Billingham Pola Stowaway Pouch
Billingham Pola Stowaway Pouch
- Made of a 3-layer waterproof material
- Real, full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather
- Solid brass fixings
- Individual serial number
- 5-year manufacturers guarantee
- Made in England
Great for Travel
Perfect pouch for travel and everyday use - space for tickets, passport, phone, etc as well as a small camera or binoculars.
The Pola Stowaway certainly won't fit a DSLR but it will fit smaller cameras such as a mirrorless with a short lens, small fixed lens camera, or rangefinder. See a list of example cameras and binoculars below.
About the Main Compartment...
The main compartment is padded on all 4 sides, plus the base. This makes it ideal to protect your equipment whilst traveling.
For ease of access, the compartment features a double zip.
The Pola Stowaway (and Airline Stowaway and Compact Stowaway) have plenty of pockets.
A zip down the side of the bag gives you access to a pocket that's ideal for a passport. The zip on the front flap is perfect for a memory card.
Another Front Pocket
Under the front flap is another deep dump pocket.
Removable Shoulder Sling
Adjust the removable shoulder sling to your height or remove it completely if you wish!
Two stitched belt loops on the back to allow your hands to keep free when traveling or out in the field.
Just behind the belt loops is a deep dump pocket.
The Airline is taller than the Compact, and the Pola is wider than the Compact.
Do I need a Shoulder Pad?
The shoulder pad isn't essential but can stop the strap from digging into your shoulder if you're carrying heavy gear inside the bag. It can also reduce the chances of the bag slipping off your shoulder. If you do buy a shoulder pad remember only the 'SP10' size fits.
Make sure to choose the color to match your bag!
What Does It Fit?
- A rangefinder camera (e.g. Leica M9 with a small lens attached) with space for a passport, tickets, memory card, phone etc.
- A small mirrorless camera (e.g. Olympus E-PL10, Canon EOS M200, Sony A6000, Fujifilm X-A7 with a small lens attached) with space for a passport, tickets, glasses case memory card, smartphone etc.
- A small fixed lens camera (e.g. Fujifilm X100F, Sony RX100 VII, Leica D-Lux 7 etc) with space for a passport, tickets, Nintendo 3DS, memory card, phone etc.
- Small-to-medium binoculars (e.g. Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 10x42 or ZEISS Victory SF 10x42) with space for passport, tickets, glasses case, iPhone etc.
- Can be used to carry small-to-medium-sized binoculars - just double-check their size against the internal dimensions of the bag.
Can you attach dividers inside this bag?
No. The inside of this bag is made with a sheer fabric - therefore it is not possible to attach any of Billingham's Velcro® dividers inside.
However the Pola can fit some of the smaller SuperFlex Partitions inside - the 6-12, 6-15 and 7-15 sizes will fit. Please check the sizes carefully in the diagram halfway down that page - the position of the middle divider in a SuperFlex will make a big difference to what you can store inside it. These do not attach inside with Velcro but should still stay in place.
Can this fit an iPad Mini inside?
No. If you want to carry an iPad Mini please look at the 'Airline Stowaway' instead. Read the FAQs on that page for more information on carrying an iPad Mini in that bag.
What is the difference between 'Canvas' and 'FibreNyte'?
In simple terms ‘Canvas’ or ‘FibreNyte’ refers to the top layer of fabric on Billingham bags – the facecloth.
‘Canvas’ is a mix of cotton and polyester. ‘FibreNyte’ refers to the face fabric that is completely synthetic. Canvas is hard-wearing, and FibreNyte is very hard-wearing.
Both fabrics are bonded to a non-wicking polyester backing fabric with a middle layer of butyl rubber – this rubber layer makes both fabrics equally (and very) waterproof. Water can’t get through that rubber layer.
Both fabrics have a similar weave - the FibreNyte looks similar to canvas. Canvas is slightly softer to the touch, and FibreNyte is slightly rougher to the touch.
Choose Canvas if you want the bag to age gracefully and look vintage over time. This is particularly true of people who choose Billingham's ‘Khaki Canvas’ fabric as this looks particularly lovely as it ages.
Choose FibreNyte if you want the bag to look newer for longer or if they are particularly hard on their gear - for example by carrying the bag to work with them every day, doing a lot of hiking, or filling it particularly full. Also, Sage FibreNyte is particularly attractive as a color – it’s probably the most popular color among our staff!