Get the features you need for grab-and-go shooting without extra wonk and weight. The 30-liter capacity is perfect for day trips with a DSLR and a few lenses. The zip-top main compartment holds layers and food; your camera and large zoom lens fit in the bottom compartment (with a zippered side entry that let our tester access the camera by swinging the pack around to the front of his body). A subdivided top pocket organizes batteries and memory cards, and four buckles attach to Clik Elite’s Access chest pouch ($68, 1 lb.). “The arrangement was so rock-solid on my chest that I could crank jump-turns in crud with virtually no balance problems,” our tester reports.
Gripes: We’d prefer two compression straps on each side instead of one, and the water-bottle pocket is hard to reach while you’re wearing the pack.