Aero Speed Pack 75 vs. Army Fuel Truck

As I’ve said before, we love hearing about how our bags help keep your gear safe in the most unforeseen circumstances; like when your Honda Pilot gets tangled up with an army fuel truck and your camera gear is thrown from the car through a shattered rear window at highway speed as your roll end over end. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident, but what about the camera gear? Read on to find out!

I’ve owned this backpack for two years and have always been very happy with it. Recently I’ve become even happier.

On August 17, 2012, my family and I were heading from Portage Michigan to Madison Wisconsin to attend a wedding. Early in our trip my wife, who was driving, pulled into the left lane of the highway to pass an Army tractor-trailer fuel tanker. As we were passing, the driver of the tanker made a sharp left turn into our lane. My wife swerved left in an attempt to miss the truck, but it didn’t work: the right front of our vehicle hit the front of the truck. According to witnesses, we went airborne and rolled four times before we stopped. We were stunned and bruised, but okay.

Car Accident 1

The Honda Pilot minutes after the accident.

After we got out of the car, and got some semblance of understanding for what had happened, I began looking at the trail of debris our car had left on the highway. My heart sank when I saw my backpack sitting in the median. It had been behind the rear seats of our Honda Pilot. It must have been tossed out of the rear (shattered) window. I had my Nikon D700, several lenses, a flash, and a portable hard drive in it. I feared for the worst but, when I opened it and began to look around I saw all the items were unscathed. I used the camera to take a few quick shots of the accident, and everything functioned perfectly.

Car Accident 2

Here you can see the army fuel truck and the shattered rear window of the Honda Pilot through which Lee’s Speed Pack 75 took flight.

So I commend you, and thank you, for building such a quality product. I’ve told several people about this, and will continue to sing your company’s praises. I thought you should know too.

Lee D. W.

 

Thanks so much, Lee, for sending in your story along with the pictures to illustrate it! If any of you readers have a similar story, feel free to send it to us!

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