Built for rugged outdoor photo adventures, the Borealis combines the protection and organization of a camera bag with the comfort and efficiency of a technical backpack. On the trails, slopes, and far off lands, it offers the best of both worlds for any camera intensive pursuit.

The outdoors can be hard on your camera gear. Whether you’re heading out for a shoot, or just bringing your camera gear along, the Borealis is the DSLR camera backpack built to move smoothly and safely through the backcountry. With separate camera and laptop compartments, extra storage space for your 10 essentials, and an included waterproof rain cover, the camera pack keeps your gear accessible while taking on the elements.

As part of the Andy Mann Signature Series, the Borealis was tested in some of the Earth's harshest climates. Mountainsmith pro and forerunner in the world of adventure film and ocean conservation photography, co-designer Andy Mann is an experienced climber, diver, and arctic explorer whose imagery is helping tell the story of our rapidly changing planet. His adventures take him to all 7 continents for National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, and more. Learn more about Andy here.


  • Bottom panel clamshell opening
  • Side-access padded laptop compartment (Fits most 17.0” screens)
  • Padded compartment with internal dividers for custom camera carry
  • Padded waistbelt with zippered pocket
  • Two main organizational panel pockets (1 with tablet carry sleeve)
  • Side panel pocket with zip out bottom for tripod and light stand carry
  • Side compression straps for accessory carry and load stabilization
  • Front accessory pocket
  • Removable rain cover
  • Hidden pocket in upper panel of laptop compartment for location device tracker such as TILE™


  • 610d CORDURA® HP
  • 630d Nylon Carbonate w/ water resistant coating
  • 210d Nylon Liner
  • YKK® Zippers


  • 22” x 13” x 11.75” (H x W x D)


  • 2136 in3 / 35 L/li>
  • Capacity: Up to 45 lbs / 20.4 kgs


  • 5 lbs 10 oz / 2.6 kgs