Hiking daypack photography backpack?

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Pendraggon87 Junior Member • Posts: 42
Hiking daypack photography backpack?
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I've been scouring the forums, going crazy writing down all the possible backpacks out there, both photo and hiking specific! Was hoping someone can help me narrow this down. I currently have an old LowPro Video Pack 250 AW and the Boundary backpack. The Boundary is supremely uncomfortable, but I liked how much I can fit in there, and the LowePro has seen better days and is awful in hot weather. When hiking it's really only for 2-6 hours usually so not very intensive.

My requirements are:

  • Carry on for airlines (in US)
  • Hydration bladder pocket (with hole for drainage if it bursts) or a water bottle pocket
  • Hold a laptop
  • Room for a mirrorless camera and a few lenses (A7RIII, Tamron 17-28, Tamron 28-200, and a small Sigma 28)
  • Ability to strap a tripod on
  • Solid hip support
  • Load adjusters
  • Back support and comfort - this is key. I HATE how hot it gets using the Boundary backpack or my current LowePro.
  • Room to store a fleece/lightweight jacket and hat/gloves and some snacks
  • Ideally also able to strap hiking poles in addition to tripod

I don't care as much about side/back panel access, but I do like the idea of not having front access - if the ground is dirty, i'd rather the front rather than back rest on the ground so I don't have a muddy backpack against my back.

I do have a Cotton Carrier Strapshot that I use, but I am still worried with the hiking bags that either I have to put my gear on top, which causes weirdness with weight distribution, or spend too much time rummaging around to get at my gear.

From a photography backpack perspective, I'd been looking at:

  • Mindshift Rotation Horizon - Looks ok, though I would probably need an insert for some lenses in the top pocket.
  • F-Stop Loka UL - Looks interesting, but not sure how much I can actually store in this. The lightweight part is great, but does it come at the cost of protection?
  • Thule Aspect - Doesn't seem great for hiking, but may store what I need.
  • F-Stop Tilopa - Probably slightly too big for carry on, but have heard some good things. Was told the Ajna was terrible for back airflow
  • LowePro Pro Runner BP 350 AWii (what a mouthful)
  • Shimoda ActionX 30 - Not sure how comfortable it looks

For hiking backpacks, I was looking at the following:

  • Gregory Zulu 40 - I really like the TMP back, and seems I can put in an ICU without much of a fuss.
  • Osprey Atmos 50 - Seems like it can fit everything I would need and compress enough I can take it on an airplane
  • Mammut Trion Pro 35+7
  • Mammut Trion Pro 50+ - if this can get on a plane that would be great
  • Osprey Kamber 32

Does anyone have experience with the above bags that can provide some input on how comfortable it was and how easy to access gear?

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