It’s been almost 1 year since Auline released their first FPV Backpack. Over the last 12 months, they took in a lot of suggestions and finally released the V2. In this review I will compare the new version to the original and see what they have improved on.
Where to Buy?
The official price of the new Auline V2 FPV backpack stays the same as the V1 at $199. These are affiliate links, I get a small commission if you buy from these links, no extra cost to you. It’s just an easy way to support me.
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It comes with a bunch of dividers, removable waist support and a rain cover.
Do You Really Need an FPV Backpack?
If you go flying often, definitely yes.
FPV Backpacks are extremely useful because they are designed specifically for storing typical FPV gear. Sure, you can just use any ordinary backpack, but they are not going to be as efficient and convenient to use for FPV stuff. And they usually lack the necessary padding on the outside to protect your gear if you drop it.
I even use my FPV backpack as a permanent storage for my gear, and just leave everything inside when I am at home. Only take things out when needed, no need to empty any of it or reorganizing it every time I go out and fly.
I have been really enjoying the original Auline FPV backpack (V1), I can carry all my tools, goggles, remote, a bunch of spare props, as well as up to 5 quads with it! The V2 is just gonna be better with some improvements. Wondering what gear I use? Check out this post.
Specs and Features
- Chest and Waist Straps for Load Distribution
- Water-resistant with Exterior Rain Fly
- Magnetic Buckles and Strong Zippers
- 8 Velcro Removable Interior Dividers
- Adjustable Chest support Buckle Position
- Laptop pouch on the back – 38cm Maximum Opening
- Reinforced Stitching
- Mult-Layer Material
- 22.5 Liter Capacity
- Dedicated Transmitter pouch
- Weight: 2.45Kg
- Waist supports with Hip Pouches
Closer Look at the Auline FPV Backpack V2
I have used the V1 for almost a year now and it still looks almost like new. Auline continues to use the same durable materials and strong design in the V2, hopefully it will last a long time as well.
There are four main things Auline upgraded in the V2 in my opinion:
- Stronger magnets in the buckles
- Bigger side pockets
- Upgraded module dividers
- Stronger Sewing
Apart from these, the two versions look almost identical. In fact I was having a hard time to tell them apart. Here are some side by side comparisons between the V1 and V2, see if you can tell which is which? I will tell the answer below.
The side pouches are larger in the V2.
The one on the left is the V1, on the right is the V2.
The design is identical as you can see. The overall size and weight are also very similar.
There are still four magnetic straps on the front for strapping your quads.
I am not a big fan of the buckle design in the V1 because they can be easily released by accident when you bump the side of the buckle. Unfortunately they didn’t change the design in the V2, but they made the magnets in the buckles stronger, it’s slightly more secure now.
On the right, there are two zipper pouches.
They both have pockets inside, so when you open them, things don’t fall out.
On the left, you have a pocket with a buckle strap. You can use this for things like tripod and water bottle. I personally use it to keep my foldable 3-legged stool.
There’s a big zipper pouch too.
In the back, there’s a pouch for your laptop, fits my 14″ laptop well. Auline claims it’s big enough for a 16″ laptop. They also provide removable padded waist support strap (with zipper pouches). I personally don’t have the need for it, but I think they are great for long distance hiking.
Inside the backpack, you have a massive space to play with. You can organize it however you want with the 8 dividers provided. I just keep things simple and only use one. Here is my DJI FPV goggles and three 5″ drones with propellers mounted on. I wish they would provide a velcro strap, which would be handy to hold my quads down and not move around when walking.
On both sides there are hidden zipper pouches as well.
The top compartment is a dedicated storage for the radio transmitter, which is a snug fit for full size radios like the TX16S. There’s a velcro strap to keep the radio from moving.
The rain cover keeps your gear dry.
I really liked the V1 and they just made it better with the V2.
Wish the buckles had a new design, but still happy that the magnets are stronger now and less likely to undo by mistake. Side pouches are bigger. Sawing are stronger.
Apart from that, not much has changed for me when it comes to carrying it on my back. Totally comfortable, no complaint there. However, it’s quite a tall backpack, if you put anything heavy in the top compartment, it can feel top heavy when you walk and might wobble a bit. In that case you could use the chest strap (as well as the waist support) for stabilization. Not a deal breaker.
The same durable material is used in the V2, so it should last a long time like the V1.
Update 20 Sep 2022
Auline kindly sent some images over to point out a couple of changes they made in the V2 that I didn’t mentioned in the post, which I honestly didn’t realize it during review.