The Kata Bumblebee UL-222 double-compartment backpack holds a pro DSLR with a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached, an extra camera body and up to four additional lenses. Up top, there’s plenty of room for food and personal items, and the padded laptop slot fits most 17-inch models. The external top organizer pocket is ideal for a cell phone, keys, etc., while the two side pockets hold smaller accessories like memory cards or batteries. The uniquely reversible Elements Cover protects against pop-up thunderstorms and, when positioned silver-side out, helps deflect the sun’s harmful rays. Contact:www.kata-bags.us.
Clik Elite Hiker
The Clik Elite Hiker is ruggedly handsome and constructed of tough ballistic nylon fabrics, durable hardware and beefy zippers. Camera gear fits in a padded 13x9x8-inch cradle in the bottom, while food, clothing and other personal items sit up top in a separate compartment. The Hiker features a hydration system that accommodates up to a 70-ounce reservoir. The useful combination of a lightweight internal aluminum frame, innovative padded shoulder straps and an adjustable sternum strap assures maximum comfort over the long haul. A padded waist belt with bidirectional buckle allows you to balance the load between shoulders and hips. On the outside, mesh side pockets keep water bottles and other items handy, while side compression straps secure a tripod. Contact:www.clikelite.com.
The Domke F-2 Backpack is a genuine Domke F-2X bag with a large, versatile compartment built on top. The bottom chamber has a four-section insert for lenses and a pair of SLR camera bodies. The zippered top compartment has loads of room for accessories, snacks or personal items. There also are plenty of pockets, including a front zippered pocket on the main flap, four additional exterior pockets and an interior mesh pocket. Made in the USA from durable cotton canvas and the finest heavy-duty hardware available, the F-2 Backpack upholds Domke’s legendary tradition of providing speedy access to your equipment. Contact:www.tiffen.com.
The Mountainsmith Spectrum Daypack, newly reconfigured for 2010, is made with 100% recycled PET ReDura material. Just right for popular compact DSLRs in the Canon EOS 7D range, it offers a comfortable, molded back panel, a rubber molded haul handle, contoured shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap and a load-stabilizing compression system for all-day carrying comfort. The top-access, padded computer compartment will hold a 17-inch MacBook Pro or similar laptop comfortably. Two net side pockets fit oversized water bottles or, when used in conjunction with the side strap, a small tripod or monopod. Contact:www.mountainsmith.com.
Naneu Adventure K5
The Naneu Adventure K5 is uniquely designed as two completely separate bags that join to create a functional hybrid backpack. Made of 600 denier water-resistant double polyurethane and high-density N420 denier rip-stop nylon, the K5 features a front mesh pocket for storage of wet garments and side mesh pockets. The removable camera pod holds a large DSLR with up to a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached, plus four additional lenses, and can be used separately as a backpack or a chest pod. The large opening main compartment is used to carry hiking and personal gear. A handy rain cover is included. Contact:www.nanuebags.com.
Lowepro DryZone Rover
Combining the best of all worlds, the Lowepro DryZone Rover is the world’s first backpack designed to carry both a hydration system and photo equipment inside the same bag. Constructed of Lowepro’s proprietary, waterproof, plastic-coated nylon, the DryZone accommodates a pro-sized DSLR and lenses in the bottom portion, and has roomy space for other necessities in the top. The padded camera insert can be removed to convert the DryZone into a fully waterproof, multipurpose pack. The removable hydration system features a polyurethane reservoir with a 50-ounce capacity and a drink tube that’s resistant to bacteria. Contact:www.lowepro.com.
Adorama Joe Farace Reporter II
The Adorama Joe Farace Reporter II backpack holds a 16-inch laptop along with a pro DSLR with a 100-400mm lens attached. Nine flexible dividers allow you to customize how your equipment fits inside. There are plenty of pockets for memory cards, card readers, cleaning gear and more. Equipment is easily accessible, and the contoured handle makes the bag comfortable to carry. Contact:www.adorama.com.
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