Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Accessories 
Thread started 16 Feb 2011 (Wednesday) 16:04
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Which brand has backpacks with the thickest, most comfortable shoulder pads?

 
anothernewb
Senior Member
Avatar
361 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 39
Joined Jan 2009
Location: MN, USA
     
Feb 17, 2011 10:04 |  #16

it's way out of the box, but perhaps any backpack you like could be converted and improved rather easily of you have access to someone who can do some simple sewing. My camping backpack has in internal frame,and a set of hip straps for distributing the load, and a clip between the shoulder straps to help keep them aligned on your body.

What I was thinking was perhaps constructing a hip belt section and attaching it to the backpack (might require some additional reinforcement to transfer the weight depending on the backpack style) and attaching a center buckle with some z clips for the shoulder straps. should make just about any backpack more weight friendly, while retaining most of the portability and ease of removal.


Gripped 80D,10-18 STM, 55-250 IS STM, 15-85 IS USM, 85 1.8, 10-400 II, 430 EX II

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
tvphotog
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,093 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 37
Joined Aug 2007
Location: New York City
     
Feb 17, 2011 11:26 |  #17

If you really want to know what has the best shoulder straps, IMO it's this harness system by Lowepro. Not only can you carry all the gear that you can put in a backpack on the Utility belt, but you can hang a camera and lens from each strap. And obviously, everthing is accessible without taking off a backpack to get to it.

The straps are very wide and have closed cell foam along the entire length and the yoke. I carried 40 lbs of lenses, water bottles, accessories and cameras on it through the Galapogos for hours at a time without feeling it on my shoulders. You must use the Utility waistbelt for this to work.

Each pouch has an individual rain cover, and I took Op/Tech rain covers for the cameras. Using this system makes me wonder how often I'll use my backpack.


Photo courtesy
B&H (external link)


HOSTED PHOTO
please log in to view hosted photos in full size.


Jay
Ireland in Word and Image (external link) Jay Ben Images (external link)5D IV | 5DS/R | Powershot S100 | 24-105L | 100-400 IIL | 16-35 f/2.8 IIL | 24 T/S f /3.5L II | 17 T/S f/4L | 50mm f/1.2L | 35mm f/1.4L | 70-200 f/2.8L II | 580 EX II | 600 EX-RT | Feisol 3441T/Markins Q3T lever QR | Gitzo 3542L Markins Qi20 BV-22 | Gitzo 5561T RRS MH-02

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
SMP_Homer
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
5,709 posts
Gallery: 29 photos
Likes: 535
Joined Mar 2008
Location: London, Ontario
     
Feb 17, 2011 12:10 |  #18

rvdw98 wrote in post #11860950 (external link)
That probably won't make a difference because:

next time you see a mailman go around, you'll see he's using an add-on pad... works for them, will work for you (and works well with my Kata 3n1-22)


EOS R6’ / 1D X / 1D IV (and the wife has a T4i)
Sig35A, Sig50A, Sig85A, Sig14-24A, Sig24-105A, Sig70-200S, Sig150-600C
100-400L, 100L, 100/2, 300 2.8L, 1.4x II / 2x II
600EX-II X3, 430EX-III X3

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
argyle
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
8,187 posts
Likes: 21
Joined Apr 2007
Location: DFW, Texas
     
Feb 17, 2011 12:20 as a reply to  @ SMP_Homer's post |  #19

Pads won't do anything but soften the load (somewhat)...what's needed is load distribution to the hips. Even with pads, the load is still hanging off the shoulders. And a mail bag gets lighter and lighter as the mail gets delivered... ;)


"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son". - Dean Wormer

GEAR LIST

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
DarenM
Senior Member
673 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Feb 2009
Location: Theresa, NY
     
Feb 17, 2011 12:45 |  #20

Thinktank....by far


Canon 1D MK IV, Canon 1D MK III, Canon 5D, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8 L IS MK II, 17-40 F4 Canon, 430 EX, Canon A2E, 530EX Canon 1.4 Extender, 580 II, 600EX-RT, ST-E3-RT, (Way too much stuff for an amateur)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
r_winter
THREAD ­ STARTER
Junior Member
27 posts
Joined Nov 2010
     
Feb 17, 2011 13:11 |  #21

I wanted to thank everyone for these extremely helpful responses!

I am new to all this, and the range of choice is overwhelming. I can already tell that the trial and error could get expensive, so all of this input is very helpful.

I should say that I am looking for a pack on par, weight-wise and size-wise, with the Fastpack 100--a smaller pack. I do see great ideas here for that time when I get larger/heavier lenses, but for now I'm looking to keep it small. There are some definite contenders listed here, and I'm off to research them all. Really appreciate the help!




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Yno
Senior Member
Avatar
863 posts
Likes: 26
Joined Jan 2008
Location: San Jose, California
     
Feb 18, 2011 09:17 as a reply to  @ r_winter's post |  #22

The Tamrac 767 is the next smaller model from what I have, but has identical features. You might check that out.


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
www.imawino.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Haikt4l
Junior Member
27 posts
Joined Jun 2010
     
Feb 18, 2011 13:01 |  #23

Tenba Shootout series




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Joris
Senior Member
251 posts
Joined Aug 2010
     
Feb 19, 2011 04:35 |  #24

Not quite sure, but the Lowepro Pro Trekker series seems to have a very good suspensions system. I'd love to have a 600 AW...
www.lowepro.com/protre​kker (external link)




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
r_winter
THREAD ­ STARTER
Junior Member
27 posts
Joined Nov 2010
     
Feb 20, 2011 13:05 |  #25

Thanks everyone! Really appreciate it!

Wow, that Tamrac 767 is nice! I wish it weighed less empty, because the shoulder straps are exactly what I had in mind. The Tenba is great, too, especially the Ultralight, but the large, non-removeable logo is just not for me. The Pro Trekker is beautiful, but I'm noticing that Lowepro doesn't pad their straps enough for me--I know a lot of people don't want super padded straps--so this would be good for them.

Right now, I'm really leaning towards the Think Tank Streetwalker or Streetwalker Pro. The Tamrac Evolution 6 is still a 'maybe'. Eventually I will be getting a flash, (I don't know which one yet) and possibly a Benro Transfunctional A-1691 or A-0691 Tripod. I am definitely counting the ounces.

If there's anyone that owns, or has tried, both the SW and the SW Pro, I love to hear comparisons.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
DarthSparky
Senior Member
Avatar
510 posts
Joined Apr 2009
Location: Surrey, UK
     
Feb 20, 2011 13:42 |  #26

Another vote for ThinkTank. I don't (yet) have a SW but I recently bought a Sling-O-Martic 30. Knocks my Lowepro bags (even my outstanding Vertex 200) into the background in terms of both comfort and build quality.


Rich | 1DX | Gripped 5D2 | 17-40 4L | 24-105 4L IS | 70-200 2.8L IS II | 85 1.2L II | 100 2.8L Macro IS | 600EX-RT | Gear List | www.richbaileyphotogra​phy.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
SteveJa
Goldmember
2,137 posts
Likes: 23
Joined Dec 2008
Location: Nebraska
     
Feb 20, 2011 15:08 as a reply to  @ DarthSparky's post |  #27

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …k_Medium_Black_​Olive.html (external link)

I love my tenba


Zenfolio (external link)
Flickr (external link)
FineArtAmerica (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Kafn8td
Senior Member
Avatar
864 posts
Gallery: 4 photos
Likes: 20
Joined Feb 2007
Location: Minnesooooooota
     
Feb 20, 2011 22:00 |  #28

Ditto, holds a ton and is very comfortable. Weather sealed zippers are a plus.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Jptenberg
Member
224 posts
Likes: 23
Joined Sep 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
     
Feb 22, 2011 11:01 |  #29

Check out the Clik-Elite packs. I just ordered an Obscura and it is by far the best made pack around. I talked to Jim who answered the phone on the 2nd ring and he was awealth of info. These packs are made by outdoor junkies who are all photographers and they really know what they are doing. Not cheap packs, but you get what you pay for.


_______________
5D3 | 7D | 17-40L | 24-105L | 70-200L IS II | 100-400L | 24LII | TS-E 24LII | 100L | 135L | 15-85 | Zeiss 50 1.4 | Tokina 11-16 | 580EXII | 430 EXII | Gitzo 3541LS | RRS Leveling base | Arca-Swiss Z1 | RRS Lever Clamp | Gitzo 2542T | Acratech GP-s | RRS TFA-01 with BH-25LR | B+W MRC CP Filters | Hoya ND Filters | Clik-Elite packs | Crumpler bags

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
mitch2k1
Member
130 posts
Gallery: 15 photos
Likes: 96
Joined Mar 2009
     
Feb 22, 2011 18:12 |  #30

I have the TT Streetwalker HardDrive, have used it to carry a 5D MKII, 17-40, 24-70, 70-200 2.8, lensbaby composer and a 50 1.4, sometimes with a MBP 15". Very comfortable, but it does not have a belt so the shoulders and back are taking the weight. TT has a belt available, I've not tried it but it does not have any compression straps to pull the pack to the belt. The pack is great for carrying gear in an urban setting, but I wouldn't want to carry it on a trail. For a outdoors pack I have the Gura Gear Kiboko, built tough and comfortable to carry for several miles. Nice thing is that it is half the weight of similar LowePro packs, so you can either carry 4 more pounds of gear/water/food or go lighter.


Gear List:
Canon 5D MkIII
24-105mm f4L 70-200mm f2.8L Zeiss 50mm 1.4 Zeiss 18mm 3.5 Zeiss 25mm 2.0 100mm 2.8 Macro USM

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

5,881 views & 0 likes for this thread
Which brand has backpacks with the thickest, most comfortable shoulder pads?
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Accessories 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member was a spammer, and banned as such!
864 guests, 257 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.