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Backpack Scare - Never Again

 
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Apr 14, 2011 19:09 |  #1

I ended up buying a backpack for my camera gear (Kata 467) a few months ago. I loved it, it was well made, comfy, and a nice size for short hikes.

Anyway, I was out for a hike and I walked under some low lying branches. One of the branches got in-between the two zippers on the back of my backpack, and as I stepped forward, the backpack opened and my camera gear fell out.

LUCKLY it fell onto some snow and not a bunch of rocks. Nothing was damaged, but the lenses and camera body surely would have broken if they fell on rocks.

After this scare, I decided that I never wanted this to happen again, and started using a "real" hiking backpack when out for hikes, similar to this: http://www.rei.com/pro​duct/797504 (external link)

This ever happen to anyone else? With the popularity of photo backpacks, I'd be surprised if it hasn't.




  
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Apr 14, 2011 19:15 |  #2

That was pretty much a fluke I'd say, mine has a built in rain cover which I always use and that solves that problem because it covers the zipper.
Thank goodness your gear did not get damaged tho!


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Apr 14, 2011 19:17 |  #3

No...

That has never happened to me.... My backpack also has side straps in addition to the zippers... i also have a habit of tucking the zippers away behind one of the straps so that someone wouldn't be able to open the backpack without me noticing while walking around.

That being said, for long hikes, i wouldn't want your backpack, much much too big. For camping i'd love it.


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Apr 14, 2011 19:18 |  #4

Never keep your zippers at the top of the arc on your packs; run them all the way down to one side or the other. I had the weight of my gear pull one open because I would "top" the zippers before leaving the house.

I'd also recommend looking into the F-Stop Gear bags; their mountain series packs are designed explicitly for this type of usage: http://fstopgear.com/ (external link)


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Apr 14, 2011 19:41 |  #5

Snydremark wrote in post #12223840 (external link)
Never keep your zippers at the top of the arc on your packs; run them all the way down to one side or the other. I had the weight of my gear pull one open because I would "top" the zippers before leaving the house.

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This is a lesson I learned in high school while carrying heavy books. Sometimes the weight of the contents does it. Sometimes a zipper fails. Sometimes your friends want to mess around with you. :lol: :mad: :lol:


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Apr 14, 2011 19:47 |  #6

Nope, never happened to me. I use the LowePro Primus as my photo/crag/day hike bag I use "real" backpacks for my multi-day backpacking trips.


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Apr 14, 2011 20:41 as a reply to  @ Eileen's post |  #7

Simple Solution - For ANY bag or backpack zipper security simply use a Cotter Pin or a large SAFETY pin passed through the zipper key and also through the bag. Double zippers can be secured from UN zipping by simply pinning then together in this manner. One will unzip but the other will rezip.

Cotter pins can be had at almost any hardware store or auto supply in many size ranges and of course safety pins may be purchased almost anywhere in many sizes.


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Apr 14, 2011 21:20 |  #8

Go to a hardware store and pick up a small carabiner to loop through both zipper holes. What happened to you was a fluke.




  
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Apr 14, 2011 21:25 as a reply to  @ wookiee2cu's post |  #9

No need to buy anything...simply place the zippers at the bottom.


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Apr 14, 2011 21:33 |  #10

If you're gonna get the Altra, you should try it out at the store. I ordered mine and had to return it because the hip belt is extremely stiff. The rotating plate dug into my back really hard. I ended up with the Bora 80 and it's way better. Quality and build is better. The one down size is it's really heavy, (7lbs?) http://www.moosejaw.co​m …028304_10208_10​000001_-1_ (external link)


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Apr 15, 2011 00:33 |  #11

whenever i travel, especially in crowded places I always use a tiny little carabiner to clip together the two zipper loops on my bag. This makes it much more difficult for someone(or thing) to open the bag without your permission. I learned this after having someone try to sneak their hand in my bag in Colombia in broad daylight on a crowded street.


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Apr 15, 2011 01:37 |  #12

When I hike and feel like carrying an SLR, I use my Lowepro Flipside 200. While its a bit small and wish I had gone with the 300, its nice in that it only opens from the rear, the part thats always against your back. no chance of anything falling out.


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Apr 15, 2011 01:50 |  #13
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The zipper problem is an easy fix, i had a similar experience a few years back though. I had my lowepro backpack on while riding a XC trail (mountainbike) and all of sudden i peddling but got no where so i peddled harder just to find out the top handle on the backpack had catch on to a branch and made me peddle harder to the point i flew of the bike like a slingshot... LOL


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Apr 15, 2011 09:07 as a reply to  @ MR do little's post |  #14

Another +1 on the running the zippers down to one side, you NEVER want to leave the zippers at the top.




  
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Apr 15, 2011 09:21 |  #15

GwagDesigns wrote in post #12225799 (external link)
When I hike and feel like carrying an SLR, I use my Lowepro Flipside 200. While its a bit small and wish I had gone with the 300, its nice in that it only opens from the rear, the part thats always against your back. no chance of anything falling out.

Go for 400, you wouldn't regret it, it's sooo much more comfortable.




  
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