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07-01-2021, 04:50 AM   #16
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I am one of those who uses a regular backpack with insets as I have never found a camera specific one that didn't look like a compromise or overpriced
The biggest issue for photo backpacks, and also what are sold as computer backpacks for school kits, and even travelling professionals these days is the strap system, or more importantly the absolute lack of a strap system.

Virtually all these backpacks have one set of parameters in common, the waist belt is attached to the bottom corners, the shoulder straps attach to the top of the bag directly, and padded only for a portion of their length, usually assuming the pack is carried high up on your back, and the chest strap, if any, and even if adjustable is only adjustable over part of the padded length of the shoulder straps.

The result is, unless your torso length perfectly matches the length of the pack, (this usually suits people much shorter than 5 feet tall) you are left with a pack where Any benefit of the waist strap has the shoulder straps so long in adjustment that they are not padded, or at the end of their padded range, and the chest strap is around your neck, or if the shoulder and neck straps are fit properly, the waste strap can be over your stomach or under your sternum.

I only have one photo back pack with a proper strap system. It is an older lowepro photo trekker. It has a wide and padded waist strap, and the shoulder straps connect to a central strap that runs in a channel down the length of the back pack and attaches to the bottom of the pack. The central strap is adjustable in length to fit any torso with the Y connection to the shoulder straps placed about between your shoulder blades. This, plus an adjustable chest strap lets you take the load equally across your torso and hips, as it should be.

The only problem with this pack, is the lack of accessory pockets or pouches that can hold water bottles etc, outside the main compartment, but if you want to carry a lot of gear, its great. I am continually looking at my general hiking pack, which in addition to the same strap system has an internal frame, and thinking of lining the central compartment with a camera insert.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
The biggest issue for photo backpacks, and also what are sold as computer backpacks for school kits, and even travelling professionals these days is the strap system, or more importantly the absolute lack of a strap system.

Virtually all these backpacks have one set of parameters in common, the waist belt is attached to the bottom corners, the shoulder straps attach to the top of the bag directly, and padded only for a portion of their length, usually assuming the pack is carried high up on your back, and the chest strap, if any, and even if adjustable is only adjustable over part of the padded length of the shoulder straps.

The result is, unless your torso length perfectly matches the length of the pack, (this usually suits people much shorter than 5 feet tall) you are left with a pack where Any benefit of the waist strap has the shoulder straps so long in adjustment that they are not padded, or at the end of their padded range, and the chest strap is around your neck, or if the shoulder and neck straps are fit properly, the waste strap can be over your stomach or under your sternum.

I only have one photo back pack with a proper strap system. It is an older lowepro photo trekker. It has a wide and padded waist strap, and the shoulder straps connect to a central strap that runs in a channel down the length of the back pack and attaches to the bottom of the pack. The central strap is adjustable in length to fit any torso with the “Y” connection to the shoulder straps placed about between your shoulder blades. This, plus an adjustable chest strap let’s you take the load equally across your torso and hips, as it should be.

The only problem with this pack, is the lack of accessory pockets or pouches that can hold water bottles etc, outside the main compartment, but if you want to carry a lot of gear, it’s great. I am continually looking at my general hiking pack, which in addition to the same strap system has an internal frame, and thinking of lining the central compartment with a camera insert.
That is true, and one reason why I'm such a fan of Mindshift Gear's rotation180 system (especially their updated backpacks). Load lifters, adjustable torso length, numerous tension and length adjustment points, excellent comfort and ease of access. I again used one of their backpacks form several hikes over the weekend, and again fell in love with the system.
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