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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-06-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Backpack for riding with camera gear

I'm looking for a low profile backpack that is tough enough that if I were to fall, wouldn't have to worry as much about landing on my cameras.

The Dakine Heli Pro 20L or Burton AK17 look solid so far but if anyone has any recommendations I'd appreciate it. Really just looking for something tough to take a lot of beating.

Hydration ready would be a plus.

Cameras if anyone is interested:
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Dakine Heli Pro 20L or Burton AK17 look solid
They do, but neither seem to have any extra padding/protection for cameras (which seem to be what you are looking for). Meaning if you'd take a hard crash on your back your gear gets crushed between your back and whatever terrain you are crashing on. Won't be a problem for your action cameras, not so sure about the Alpha though. Especialy with longer lenses the whole thing would become mure susceptible to lots of force applied at the wrong spot. And it only hurts more if it sticks into your back in thr wrong place.

Anyway, I'm not sure if it's possible to damage anything but for $1000+ gear I like precautions so I took a piece of hard foam type of stuff and cut out the exact shape of my camera+lense. The outer shape is roughly the width of my backpack. Not only does this keep the camera from constantly shaking around all over the place, it also protects it and doesn't make it poke in your back on crashes and on the lifts. I like it a lot, and it fits better than any pre-made camera protection bags you'll ever find.

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So the Burton F-Stop is definitely a serious beast. Overkill for me but so far has the padding and protection I'm looking for.

As for the foam inserts ideas. I love it! I have so many of those from work sitting on my desk that I was just holding on to.

Are there any bags out there that are good for riding but feature slightly harder shell material?
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I have the Dakine Heli Pro 20l. Not much protection at all. I carry my camera equipment in a hard case and put it in the bag. I also am able to carry my go pro stick on the outside so a small tripod would probably work as well. I like the bag cause It is comfy to wear and easy to carry. also like that I can stick a hydration pack in there.
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+1 for the F-Stop Mountain Series.

They are NOT cheap, but you get what you pay for and you will absolutely not find a better made product - even from another snowboard company.

That said, you're not going to find a bag that is going to be designed to take direct bails if that is what you are looking for. They weren't made to take 'beatings' as you put it - but they can resist the elements and some wear/tear no problem.
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I bought an Ogio No Drag Mach 5 for my motorcycle a few years ago and decided to give it a shot for snowboarding. Works quite well and has a semi-rigid outer shell that offers some protection. I don't carry the expensive equipment that you do but I've thrown my spare lenses in their carrier bag with nothing around them other then my gloves and some other odds and ends and have bailed with no damage whatsoever.

Bags and Backpacks for School and Work from OGIO featuring the No Drag Mach 5 Bag

There are 2 other lower models that are cheaper and both offer the same semi rigid outer shell.

I have also found that when I have bailed on my back the pack actually helped keep my head from hitting the ground as well.
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I have the Dakine Heli Pro 20l. Not much protection at all. I carry my camera equipment in a hard case and put it in the bag. I also am able to carry my go pro stick on the outside so a small tripod would probably work as well. I like the bag cause It is comfy to wear and easy to carry. also like that I can stick a hydration pack in there.
I'm trying to decide now between the Heli Pro DLX 20l and the Pro 2 26L. I don't want something that's going to jut out from behind me and/or affect riding at all.
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I'm trying to decide now between the Heli Pro DLX 20l and the Pro 2 26L. I don't want something that's going to jut out from behind me and/or affect riding at all.
You want to take three separate camera bodies with you plus accessories and hydration, but you don't want the pack to protrude behind you? I mean realistically, there is going to be some depth to any pack that's worth taking out onto the hill with you. I understand you don't need a 40 liter pack for these smaller video cameras but if you want the electronics padded/protected there's going to be some substance to the pack you understand.
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You may wanna check Evoc range - photo backpacks or inserts (well known for their bike and snow backpacks):
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