Ever since ramping up my landscape photography gear and getting out onto the trails more often with a more complete camera and filming kit, I've been aware that stuffing my LowePro Nova 140 AW II into my day back "sack" bag hasn't been a very good way of going about my hikes. While the Nova bag itself is fantastic for shorter hops around a location, it's not a backpack so it's not capable of holding any water, food or a tripod on its side.
While I do prefer using a water bladder to store and drink water from on hikes, the downside of my current hiking bag is that it's just a simple pouch with one pocket on the outside. It can barely do anything functional.
My exact requirements for a photographer's day hiking backpack were somewhat specific. I also wanted to be able to treat this as my carry on luggage to keep all of my expensive electronic devices and lenses on my person when travelling on a plane.
I found it difficult initially to find something that fit these requirements while not being too large and too expensive. The LowePro Whistler series look fantastic but were just a little too expensive and excessive for my needs. In the end, I found a pack that seems to cover every requirement without compromise.