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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013, 10:53:54 AM »
So, this small camera case from Dakine comes with a chest mount rig. You could wear it plus your normal hiking bag on your back. It seems pretty optimal.


http://www.dakine.com/p/backpacks/photo-backpacks/fall-13-winter-14/dslr-camera-case?clr=003

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013, 10:53:54 AM »

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2013, 10:56:28 AM »

Great responses, all.  I appreciate it.

Yesterday was a good search for me.  Here were some finds:

ClikElite -- seems to be a adventure gear photogs playground.  Never heard of 'em.  The Impulse Sling looked about right (http://clikelite.com/products/product-category/backpacks/)

F-Stop bags -- never came across them before.  Very well thought through, plenty of hiking options.  I looked at the Loka, and it's far too large, but the Guru looked okay.  (http://fstopgear.com/)

Lowepro has a hatchback series that looked pretty good.   (http://www.lowepro.com/photo-hatchback-aw?utm_source=adroll&utm_medium=adroll_retargetting&utm_content=gear_336x280&utm_campaign=photo_hatchback)

Thinktank just announced these clever little swivel-y slings:  (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/turnstyle-10-charcoal-sling.aspx)

Kata's Tri bags (http://www.kata-bags.com/lightri-318-ul-for-pro-dslr-w-70-200mm-lens-2-lenses)  and Minibee bags (http://www.kata-bags.us/minibee-110-pl-for-dslr-w-70-200-lens-6-8-lenses-ktpl-mb-110).  Both are overkill for my need.  As always with Kata, you can pay more money for ultra-low-weight material versions of their regular bags.

I would never trust my gear to CaseLogic (yeah, the guys who make cheap CD wallets), but this was an interesting sling find (http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-SLRC-205-Camera-Sling/dp/B002ISXBFI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1331140387&sr=8-3)

Tamrac has a backpack/sling that is tiny (http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-Velocity-Compact-Sling-Black/dp/B000P41DZM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330098985&sr=8-3)

Vanguard had some smaller backpacks worth looking at (http://www.vanguardworld.com/index.php/en/pv/products/photo-video/detail-1-1-Backpack-952.html)

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2013, 11:05:56 AM »
I ended up going with Lowepro's Flipside Sport 10L
(www.lowepro.com/flipside-sport, click on 'Features for a nice mouseover review of the neato bits)

All in all, a very good fit to my list of specs.  Reviews at B&H and Amazon are very good, and some video reviewers have done a nice job showing this one off:

http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2012/08/31/lowepro-flipside-sport-aw-review/
(Nice traditional review that opens with a video, note he's reviewing one bag size larger than mine)

The only drawback I see is consistent feedback that Camelbak-style reservoir doesn't fit well in the bag.  In fact, no one seems to sell an appropriately sized 1L reservoir at all.  I will try mine underfilled, but if that doesn't work, a bottle is just fine.

Eager to try this one out!  Thanks for everyone's comments!

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2013, 11:41:34 AM »
+1 on F-Stop.

I have the Loka for over-nite trekking but the important addition is the ThinkTank Holster.  I have the holster attached to the shoulder straps so my 5Diii and lens (24-105 usually) is hanging in front of me for immediate use.  Then, I can carry other lenses, batteries, snacks, clothing layers, water etc in the backpack.  I have both the Large and Medium ICU for use depending on what I carry.

For hikes where I need to carry less I've done the same thing with an Osprey day-pack.  The reason I don't often carry a "camera backpack" per se is the relative inability to quickly get to my camera if it is on my back.  I do have a Kata 3-in-1 for those needs but my favorit "just walking around" pack is the ThinkTank Retrospective.  It all depends on what you are carrying, for how long, and for what activity.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2013, 12:08:05 PM »
For backpacking I have gone the ultralight route and picked up the Gossamer Gear 2012 Mariposa backpack.  What led me to this pack is that it holds a hydration bladder, is light enough for a day pack, but has a large volume for a multiday trip in the mountains during the shoulder seasons where I need to carry bulkier items.  What differentiated it from other similar ultralight packs and what made it desirable to me is that the hip belt is removable and slides through a sleeve so that it can be replaced with a Think Tank Pro Speed Belt.  (To secure the belt to the pack I just wrapped some double sided Velcro around the back of the belt to secure it to the sleeve of the pack) The Pro Speed Belt is padded and comfortable and makes a great hip belt for the backpack.  It also allows you to use the Think Tank holsters, including their lighter weight Skin series holsters and pouches, to hold your camera and accessories.  You can mount the pouches in front or at your side or wherever you want other than at the very back where the belt slips into the sleeve of the backpack.  I also carry a lightweight nylon waterproof dry bag in the pack to place my camera in and insert it into the pack in case of tricky water crossings or downpours.

As noted in another post above, the Think Tank, and other belt systems, place the weight on your hips not your shoulders.  They also make the camera easily accessible.  The problem I always have with conventional photo backpacks is that I find myself putting extra lenses, filters batteries etc in the pack and I still end up wearing the camera around by neck or attached to the front of the backpack straps so my camera is accessible.  Let us know how well the flipside solves the accessibility problem through its back access and ability to flip around while attached to the waist.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2013, 12:20:42 PM »
I bought a new bag last June. As you imagine, I spent countless hours searching for reviews.

I ended up going with F-stop, but not the Loka, which seemed too small, but with the Tilopa BC. I couldn't be happier with the quality of this bag, except for the price.
I originally wanted the SATORY EXP, but I  would have had to check it in at airports (both the Loka and Tilopa BC can be taken as carry-on).

I got the medium ICU.
Honestly, the Loka might be right for you IF you are planning ONLY short day hikes around your area. If you think you might have some use of it during long vacation away from home, I would get something larger.

I have to disagree with other post. The Loka will not give you PLENTY of space if you add a medium ICU, but you will have space for your water bottle and granola bars. If you go on longer trip, you will need jacket, emergency kit, headlamps, poncho, spare clothes, extra batteries, more water ... This barely fits into the Tilopa BC when you add all your camera equipment.

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2013, 12:20:52 PM »
I couldn't find a camera bag to fit my tastes, so I ended up getting a bag geared towards snowboarders and skiers. It's great because it has places to strap skis onto the bag (tripod anyone?) and it has access to the main pocket from the front or the back so I don't have to set my straps in the mud to open things up and get to my camera.

For internal dividers I went with TrekPak and they are absolutely perfect.

So, unless you find exactly what you're looking for, don't get too stressed with camera bags. There are literally hundreds of hiking bags out there that might fit your needs and TrekPak does a good job at handling the rest.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2013, 12:35:06 PM »
I couldn't find a camera bag to fit my tastes, so I ended up getting a bag geared towards snowboarders and skiers. It's great because it has places to strap skis onto the bag (tripod anyone?) and it has access to the main pocket from the front or the back so I don't have to set my straps in the mud to open things up and get to my camera.

For internal dividers I went with TrekPak and they are absolutely perfect.

So, unless you find exactly what you're looking for, don't get too stressed with camera bags. There are literally hundreds of hiking bags out there that might fit your needs and TrekPak does a good job at handling the rest.

This entire thread reaffirms my faith in this forum's ability to lovingly overthink their gear needs.

So glad I am not the only one.   :D

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2013, 12:49:08 PM »
I'll suggest the Mountainsmith Borealis for anyone that wants a lot of flexibility.  It's very durable, holds a tons, has a water bladder/laptop computer compartment, etc.  Works well for hiking, but also doubles as a great carry-on or checked bag for travel.  Has a special mount for carrying a tripod, too.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2013, 01:03:40 PM »
If you want to put in some lunch, clothes,... too then I would suggest the Click elite contrejour backpack (35 or 40). (back + side access to the Cam!) or one of the f-stop series.

I own both Backpacks (Contrejour 40, f-stop Satori exp with 3 ICus).
Bothe are well built and waterproof with the raincap. The f-stop stop backpack can be used  more variable, just change the ICU inside.

BTW: (Before I used the Tamrac Expedition backpack. Great backpack too, especially if there ist much to carry)...

Thoes three are very comfortable to carry.

My son uses an Deuter Futura Vario 50+10 with the medium or small  f-stop ICU. He openes the front zipper of the Deuter and then the ICU. Works fine. If you have to cayyr a lot. In his holidays he uses the Aircontact pro 70+15 with an ICU.

My wife owns the Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW and the Rover Pro AW 45  

Maybe these Lowepro backpacks meet your whishes. 
My wife is very satisfied with these two backapcks, they are not heavy but big.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2013, 01:28:16 PM »
Easy Question.  I just finished 3 days of hiking around the Shawangunk Mountains with essentially the same set up.  The best camera bag for you is any one that holds a Fujifilm x100s.  I'll keep my Canon but these hikes have sealed the deal.  the 5DIII is just too much camera to haul around on long hikes scrambling up and down rock slides.  I found myself not going to places I wanted to because the gear was too heavy.  If you want to go on longer hikes you are much better off bringing a smaller (but still excellent) camera and more water.  save weight, go further, haul less gear.
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2013, 01:51:57 PM »
There is no shoe that fits all. After making too many mistakes and spending too much money and making shoulders sore, I have reached the following conclusion:
--If photography is my focus and/or hike is not really extreme, I prefer a good strap (whichever you prefer) and lowepro technical belt with appropriate accessories.
--If hiking is my priority, and I expect to jump/climb or for mountain biking, I carry super lightweight osprey with really minimal camera gear.
Over the time I have realized camera backpacks are worst of both for either of the situation.....
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2013, 01:54:57 PM »
Roll your hat or an extra sweater around your camera and use a state of the art running bag. I don't use camera bags on hikes. No worries. Last hike was 14 days and only 25 kg. On a good photo hike you have your camera at your eye anyway, but never ever leave the rain cover no matter what. Or pack everything in a dry bag inside the pack. Good luck.

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2013, 02:11:19 PM »
depends how much u wanna carry.. i like a messenger bag as easy to get in and out of...

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2013, 03:06:44 PM »
I realize the OP has made his choice ... but I am also in the research phase for a new small/lightweight hiking/skiing/camera backpack and am considering Ortlieb as the premier German manufacturer of hi-quality waterproof bags. For my next bag I want one that is natively waterproof without a separate rain cover. But ideally not with a roll-top cover, since this would be a compromise in terms of quick access to camera.

For the set of requirements stated in the starting post I would consider the Ortlieb Cor 13:
http://www.ortlieb.de/_prod.php?lang=en&produkt=cor13
http://www.ortlieb.de/_pdf_en/cor13.pdf

volume 13 L, size 44x25x22 cm, weight 700g, sturdy PU-coated Nylon, 100% waterproof IP67 (!), Tizip opening, removable flap for bike helmet or snowboard or other gear, removable waist belt, prepared for hydration system. 

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Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2013, 03:06:44 PM »