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Recommendations for backpack to carry DSLR camera stuff while biking

July 5, 2011, 11:08 a.m.
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I am looking to get a smaller sized backpack that I could also take biking, and suggestions? I know DaKine also makes photo bags, but they seem to be pretty big.

I would probably be carrying:
-DSLR Camera
-two lenses
-flash
-small accessories…

Also would be nice to have a spot for a camel pack, but then again, I would be scared of it leaking and getting onto the camera equipment.

I am thinking of something like this, but not sure if a backpack or slingbag would be better. (The slingbag locks you bag with the angle strap, and one across the bottom)

Lowepro SlingShot 100AW

LowePro Fastpack 100 (Not sure if this one has extra straps to between the shoulder straps to hold it in place…)

July 5, 2011, 11:25 a.m.
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have a look here http://fstopgear.com/index.php

The Guru might fit the bill for you. Fstop is premium quality stuff, designed by action photographers for action photographers.

I've got a big Satori pack, it holds everything and the kitchen sink, and a Mala waist pack. I'm not sure I'd use a waist pack on a bike, I don't think it would sit right. The F-Stop backpacks have a dedicated hydration pocket.

Let me know if you want more details, I can point you in the right direction.

July 5, 2011, 11:26 a.m.
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This is the bag I have, and I really like it. It converts from backpack to single strap sling bag. No spot for a bladder, but has some extra storage in it.

http://www.kata-bags.com/productFRM2HS.asp?p_Id=19767[HTML_REMOVED]Version=Photo#p7GPc1_1

Its on sale for $79.99 at London Drugs at the moment too, which is pretty good price!

http://www.londondrugs.com/Cultures/en-US/Product+Detail/Cameras.htm?BreadCrumbs=Cameras;Cameras;Camera%20Bags%20and%20Cases;Bags%20and%20Cases[HTML_REMOVED]ProductID=4369229[HTML_REMOVED]ProductTab=3

July 5, 2011, 1:03 p.m.
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I have two Dakine backpacks that work pretty well for me. The best part is that your local bike shop can probably get them in for you.
That sling bag with the single strap probably won't cut it for you in terms of actually staying on while you're riding.

http://www.dakine.com/sport-packs/photo/mission-photo/

July 5, 2011, 2:18 p.m.
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I gave a Lowe Pro Orion Trekker to a friend recently and its probably gathering dust. If you're interested, I'll ask him if you can have it.

Kinda like this but uglier color scheme

WTB Frequency i23 rim, 650b NEW - $40

July 5, 2011, 4:52 p.m.
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I'm partial to this one, but I most likely wouldn't ride gnar with it. Though for cruising with the camera I think it'd work.
http://products.lowepro.com/product/Versapack-200-AW,2171,14.htm

http://buysell.nsmb.com/showproduct.php?product=20017
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaru72/

July 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m.
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great, thanks for the tips.

Those f-stop bags are sweet, I've seen them before, but they out of my budget for now. Plus I think they are still a little bit too big for what I'm looking for, but hopefully in the future I'll be able to pick one up.

July 5, 2011, 10:46 p.m.
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I scored a free Fstop Tilopa a few years back and it's a very nice pack. I've used it for biking an skiing and it works great.

July 6, 2011, 7:38 a.m.
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check out the KATA 123-Go-10 pack at London Drugs, which is the one I have. It converts from a backpack to a slingpack, and is on sale for $79 at the moment. I've been trying to post links but the it just says pending moderator approval and they never get approved….

July 6, 2011, 2:14 p.m.
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I've got one of the LowePro backpacks at work.

It would be terrible to bike with. The strapes suck

I've got an NEX-5 with a couple lense's and the fish eye so it's not super big. I fitted styrafoam into an old camelback for a while it worked pretty good if you're into diy.

July 6, 2011, 6 p.m.
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check out the KATA 123-Go-10 pack at London Drugs, which is the one I have. It converts from a backpack to a slingpack, and is on sale for $79 at the moment. I've been trying to post links but the it just says pending moderator approval and they never get approved….


London Drugs KATA 123-go-10

$79.99 is a great deal! I may have to go check it out.

http://buysell.nsmb.com/showproduct.php?product=20017
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaru72/

July 6, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
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that KATA does look pretty good

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