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I'm re-building my setup after my house was broken into - and my Mountainsmith DayFX lumbar pack was among the stolen items, it is unfortunately no longer made, so I am searching for a good camera pack to use while hiking. I've spent a fair bit of time hiking and am therefore kind of picky.
It NEEDS to have a proper waistbelt, I don't want to carry the weight on my shoulders, and I have a pretty long torso, so pretty much any backpack that doesn't have adjustable shoulder strap anchor points and a frame is out - unfortunately it looks like the only camera backpacks that meet these requirements are HUGE - I want something large enough for my 6D with a good sized zoom mounted (24-105) + 2-3 extra lenses (largest would probably be a 70-200 f/4) - NOT something that will carry all the equipment a pro would need to bring to a wedding shoot.
This brings me to the rub: I would really like another good lumbar pack, like the DayFX that was stolen - but again, it needs to be pretty large, and it needs to have a real waistbelt, not just a strap that's wider than the others. I tried the current Mountainsmith TourFX and while it was about the right size and fit comfortablyI felt like the quality of the product was no where near what I had been used to - the sides were lightly padded and floppy, and the interior liner was really loose and the fabic all felt somewhat thin - so it's on it's way back to B&H.
It looks like there are only a couple options for what I am looking at. The Clik Elite Reporter looks like a really good design, but is just barely big enough for what I want to do with it. The Think Tank Speed Racer also looks just barely large enough, but I am sure that the quality will be up to snuff. It's difficult to tell from pictures if the waistbelt of either of these is sturdy enough to really distribute the weight evenly.
Does anyone have experience with either of these bags or know of something else that I might be missing?