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09-30-2015, 11:52 AM   #31
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I'll second or third the Mindshift 180. I have a bigger bag when I want to bring lots of gear, but it has been one of my favorite bags the past 2 yrs. Hiking, skiing, biking. Quite easy to slide around the camera section on the go.

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I'll second or third the Mindshift 180. I have a bigger bag when I want to bring lots of gear, but it has been one of my favorite bags the past 2 yrs. Hiking, skiing, biking. Quite easy to slide around the camera section on the go.
Apart from the price...
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I love my Lowepro Sport AW 200. It can hold a fair bit of gear plus some extras, so I use it as my travel bag and carryon. (I can fit the K-3 with a lens up to the size of the 200mm on it, plus 2-3 small to medium-sized primes in the main camera chamber (or it can fit the 18-135, 55-300 and a prime plus the K-3 in the camera chamber). In the upper chamber, I pack my flash (in a slightly padded bag), any extra lenses (in their carry cases), and various camera accessories and travel bits and bobs. I put my passport in the inner pocket and my Dell XPS-13 fits in the back zip chamber designed to hold a water bladder.

I also like having the open front pocket and the bungee cord-type straps to hold other things like sweaters etc.

I have a bad back and I find that the straps combined with the padded hip belt work well to distribute the weight - and the bag doesn't stick too far out from my back. (As a 5'7" woman, I sometimes find that larger-fatter bags unbalance me.)

The only thing I wish is that it came in solid black. The black-grey combo looks too much like an adventure/sport bag (which is what it is, of course) - but it doesn't blend with my urban adventures as well.
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I love my Lowepro Sport AW 200. It can hold a fair bit of gear plus some extras, so I use it as my travel bag and carryon. (I can fit the K-3 with a lens up to the size of the 200mm on it, plus 2-3 small to medium-sized primes in the main camera chamber (or it can fit the 18-135, 55-300 and a prime plus the K-3 in the camera chamber). In the upper chamber, I pack my flash (in a slightly padded bag), any extra lenses (in their carry cases), and various camera accessories and travel bits and bobs. I put my passport in the inner pocket and my Dell XPS-13 fits in the back zip chamber designed to hold a water bladder.

I also like having the open front pocket and the bungee cord-type straps to hold other things like sweaters etc.

I have a bad back and I find that the straps combined with the padded hip belt work well to distribute the weight - and the bag doesn't stick too far out from my back. (As a 5'7" woman, I sometimes find that larger-fatter bags unbalance me.)

The only thing I wish is that it came in solid black. The black-grey combo looks too much like an adventure/sport bag (which is what it is, of course) - but it doesn't blend with my urban adventures as well.
Thanks for the suggestion, It would be nice if the bag works as a carry-on.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
It's the main clip holding the top cover of the bag...to the bottom of the traditional bag. Even in my LowePro backpack, I notice the plastic clips are the same quality . My issue with LowePro is the quality of the plastic clips they use.
I guess you must mean the plastic buckles. I have yet to have one break in 30 years of using LowePro bags, including bags made in the last 5 years.
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I have a Expedition 6x as well as smaller Tamrac bags with shoulder strap. It holds a lot of stuff and probable more than you would want to carry on a long hike. Tamrac bags have served me well for a long time with no failures. They also offer many different models, some smaller and some larger in the same series.
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I have a Expedition 6x as well as smaller Tamrac bags with shoulder strap. It holds a lot of stuff and probable more than you would want to carry on a long hike. Tamrac bags have served me well for a long time with no failures. They also offer many different models, some smaller and some larger in the same series.
Might work...
How comfortable is it on a 20km hike...
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Might work...
How comfortable is it on a 20km hike...
I just checked it on BH Photo and the 6x is no longer available. Others in the series are. It offers very good support. If not over loaded I think it is very comfortable. My problem is I pack it very full when we travel and I would need to shed some of the gear for a 20km hike. I believe the 5x is available and it is probably less expensive.

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How about looking try looking for Think Tank Change Up V1 a tri-carry solution (waist/sling/harness ala backpack) enough to swallow your gear plus a back pocket to put a ipad and cellphones and with side pockets for water and snacks, keeps your hands free while walking
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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
I guess you must mean the plastic buckles. I have yet to have one break in 30 years of using LowePro bags, including bags made in the last 5 years.
Those are the ones. I broken three...a buddy broke one. I'm careful with all my equipment, including my bags. The only thing I can think of, is that I use my equipment...a lot... on a daily basis.
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I just checked it on BH Photo and the 6x is no longer available. Others in the series are. It offers very good support. If not over loaded I think it is very comfortable. My problem is I pack it very full when we travel and I would need to shed some of the gear for a 20km hike. I believe the 5x is available and it is probably less expensive.
Can also find used ones on ebay.

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How about looking try looking for Think Tank Change Up V1 a tri-carry solution (waist/sling/harness ala backpack) enough to swallow your gear plus a back pocket to put a ipad and cellphones and with side pockets for water and snacks, keeps your hands free while walking
Don't like that.
Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Water bottle problem - I would use a camelback in a flipside if I had one.
not sure if that is a problem. think there is plenty room for one (with even a hole for handsfree adapter..)
I could store a 1L bottle in the 15L.
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I have a lowepro photo sport 200 AW. it's a good size for what you'd like-- I find it a little small for my purposes, but that's because I mostly use it for ski mountaineering, and it has trouble fitting full avy and glacier gear.
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Naneu Pro K3L or K4L. Ticks a lot of your boxes and would do hikes and carry a laptop but not huge.

http://naneubags.com/backpacks/adventure-k4l-v2-hiking-camera-laptop-pack
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I have a lowepro photo sport 200 AW. it's a good size for what you'd like-- I find it a little small for my purposes, but that's because I mostly use it for ski mountaineering, and it has trouble fitting full avy and glacier gear.
Good to know :-)

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Naneu Pro K3L or K4L. Ticks a lot of your boxes and would do hikes and carry a laptop but not huge.

Adventure K4L v2 35L Hiking Camera Pack
Naneu seems to make a lot of things I like the look of :-)
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