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Best mid-sized to large hiking camera backpack?

 
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Nov 29, 2017 18:46 as a reply to post 18506998 |  #16

I have used the Think Tank Streetwalker Harddrive Pro for almost a decade and love it. I changed the stock belt with their Speedbelt. It really helps support the load on your lower back, and also makes more room for carriers for anything from a water bottle to an additional holster, or...

It's an excellent system with plenty of room.


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Nov 29, 2017 18:46 |  #17

John from PA wrote in post #18506998 (external link)
Bags compete manufacturer to manufacturer and hence are very similar. Like for desirable features, rear opening is one as you point out. Quality and reputation are another things to look for.

Personally, this "boxy" look you refer to is not objectionable, at least to my eye. The two bags appear to be very similar.
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It's not that being wide and boxy looks bad, I just hate the weight displacement of a bag that sticks out farther. It feels like it's pulling you backwards. From the pictures your posted the bags to look similar, but I looked at both of them in videos and the Lowepro seems to sit flatter against the back than the Ruggard. Even from these product shots the LowePro looks less boxy, although their dimensions online are similar. Probably wouldn't be that big of a difference.

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Nov 29, 2017 19:22 |  #18

You can use the side water bottle and strap or the bottom strap. I think it's on sale now for 130.00.

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Nov 29, 2017 19:28 |  #19

cigargreg wrote in post #18507034 (external link)
You can use the side water bottle and strap or the bottom strap. I think it's on sale now for 130.00.

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Nice! I'm Liking it more and more.


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Dec 04, 2017 18:45 |  #20

Well. Good news! Found the perfect backpack for me, that fits the exact form factor I've been looking for. The Think Tank Shape Shifter 15 V2! https://www.amazon.com ...age_o00_s00?ie=UTF8​&psc=1 (external link)

It saves a ton of height by using pouches to lay cameras and lenses flat instead of foam sections that the camera and lenses would stand up more in. Full disclosure, I did also order the Lowepro Pro Tactic 450AW for when I need a larger backpack, as the Think Tank wouldn't be able to fit quite as much gear.


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Dec 06, 2017 22:23 |  #21

I got the Lowepro Pro Tactic 450AW in yesterday, and had the chance to take it on it's first job: an on location headshot session. It's truly an amazing bag. I feel like I can fit almost an infinite amount of gear in it. Yesterday I had my Sony a9, Sony a6500, 24-70GM, 70-200GM, 10-18mm, 35mm, 55mm, two Flashpoint Evolv AD200 lights with the bare bulbs, a Godox trigger, extra batteries and chargers, a rode video micro with muff and mount, a manfrotto table top tripod, and still had some room to spare. I like that it is unassuming. You wouldn't think that it was a camera bag unless you were familiar with Lowepro and saw the small logo on the back of the bag. The bag has a semi-hard shell though, which may make some people think it's a drone bag, but it's not large enough for that.

Today I got the Think Tank Shape Shifter 15 V2 in. There is not a lot of cutting edge when it comes to photography bags / backpacks, but this bag is cutting edge. It ticks every box from what I was looking for in my original post. The way that the gear is stored in this thing is genius! It uses neoprene sacks inside the backpack so your gear lays flatter than a traditional camera backpack. The sacks lay flush against the back of the bag, similar to a stocking hanging on a wall, instead of using foam compartments that the gear goes in. One might think this sacrifices space, but right now I have my a9, a6500, 70-200GM, 10-18mm, 35mm, 55mm, one Flashpoint Evolv AD200 with the flash head with barn doors, gels, and a grid, a Godox trigger, extra batteries and a charger, and a rode video micro with muff and mount. The bag is just about full, but that's a ton of gear for a smaller bag. Best part, it sits really nice on your back and makes it feel light. Right now sitting beside the Pro Tactic it's still much smaller. No one would ever know this was a camera backpack. Even if they knew the Think Tank brand, but didn't know the bag specifically, they may question if it wasn't just a normal backpack. I've not taken it on any jobs yet, but it will be accompanying my Think Tank Urban Approach 10 to NYC tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes!


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