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    The new Guide's Pack and photographic equipment

    While I'm leaning toward getting a Brain Bag and Camera I/O, I do have some questions about the newly introduced Guide's Pack. 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, 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
    • clothing
    • fire starter
    • food
    • water bottle
    • DeLorme Earthmate GPS receiver
    • compass
    • magnifying glass
    • maps
    • Tom Bihn Field Journal
    • binoculars
    • two-way radios
    • flashlight
    • 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?
    Last edited by MtnMan; 11-15-2013 at 10:28 PM. Reason: typo
    Owner of: Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.

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    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.
    Owner of: Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.

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    I could also see this packing arrangement being useful on snowmobiling trips.
    Owner of: Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan View Post
    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.

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    Will keep the Crumpler Haven in mind, but are there any high-quality padded camera pouches that are made here?
    Owner of: Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.


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