After selling my Flipside 300 (review here:http://photography-on-the.net ...light=Flipside+300+review) I decided to pick up either a Burton Zoom pack or the dakine. I chose the Dakine. I picked it up for 119.
Why did I sell the flipside?
1. Kind of awkward. The shell was very hard, and the back was ONLY a camera bag. No room for anything else.
2. Not big enough. I found that it weighed about 25 lbs with all my gear in it
3. Looked like a camera bag. Im going to have this bag in my high school, I defiantly do not want it to scream camera bag!
This bag is HUGE! I havent even found all the pockets yet! There are alot of straps going everywhere around the bag. I am not sure even how properly carry a skateboard on it!
There are side pockets on either side, for just about anything.
On this bag, You access the camera for the back. This is bad because you cant get the camera quickly, but alot better if you are in a town or something because thieves cant get to your camera!
The camera block. In it was my 1D with 70-200 f4, 430ex, 50 1.8, caps, and 2 1D batts. The 1D batts would be where my XTi would go, and the lens would go next to it. On the flap, there are 2 pockets for a rocket blower, lens cleaner, cables, just about anything. There is also room above the block for a light rain jacket, etc.
The camera block out of the bag. It has a shoulder strap, so you can just take the camera, and not the whole bag.
The main pocket. This is big enough for a reflector, pens, cards, personal needs, etc.
This is the top pocket. There are 2 sections, I have glasses in one, but the other one is big enough for another pair of glasses, or anything.
I am 6'1"
Things I like about this bag
1. Does not look like a camera bag
2. It's HUGE
3. removable camera block
4. Its fairly comfortable
5. my flash can sit it the bag standing up. This saves an enormous amount of room.
6. Relatively inexpensive compared to other brands.