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Thread: Mountainsmith to Release New Photo Backpack

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    Join Date
    Aug 1998

    Mountainsmith to Release New Photo Backpack

    I have just received confirmation that Mountainsmith is due to come out with a dedicated photo backpack in the near future. Could it be -- a real backpack specifically designed for photographers? We'll just have to wait and see! The following is the response from Mountainsmith as well as my initial inquiry:

    "Subject: RE: Rumor of New Photo Backpack


    You have heard a true rumor! We have designed a camera line that should please all outdoor photographer enthusiasts. We have made various size cases and 3 backpack styles. They all come with water proof zippers. Our largest pack even comes with a rain cover. These packs and all the info on them will be released in June.

    Katie Engelking

    Mountainsmith 18301 W. Colfax Ave. Bldg. P Golden, CO 80401 P: (303) 279-5930 ext. 101 F: (303) 278-7739

    -----Original Message----- From: Matt Long [] Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 3:06 PM To: Katie Engelking Subject: Rumor of New Photo Backpack

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I am a professional photographer living in Montana, and like most photographers, I have been looking for the ideal method of carrying my photographic equipment. Naturally, I was quite intrigued when I heard that Mountainsmith is planning to produce a dedicated photo backpack. Is this true or is this simply a rumor produced from wishful thinking?

    Over the years, I have tried several different combinations for carrying my camera equipment -- mostly large format (4x5) gear. Probably the most widely used photo backpack is made by LowePro. However, these packs fall way short of meeting the needs of the professional photographer -- the suspensions are really nothing more than beefed-up waistbelts and shoulder straps similar to those found on an ordinary schoolbook pack. The dry weights of the LowePro packs are excessive (up to 12+ lbs.) and the layout of the interior dividers are limiting and lack any thought for those photographers who use medium and large format equipment.

    If this is merely a rumor, please consider this message a suggestion for future product development. If Mountainsmith does intend to produce a photo backpack, I eagerly look forward to more information regarding a production and release date of such a product. Thank you for your time and consideration.


    Matthew D. Long Matt Long Photography"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Mountainsmith to Release New Photo Backpack

    Thanks for the potentially good news. I love the harnesses on both the Mountainsmith Ghost and Auspex (the two MS packs I've used). I hope they settle on a similar harness for the photo packs.

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