For years, I have used Timbuk2′s Snoop Camera Insert with my numerous messenger bags. I love it and still do. However, when I am hiking more than a mile, the messenger becomes heavy on one shoulder when I add water bottles and extra gear. I still enjoy using this camera system for urban adventures when taking images around the city, but for multi-mile adventures on the trail, I need a camera bag that offers increased support in a compact and efficient solution.
The Photo Sport 200 AW Lowepro pack (below) has an adjustable camera compartment, a water bladder or “hydration reservoir” compatible pocket, built-in all-weather cover, and – you guessed it – two evenly balanced straps. In fact, it looks quite like a hiking pack should be with plenty of pockets to stash gear and camera equipment into. There is also a sling version, although I can envision similar issues on long hikes that may be comparable to what I experience with my messenger bag.