.
When you reach for your gear, the "Seashell Flap" opening is just as convenient as any other bag with zipperless opening.
A back pocket is useful to access your map, notebook, pen and printed itinerary, so that you don't have to open and close your bag all the time.
Every traveler knows that "shoulder comfort" is a key factor to a satisfactory journey.
We use thick layer of "Latex foam" to create our ideal shoulder pad, which costs 6 times more than regular EVA foam, to recreate the pressure-alleviating sensation you may get from a memory foam Latex bed or pillow.
Imagine a piece of military grade Cordura © fabric, without the synthetic glossiness and look more like cotton fabric, while capable of gradually developing water-washed fading effect.
This idea drove WOTANCRAFT into years of research, and finally in 2014 we came up with the W.A.L waxed canvas, replacing the previous heavy cotton-based wax canvas we used on bags.
Unlike most Cordura © based bags, WOTANCRAFT bag owners can enjoy the process of "bag aging".
The surface wax coating will develop scuff and crease marks with every usage, and throughout the years of using W.A.L canvas bags, we found out by surprise that the bag wears into a "cotton fabric bag" look.
The surface of the woven fiber offer uneven chance of wax grinding, the wax substance caught within the weave cavity will have different color depth against the wax that are physically ground.
This gives the W.A.L canvas surface a "denim-like" water washed color pattern with prolonged usage.
W.A.L stands for the 3 key functional features of the fabric:
The underside of the fabric is laminated with highly cohesive PU (Polyurethane), which stops the water particles even when they seep through the Cordura © fabric surface, so that they evaporate with time.
In addition, the surface of the fabric is treated with wax layer, so that water drops will be temporarily blocked and be shaken / wiped off.
The wax layer also narrows the stitching holes on the fabric, minimizing the chances of water entering the other side.
Even since its invention in WWII, Cordura © has always been the NO.1 choice of military surplus manufacturers to create "abrasion-resistant" gear, and many of the US military surplus uses features of the Cordura © fabric as the general standard.
The Cordura © 500D that WOTANCRAFT uses can sustain physical abrasion and scuffing from natural environments, as well as scratching from metal objects such as generic keys.
The ultra toughness of the fabric weaving also ensures that the fabric doesn't extend and tear open from the seam stitches due to heavy duty carrying.
From the first generation WOTANCRAFT bags that use 100% cotton waxed canvas, we have listened and integrated the feedback from photographers worldwide, making "lightweight" a top priority in designing our new bags.
The Cordura © 500D fabric we use is 50% lighter than the previous cotton waxed canvas, while providing way superior toughness and durability.
We use the iconic WOTANCRAFT battle-distressed cowhide leather as accent for this bag.
The oil tanning process gives this leather more pliability, as well as providing an unique aesthetic effect:
When you bend the leather, the oil among the leather fibers will be squeezed and shift, causing the surface to manifest a temporary dual-tone color.
Such characteristic is called the "Pull-Up effect", which greatly enhanced the vintage look of the leather.
Pull-up effect color creases, aging potential from vegetable-tanning, and coupled with the skin pores and distresses of thick full-grain leather...
these remarkable features give the leather a "vintage soul", which is like nothing you've seen in common chrome-tanned leather materials.
The beauty of this leather is its potential to "mature", thus creating a very personal piece of history, which is something we came to appreciate in faded raw denim and broken-in leather boots.
WOTANCRAFT knew from our camera bag making history that to build a reliable heavy duty bag, the generic poly or cotton based thread simply wouldn't hold.
We've adapted the "Bonded Nylon" thread, a thread type based off the ultra tough Nylon 6.6 fiber with protective coating, capable of sustaining chemical and elemental corrosion, and commonly used on leather products that needs to sustain use and abuse, such as leather boots or saddles.
Coupled with the tear-resistant Cordura © 500D, we make all our bags into workhorse bags, welcoming the challenge of various usage scenarios.
Compare a TROOPER to other bags out there, you will notice that it has a sophisticated "balance": the TROOPER looks low-key, unobtrusive... and yet, it stands out to you unlike any other.
It has everything you need, possibly more with upcoming expansion of the "Interior Module" system, and it definitely gets better with age.
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Interior: 17 x 11 x 20 cm
Exterior: 23 x 13.5 x 21 cm
Back pocket: 17 x 16 cm
Left & right side pocket access: 14 cm
± 0.7 kg
vegetable tanned cowhide leather
W.A.L waxed canvas (Cordura © 500D based)
Medical grade micro-fiber lining
Zinc alloy & brass hardware, with vintage finish
bronze YKK Zippers with rustproof coating
high-density EVA foam padding (for bag & dividers)
Latex doam padding (for shoulder pad)
main bag x1
dividers, large x1
dividers, small x1
detachable shoulder strap x1
detachable shoulder pad x1
cotton dustproof bag x1