Hiking w/ gear. Recommendations needed.

Started Oct 26, 2010 | Discussions thread
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speediq99 Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Hiking w/ gear. Recommendations needed.


Like many here, I am still searching for a good solution to comfortably hike w/ gear in tow. I was wondering if people here would share some of what has worked well for them.

Here are my requirements for a backpack.

  • Can carry lightweight tripod

  • Can carry a 2-3 liter water bladder

  • Can carry a 100-400, 24-105 and a 7d/5d type SLR

  • Can carry some food for a day hike

  • A few compartments inside the bag for mem. cards, filters etc.

  • Well-padded w/ good back support and front strap.

  • Some level of water resistance

  • Easy on the back for a full day hike

  • $100 or less

So far, the best I have come up w/ is a regular school backpack w/ 4-5 compartments (1 for the water bladder, others for food and misc, lenses inside the bag in their own case, body around neck). The main problem w/ the one I have is lack of tripod carrying features and limited back support. It looks like you have to go to a camera bag to find the ability to carry a tripod however when you do this, you loose a lot of flexibility to do some of the things above.

Any suggestions on either a camera bag or a better/more padded regular backpack would be appreciated. I am also looking for a recommendation on a camera harness that I can use to take the stress off my neck when carrying the body while hiking.


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