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I've been riding with a new camera pack that's made for backcountry photographers. Clik Elite is a new camera pack company and their focus is on making packs and cases for serious outdoor photographers. The Medium nature pack has dedicated camera and hydration compartments. I've got about 6 rides in with it and I'm really impressed. If you're riding with a digital SLR and a couple of lenses, I recommend taking a look at this pack.

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The rides I've done haven't been fireroad cruises, either. I rode Horsethief in Fruita and I've done two big Park City rides on it. I haven't done any real DH on it yet. But from what I've ridden so far, I'm pretty confident that I can use it on any kind of ride.
 

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Hollis said:
is that you in this pic?
The smaller bag looks good to me.

http://www.clikelite.com/online-dealer/
Yeah, that's me. I didn't realize they were using me like that. And I'm not sure where they copied those calves from ;)

The smaller, Compact Sport is probably more practical for most riders. I have a video of that one to set up, too. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I get to it. And I haven't actually ridden with that pack. But it's on the list of things to do.
 

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Man, I hope the dividers are really waterproof... I continually have water in all the compartments of my Dakine. Because of that, I ride with a Tamrac and water bottles when I carry the DSLR.
 

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slowride said:
Man, I hope the dividers are really waterproof... I continually have water in all the compartments of my Dakine. Because of that, I ride with a Tamrac and water bottles when I carry the DSLR.
I hear a lot of concern about leaking in hydration packs. I don't really worry about it. For one, I've had tons of water in camera backpacks at rainy races and my cameras have always been fine. You just have to make sure to dry them out really well afterward. And second, I've never had a bladder leak on me. Sometimes the hoses will come loose and leak. But I've never had a bladder fail. So personally, I'm not concerned about the camera compartment being waterproof.
 

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well... my camera cost more than my car and my bike combined (not to mention, I'm not making a living using it). So I feel justified in having a slight concern about it sitting in a puddle in my pack.

But whatever, it's all good. I don't have the budget for a new pack anyway.
 

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Photo-John said:
I hear a lot of concern about leaking in hydration packs. I don't really worry about it. For one, I've had tons of water in camera backpacks at rainy races and my cameras have always been fine. You just have to make sure to dry them out really well afterward. And second, I've never had a bladder leak on me. Sometimes the hoses will come loose and leak. But I've never had a bladder fail. So personally, I'm not concerned about the camera compartment being waterproof.
I had a platypus bladder fail on me, but not camelbak. The pack looks worth a try, though.
 

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slowride said:
well... my camera cost more than my car and my bike combined (not to mention, I'm not making a living using it). So I feel justified in having a slight concern about it sitting in a puddle in my pack.

But whatever, it's all good. I don't have the budget for a new pack anyway.
There's about $4000 worth of camera in that photo, for what it's worth. I'll ride with that stuff in there without worrying about it.
 

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Photo-John said:
I hear a lot of concern about leaking in hydration packs. I don't really worry about it. For one, I've had tons of water in camera backpacks at rainy races and my cameras have always been fine. You just have to make sure to dry them out really well afterward. And second, I've never had a bladder leak on me. Sometimes the hoses will come loose and leak. But I've never had a bladder fail. So personally, I'm not concerned about the camera compartment being waterproof.
Slowride has a good point. It's one thing to stuff a camelbak with a camera and it leak...it's the camera users fault for doing the obvious dangerous thing of putting a camera next to a badder full of water (I've have several bladder disasters but fortunately no camera on board).. It's another for a company to say, "do this with our pack!" To shrug it off as unlikely--or it's never happened to me-- is not the best reply--sounds like salesmen talk..

I suppose the company has accepted the extra liability in this.

Seems like a good idea though even thought it still doesn't solve the quick access that a front mounted harness does..

Heck, having a pack in general with pockets--and access-- like that is a good idea anyway. That is the real feature here...forget the camera..

BTW, zip those bottom pouches correctly or bouncing and vibration can possible push the zipper open and unload the goodies.
 

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Ive been looking for a pack like this for about 10 years! I've got a closet full of compromises and half assed home baked solutions.

On closer inspection that medium looks kinda big. I've cut my riding photo gear down to a canon 40D and a 17-55 f/2.8 lens and occasionally a flash. If the compact can fit that with a 3 liter bladder, tools and tube and have the ability to lash a jacket and a tripod to the outside I'm sold.

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i really like the idea of chest mount, however bulky and in the way it feels. it's almost always easier and safer to roll to your back in a crash.
 

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Chest mount is the only way to go if you plan on taking pictures OF the ride. If you're riding to a photo destination, that Clik bag looks decent enough, but the Clik Adrenaline and the Clik Chest look like an awesome combo! I'll probably be ordering one of those.
 

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driftwood said:
So, what are some good chest mount bags? I'm having a hard time finding a good one.
for P & S or DSLR?

for P & S, if you use a hydration pack, get the smallest camera case to fit your camera and just put it on the sternum strap of the hydration pack. DSLR you'll have to wait for an answer from the rpos here. i think brado, who lives near you i believe, maybe, rides with a chest mounted DSLR.
 
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