I'm planning a 50ish day trip to Europe and Canada at the end of the year, where I'll be staying mainly in hostels. Planning on skiing a fair bit of it, and doing touristy things. Also hopefully doing some adventurey things in Iceland, maybe Norway and Canada too. There will also be a lot of flying so cabin baggage is important.
So, I think I'll be taking a 5D3, 24TS, 17-40, 35, 50, 70-200 and probably 24-70, also maybe one or two 580EX/PW's. Also a Gitzo 1541, and 12" thinkpad, harddrives, cables and such.
I currently have a Vertex 100, but it isn't very comfortable at all.
What I want:
Comfortable to wear for long periods
Looks like it doesn't weigh 20kg so as to not get the people wanting to weigh it
Nondescript normal backpack appearance, (also would like to be able to fit tripod in for this)
Can fit gear and other things like clothes in
I would really like to be able to take only one bag, but this probably can't happen.
Able to ski with it on.
When I looked around all I could really find was the f-stop bags, and out of them I'm not sure whether to go for the Loca or Tilopa, both claim to be carry on, but I get the feeling the Tilopa will look more suss for it being weighed. Also with these, if I'm forced to check it I can take the ICU with my gear in it out, which is pretty neat.
Is there anything else?
What do people think of the f-stop bags?
And also, what do you do for security in a hostel?