For many of us, it’s almost summer. This means that you are preparing to go on vacation or on a special hike. So, just for you, we’re rounding up the best camera bags for hiking. Spend a few nights in the woods? Walking through Scotland in crazy winds? We have camera bags to deal with all that and more. You are bound to find the best camera bag in this roundup.

How We Pick the Best Backpacking Camera Bags

Here’s a look at how we picked the best camera bags for hiking:

  • Our journalistic policies do not allow us to talk about products that we have not yet reviewed. That said, all product images were taken by our staff. And within each section, you’ll find further references to our full reviews. We tested all of these bags in the field.
  • The best camera bags for hiking are perfect for accommodating a lot of gear. And for the most part, our review features backpacks with rolltops. These will keep you balanced and safe while climbing.
  • Some of these packs are better suited for light hiking. If you’re going camping for a day trip, there’s at least one bag here that you’ll like.
  • We tested these bags across America and Asia. In some cases, we even traveled with them. The best camera bags for hiking can withstand abuse from snow, sand, rocks, and dirt. You will find these bags more than excellent at their job.

WANDRD PRVKE II (does it all)

Advantages

  • Versatile expandable roll-top
  • Comfortable shoulder straps and back panel
  • Two access points
  • Design keeps straps out of the way when accessing gear.
  • Made from durable and sturdy materials

The inconvenients

  • Small items may fall from the top compartment into the main compartment.
  • The laptop sleeve is misplaced.
  • Lenses with tripod collars are too large to fit easily through the side access door.
  • Without a waist strap, you have to put the bag on the ground for full access to the equipment.

what we think

In our review we state:

“For such a large overloaded bag that has yet to be broken in, the Wandrd PRVKE 41L was surprisingly comfortable. The shoulder straps and the back panel are well designed. The bag isn’t as comfortable when carrying a laptop because it makes the back panel stiff, but those three padded panels on the back help a bit. I prefer a waist strap when carrying all my gear, and luckily Wandrd offers an extra strap for $39.

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TENBA DNA 16 backpack (the wheeled back for carry-on luggage)

Advantages

  • Very comfortable, although the first one is more so.
  • Fairly stiff shape gives your gear more protection
  • Even when you put a tripod in the side slot, it doesn’t hurt your back too much, but you can still feel it. It can be even more pronounced if you’re wearing a thick winter jacket.
  • I love that Tenba continues to make rolltops.
  • Waist strap and chest straps work great.
  • The laptop compartment blends in perfectly and is comfortable.
  • Reasonable price

The inconvenients

  • I know TENBA is not a fan of canvas but, more than any other bag, this would have been better in canvas.
  • I wish I could carry a tripod on the bottom. The bag could then be even more balanced.
  • The camera section zipper can snag a bit in the corners. But it’s not that bad.

what we think

In our review we state:

“The Tenba DNA 16 backpack is built very solidly. The first quarter of 2022 gave us a lot of snowfall. So I walked around with it in heavy snowfall a few times. I packed the Tenba DNA 16 backpack with camera gear, clothes, tea, and an extra water bottle. Then I walked a mile in the snow to my yoga class. Throughout the ride, the Tenba DNA 16 backpack was incredibly comfortable. The equipment inside was safe and sound. Also, the rolltop design helped me carry way more than I needed. The comfort and durability combined convince me that this is a bag worthy of much praise.

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THULE Covert DSLR Rolltop (bring two Fuji cameras and all your lenses)

Advantages

  • I configured it to hold Fujifilm gear.
  • The area inside the roll-top can hold a lot of gear.
  • Laptop storage area is well padded
  • It’s better for a DSLR with a small lens.
  • Quite comfortable
  • Very high quality materials

The inconvenients

  • The separators have strange shapes.
  • Separators aren’t that great.
  • The interior roll-up pocket access area doesn’t have much separation potential. It’s better for lights, cables and clothes.
  • A Fujifilm XH1 with a grip and a small lens struggles to get in and out.
  • Requires waist straps
  • The pockets located under the main flap are odd.
  • Why no exterior pockets for quick access to small things?
  • It would be a dope bag in canvas and leather, or just leather.
  • The inside zipped pocket goes all the way down. Why?

what we think

In our review we state:

“The Thule Covert is incredibly comfortable. When worn, it will give you a feeling of relief in your back. It’s not the Tenba and WANDRD options that offer lumbar support, but it’s still nice for the upper and midsection. Where the Thule Covert could have improved is with a waist strap. That honestly would have made the Thule Covert the most comfortable backpack on the market, but that nod still goes to the WANDRD PRVKE 31 pack.”

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WANDRD FERNWEH (Bring all the gear)

Advantages

  • Pack and carry a lot of gear with ease
  • Plenty of room for accessories, a change of clothes, a drone and more
  • Most comfortable shoulder straps of any bag we’ve used
  • Waist straps and lumbar support are excellent.
  • Waterproof hydration bladder compartment is a game-changer
  • Incredibly configurable. You can make this bag work for you.
  • Small details like a key ring in the upper compartment, the hidden passport pocket and small storage compartments throughout
  • TSA compliant despite its size
  • The pull-out sleeping bag stand is a nice touch.
  • Side access allows quick access to your camera
  • Huge size, like really huge

The inconvenients

  • Huge size, like really huge
  • A complicated bag that you will have to spend time with to get the most out of it
  • The outer material gets dirty very quickly, but is easy to clean.
  • It’s not the most stylish bag, but it’s more about function than fashion

what we think

In our review we state:

“I’m a big guy (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) and was able to get the bag to fit me. My wife is much smaller and we were able to configure the bag to work for her too. Either way, the FERNWEH was incredibly comfortable for walking for long periods of time. You’ll also find several handles placed around the top and sides of the bag, making this monster easier to pick up and carry. You can even slip the bag over the handle of a wheeled luggage so you don’t have to carry it around all the time.

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LowePro RunAbout BP 18L (light hiking)

Advantages

  • I love the bright orange color.
  • Extremely compact when rolled up
  • Weighs only 400 grams
  • Made of 84% recycled fabric
  • Comes with attachment points for hiking poles
  • Pockets on both sides for tripods, water bottles or other similar sized accessories
  • Top drawstring as well as back zip access to gear
  • Good for quick, short hikes without too much gear inside

The inconvenients

  • I thought the straps would end up being comfortable, but no luck after three hours of hiking.
  • Even a minimal liner of padding inside might have tempted me to pack a camera without any other protection.
  • I don’t think I would put expensive cameras here without a proper camera insert due to the lack of interior padding.

what we think

In our review we state:

“The terrain for our hike was anything but flat. We encountered lots of jagged rocks that the Lowepro RunAbout BP 18L grazed against. In the end, the backpack had nothing more than a little dust on it: no scratches or tears at all. A quick wipe with a damp cloth cleaned up the dust in no time.

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The various product overview features are done internally. Our philosophy is simple: you wouldn’t get a Wagyu beef steak review from a lifelong vegetarian. And you wouldn’t get photography advice from someone who doesn’t touch the product. We only recommend equipment that we have fully reviewed. If you’re wondering why your favorite product didn’t make the cut, it might be on another list. If we haven’t reviewed it, we won’t recommend it. This method keeps our lists filled with cutting-edge knowledge. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you purchase something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.



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