I guess you need to find a hiking companion who doesn't mind being part of your photographic gear. :laugh:
And for those who are wondering my wages start at 25$ an hour plus expenses.
I'll do it for $20/hour. I need the exercise. :p
I have the LowePro MiniTrekker. Not a very well designed bag IMHO. Perhaps it's well done as far as padded backpak-bags go; I wouldn't know as it's the only one I've used.
To the point, it as a tripod holder thing on the back which does not work very well at all. Part of the issue is my tripod which weighs in at 9lbs. but I degress. The thing is quite cumbersome and near impossable to get the backpack on once the tripod is attached. I have to squat and use the tripod to support the pack while I get it on.
In addition to being very difficult to use, it makes me look like a doofus when trying to get it on.
Mabye I am a doofus and am just not using it right. The thing came with no instructions whatsoever (as if I'd use them) and didn't even point to the spot where the tripod holder is at. All that was mentioned was a tripod holder existed on this thing.
Whatever the case may be, the mechanics of it are poorly done. The pack sticks out far enough where the tripods weight would make it impossable to use anyway.
My tripod (when I bring it) doubles as a walking stick.