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Trail or Travel?
by Rodney on 6/14/2016
I'm an outdoor photographer and when my equipment shifted in my previous pack and nearly tossed me into the water, I knew it was time for a change. I've had the Parallax for eight months and it is exactly as described: incredibly well made with fine craftsmanship and materials, rigid walls and padded dividers help hold equipment in place, narrow and snug it makes hiking feel more natural, ample adjustments and cushion for harness and waist belt. However, there are times when its features feel more like a travel pack than a trail pack.

Here's why I say this. There's a nice padded sleeve for a laptop but no place for a water bottle that is separate from the equipment area. Hanging a water bottle by a hook or carabineer is impractical. Additionally, much is said about the tripod holder being on the side to not block the front of the pack but the biggest entry into the pack is from the back where the harness is anchored and not the front. The other featured opening is on the side near the bottom, not the front. So, what would the tripod in the middle of the front be blocking, exactly? Depending on the size and weight of the tripod, being on the side causes the pack to be off balance. Whereas, if a water bottle holder was on the opposite side of the tripod holder, a sense of balance could be achieved.

I'm keeping the Parallax for short hikes when water is not an issue. For longer hikes, I bought a Lariat and a kit cube traveler that easily fits through the Lariat's zippered panel. This combination gives me the options I need for water, food and additional equipment or I can travel lighter and cinch down the less than full pack. Both of these have Mountainsmith's great quality and adjustability.

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The #1 choice for National Geographic contributing photographer, Andy Mann. Referred to by the designer as the "photo studio with shoulder straps," The Parallax covers all of your camera carrying needs.

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