I had too many bags. A few of them were overlapping so it was time for an overhaul. Tonight I'm posting pics and a some text regarding a new backpack.
I kept the Domke F-3X which is great for 1 body, all the lenses in my sig, flash, ipad.
I kept the Crumpler 4mdh which is perfecto for 1 body and any 1 of my lenses.
I sold two (almost identically sized but very different) backpacks and purchased a new all-in-one-backpack.
Clik Elite Compact Sport Pro (hiking/biking) - bladder section. Fit a body and a lens or two and some gear.
Lowepro Versapack 200 AW - Fit a body and a lens or two, or 3 primes, ipad, some gear.
Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW
This pic shows the two colors the bag is available in.
I own the 200 AW, not the 100 AW which is a sling bag and doesn't have a water bladder area.
The black bag is mine and the org is my neighbor's.
2Y8C1441 by macPhotographers, on Flickr
Some text from Lowepro:
Adventure sport athletes who like to go fast and light — but equally like to capture the moment — will enjoy the freedom of Lowepro’s Photo Sport 200 AW backpack. It’s an ideal carrying solution for trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding and other active outdoor pursuits. The dual-compartment design offers ample space for personal gear and a camera kit. Contoured adventure-pack construction features ultra-lightweight, resilient and high-performance technical fabrics for improved durability during extreme activity. The patent-pending Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber™ protects camera gear in a padded and secure compartment and helps prevent bouncing while you’re in motion. A side-access pocket allows you to quickly rotate pack to the front, unzip, un-cinch and access your camera. A dedicated hydration pocket provides storage and easy access to liquid from a 70 oz. or 2 liter hydration reservoir (reservoir not included). Additional features include: reflective piping, molded airflow backpad, multiple attachment points, built-in All Weather AW Cover™.
Material Water-resistant, triple rip stop Nylon 70D
Type of Closure Zipper
Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber
Hook and loop
Exterior Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.7 x 19.3" (27 x 17 x 49cm)
Interior Camera Chamber: 7.7 x 3.5 x 9.1" (19.5 x 9 x 23cm)
Top Compartment: 9.4 x 7.5 x 20.9" (24 x 19 x 53cm)
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder straps
Weight 2.9 lb (1.3kg)
Fits: Pro DSLR without grip with lens attached; flash; hydration reservoir (not included); personal items like a hat, light jacket, trekking or ski poles, snack, cell phone, keys, etc.
The Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW is an amazingly comfortable and incredibly versatile bag. The previous bags: Lowepro Versapack 200 AW which was the same size but didn't have the option to add a water bladder for hiking/biking trips. And the Clik Elite Sport Compact Pro which was the opposite. Had the bladder chamber, but this bag didn't fit-in well in non-nature settings. Loved that bag though! I have a 5d2 (now mark3 fits great) and use this body for the most part, it did fit well in the compact sport. Again, I replaced two backpacks with one do-it-all medium sized backpack. I can take it into the city and use it as a daily bag. I can take it into the woods in bring lots of water in the bladder chamber.
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2Y8C1107 by Ryan Mac, on Flickr
Here is the bag in black (my bag):
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^ top pocket can fit a sunglass case, wallet, small personal items
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^ side neoprene water bottle pocket is well designed and has a strap
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This is not a giant backpack that will be a great carry-on bag to carry your entire kit.
This is for hiking/biking, active use, 1 body with 1-2 lenses or perhaps 3 primes.
I advise you to get a small bag zipper bag to put inside the main chamber, like a pencil case type bag.
Reason being, the main chamber goes all the way down the bag.
The "pencil case" keeps you from having to go hunting for your stuff.