BayAreaMD: I don't understand the "no tripod" comments. I've been using it with a Gitzo 3541XLS for quite a while, which is a big 'pod...with Markins M20 or RRS pano gear attached.
Admittedly, attaching to the side isn't the most balanced solution, but it works for me. I attach exactly as show on the gura gear web site:http://blog.guragear.com/gura-gear-the-blog/2011/11/23/faq-do-kiboko-bags-allow-for-tripods.html
I find this plenty secure. I find only two minor drawbacks:(1) balance a bit off(2) the tripod extends above the back of the pack instead of dropping down. This can make scrambling through brush or under trees a bit more awkward, imo.
I really like it, especially the weight savings and the ease with which the zippers work. I'll take these 'fast' zippers with a raincover over the sticky, sealed zippers anyday.
Point well taken. I totally agree that health has to come first. I also have a Lowepro with center tripod holder and agree that it's easier to handle the heavy tripod. Maybe I read the original review wrong, but it seemed to imply to me that a large tripod couldn't be held at all.
I own tons of bags -- the dreaded photographer's 'bag collector' problem. I specifically bought this one for its light weight (for its size), and would again. I was luck enough to get it at a discount barely used.
chaking: If you have to put the tripod on the side where it's unbalanced, then it's not a hiking pack. Is there only one water holder? Can you strap a tent or any other gear on there?
Stop saying these are hiking packs when they're really just nice summer strolling packs. You cant go hiking with just camera gear... or if u do, then you are either ill prepared or not really hiking anywhere even remotely tough.
Hmm ... upon rereading I guess it isn't advertised as a hiking pack... oops
Few camera packs are really appropriate for serious 'hiking,' as I think you're defining it. For day hikes, though, this one works well. Water bottle held opposite side from tripod. No external storage. I keep food and light jacket inside. Day hikes only.
I don't understand the "no tripod" comments. I've been using it with a Gitzo 3541XLS for quite a while, which is a big 'pod...with Markins M20 or RRS pano gear attached.