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Apr 26, 2011 06:05 |  #1

need some suggestions?? Looked at info here but still have ??

picture this ?! 5 mi from the truck,,an unexpeted strom hits,,,need to protect my photo gear??

Need a well built easy to carry pack,,,had Kata DR467 nice but too small top compartment...had Kata 30 -3in-1 ,old style,,no lap-top com. & would like bigger top compartment for colthes,food ,,rain gear ?/
only need room for 1- dslr (40D) and a couple of smaller lens,,flash...

i carry a G9-G12 in pouch on shoulder strap for quick shots..& a small tri-pod

BUT # 1 is comfort of carrying,,,the old Kata was not very comfortable...
I am large 6'-275# so need a large mans bag?

The new Tamrac Evolution 8 -5788 has taken my eye?? whats your thoughts on this one?? any other suggestion ?? Thanks Ron




  
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Apr 26, 2011 09:04 |  #2

Check out FStopgear.com They have some amazing hiking/mountaineering backpacks that are make to carry cameras, gear, and laptops... You might find what you want there. The only issue is that sometimes they can be backordered for some time.


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Apr 26, 2011 09:10 as a reply to  @ tristinGrind's post |  #3

Perhaps Lowepro's Pro Trekker AW series :) ? Also, Lowepro will be coming up with a sort of small and light backpack which accommodates a (pro) DSLR (without battery grip) with a zoom lens mounted and a flash in the near future, I've been told.




  
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Apr 26, 2011 09:45 |  #4

I have the Vertex 200 AW (external link). Enough space for what you have plus a laptop as well.




  
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Apr 26, 2011 10:53 as a reply to  @ Snow001's post |  #5

The Tamrac Evolution is well constructed and I like the fact that the rain cover is not attached so it can be cleaned (I don't really understand the logic behind all these attached rain covers). The harness is very good for a man (being a 5'5" woman, I need to modify the shoulder straps when I'm the one carrying it) and the hip belt is robust. The upper compartment for personal gear is proportionally smaller than those in the Lowes and if you over-stuff it, it will bulge into the camera compartment and make slipping your camera out the side access a little difficult. I'm left-handed and my husband is right-handed so we liked the fact that it can be configured for camera access from either side. The pack generally suited our needs better than the Lowe Fastpack but is a little bit heavier than the Lowe.
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Apr 26, 2011 12:40 |  #6

Joris wrote in post #12295116 (external link)
Perhaps Lowepro's Pro Trekker AW series :) ? Also, Lowepro will be coming up with a sort of small and light backpack which accommodates a (pro) DSLR (without battery grip) with a zoom lens mounted and a flash in the near future, I've been told.

Yes Lowepro makes excellent stuff. Well made, nice usable features and overall very functional.


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Apr 26, 2011 12:46 |  #7

Kata 3n1's =/= comfort... or rugged...

check out thinktank... cost a bit more but when you compare side to side... it's well worth it... and it's rugged...


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Apr 26, 2011 13:03 |  #8

;) Thanks for the info,,,,still looking into all i can find out,,,wish there was a Shop in our area that stocked them so i could compare in person??? but that why I am asking here,,,So far the Tamrac Evolution,8,has features I like in a bag,,,like the extra protection on the bottom,,4-sure,,but have concern about size of upper space for colthes,food ect,,,& comfort of carrying straps,,

Any more to compare to ??? Thanks Ron




  
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Apr 26, 2011 13:40 |  #9

Take a look at the clik hiker elite.... It sounds like it might suit you... If it does..let me know...I happen to have one sitting around...


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Apr 26, 2011 14:23 as a reply to  @ va_rider's post |  #10

You might consider the Tenba messenger daypack on your list. http://www.tenba.com …Photo-Laptop-Daypack.aspx (external link)

I just ordered one as I needed a camera/laptop backpack as well. I also considered the Tamrac Evo 8 and the Kata 467 so I know where you're at. The Tenba is only slightly bigger than the Kata, both in the size I wanted. The Tamrac Evo 8 is larger so I scratched it but if you want larger that may end up your best choice.


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Apr 26, 2011 14:35 |  #11

Think Tank Rotation 360.


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Apr 26, 2011 14:51 |  #12

kinghong1970 wrote in post #12296413 (external link)
Kata 3n1's =/= comfort... or rugged...

check out thinktank... cost a bit more but when you compare side to side... it's well worth it... and it's rugged...

I'll second Thinktank - as long as you put on their rain jacket once the storm hit.

My limited experience on few (4~5 Tamrac, 1 Lowepro and 2 Thinktank) shoulder/backpack experience is follow, just my 2 cent:

Tamrac (expensive lines) has combo foam (close + open cell) for best protection and the fabric is pretty effective against light rain. Use best fabric and strong metal hardware so they can get pretty heavy.

Lowepro use rugged thick close-cell padding that protects gear well but not vibration. Often comes with great rain-coat. Previously they're line is often overbuilt and bulky.

Thinktank often has sufficient padding and sufficient hardware. Their seal is effective against light rain but do get wet pretty easily. Once you put on the rain jacket its all well protected. It is also the most comfortable line.

I use Thinktank exclusively now - all previous ones are already sold.




  
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Apr 26, 2011 14:55 |  #13
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Kata R-106 is rugged alright.


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Apr 26, 2011 15:26 |  #14

Been following all your recomendations,,but so far the Evolution 8 is the one ?? Ron




  
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Apr 26, 2011 16:47 as a reply to  @ Ronnie H's post |  #15

Either of the Lowepro Rover backpacks (Rover AW II has integral all-weather cover), or its sibling the Dryzone Rover (waterproof). Both have good-sized gear compartments, and roomy upper compartments for any of your extras (food/snacks, rainsuit, flashlight, headlamp, small toolkit, gloves, etc. Also have excellent tripod carriers and very decent harness system.


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