Top three runners-up
Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack Large
What’s good: Works as a photo backpack or split photo/daypack.
What’s bad: Not as easy to use as the Lowepro Transit in full photo mode.
Our verdict: A close second to the Lowepro Transit, and slightly bigger and heavier. Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials T483
What’s good: Good sized full photo bag, extending cable lock adds security.
What’s bad: Lacks the option for use as a split photo/daypack.
Our verdict: Civilized styling, tough build quality.
Tamrac Expedition 5x
What’s good: Very well made, strong, and has weather-sealed zips.
What’s bad: No additional rainproof cover, and it’s a bit on the heavy side.
Our verdict: An excellent rugged choice for a full photo backpack.