You have spent over 1000 bucks on your new Mavic Pro and you want to make sure it stays in good shape. So, you need a bag, right?
But what kind of bag should you get?
In this review I am going to cover all the types of bags (backpacks, cases) you can get for the Mavic Pro, including the pros and cons of each. After all, no one person is the same, so your needs are different. And knowing what your options are for carrying a Mavic is crucial to making the right decision!
At the end of this review you will know exactly which bag is right for you and your Mavic drone and the money you want to spend.
Let's jump right in...
Polar Pro DroneTrekker Backpack
Polar Pro are drone specialists, so it will come as no suprise that this is one of the better Mavic drone bags options on this list.
The Dronetrekker Backpack was originally designed for the Phantom 4, but it is so well designed it can be used for almost any drone, DSLR or GoPro camera.
The inside is made up of fully adjustable padded velcro-attached dividers that allow you to put anything almost anywhere. So, no matter what drone or accessories you have, it will go in this pack. Plus a whole lot more. There hass tonnes of space too! (just check out the picture opposite). No holding back on Mavic Pro accessories :>
But this is not just a mavic pro case, it is also a very well designed backpack.
It comes with fully adjustable shoulder straps, as well as hip and sternum straps, just like any good hiking backpack.
On top of all that, there are quite a few "above all others" extras like:
- Tripod strap on the rear
- Interior padded sleeve for laptop or ipad
- Pockets and mesh on the sides (for water or other stuff)
- Stored rain cover that you can take out and fully protect your pack (while hiking) when it starts to rain!
This really is the top of the line drone case, because it does everything a great case will do for your Mavic but is also an awesome backpack too. Sure, it costs a bit more, but if you are going out with your drone a lot, especially on foot, it is well worth it.
- Size: 14 x 10 x 16 inches
- Weight: 3 lb / 1.36 kg
- Fully adjustable interior dividers for just about anything you need
- Laptop/ipad padded sleeve
- Pro hikers backback with straps etc
- Tripod mount on back
- This is really the all in one drone backpack
- Difficult to use for just carry things (other than drone or camera gear)
- A more expensive mavic case, but well worth it if you hike and walk alot
ViewPoint BP 250 From Lowepro
The ViewPoint from Lowepro is a well designed allrounder when it comes to carrying photography and drone gear.
The idea is quite simple: a great backpack with separate gear boxes (with adjustable interior dividers). So, you can chop and change what you carry - easily. Get one gear case for your drone, one for your camera, and one for your GoPro.
This is a super flexible system.
And the cases are easy to insert through a handy side pocket at the bottom of the pack! (see image opposite)
But wait, there's more (sorry I had to say that :>).
The top section of the pack comes with some handy interior pockets for cables and cards. And the back of the pack has a zippered sleeve for a laptop and ipad.
There is also
- Tripod holder and strap on the rear
- Side pockets for water, or a mini-tripod
- Front pocket for more gear
- Hip strap that is able to be hidden away
I am seriously thinking about getting this one as it is so flexible. You can use it as a day pack, a hiking pack, carry your Mavic Pro (and gear) or GoPro and gear or another camera. All you need are the separate cases for each (small for GoPro, large for a Drone or more)
This pack is also pretty darn slim, so great for traveling and fitting it in overheads or under your sear!
- Size: 17.9 x 12 x 5.7 inches
- Weight: 2.75 lb / 1.3 kg
- Completely flexible system
- Backpack and gear carrier all in one
- Lots of detail with the photographer and traveler in mind
- All the features you need to store your gear
- You need to buy the cases to store your gear (but it provides flexibility)
BASSTOP Portable Handhold Storage Carrying Case Shoulder Bag
The Basstop Shoulder Bag is one of the best all-round solutions for a carry bag for your Mavic and all the related accessories.
No matter how many little extras you have, this baby should do the job.
The drone fits vertically inside the padded/adjustable interior sections. As does the controller.
There is space for two extra batteries in the outside pockets.
An ipad or phone can fit in the side pocket.
There is also plenty of other space for your chargers inside the carry on (which you can see in the image above).
The padded dividers are great for adjusting to your specific needs, because some of you will want to pack the drone or controller separately.
The last thing you might want to store is some extra propellers or other cables, and the side pockets are great for those!
Another cool thing about this bag is that you can either just carry it by the handle or use the adjustable shoulder strap that comes with the bag (which you can see in the picture opposite).
All in all, a simple, relatitvely cheap and well designed bag for all your Mavic pro needs.
- Size: 13.6 x 9.1 x 6.1 inches
- Weight: 9.6 ounces / 270g
- Well protected interior for the mavic and controller
- Lots of different options for storing all your accessories
- Separate pockets for batteries and ipad/phone
- One of the more reasonably priced options on the market
- Not so comfortable for long-haul carrying as it is shoulder or handle only
- Difficult to fit anything else in the bag if you are traveling
Powerextra Shoulder Bag
The case is hard and the foam is very dense, so I suspect this will suffer some punishment before harming anything inside.
Also, because it does not have lots of space taking padding (but hard foam instead) this case is actually quite small. Some of the buyers say it can easily fit inside an existing backpack (see measurements below) and easily in a case or carry-on for travel.
This one is quite a bit heavier than the Basstop because the foam is more dense and compact. This case is more for those wanting to save the space (it's about 2 inches shorter). They both fit the same amount of things (except for the phone/tablet).
- Size: 11.4 x 8.3 x 4.3 inches
- Weight: 1.3 pounds / 600g
- Very sturdy and durable for protecting your mavic drone and accessories
- Compact and easy to fit into other bags or packs
- Fits almost everything you need for a day or flying
- Quite heavy (the trade off for space and protection)
- Only fits the drone parts and cables, no extra space for laptop/ipad if you carry one.
Philonext DJI Mavic Pro & Controller Hardcases
The Philonext hardcases are for those of you who just want a way to protect your Mavic and it's controller. Nothing more.
It's ideal for anyone who wants to carry the drone and controller inside another case or backpack, but just wants to be sure they won't get damaged.
These remind me of my sunglasses case for Oakleys. The exterior is quite hard with a dotted pattern, and the interior is soft and a little padded to protect whatever you put inside there.
In this case, both hard cases are specifically sized and shaped to snuggly fit the drone and controller, with nice holes for the controller paddles too.
Philonext Hardcases for Mavic Pro & Controller
- Mavic Body Case: Dimensions: 8.5 in x 4.5 in x 3.5 in, Weight: 6 oz
- Mavic Controller Case: Dimensions: 6.5 in x 4 in x 2.5 in., Weight: 3 oz
- Hard protected case with soft protective interior
- Light and cost effective
- Can be used with any other bag you are carrying when you travel (due to what little extra space it takes on top of the drone)
- Only protects the drone and controller
- No space for anything extra
- Adds no level or organization to the rest of your accessories (which you will surely have)
Which Mavic Pro Case Should You Buy?
I have tried to provide a broad range of case and backpack types here so you can choose exactly the one for you.
If you are just looking for protection for your drone, and will carry it in other bags, then Philonext Hard Cases are the way to go.
The Basstop and Powerextra are the next level as shoulder bags, that protect everything and carry all your accessories too. But, they are not great for carry stuff long haul (when you need to hike in).
The two backpacks are both awesome, but server different people I believe. The Lowepro ViewPoint is more of a travelers backpack and provides lots more flexibility with what you can carry.
The Polar Pro DroneTrekker is all about drones (it is designed by drone pros). It is also pretty flexible with what it can carry, but it seems bulkier (so less for air travel) and also it is hard to empty it of dividers to use for anything other than as a drone/camera backpack. So, if you want it for drone stuff only - it's a great solution.
So, with all of those different purposes in mind, you should be able to choose one!
Let me know in the comments if you have an even better option that I have missed.