First of all, I just stumbled upon HPG and I don't know why I haven't known about them sooner- pretty much my ideal wilderness pack but I will still use Cilogear for my climbing needs and multi day trips (45L) (also an awesome company but definetly has a different use/ philosophy).
I am trying to figure out the best pack to purchase for a wilderness photogrpahy setup. My current carry setup is lacking and I am trying to revamp it. My kit includes a Canon 6D with main lens being a 16-35 f4. I also have a 24mm f1.4astro lens and a massive 70-200 f2.8 plus a full size tripod- so not the smallest kit. The tripod is the easy part, no matter which pack I get it should be easy to lash to the outside.
The pack I really like is the connor, but I am afraid that it will be a bit too small after all my other gear is added- I was also thinking about using something like this internal camera unit,<https://fstopgear.com/products/icu/shallow-icu-small> to organize lenses. It would go at the bottom of the pack and the clamshell opening of the Connor would provide easy access. The only concern I have about this is the width of the ICU is 5" and he width of the connor is 4" and it is also .5" wider. Does anyone with experince with the connor think I could squeeze this in still?
Then I already have an external camera holster, <https://fstopgear.com/products/clearance/navin> that can be used to lash my actual camera to the PALS on the outside of the pack which I think will work well.
I really just want to know if this combned with my other kit- softshell, hardshell, puffy, gloves, crampons and ice axe in winter, survival gear, food, water - would be cutting it close on size and capacity. If carrying all my photo gear this pack would be used for day use, so no sleeping bag or shelter. I could also try and carry food on my body to keep it out of the pack- I eat mostly gus and bars so keeping a majority of them on my person shouldnt be too hard, I usually kinda do that anyways.
The main reason I am favoring the connor over the umlindi is the clamshell opening that I think would work perfectly with the internal camera unit I linked to earlier- but I do not know if the size will be okay.
Thanks for any help or insight.