Comfort Meets Capacity: F-Stop Tilopa
The F-Stop Tilopa merges both comfort and capacity, making it a great option for bringing along photo gear as well as extra hiking supplies.
The interior is customizable with different internal compartment options, and the exterior is adjustable as well with option ad-ons, like sleeping bag straps for the overnight hikes. Tripod straps are included as well.
The waist and sternum straps, along with the well-padded shoulder straps, help keep carrying all that gear comfortable. There’s no water bottle pouch on the side, but it’s compatible with several different hiking hydration systems.
The bag costs $259, with additional internal organization pouches ranging from $45 to $99. This bag might be tough to find outside of the manufacturer’s site.
Although those who own this bag swear by it, we have recently heard a number of complaints from people who have indicated that they are having serious customer service issues over the past 6-9 months. Hopefully they will resolve those issues soon and we will update this post accordingly.
The Crushproof Explorer: Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack
If your outdoor photography experience involves swinging from the side of a mountain, you’ll probably want something a bit more crushproof than your average outdoor backpack—and who does crushproof better than Pelican?
The U160 Urban Elite has rigid front panels on both the bottom gear compartment and top accessory pocket. Those panels make the bag a bit heavy at about seven pounds, but the trade off is your gear won’t be ruined if sandwiched between you and a hard place.
It’s also waterproof, but the biggest selling point is that crushproof quality that’s much tougher to find. The extra-protected bag will fit a DSLR and two lenses with a flash for about $240.
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Comfortable DayTripper: Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR & Laptop Backpack.
While the Ruggard Thunderhead 35 may not have enough space for packing much more than a three lens kit and laptop, the well-endowed shoulder straps and belt make it a very comfortable option for shorter day trips.
The exterior is water resistant, and there’s a built-in rain cover for extra protection. A tripod can be attached at the side, and access to all your gear is from the front of the pack. The base also has feet, so sitting the pack down outside isn’t an issue. The bag offers a pretty good value at less than $170.