Best waist pack

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by tim_brazelton, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. I know a bit off topic but, after many repairs, my 15 yr old old Galen Rowell
    waist pack finally was put to rest. After several attempts I've been unable to
    find a satisfactory replacement. Has anyone found a waist camera pack that
    works well for medium format? One of the great things about the Rowell packs
    was that the size was determined by compression straps so it would tightly hold
    anything from point-and-shoot digital to a Mamiya 7 w/ 150 mm.

    My ideal bag will have 3 features:

    1. Modifiable size:

    I frequently run with this bag and so it needs to snugly fit whatever is in it.
    The most common items that will be in it will be either an M7, a large format
    lens, or a Nikon D200 w/ MB-D200. I actually use it to hold whatever I'm
    actively working with at the time while the other stuff stays in the car or
    rides in a backback so my ideal bag is modifiable in size.

    2. Top flips toward me

    The other main feature is a top that flips up toward you. Most of the major
    bag makers seem to have gone toward a top that that flips away from you (easier
    to see gear). However, this prevents me from closing it quickly enough. I've
    already had several close call with a Lowepro Mini Orion (great pack but not for
    me: slightly too small and top opens wrong way).

    3. Integrated waistband

    I also tried some of the Tamrac holster bags but when I start running they
    violently bounce around. I think the key is that the belt needs to have a wide
    interface with the bag to hold it flat against the user, even when running.

    I'm really looking for just a waist bag. Don't need any pockets. Just
    something simple.

    Thanks for any suggestions, Tim
  2. You run while wearing the Galen Rowell waist pack????

    Just a suggestion ... have you looked at waist packs outside the realm of camera packs? REI has some nice ones. Some that I could even wear while running!
  3. Have you looked at the Moutainsmith bags? I use one of their fanny packes for day hikes with my kids - compression straps and many nice features.
  4. I love the PhotoRunner but since I moved up to an EOS 3 with PB-E2, the pack is slightly too small. The sideline shooter by Lowepro may be a good replacement for me (and for you).
  5. I bought a backpack at Wally world to modify to use as a photo backpack. It's a detachable design, basically a good sized backpack that zippers to a pretty good sized waist pack, all for $30. I use the waist pack alone more than I do the backpack, it's fairly easy to make some padded dividers up to put in and the modular design with several pouches you can buy to attach works well. WalMart carries a small and large pouch that attaches, other hunting/sorting goods suppliers have compatible attachments.


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