Boris IV

(9 customer reviews)

$ 500.50

The photo rucksack for all your trips.

We made the Boris big enough to fit an 800mm tele (without camera mounted, of course) and still complies to the regulations for all airlines to take it with you as in-cabin hand luggage.

The box-model is very convenient and will give you plenty of room for a lot of gear. While the inside is fully velcro-looped, the dividers (11 in 3 sizes) and the removable pouches (5 in two sizes) gives you all the possible freedom to fit it to your gear.

The pack sports two large compartments and is opening on the backside to keep your carrying system clean and dry and to have very easy access.

The backpack will be delivered with a nylon bag for storage and other purposes – you wil find a use for it anyway.

New for the Boris IV

We improved the over-all design on quite some points.

  • The grips are bigger and more comfortable. Even with winter-mittens there is no problem to grab the bag.
  • We changed the dividers and added a big-lens support and a flexible divider.
  • The front pocket is redesigned to a very flat design but lots of room for maps, food, gloves or as temporary storage for a laptop.
  • There are no fixed straps on the outside anymore. We added the straps as accessories and we made 16 spots to attach something to the outside; tripod, jacket, poles…
  • The belt is now (proudly) equipped with a CobraBuckle from AustriAlpin. This is the best buckle – period.

Additional Information

Weight 2.9 kg

Big front pocket, two side pockets, 5 velcro see-through pockets inside


12 velcro dividers in 3 different sizes and colours, a big lens support and a flex divider.


A black nylon rain cover, two webbing straps and two quick clips for attaching accessories and a tripod.
A full-size sack for storage and travel.

The sizes of Boris are within the regulations of most airliners. Most of the time the weight will be more of a point of discussion. This is and always will be a fact of life. It’s up to your diplomatic behaviour – there is no way to tell up forehand what will happen.

If you wonder why the outer/inner size of depth of the bag differs so much more than the outer/inner size of the height: we have added the size of the shoulder straps and hip belt to be secure.

The front pocket is 45cm x 35cm and is not padded.

Since the bag is made of fabric and foam and not from plywood, these sizes have some margin. If you wonder if your gear will fit in – feel free to ask.

Size (cm) Height Width Depth






17 + 17


9 reviews for Boris IV

  1. Kim Biledgaard (verified owner)

    The best backpack I have ever owned!
    It holds a lot of gear and the dividers inside can be set up in many flexible ways. In addition I use the Klingon pouches for extra flexibility. But the best thing is the ease that this backback can be carried around for long periods, even with for example a 600 mm, a 100-400 plus 2 camerabodies etc. Boris just fits on my back and distributes the weight in a way, so not even my sometimes troublesome back is in pain

  2. Vincent Van der Beken

    Bought myself the Boris as I was in search for a backpack that was an upgrade to the one I was using at that time.
    Thx to Foto Coudenys, dealer of a few brands of backpacks, whom introduced me to the Boris.
    Took it to Africa on his maiden trip and never looked back. The backpack typically holds:
    2x large Nikon bodies
    1x Nikon 500mm f/4 lens
    1x Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens
    1x Nikon 105mm f/2.8 macro
    2x Nikon battery charger
    and the usual small stuff such as spare batteries, GPS’s for the bodies, memory cards, …

    So, Boris is now my loyal travel companion 🙂

  3. Fabio Vitali – Not Ordinary Wild

    during my travels i try a lot of backpacks or photographic trolleys , they never satisfied me at 100%
    Boris IV is the best solution ive ever tryed, perfect for flights restriction and big enough to put inside a 500 f/4 a 300 f/2.8, two pro bodys and much more stuff.

    i can say i definitely find my travel companion !

  4. Tom Dyring Wildphoto

    I`ve had the pleasant opportunity to test out the Boris IV photo backpack. For me a photo backpack is first of all an important issue when it comes to travelling & flights (in the field I often use bigger & more complex gear), … and since I travel a lot and check-in crew on airports all over the world get more focused & more grumpy about oversized & overweight hand luggage, it is essential to get as much as possible of my precious gear into the hand luggage and at the same time make it look as “small” as possible. Compared with my old and honestly indestructible Lovepro Pro Trekker AW III, which is basically the same size as the Boris, I can in fact get MORE stuff into the Boris compared with the Lowepro. The reason for this is most of all the simple fact that the Boris IV`s square corners allow more load than the slightly rounded Lowepro. Believe me : the difference is remarkable ! On top of this the Boris looks tighter and less over-volumed in the overhead lockers … and there are (hopefully) no more conflicts with flight crews.

    The zip-openings from the backpacks back-side give super easy and quick access to the gear. It is easy to carry, well balanced, light and with good design. My new favourite for fight projects !

  5. Bert Van der Krieken

    We, my wife and I, really do like the stuff of MrJanGear. Not due to his blue eyes! We’re more on the practical side. We have a lot of (photo)gear and do travel a lot around the globe; we’re constantly in need of space and sturdiness of backpacks, water tight bags, trolleys, …that complies with the airline regulations!
    Over the years we bought a lot of backpacks. 2 years ago we purchased some Gura Gear …not bad, but too small in order to carry the max of gear with us. Last year we met a guy at Andenes, Norway who he had a Boris… a backpack that opens lightning fast on the backside in order to keep the carrying belts clean. It has 2 compartments with way of space and plenty of dividers. No problem for our 500mm lenses, 100-400mm, 70-200mm, 2 body’s and still complies as in-cabin luggage…
    In the mean time, and this due to the sturdiness and the reliability of Mr. Jan Gears’ material, we own 2 Borisses, 2 Bergrisar Trolleys, 2 lens carrier systems, some lens pouches and even a floating hide combo! Bravo Jan!

  6. Olivier GUTFREUND

    J’ai acquis ce sac il y a peu. J’ai réussi à mettre tout mon matériel dont un 500 mm. La qualité de construction est parfaite et robuste. Je suis hyper satisfait de mon achat.

  7. Pieterjan dHondt

    Strong and sturdy camera bag, the best, most versatile and roomiest bag I’ve ever seen and used! Very happy with the purchase. Keep the good stuff coming Mr Jan Gear!

  8. Pierre Nowosad

    The best backpack I ever had , I recommend him to my friends Jan!!

  9. Martin Steenhaut

    The perfect bag with amazing space, I carry 2 bodies + 600mm + 200-500mm + binoculars + small lenses + accessories, and this all fits!! Perfect for travelling as it fits the hand luggage dimensions. And important for people like me with back problems… it carries so easy, even with heavy load, due to its good design that I can walk around with it for hours. After searching for years and trying almost every brand, THIS IS THE ONE, just perfect. Thanks JAN!

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