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Resurrecting this thread to pass along something for the larger-sized DSLR crowd.
Lowepro Pro Messengers at B&H
I picked up a 180 a couple weeks ago and am completely in love. It's more than I thought I'd ever pay for a Lowepro bag, but it's of impressively high quality and very well thought out, at least for the way I think. Fully open, the front flap is about 25% velcro, so closing it tightly when you're just carrying your gear (through an airport, for example) isn't an issue. When shooting, you can fold the flap up and it stays closed via a small magnet in the placket, so opening and closing are entirely silent matters. I love the fact that there is no manufacturer's identification on the front of the bag. And I know I may be alone in this, but I love the fact that there's no zipper enclosure over the gear. The front pocket is fairly typical in size and layout. There's nylon pockets (which are the perfect size for the a99's batteries, and probably most DSLR batteries). I've also got a hex wrench, some microfiber packs, a couple of packs of AAs, and my wired remote in there. There's a pocket inside behind the gear dividers that I'm using for the body and lens cap and spare SDs. And the back has a pocket big enough for a tablet or netbook (maybe even an Air, but I don't have one to test that theory). The side pockets can expand. If I don't overload the bag, I can get a 1L Nalgene-style bottle in there, so a strobe or meter is an easy fit. The strap is soft but feels durable. The included shoulder pad's comfortable and not overly bulky or stiff. It's tall enough to take my R 250/4, so the 70-200s and 300/4s wouldn't be a problem. If you don't use teles, the 160 would probably be a better fit. They didn't have a 200 in the store where I bought the 180, but it looks like a beast on B&H's site.
So I think I may have found my perfect bag.