Round Up: Rugged Off-trail Camera Backpacks

Here are six of the all around toughest packs out there

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Whether hiking a mountain or biking the outback, outdoorsy types need ruggedly constructed, weather- resistant, feature-rich (but light) carry-alls that can take a full complement of photo gear—plus lunch. Here are six of the latest offtrail backpacks, each ready for whatever the summer may bring on. Vanguard Skyborne 48; $260, street
Designed for comfort, this one has air-filled foam cushioning, and a shoulder-friendly harness with easily adjusted straps. Its netbook compartment sleeve becomes a messenger-style tote, complete with shoulder strap and handle. Cool, no?
Clik Elite Venture 35; $234, street

Clik Elite Venture 35; $234, street

Style is this one’s strong suit. Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, it’s large but not overly so, with smart contours and such utilitar- ian features as a hydration sleeve, tripod sling, rain flap, and dual, combinable main compartments.
Kata Pro-Light Bug 205; $225, street

Kata Pro-Light Bug 205; $225, street

With plenty of capac- ity—the Bug 205’s internal compartment is more than 20-inches deep—this Kata can take a DSLR with an attached 300mm. Its laptop compartment will hold a 17-incher. Superb construction, plus an advanced harness system.
Tamrac Evolution 9; $200, street

Tamrac Evolution 9; $200, street

A real multitasker, the Evolution 9 can be configured as a backpack or sling, with access to the generous main compartment from both sides and front. Computer users will like the lushly padded computer pocket—deep enough for a 17.3-inch laptop.
Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW; $150, street

Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW; $150, street

At less than 3 pounds, this light weather-resister is loaded with nonstandard features such as a camera compartment to control vibration, “breathable” back padding, and a safety whistle for emergencies. In black or here-I-am orange.
Tenba Discovery Medium Daypack; $130, street

Tenba Discovery Medium Daypack; $130, street

For photographers traveling light, this Discovery Daypack is perfect. Weighing less than 2.5 pounds, it’s large enough for a DSLR with kit lens, vertical grip, flash, and more. Among its perks: a hydration sleeve and waterproof base.