Osprey backpacks

Gear, kit

I've spent many years carrying around one Lowepro backpack that is simple and easy to use. It has lasted about 12 years so far so that's pretty good going. But it's a different matter when it comes to hiking in the hills or even walking any distance with kit. I trekked through Slovenia into Italy with two bodies and two lenses a few years ago and realised two important things are required:
1. a good pair of walking boots and
2. a really good backpack
The walking boots have been resolved but the backpack took  a while - most camera backpacks are really cleverly made with pockets and places for everything, tripod attachments and all sorts of gadgets - but have I been able to find one that actually sits really well on my back? The answer is 'No'.  I found my answer in an Osprey women fit rucksack which sits perfectly into the back and onto the hips. Women are most definitely a different shape to men, but not all camera bag manufacturers have realised this. Osprey, however, have spent much time and energy on their women fit range and now I have two - one larger and one smaller.
The drawback is there are no compartments for cameras, no soft padding between lens. So my solution is small padded bags that protect bodies plus a load of soft pouches for extra lenses. For me the compromise in packing the camera is well worth the absolute dream of being able to carry kit up a hill without even feeling the weight anymore.
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