Man­frotto Off Road Hiker 30L £170, $200

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Get­ting great shots can mean get­ting off the beaten track, and it’s here that the Hiker really ex­cels. Highly ad­justable waist straps and an ex­cel­lent hip belt with handy ac­ces­sory pock­ets make it par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able on longer hikes, while an ex­tra chest strap cra­dles your cam­era when it’s hung around your neck to help take some of the weight. A sus­pended mesh panel keeps your back cool, too, but it does re­strict space in the cam­era com­part­ment, so you’ll only squeeze in your Nikon with an at­tached lens, plus one ex­tra lens.

There is con­ve­nient side ac­cess, though, and the cam­era di­vider can be re­moved to con­vert the bag into a full hik­ing back­pack. But even when you’re us­ing the cam­era com­part­ment, there’s still bags of room for trav­el­ling gear above it.

It’s got more straps than a strait­jacket, but they make the Hiker the com­fort king

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