If there’s one piece of gear that the camera industry is not short of, it’s backpacks. There’s a bewildering array on offer so here’s an in-depth comparison of six of the best.
Chris Nichols of DPReview takes you through six backpacks that are ideal for short trips, all designed to go with you into an aircraft cabin rather than being stowed in the hold. As Nichols notes, when you decide to invest in a quality bag, it’s more a case of choosing which bag is right for your needs rather than deciding which bag is better than another.
My bag of choice for short trips where I’m carrying a combination of camera gear and clothing is the WANDRD HEXAD Access 45L Duffel as its compartments make organizing and separating gear (critical if you’re carrying food!) nicely straight forward. However, there is no external pocket for carrying additional, quick-access items such as water bottles or, in Nichols' case, machetes. Its design means that while it maximizes space, it’s not going to be as comfortable as something like the Atlas Athlete which is clearly geared more towards days in the mountains.
Which is the right bag for you? Let us know your preference in the comments below.