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Looking for a Lighter Weight version of a Nature Trekker

 
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Aug 20, 2011 19:44 |  #1

I have a Lowepro Mini Trekker that I use almost any time I take my camera out. It's a great bag in my opinion for three reasons, 1) It holds a lot of gear, 2) it is fairly light weight, i.e. the bag empty only weights a couple of pounds & 3) Mini Trekker is flexible, it seems to move and give and flex when you load a lot of gear. Almost feels like it grows as you load it up.

However, there are times when I hit the trail on some national park or travel trip and I want to take a lot of my gear.

I have a LowePro Nature Trekker for this purpose, but even that wont hold all the gear I want to take. Mainly I may get an external pouch for a 300/4 IS.

Getting an external pouch wouldn't be so bad, but the Nature Trekker weights a ton. The bag by it self is heavy before you even load the gear. Plus the bag seems stiff. It wont hold much gear in the front pouches when the gear compartment if full. The foam insert seems very stiff and ridgid.

Can any of you suggest a bag on the size of the Nature Trekker that is lightweight and flexible.

Typically I would carry two gripped bodies (5D, 40D), a 17-40, 24-104, 50/1.8, 70-200/2.8 IS, a 300/4IS or 180 macro (in external pouch if needed), maybe an 85/1.8, and all the other stuff you need, like BP-511s, flash (580 or 270), AA cells.


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Aug 21, 2011 00:38 |  #2

I just received my Pro Runner 350 AW and loving it. Although a bit smaller, looks like you can shed a couple of pounds going this route.

http://products.lowepr​o.com …Runner-350-AW,2183,16.htm (external link)


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Aug 21, 2011 05:03 as a reply to  @ EmaginePixel's post |  #3

I'm not familiar with other brands than Lowepro, so can't recommend bags from any other manufacturers.

The Pro Runner 350 AW which mellofellow mentioned above will not fit a body with vertical grip attached. You'd need the Pro Runner 450 AW for that. Then there's the Vertex series, of which the 100 AW or 200 AW might suit your needs. The Pro Trekker AW series is brilliant, but they are all heavier than your Nature Trekker AW II.

And last but not least, you might want to look at the Flipside 400 AW. It's lighter and about the same size as your Nature Trekker AW II.




  
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Aug 21, 2011 09:34 |  #4

Joris wrote in post #12971393 (external link)
The Pro Runner 350 AW which mellofellow mentioned above will not fit a body with vertical grip attached.

HuH???!!! I'm using it to carry 7D and 5Dii both gripped.

I'll agree that the Flipside 400 aw is an excellent suggestion. The difference is that the Pro Runner has a laptop compartment.


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Aug 21, 2011 09:46 as a reply to  @ EmaginePixel's post |  #5

Well, according to Lowepro's website it fits up to a DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 attached. Unless they've made a mistake I'd believe their data, because I'm using the CompuTrekker AW, the 350 AW's predecessor.

And that one is a little deeper (1 cm) yet I don't think I could get a grip under my camera...

Edit: have seen you could put it in there on its side...*facepalm*

D'oh!




  
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Aug 21, 2011 18:42 |  #6

Thanks for the feedback so far. I am a LowePro fan (and as I said, I love the Mini Trekker). Would like to stick with them. But after going through their line up, I don't see any good alternatives. The 350AW doesn't look that much bigger than the Mini and still quite heavy.

Some of the Katas look okay. I need to find one some where and get my hands on one. I've seen the reviews on this boards sticky.


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Aug 21, 2011 23:06 as a reply to  @ dbdors's post |  #7

Have you looked at the Flipside 400 AW :) ?




  
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Aug 22, 2011 01:08 |  #8

The flipside 400 aw will not hold all the gear he listed. Maybe a vertex series bag.


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Aug 22, 2011 01:45 as a reply to  @ sonnyc's post |  #9

One of the Vertex series would certainly fit all the gear he listed, but the Vertex 200 AW and Vertex 300 AW are heavier than the Nature Trekker AW II he has got. The 100 AW is a little lighter, but is also slightly less high than the Flipside 400 AW I mentioned.




  
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Aug 22, 2011 02:12 |  #10

Take a look at the Gura Gear Kiboko (http://www.guragear.co​m/product.php (external link)). It's less than 4 pounds empty but made of very durable sail cloth material. It also has a very comfortable backpack system that can also be secured away when not needed.




  
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Aug 22, 2011 10:32 |  #11

cutaway wrote in post #12976450 (external link)
Take a look at the Gura Gear Kiboko (http://www.guragear.co​m/product.php (external link)). It's less than 4 pounds empty but made of very durable sail cloth material. It also has a very comfortable backpack system that can also be secured away when not needed.

I have been looking at it yesterday as well. Continuing to check out reviews under the Bags sticky. The Kiboko looks great. Seems to be a bit bigger that I need, but nice none the less. It will be hard to spend the $400 on a bag, but it is very nice.

Would be nice if they a slightly smaller bag though.


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Aug 24, 2011 02:48 |  #12

I don't think the Kiboko will be over-sized for what you listed. You'll probably have some space available but empty space doesn't weigh anything :-) The Kiboko was specifically designed to meet airline requirements for carry-on.

I'll try to get a quick photo of my Kiboko loaded with a similar load in the next 2-3 days.

That being said there is speculation that Gura Gear will be coming out with different sizes. As to when and what, that's anybody's guess.




  
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Aug 26, 2011 20:35 |  #13

I wrote an email to Kiboko and they responded pretty quickly. They said no promises, but to stay tuned, for a new smaller bag.

I picked up a used LowePro Photo Trekker Classic. Its not the lightest, but not the heaviest either. But very much like the Mini Trekker. We'll see how it does. I can always sell it later.


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