Lowepro 450 AW
Ivan - get the NatGeo backpack - large version. Fantastic back support and the only bag that has a padded compartment and still ton of space for all the non-fragile items. I have used mine for a while now. I was skeptical at first but now I love it more and more with every use. If you want to try mine - I can let you have it for few days...
I have the fstop Satori and love it. You can swap out the ICUs for different camera kits. http://fstopgear.com/en/product/mountain/satori-exp
Anyone use this backpack, the Kata Grizzly?
As a pure _field_ case, esp in camera-ready-to-roll form, it looks to be fabulous. As a general transport device, there are size (and price) penalties to pay for convenience.
I like KATA stuff, and am looking REALLY hard at the KATA Beetle 282. I have test-fitted my Scarlet 3-lens + EVF + PIX + handles + laptop and its a nice fit. $250-ish and like a lot of the KATA bags, I have the option of adding the Insertrolley wheel kit so I have the option of wheeling around airports, or proper back-packing in the field. No TSA carry on issues either.
Stu, the advantages I see with the Kata Grizzly are exactly what you point out: allows to fit a rigged out Epic (handles and all!). I already have a Lowepro backpack (an older one) which would allow me to carry around my Epic broken down to fit inside it but that's a pain.
Most of the packs I've been looking into aren't deep enough to allow me to carry around a built up Epic. I want to be able to walk/hike around with my cam and just pull it out and shoot without having to set it up again each time. I do think it's big enough to carry lots of accs, lenses, etc. since the epic is so small. I also have some lens cases that would be attachable to the sides...
Obviously it isn't a carry on bag for airlines, but i do have the Epic-M Pelican case for that.
As for Kata durability, if you take reasonable care of the back, ours have lasted almost 7 or 8 years!
I would highly recommend trying to see one in person to determine if your equipment will fit the way you want it.
In my opinion Think Tank is the best for airport travel Everything works and fits in international sized bins.
F Stop is the best for working on snow / in the mountains etc.
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