It seems like everyone is a pro photographer these days. With an iPhone and an Instagram account, you’ve got an entire photo studio in your pocket.
But what happens when you want to step it up? Any real photographer will tell you that once you upgrade your gear, you need a way to transport and take care of it. Enter the Mountainsmith Spectrum camera bag.
With input from National Geographic photographer Andy Mann, Mountainsmith designed the Specrtum for urban commutes, short hikes, and air travel. I fit a laptop, iPad, GoPro, DSLR plus accessories, a jacket, and a snack into the Spectrum’s deceptively large 12 liters, with room to spare.
The pack’s 500-denier high tenacity nylon fabric is more durable and waterproof than most will need, but it's great when the going gets rough. There’s even a built-in rain cover if things get really wet. Keeping your gear organized is a breeze with the pack’s side access pockets, which I used for my camera and laptop. Eveything else went into the top pocket. Bonus: the pockets are completely customizable.
Take note that while the Anvil Airway Suspension does a nice job keeping your back cool, loads much heavier than 10 pounds will max it out. That's to be expected with a pack of this kind, but it's still something to take into account.