Sunday, May 6, 2012
Today is a rest day, but I did spend some time doing research on The Pack. The LowePro Photo Sport 200 isn’t bad, but I really think it’s going to be too small once the down jacket is involved, and I hate, hate, hate that the back isn’t mesh and leaves me in a puddle of sweat. There’s so much I like about it, but I’m just not sure it’s going to work. So just in case, I checked out some others. Most seem to be lacking either the photography features or the trekking features that I need for this trip. A few companies make photography trekking packs, but most of those are either awesome but too small, like the one I have:
Or awesome but too big, like the Naneu Adventure K5:
I did find two from Clik Elite that look promising:
The Contrejour 35, which seems to have everything I’m looking for, but might also be a touch too big. I read one review that said it fits under most airplane seats if nothing is in the front section. I like to be able to slide my daypack under ANY airplane seat so I can get at my stuff and leave the overhead space for other people. Other than that, they’re on the right track for what I need though.
But I think the pack that’s in the lead for backup if I need it is the Clik Elite Obscura, which seems pretty much perfect and gets fabulous reviews, but a lot of the online retailers are sold out. I’ll probably have to make a decision pretty soon if I want to get my hands on one. Either that, or wait until the 2012 models come out, which might be even better. When does that happen? Worth waiting? I don’t know.
My new Mountain HardWear Kelvinator down jacket and Typhoon rain shell should be arriving this week. At that point I can load up The Pack and see if there’s even any possibility of getting away with using the one I have. If not, it’s one of the above. Anyone have any experience with any of these?