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Sep 07, 2016 12:47 |  #31

Thanks so much to all of you with so many amazing suggestions and reviews. POTN, you guys rock!


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Sep 07, 2016 14:21 |  #32

Like you guys, I have tried different combinations of hiking pack with inserts and photo bags with stuffing in jacket, food, water etc. I agree that the f-stop is not suited to a big day in the hills with lots of ascent. However, I have found my ideal bag - the Manfrotto Off-Road Hiker 30L. It's great for day trips but wouldn't be big enough for multi-day hikes. It's the most comfortable bag I've got and I notice I don't get as tired with it. It holds everything I need for a long day out in the hills!


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Sep 07, 2016 20:23 |  #33

It's been an interesting thread to follow. I've started looking for a similar solution for my own use which will include swapping out different kits when going from DSLR to MF film (RB67) and this has been very informative.
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Sep 09, 2016 23:59 |  #34

I've been following this thread so I'll throw in now. I also have gone with a Gregory backpack and insert solution. I have used a Gregory Z65 (for 65 liter) for my standard backpacking trips for a few years. It's a great pack that I have used to haul stuff for multiple day trips. I also haul my camera stuff long distances at times. When I decided to look at fStop bags for this type of use also checked into a Gregory solution. I ended up with a Gregory Z40 (40 liters) that I originally used with an fStop Medium Pro ICU (NLA). Later I switched switched to a Large Pro ICU. It's a tight fit but it certainly works. I can't compare it to the Targhee posted in this thread, but it's front opening. I'd prefer back opening but I live with it. I can load the ICU, throw in water, a jacket, extra crap for what I'm doing that day, and haul it all day long. The beauty of a good backpacking design is it will let you haul weight without feeling every pound.

The 'modular system' also helps when I travel. The ICU fits perfectly into a small rolling carry on bag I have, and the Z40 flattens & goes into my checked bag. At my destination I just put it all back together. Never have to worry about if I'm going to get challenged on the Z40 as a carry on.

One downside is that Gregory has a newer version of the Z40 than when I bought mine. Small changes in a bag design can have big effects on things like access and usability. I was able to do a hands on with mine at REI, so I would always suggest that or dealing with a seller with a good return policy.

But bottom line for me is backpacks for photo bags are a good solution when worked out.

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Sep 10, 2016 10:05 |  #35

I've been looking at all the suggestions in this thread and I find the bags very interesting.

One question on the Targhee... what do you guys use to carry water since I don't see side pockets (at least in the model I found)? I assume you use a hydration system.

What other rear-opening hiking backpacks fit the f-stop ICUs?


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Sep 13, 2016 20:13 |  #36

As much as I like my F-Stop Tilopa, it just doesn't come close to the comfort that a "real" backcountry backpack offers when carrying my gear.

I'm in the Columbia River Gorge today and I did a quick 2 mile hike with my usual camera gear in my F-Stop. Last week I did a 3 day backpacking trip in the Sierra and had the same photography gear but it was in my 100L MountainSmith Apex bag (overkill for 3 days but my wife had my smaller backpack) and even though my pack weight on the Sierra trip was 38 pounds and I was hiking over rougher terrain for much longer distances at elevation, it was much more comfortable than my ~20 pound F-stop bag on well graded trails here in the Gorge.

I've done many overnight hikes with my gear in an F-stop ICU placed in a backpack and the comfort level is far greater than the many day hikes I've done using my F-Stop backpack. The F-stop is a great bag with many nifty features that I love (particularly being able to take it as carry-on for most flights), but if I am doing more than a few miles on trail or any off-trail hiking, I will use one of my "real" backpacks and throw the ICU inside of it.


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Sep 18, 2016 17:34 |  #37

sawsedge wrote in post #18123270 (external link)
What other rear-opening hiking backpacks fit the f-stop ICUs?

I'm going to throw an opinion out that there's not many. Most backpack designs focus on the 'suspension system' - belt, straps and usually something to stiffen the pack frame to distribute weight. This type of design usually precludes rear opening. My Gregory Z packs have curved rods and mesh panels for stiffness and airflow where the rear opening would have to be. I think the Targhee is a rare outlier from the typical backpack design.

I researched packs online. Most give internal dimensions. I actually cut a shoebox down to the fStop ICU dimensions & took it to REI once I had a few candidates picked out. I know it sounds hokey but it allowed me to verify fit and access before investing time & money on purchases.




  
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Sep 18, 2016 21:36 |  #38

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Sep 19, 2016 19:12 |  #39

I too am looking for the "miracle backpack" to carry my photo gear. I've used both Clik Elite's Voyager 35 and more recently Contrejour 40, but the Contrejour ripped and so now I'm looking for another solution. I was close to pulling the trigger on a Fstop Tilopa, but was turned off by the 2 month turnaround, so I'm still in the research mode. Fortunately, I stumbled on this page, which agrees with other articles I've read from backpacking photographers.

What I've researched so far agrees with the consensus of what everyone's saying about buying a backpack first and retrofitting it for photography. My Contrejour is usually about 30 - 35 lbs so load carrying comfort is of top importance. Shortly behind that is access to gear since I'm constantly changing location and lenses, grabbing accessories, etc. Back panel access seems to be an essential requirement and I'm thinking to find a pack where I can fit in an Fstop ICU and mimic the Fstop in function, but with great improvement for load capacity/comfort.

There've been some good suggestions on this thread so far, but I don't see utopia just yet. Perhaps a trip to my local REI is in order at least for some backpack education....


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Sep 21, 2016 18:54 |  #40

Bcaps wrote in post #18127222 (external link)
As much as I like my F-Stop Tilopa, it just doesn't come close to the comfort that a "real" backcountry backpack offers when carrying my gear.

I'm in the Columbia River Gorge today and I did a quick 2 mile hike with my usual camera gear in my F-Stop. Last week I did a 3 day backpacking trip in the Sierra and had the same photography gear but it was in my 100L MountainSmith Apex bag (overkill for 3 days but my wife had my smaller backpack) and even though my pack weight on the Sierra trip was 38 pounds and I was hiking over rougher terrain for much longer distances at elevation, it was much more comfortable than my ~20 pound F-stop bag on well graded trails here in the Gorge.

I've done many overnight hikes with my gear in an F-stop ICU placed in a backpack and the comfort level is far greater than the many day hikes I've done using my F-Stop backpack. The F-stop is a great bag with many nifty features that I love (particularly being able to take it as carry-on for most flights), but if I am doing more than a few miles on trail or any off-trail hiking, I will use one of my "real" backpacks and throw the ICU inside of it.

I'm curious if this is the old Tilopa design, or the new?


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Oct 26, 2016 13:36 |  #41

I know it's too late, but maybe it will be useful for someone else.

Recently I made my own research and I found Naneu rucksacks. Especially two models paid my attention
http://naneubags.com …e-K5v2-Photo-Backpack-80L (external link)
http://naneubags.com …lander-Photo-Backpack-50L (external link)
Both of them have been designed for photographers and have easy access to photo compartment. I saw very positive reviews on YT.

What prevent me most from buying one of the rucksacks is that before I buy it I would like to go to a shop and have a look at it.


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Oct 26, 2016 20:00 |  #42

sawsedge wrote in post #18135992 (external link)
I'm curious if this is the old Tilopa design, or the new?

I have the old design.

Ursyn wrote in post #18167600 (external link)
I know it's too late, but maybe it will be useful for someone else.

Recently I made my own research and I found Naneu rucksacks. Especially two models paid my attention
http://naneubags.com …e-K5v2-Photo-Backpack-80L (external link)
http://naneubags.com …lander-Photo-Backpack-50L (external link)
Both of them have been designed for photographers and have easy access to photo compartment. I saw very positive reviews on YT.

What prevent me most from buying one of the rucksacks is that before I buy it I would like to go to a shop and have a look at it.

Interesting design. I think I would still prefer the flexibility of using a dedicated camping backpack with an ICU as that gives me the option of choosing both the size of the ICU (small for quicker trips or large for longer trips or more varied types of photography) as well as the backpack itself, smaller or larger depending on the length of the trip. The ICUs from Fstop look to be more customizable as well compared to the ones 5Kv2's. I know that the last trip I went on that 80L K5v2 pack would not have been able to fit everything I needed.


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Nov 06, 2016 07:42 |  #43

Just following up on this. I went to REI with my small pro f-stop ICU and looked for snowpacks (most have rear access) that would fit.

I tried the Osprey Kamber 32 and 42 (Kamber is the updated/renamed Kode). The ICU pushed too far into the front pocket of the 32 and blocked access. The 42 kind of worked but, once I loaded it with 20 lbs, I found the 42 was very uncomfortable for me, even after the REI expert fit the pack to me.

I like the Deuter freerider pro 30 design, but it was much too shallow for the pro ICU and would need a different insert (like trekpak). I want to go back and load up the Deuter with weight and check the comfort.

After rechecking my adjustments at home, and taking a hike the other day with it, my Loka remains the most comfortable for me so far. So it really just comes down to what fits each of us individually.


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Nov 08, 2016 13:51 |  #44

sawsedge wrote in post #18177202 (external link)
Just following up on this. I went to REI with my small pro f-stop ICU and looked for snowpacks (most have rear access) that would fit.

I tried the Osprey Kamber 32 and 42 (Kamber is the updated/renamed Kode). The ICU pushed too far into the front pocket of the 32 and blocked access. The 42 kind of worked but, once I loaded it with 20 lbs, I found the 42 was very uncomfortable for me, even after the REI expert fit the pack to me.

I like the Deuter freerider pro 30 design, but it was much too shallow for the pro ICU and would need a different insert (like trekpak). I want to go back and load up the Deuter with weight and check the comfort.

After rechecking my adjustments at home, and taking a hike the other day with it, my Loka remains the most comfortable for me so far. So it really just comes down to what fits each of us individually.


I guess they did not have the Targhee 45?
far from perfect, but for me rear access IS the most adequate solution while hiking, as it will keep the straps clean. Actually, almost like the lowepro, you can swing it to the front an reach for the zipper and grab a lens without having to put it down - requires a bit of practice to say the least.
There are no dedicated straps for a tripod, but I solved that issue with ammo grab bags - they are set with straps for mole attaching , so they can go on the side and or the waist belt.
Like most camera bags, F-Stop are overpriced - to me their main issue is the one-size-fits all; so some bags will be too long in shorter torsos, and vice-versa. No sizing is allowed or provided. The belt itself, does not follow the body/hips contour - it's simply attached from the edge of side-back vertical seam.
at current price and weigh, the top and side panels should be waterproof
So, for some they will fit properly, and if you have a short tripod and don't need to carry more than one liter of water, they can be ok.
One has to try a bag and take it out - there are no perfect solutions, and everyone has different needs.

ps: I find the icu a PITA after all - zip for access and then zip again to reach gear - lens wraps or/and pouches are way more versatile, furthermore allowing for a better weight distribution.


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Nov 08, 2016 20:54 |  #45

I have no issues climbing with my belt kit, backpacks are cumbersome and slow. Sometimes I will use a backpack on top of my belt system if I need food, but mostly not.

What type of gear do people hike with?


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