I have always been in search of a great hiking pack that can safely store a DSLR and a couple lenses. For the times you want to hit the trail but not take all your gear. Up until recently I would just throw my camera (wrapped in a t-shirt or jacket) in the main compartment of a hiking pack. This worked but was not the quickest at accessing my camera. Then Lowepro came to the rescue. Back in May they sent me their Photo Sport Pro 30L AW camera pack. The Photo Sport Pro 30L AW looks like a standard hiking pack except that it has a separate compartment on the side for your camera and lenses. This makes it easy to access your camera without having to dig through the main compartment. The opposite side of the pack has a mesh pocket that works really well to store a tripod.
To test the pack out I hiked up Saddle Mountain, in the Oregon coastal range, in the early hours of the morning so I could catch the first rays of the sun peaking over the clouds. The hike gains a decent amount of elevation. Even with my pack loaded up to the brim I never once felt fatigue on my shoulders.
This pack can hold a lot. I was able to fit my 5DMKIII with a 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2 and 14mm f/2.8 all in the side compartment. In the main compartment I was able to fit another camera body plus all the gear and clothing you see in the photo below.