Made from 100% recycled PET fabric, the Mountainsmith Borealis AT Daypack is a great way to celebrate the environment while hiking through it. The Borealis includes a dedicated camera compartment that will house a DSLR, three lenses, a flash and other accessories. There’s a laptop compartment, and the upper area of the bag has room for other necessities. There are snowboard and ski carrying options, and the bag can be paired with smaller ones from the Mountainsmith line, which includes cases, lumbar bags, shoulder bags and lens cases. List Price: $189.
Tamrac’s Evolution series can be carried in three ways—as a backpack over both shoulders or as a sling pack across either the right or the left shoulder. There are three ways to access your camera and gear—with a right, left and front access panel that opens to your DSLR with lens attached. A foam-padded top compartment has enough space for a jacket or other accessories, and there’s a QuickClip Tripod Attachment System with a Tripod Foot Pocket. There currently are two packs in the line, the Evolution 8 with enough room for a DSLR with an eight-inch lens attached and up to a 15.6-inch laptop, and the Evolution 6 for a DSLR with a 5.5-inch lens attached. List Price: $149 (Evolution 6); $199 (Evolution 8).
Weighing less than three pounds, the Tenba Shootout Ultralight backpack is the lightest full-sized backpack that Tenba has ever made. For extra security, the SwitchBack camera insert can be reversed to make your equipment accessible only from the back panel of the bag, and the zippers can be locked on both sides. The dobby/diamond ripstop nylon outer shell is water-repellant, and a WeatherWrap cover is included for further protection from the elements. There are large mesh side pockets for a water bottle or temporary lens storage, and a front accessory compartment with pockets houses portable external drives and smaller items. List Price: $134.
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Being mobile can be just as important as being prepared. Distilling your pack to the necessities often will be enough to provide you with creative options while keeping the load manageable. Smaller packs are built for fast access, especially when a DSLR, a wide-angle zoom, a long zoom and a flash are all that you’ll need.
Billingham has released two new satchel-style lines featuring the classic aesthetic for which the company is known. The ƒStop Series offers two sizes, the ƒ2.8 and the wider ƒ1.4, each with enough room for a DSLR and lens attached. Capacity can be expanded through external AVEA Pockets that are sold separately, and the bags are available in black or khaki FibreNyte with leather edging. The 07 Series has a wider, deeper interior that will accommodate a large DSLR with lens attached. There are three sizes in the series, the 107, 207 and 307, available in khaki with chocolate leather trim or black with black leather trim. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $240 (fStop Series); begins at $357 (07 Series).
The Quick-Shot Sling from DOMKE® is a lightweight bag with adjustable dividers in the padded interior for a DSLR with lens attached. The bag is worn comfortably on the back, while the sling-strap design, dual-zippered top and front-zippered face make it easy to swing the bag around to access the contents. There are two sizes available to fit most of the popular cameras. DOMKE also offers their Photo Courier, which looks like a messenger bag but holds inserts and adjustable dividers for camera lenses and accessories. The medium and larger Photo Couriers have a laptop sleeve, and the full-length hook-and-loop panels can be silenced by the added cover flaps when discretion is necessary. Both lines are available in DOMKE’s black canvas or classic RuggedWear™ waxed exterior. List Price: Begins at $104 (Quick-Shot Sling); Begins at $139 (Photo Courier).