If I had to make a list of favorite gear or maybe better still, gear that makes a difference, I would have to list the F-Stop camera bag right at the top of the list. I've been using it over a year now and it's been through some pretty rough areas including Iceland and Death Valley and has held up well.
One of the things I like most about the F-Stop Loka bag is that it works great for day hiking and you can also add gear straps for short backpacking trips. You can easily strap a tent and a sleeping bag onto the camera bag for short overnight trips which is perfect for the kind of photography I like to do. Of course the Internal Camera Unit (ICU) can also be removed and placed into a larger backpack or used with a larger pack from F-Stop for extended backpacking trips. I really appreciate having this functionality.
The other key feature that is different from most packs is that you access the camera gear from either the top lid or better still from the panel that faces your back. This means that when you put your pack down, the side facing your back doesn't get dirty or wet. And you can buy a custom rain cover for the pack for additional protection.
The storage setup is perfect and just the right amount of pockets in the pack and on the exterior of the pack. Yet, the weight of the pack remains super light. And all the materials that are used are really tough, from the fabric to the zippers and the straps. And very easy to strap on the tripod and ultimately fit in the overhead bin for air travel. All important considerations.
Although this particular model is no longer made, it's very similar in size (37 liters) to the updated model, the Ajna which is 40 liters.
Have to thank good buddy Raynor Czerwinski for putting me on the F-Stop bags, so thanks Raynor!
You can check out his fantastic photography here:
In the meantime, if you're looking for a new camera bag, be sure to check out the F-Stop bags!