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Multi-day hiking / anyone own multiple Fstopgear bags?

 
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Oct 04, 2017 21:20 |  #1

I currently have the Loka and I do like it quite a bit. As I want to start doing multi-day hikes, I think I'll simply need more space in the bag for other overnighter necessities.

I was looking at the Tilopa, though I wonder if the 13L is very noticeable?

I also know the bags have gone a slight redesign since my Loka version, but it seems people still don't love the harnesses for long-haul hikes?

I've seen a few mentions of other hiking-oriented bags, though I really like the rear panel access and although some of them DO have it, it seems they overall compromise "too much" (on paper, at least?) to be a photo+hiking backpack...

So yeah - anyone have multiple sizes? Do you find it worthwhile or they overlap too much? What do you do for long term hikes with your photo gear, BESIDES simply downsizing your camera gear of course :p


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Oct 04, 2017 21:47 |  #2

I've had similar thoughts, but I am looking at this bag instead: https://seekoutside.co​m ...0-panel-loading-backpack/ (external link) The extremely adjustable nature of the harness is what has my attention.

While I would like rear panel access, I have come to realize that I am unlikely to get the level of comfort I'd like with them.


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Oct 04, 2017 21:59 |  #3

If I'm doing multi-day hiking (ie, "real" backpacking with a tent and all the fixins') I leave my Tilopa at home and just bring the ICU and keep it in my "real" backpack. I don't like strapping crap to the outside of my pack (catches brush when bushwacking, throws off center of balance crossing streams on logs, talus hopping, etc) which I would have to do with the Tilopa for a multi-day overnight, not to mention it just doesn't have enough space even if I did and it doesn't carry loads of 35+ pounds anywhere near as well as a true backpacking pack. I backpack a lot in the Sierra where a bear canister is required in many areas and there just isn't enough space in any F-Stop bags for that plus everything else.

I have both a 75L and 100L pack that I use depending on length of trip/time of year. Also, if I'm hiking on non-technical terrain I have my camera attached to two optech straps on the front of my pack for easy access. If I have to scramble over talus or for water crossing I put the camera back in the ICU and use a trash compactor bag as a dry bag for the ICU.


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Oct 06, 2017 02:55 |  #4

kaitlyn2004 wrote in post #18466200 (external link)
I currently have the Loka and I do like it quite a bit. As I want to start doing multi-day hikes, I think I'll simply need more space in the bag for other overnighter necessities.

What is the focus of your multiday trips? Is it for the hiking or is it for photography?

Simply put, I haven't found a camera bag that is great for multiday hikes. Photo backpacks are great for carrying camera gear and can be ok for carrying hiking gear.

If you're in it for the photography and don't plan on putting a lot of miles in then cramming other gear into the bag and strapping stuff to the outside can be made to work, though expect to be uncomfortable. But if you're going backpacking and want to a take photos while you're doing so then a dedicated backpack (for backpacking) is a far better choice.

I'd get all your gear together that you plan on taking for a trip, that need to include food and water....may people doesn't realize how much room a few days of food can take up. See how it fits in you Loka and that use that as a guide to how big of a pack you'll need.

kaitlyn2004 wrote in post #18466200 (external link)
What do you do for long term hikes with your photo gear, BESIDES simply downsizing your camera gear of course :p

When I go on a multiday backpacking tips it's for the backpacking not photography (though I use it to scout out possible locations too) so downsizing is what I do. By downsizing I just mean bringing less gear. Instead of bringing a body with the 12mm f2, 16mm f1.4 , 35mm f1.4, and 56mm f1.2 (I shoot fuji) I just bring the 18-55mm f2.8-4 and 12mm f2. The body, two lenses, and spare batteries just go inside a dry bag that sits at the top of my pack for easy access. If the weather is good I'll have the peak design capture clip on my pack and have the camera (with 18-55) clipped into it for easy access.

So like I said, decide what you want to do on your multiday trips. Bringing a ton of gear (both photography and backpacking) means extra weight and extra can mean slower and less enjoyable miles.




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Oct 06, 2017 03:47 |  #5

Have you looked at Clik Elite? I have their Contrejour and find it pretty roomy. I can fit my Sony A7RII with 17-40 f/4, my 24-70 2.8, 14 2.8, and my plate filters and filter holder all in the camera compartment and still have room for a flash if I feel the need. Bear in mind I'm carrying a Kinesis filter bag and WCC filter holder in it's hard shell, they aren't small. That still leaves the upper compartments and "main" compartment empty for whatever.


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