« on: May 12, 2012, 11:36:46 AM »
F-Stop seems to be a good choice. Looks good.
I´m interested in the Satori Exp. If you take a smaller ICU inlay, thats smaller than the opening on the carrying side, does it cover the things you carry within the bag? Or is it open, so that the things outside of the ICU can be seen?
And how is the air circulation on the back and the carrying comfort?
I own a Satori Exp and a Loka as well as small and medium ICU's. As far as I can see the ICU's are all the same width, so even a small ICU is wide enough that nothing should drop out of your pack (see Dan Carr's review: http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2010/11/02/introducing-the-new-f-stop-tilopa-bc-photo-backpack/ and scroll down to the pictures). The air circulation on the back is the only point that can be perfected on the F-Stop packs, the padding on the back panel is made from a relatively dense material and does not allow for very much air to reach your back. But apart from that, the packs are near perfect. For serious hiking or mountaineering (and depending on how long you want to be out and what you want to bring) I would consider the Tilopa BC because it is the most rugged one of the mountain series and its volume (48l) is pretty good.