High 5: Backpacks

Hit the trails with these well-designed backpacks for photographers.

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High-5-Backpacks

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1. KATA GDC R-101

Kata downsized its best-selling bag, the R-103, for the on-the-go photographer who has a smaller build. Like its big brother, the smaller R-101 ($130, street) will still fit a 12-inch laptop, a pro DSLR body, and a few lenses in its orange interior pockets. But it won't look -- or feel -- oversized on the average woman. (www.kata-bags.com)

2. LOWEPRO PRIMUS AW

A full 51 percent of Lowepro's eco-friendly Primus AW pack ($200, street) is made with post-consumer materials, without sacrificing comfort and functionality. Strap-side main compartment zippers add security and keep the dirt off your back. And Lowepro gives 10 percent of the proceeds to Polar Bears International, so you can make a statement with your bag, as well as your photos. (www.lowepro.com)

3. ADORAMA JOE FARACE REPORTER

This rectangular pack is big, black, and voluminous enough for a 17-inch laptop and a DSLR with pro telephoto attached, along with a couple of smaller lenses, flashes, and all sorts of accessories. Don't let the $75 (direct) price fool you -- it may be inexpensive, but this bag is tough enough for a working photojournalist. (www.adorama.com)

4. TAMRAC EXPEDITION 8

Two long narrow "wing" pockets on either side of the integrated tripod-holding straps on the Expedition 8 ($230, street) offer quick access to gadgets, CF cards, and other accessories. And its "five steps to a perfect fit" ergonomic customization allows gear-laden shooters to hike comfortably mile after mile. (www.tamrac.com)

5. THINK TANK ROTATION 360°

It's not just the innovative, rotating, lower compartment for quick access to gear that makes this backpack ($250, street) a winner. Photographer-friendly details abound, ranging from a fold-out tripod pocket to shoulder straps with dog-leash clips that bear a camera's weight on your shoulders instead of on your neck. (www.thinktankphoto.com)

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