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Gear Review: FStop Satori EXP

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Here's a pull from my latest newsletter: A great backpack is hard to come by when it comes to not only carrying camera gear, but being comfortable and multifunctional. I know this because it’s taken me the better part of 5 years and more than 5 backpacks to figure this out! In comes the F-Stop Satori EXP. This pack is the largest of their Mountain Series lineup with a volume of 62 liters. The Satori is built with an internal aluminum frame, allowing for a comfortable ride when carrying a heavy load. After loading this thing up for my trip to Bolivia, it weighed in at fifty two pounds. I packed the following:
  • EOS Canon 7D w/battery grip
  • EOS Canon 30D w/battery grip
  • Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon Speedlight 430 EX II
  • Rode Shotgun Mic
  • Pocket Wizards (2)
  • Singh Ray ND-Grad Filters 4x6 (3)
  • GoPros (2)
  • MacBook Pro 15”
  • Miscellaneous cords and accessories
As you can see, massive amounts of gear can be stored. This all depends of course on which “ICU’s” (Internal Camera Unit) you choose to configure your pack with. In all, there are 9 sizes which allow you to configure your pack to prepare for any type of trip. With this control of customization, balancing camera gear, clothing, and whatever else you need is an absolute breeze.
The pack flat out, ROCKS!
My first day on the Securé, I knew that I’d made the right decision getting this pack. The terrain we were walking was NOT easy.  Not only were there endless amounts of rocks and boulders, but they were on the slippy side. Carrying over forty five pounds of camera everyday while walking sometimes up to seven miles, the comfort and balance of this pack made my job that much easier. The pack is equipped with a ton of pockets and sleeves making small accessory organization a no-brainer. If I could only boast about one thing on the Satori (or any F-Stop pack for that matter), is the fact that it is such a customizable unit. The construction is top notch as well. View this product here: www.fstopgear.com

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