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Backpack vs Shoulder Bag?

 
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Nov 24, 2010 17:14 |  #31

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Agreed. :)

If I am only carrying a couple things and around the city or a simple easy hike then I'd just take a shoulder bag since its not that heavy and its easy to access.

If I am actually going on a hike or up a mountain then I will always take a backpack since it distributes the load much better. While the access is more of a pain, the advantages out weight that disadvantage.

Also agreed. Hiking long distances, or climbing up & down waterfalls like I do a backpack really is essential. Also if you want to carry a lot of gear it certainly is the way to go. I tried a few before I settled on the Lowpro Flipside 400, it is the most comfortable backpack I've had (and most secure for your gear, although awkward to access it). But for short walks with only 1 lens, the shoulder bag wins hands down every time.


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Nov 25, 2010 06:37 |  #32

A shoulder bag looks cool and casual, but sometimes your back pays for it with an ache.




  
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Nov 25, 2010 10:23 |  #33

tried them all and i am left with my lowepro sling bag and speed freak :)


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Nov 25, 2010 12:10 |  #34

I've always liked the shoulder bags but if u are going to be walking around a lot or hike, i highly recommend a backpack. i already own a shoulder bag and attempted to hike with it once. it was a huge mistake! very very uncomfortable!!! i even took it with me on a day trip to the local zoo and that was also a mistake. for short periods of time, get a shoulder bag. for longer periods of time, get a backpack. im actually looking for a backpack right now for my longer trips.




  
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Nov 25, 2010 12:11 |  #35

i forgot to mention that it would be nice if a company like Tamrac or Lowepro would make a bag that can change from a backpack to a shoulder bag by just switching a strap or two. it would be nice :)




  
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Nov 26, 2010 11:31 |  #36

I also found that I have to use both and have it narrowed down to the Think Tank Retrospective 10 and the Think Tank Shape Shifter backpack.


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Nov 26, 2010 20:43 |  #37

Lowepro 200 sling, and it is indeed a killer for any amount of hiking, walking about... only time I like it is as mentioned by another poster above is during concerts where can place it in front of my body too. So, am also in market for a comfortable backpack, one that can hold couple large lenses, and maybe even a laptop... w/o killing my wallet too ;)


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Nov 26, 2010 20:59 as a reply to  @ ShadowCaver's post |  #38

I appreciate everyone's feedback. It's great hearing how many of you have multiple bags and switch depending on the situation.

I currently have a Lowepro Nova 4 (similar to Lowepro 190 now) and it's perfect for the equipment I have now...looking at it now it doesn't seem to be in as bad of condition as I first thought.

The sling seems like a very interesting option since I don't typically do a lot of hiking so the backpack may not be for me.

Again, thanks for all your help.

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