View Full Version : The new Guide's Pack and photographic equipment

11-15-2013, 10:15 PM
While I'm leaning toward getting a Brain Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/backpacks/TB0104.html) and Camera I/O (http://www.tombihn.com/PROD/TB1510.html), I do have some questions about the newly introduced Guide's Pack (http://www.tombihn.com/backpacks/guidespack.html). I haven't ruled this brand-new Tom Bihn masterpiece out.

Let's say I went ahead and bought the Guide's Pack instead of the Brain Bag. According to Mr. Bihn's staff (http://forums.tombihn.com/tom-bihn-news-everything-else/6777-woah-cool-guides-pack-3.html#post54547), the Camera I/O will not fit in the new Guide's Pack. Let's accept this as a given. Now, let's say that, despite this, I still want Guide's Pack with a full outfitting on accessories. I have at least one SLR camera (maybe two), with lens(es; maybe one wide-angle and the other telephoto) that I want to carry with me on a hike. Since the Camera I/O is ruled out as a useful accessory with the Guide's Pack for a challenging hike, what kind of padded accessories would I be best advised to use to carry my photographic equipment with me on a journey?

Here's a fantasy packing list that I could (superficially) imagine for the Guide's Pack:

a Canon Digital Rebel T3, with 75-300 telephoto lens attached (I have both of these items)
a Canon Digital Rebel T4i or other recent SLR, with 18-55 or similar lens attached (already have the lens)
first aid kit
fire starter
water bottle
DeLorme Earthmate GPS receiver
magnifying glass
Tom Bihn Field Journal
two-way radios
knives, small hatchet, maybe small fold-up saw

This is all just conjecture, of course.

Assuming I could get all of this to fit, what could I use to protect the electronic items?

11-15-2013, 10:30 PM
I proposed this packing list based on past experiences such as volunteer trail re-route and/or new trail scouting hikes, trail work bees, and recreational hikes with friends.

11-15-2013, 10:32 PM
I could also see this packing arrangement being useful on snowmobiling trips.

11-16-2013, 10:03 AM
Assuming I could get all of this to fit, what could I use to protect the electronic items?

I would look for something like the Crumpler Haven for the cameras and load that into the main compartment. The Haven large probably isn't big enough for both cameras with lenses attached, and the XXL might be too large for your purposes, but there are similar products out there. Or alternatively, you could get two Haven-style pouches, one for each.

I assume the GPS and radios are fairly sturdy and durable and could be simply carried in the top flap pocket and/or side pockets of the Guide's Pack itself. If not, I would get simple padded pouches for each. Of course the Tom Bihn padded organizer pouches could work for that purpose, if the sizes are a decent fit and don't add needless bulk.

11-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Will keep the Crumpler Haven in mind, but are there any high-quality padded camera pouches that are made here?