Help! I need a pack for my photo gear

I'm a photographer and cinematographer, and I'm looking for a backpack that can double as a photo bag for hiking, skiing, mountain climbing. I've found that Lowepro bags are too small. What do you recommend?

Feb 27, 2012
Outside Magazine
Arc'teryx Altra 65

Arc'teryx Altra 65    Photo: Courtesy of Arc'teryx


A really great starting point is Arc’teryx's Altra 65 ($399). At 4,000 cubic inches, it falls in the sweet spot of pack sizes: it's not too big for an overnight but has enough capacity for a four- or five-day trip, depending on the gear requirements. I also recommend it because Arc’teryx's stuff is extremely tough, and the Altra, which is made from a durable, lightweight packcloth, is no exception. And the suspension system is great.

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