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just got back from a week's ski holiday...besides a full week of sun,snow and perfect conditions on near empty slopes ,I skied with the bag and you know what ? I'm glad I purchased the bag !!!
First of all ,I changed the internal padding around inside the camera compartment so that the lens faces upand the camera lies at the bottom of the bag ,now the bulge from the body + grip attached doesn't bother me anymore when the bag is on my back .
The amount of stuff I packed for the flight was impressive : 7D + grip ,70-200L ,24-105L ,580EX flash ,15" laptop ,Ipad ,Ipod ,over ear headphones ,external harddrive ,phone charger ,Ipad charger,laptop's power supply ,passport and flight ticket wallet ,hard case for my glasses .Granted ,the bag was heavy to carry around the airport ,but when I left only the photo equipment inside to go on the slopes ,I barely felt the bag.
On the practical side : access to the gear compartment is very easy : you tell your friends to wait ,ski down 200-300 meters ,throw (gently of course) the bag on the slope ,straps facing up ,zip open ,pull out the camera ,wave to your friends to start skiing ,start shooting ,put back your gear in the bag ,zip closed ,put the bag on your back ,your back stays dry and off you go skiing.
I even had staps to attach my ski sticks so I could use my hands to shoot while skiing .
Besides looking cool (both the bag and myself ) ,so far that bag is the first one to get much closer to suit my needs ,even for day-to-day use ,taking into account I can always remove the photo compartment and use the bag as a regular backpack.