I need  a backpack
I am having a horrible time trying to find a hiking/trekking backpack for my camera stuff. I'm heading to Peru in 10 days and still have no solution. The pack obviously has to suit carry-on regulations.

So I need your help people.

Backpacks I've dismissed
1) Anything made by Lowepro
– I find their bags horrendously uncomfortable. They don't sit right on my shoulders. Their tripod holder is still pretty useless. Their bags are also heavy. I've seen a lot of failed zippers after mere months of use. They just aren't what they used to be.

2) ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro
– Fantastically light backpack, fits everything I need it to. Great build quality and functional design, it's just not built for someone 6'4. It sits far too low on my shoulders and I'd be in pain within an hour. If it was 2″ longer, I'd own it.

3) Crumpler Karachi Outpost
– This pack was fantastically comfortable for me. It has the best tripod holder I've ever come across for a backpack. The turtle shell design inside is its downfall, just very bad use of space inside the bag. It does appear very well made.

What's coming with me
1D Mark III (RRS L Plate)
5D Mark II (no grip, RRS L Plate)
17-40 f/4L
70-200 f/2.8L IS
1.4x TC
35 f/1.4L
It would be nice if the 85L II would fit if I needed it to.
Gitzo GT3541LS
10″ Netbook

Bags I'm looking into, but cant find in stock anywhere.
1) Kata R-102, R-103, R-104
– If anyone has experience with these, I'd love to hear it.

If there's a company I should look at, let me know.

Thanks all!


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  1. Hi Viper28, Does R103 have a laptom compartment??
    i am wondering to buy a backpack for my gear and laptop. My Gear is Canon 50d with 100-400 L, 24-105L, 10-20 sigma, 70-200canon L, 50mm canon,60mm cano macro and aple mac book pro 13.3 inch. How you thin R103 is ok or i have to buy a bigger R104 or R105?/

  2. are that came with the computer originally and keep things simple this little netbook will suffice 95% of all the computing needs for the average user.

  3. Redwing shoes are not only good-looking, boasting a rugged charm, but they’re about as sturdy as a pair of shoes get.Instead of outfitting horseback riders, they now outfit motorcycle riders.They are the most comfortable i have ever worn.They are also unbelievably durable.

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