For something as quintessential as a carrying case with two shoulder straps, a device used by human beings for thousands of years, there certainly are a lot of modern variations.
This year at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market convention in Salt Lake City, there were bags of every kind — bags for photographers, adventurers, whitewater rafters and travelers. With this monumental array of choices it would be foolish to think we compiled a list of the best bags at this year’s show. But these were certainly the best bags that caught our eye.
Pacsafe Metrosafe 350
Pacsafe designed the first security device for backpackers. A mesh cable fit over any backpack that could then be locked to something. In the company’s latest designs, they have incorporated the exo-mesh technology right into the backpacks. It’s most smart and elegant design is the Metrosafe 350 anti-theft daypack. Along with the interwoven locking system, the straps on this bag are lined with cable and the zippers have anti-theft protection. MSRP $105
Lowepro has taken what it’s learned from 50 years of making photography packs to a backcountry backpack perfect for the adventuring photographer. Working with photographer Paul Morrison in Whistler, the latest Photosport design honed in the details of this bag for comfort and practicality. Equipped with cushioned storage compartments, the pack can handle very heavy equipment for film or still photography thanks to its sturdy support. It can also handle the weather, making it ideal for sand, snow or rock. $169
Incase Kelly Slater Action Cam Pro Pack
Working with world-renowned professional surfer Kelly Slater and his photographer Todd Glaser, the folks at Incase have designed a bag specifically meant for adventuring with multiple GoPro cameras. The Kelly Slater Action Cam Pro Pack also has a DSLR compartment and an organizer that floats. From a long-standing maker of photography bags, Incase follows through with a ridged design, cushioned dividers and a weatherproof exterior. MSRP $199
Timbuktu Custom Prospect Pack
Based in San Francisco, Timbuktu produces fully customizable, locally made messenger bags. The Prospect Pack line of bags are one of many offered by the company, but certainly its most unique. Choose from design details and fabrics to create the perfect bag for you. MSRP $134