Finding a good way to carry all your FPV gear can be challenging as many backpacks do not comfortably fit everything. However, the Torvol Quad Pitstop backpack allows you to fit everything FPV related in a durable and comfortable form factor.
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This backpack can get quite heavy when you have all of your gear in it. This may not come as a surprise to some who have carried an FPV backpack before, but the weight sure does add up. However, the backpack was still comfortable enough to be carried for an hour or two on end without any problems. You could definitely go longer than that if needed, but I have only tested it for an hour or two at one time. There is quite a bit of padding on both the straps and the back of the backpack so, it feels quite soft and is not harsh on your shoulders and back. In addition to the backpack shoulder straps, there is a chest strap and a hip strap to make it even more comfortable and hands-free if you are hiking or doing activities where the backpack may fall off easily. One debatable design choice is the way that the drones are mounted on the side. If you happen to leave the propellers on, you may hit your arm on them every once in a while. However, once you get used to the drone being there, it is not much of a problem. This side mounting design also allows you to mount two drones instead of one so it is hard to complain.
What you can fit
- Weight: 2.0 kg
- Dimensions: 31w × 23d × 47h cm
- Internal dimensions: 24w × 19d × 45h cm
- Capacity: 25 L
The Torvol Quad Pitstop Backpack is advertised to fit two drones, a transmitter, goggles, 40 props, 15 batteries, tools, and other accessories. I was personally able to fit all these things, but if you have a large radio, you may have some trouble fitting in all the propellers and batteries. However, everything fits great with a small radio like the Tango 2. With adjustable dividers, you can make almost anything fit well even if it is uniquely shaped. It is also good to note that these dividers and the padding inside the backpack do a great job of keeping your gear safe and undamaged. Do keep in mind, it would be a good idea to remove the props from your drones, unless it is ducted, during long periods of travel, to help the bag fit better in smaller spaces.
Up-close of the fabric and the foam.
The materials in this backpack feel very premium. The foam and fabric both seem very high quality and seem like they will last quite a while. Additionally, all of the zippers are extremely strong and have convenient pull handles. This backpack can definitely take some harsh conditions and abuse. After a few weeks of extensive use, I have had no problems with any wear or breaks in the backpack.
Some unique features of the backpack include a hard rubber bottom to make sure you do not damage the bag when you set it down. There are also adjustable dividers that have strong Velcro and a strong form factor. The dividers also have pockets on the sides to store little gadgets, props, tools, etc. The backpack gets the pitstop name from the inner part of the backpack which folds out when unzipped. This is a great place to fix up drones or even use as a built-in landing pad. In the same area, there is a hard case that has a magnetic bottom so you can keep all of your screws in one place while fixing your drone. During transport, I use it for keeping my ND filters due to the hard nature of the case. Under the pitstop area, there is a cloth part that folds out into a large mat, which provides even more area to work on, sit on or put things on. You can try to take off and land from this spot, but because the cloth extension is light and flimsy you will need some weights or stakes on the ends to make it useble. Like I described earlier, the pitstop area works just fine for a landing pad. There is also a top pouch that can function as a good place to keep quick-access items, like a prop tool, as you do not have to open the whole backpack for access. There are also some side pockets on the backpack where you can put a tripod, props, tools, etc.