Clik Elite™ 2011: Adventure Photography’s Best Gets Better

Performance packs for adventure photographers - new and updated for 2011.
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St. George, UT – Only two years old, Clik Elite™ already is the leader in performance packs for adventure photographers. And, with the launch of thirteen new products and updates to ten more, they are pulling farther and farther ahead.

The backcountry is where Clik was born. Adventure photographers need gear that protects and secure photography equipment, yet easily travels the difficult trails and terrain that lead to the shot.High peaks to low desert – Clik goes there.

One new backcountry pack is the Bottle Rocket (msrp $210). Built to move, the innovative LightWave™ back panel contours to your back and supports the load while delivering freedom of movement and superior ventilation. Photo gear is protected in the large, padded camera bay with adjustable components to cradle and cushion lenses, camera bodies, and other gear. Two insulated side-pockets tote the included stainless-steel water bottles, or a couple more lenses. An 850 cubic-inch top compartment holds the trail essentials – jacket, first aid kit, food, and extra clothing layers. A hydration sleeve can accommodate a 3-liter bladder (not included), and the tuck-away rainfly shields from the weather. Organizer pockets keep memory cards, cables, energy bars, and small gear accessible, and a stretch-mesh stash pocket outside keeps essentials at the ready.

The Venture 30 and 35 ($245/$260) are built for the quick haul. Hiking, skiing, riding, running – these go where the shot lives. The padded camera bay with adjustable cradles keeps gets the photo gear to remote locations intact and ready to shoot. The packs’ upper compartments carry the gear needed for a day on the trail; and the advanced harness system and hip-belt get that gear there comfortably. Organizer pockets keep the important little things ready, and side pockets hold a water bottle or light stand.

Trail or travel - the Reporter ($120) is true hybrid – a marriage of the classic photographers’ sling bag and a stable, day-hikers’ waist pack. Mobile and versatile, the Reporter securely carries a probody camera and multiple lenses. And additional pouches (sold separately) attach to the waist belt to tote even more equipment. Expensive gear is protected by Clik’s padded, modular camera bay. Adjustable separators and cradles let photographers customize their layout. An internal sleeve secures and protects a netbook or iPad, and internal organizers hold media cards, cables, and other important accessories.

Sometimes the shot lives in the city. Clik Elite™ has an extensive line of travel packs for photographers who find adventure everywhere. The Jetpack 15 ($135) is a compact version of the popular Jetpack 17. Modular padded dividers let you create the system that works for the gear you carry – bodies, lenses, flashes – and keep it all protected and secure. A sleeve holds a 15” laptop so you can be studio-ready anywhere, and accessory pockets keep the little things organized. Carry a water bottle in the mesh side pocket, and a zippered stash pockets holds those random need-it-now items. Carries as a comfortable pack, or an easily accessible sling bag. Rugged enough for globe-hopping travel with a look that’s streamlined and urbane.

Bhutan? Manhattan? Yosemite Valley? The kids in the park?The new Magnesian ($120/$140/$160) bags travel anywhere with the right equipment to catch the shot. Three sizes, six colors, and all Clik – these combine the traditional camera bag with fully-featured innovation. Each features the protective security of Clik’s adjustable, padded camera bay. Modular panels and lens-cradles let each photographer create their own system to protect what they carry – bodies, lenses, and accessories. A zippered inner cover adds more protection. The magnetic closure closes quickly, holds incredibly securely, and releases with a twist of the anodized aluminum knob. Born to travel – the shoulder strap is cushioned with the comfortable air-cell pad, and an ingenious sleeve lets you slide the Magnesian onto the handle of your rolling luggage for easy riding, curbside to departure gate.

Bring the studio on the next adventure. The new Volt ClikStand™ ($425) pulls double duty as a supportive pack frame and mobile equipment stand. The Volt’s pack body holds it all – bodies, lenses, lighting – securely in the padded, customizable bays. When you reach the shot, unfold the ClikStand, mount lights and camera, and you are ready for action.

New accessories include the Micro and Infinity Cases for 4/3 and point-and-shoot cameras, a Memory Card Valet to easily organize media storage, and the Square Filter Valet.

Some updates to existing products for 2011 include a tip-out tripod sling on several packs, a dual-access top pocket on the Escape, an integrated rain cover and new internal organizer panel on the Compact Sportand Probody Sport, improved harnesses on the Pro Elite and Pro Express, rain covers on all three Chest Packs, and re-designed organization systems in the Traveler and Jetpack 17.

Contact: Michael Blosser - m.blosser@clikelite.com

About Clik Elite: Based in Utah’s rugged canyon country, Clik Elite was founded in 2008 by a team of outdoor industry professionals. They make a complete line of innovative performance packs for adventure photographers that are the culmination of 25 years of experience designing and building packs for adventure racers, emergency medics, outdoor extremists, and photographers. See the line and learn more at: www.clikelite.com.

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