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Old 08-10-2008, 08:43   #1 (permalink)
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SLR snowboarding

Last easter I took my old D100 out on the slopes in a relatively un-padded rucksack. I chose to snowboard off a small cliff into some powder but landed on my back foot and fell backwards which ripped the rucksack clean off my back breaking a strap and hurt my neck a bit. It was a tiny incident but made me think a bit (not about snowboarding off cliffs, just to get a better rucksack )

So this year, I have a nice new D300 which is both bigger, fatter and more valuable to me and I would like to take some pictures for stock and some action shots of my friends on the slopes. Can anyone recommend a rucksack which will stay put, provide enough padding for a D300 with 16-85 VR lens, and provide easy access - preferably without having to remove my gloves. On top of that I want to store a water carrier in there.

I'm thinking Slingshot but I reckon that might keep migrating round to my front when I am on the move. Any ideas?

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Re: SLR snowboarding

Slingshot is ok, but I find that as you can only use it on one shoulder, it tends to ache a bit by the end of the day. It would have been useful if they had made it to fit either shoulder. It doesn't slip round though as there is another strap from the bag to the shoulder strap that you can clip in to keep it straight.
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Have a look through the Crumpler range. I have a ' pyjama pride' () which is my stock holiday bag.

It opens in the opposite direction to many other rucksacks and I think most of the Crumpler range do this. You put it on its back and open the straps section, if that makes sense?

Well made, comfortable and quite water proof.
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Re: SLR snowboarding

Thanks for your replies. I'm impatient so I just ordered a slingshot. It is the only bag I've seen which allows me to have it on my back one minute and open the next without taking it off. Believe me, taking a rucksack off whilst boarding is a mission, what with a hood, helmet, goggles and gloves on, so I think the Slingshot will be OK and glad to hear it has a strap to secure it on my back. Lowepro are the dogs, what with an all-weather cover built-in too.

I have a large Lowepro bag going spare as my laptop is too big for it. Might list it later.

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P.S. I have a Crumpler "Pretty Boy" XXXL for when I'm a tourist
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Believe me, taking a rucksack off whilst boarding is a mission, what with a hood, helmet, goggles and gloves on,
I know what a ballache this can be and despite my carp skiing ability, I've quite often skied along with my 1D2n & 70-200 in my hand

I know it's a moot point for you now, but what about a belt mounted top loader?
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I know it's a moot point for you now, but what about a belt mounted top loader?
I considered it, but I'd look gay No seriously, apart from the dodgy fashion statement that a snowboarder with a belt pack would make, it would also be difficult as my belt is covered by my jacket, and the pants are zipped to the jacket too. Personally I find a rucksack is nicer to carry than a belt pack (I did used to have one when I was young - inflicted on my by my folks for my first SLR camera)

Obviously I don't think everyone who wears a beltpack looks gay, or that looking gay isn't to be aspired to, but it's not for me
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Get a pelican case and fit some bindings to it
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Get A pelican case and fit some bindings to it
Nahh you'd need at least two or three joined together

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dodgy fashion statement that a snowboarder with a belt pack
that's typical vain boarder comment.
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Re: SLR snowboarding

I'd only need one pelican case, I'm not some mature skier or anything who need two planks to stay upright
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Re: SLR snowboarding

I thought I would post an update on how I got on with the Slingshot 100AW snowboarding...

It was great! I wore the bag all week and managed to grab shots on the chairlifts, in the park and on the move. The second strap on the bag stops it spinning around your shoulder when you bend down and the padding is enough to protect the camera when you fall on it (I fell on it, twice!). I carried the D300 with 16-85 attached and a SB-800 in the top pocket. There was no room for anything else. I used the all weather cover on a snowy day and it worked a treat too.

Here's a couple of examples. I rotated the bag, opened the bag, took the shots and put it all back again with large snowboarding gloves on. This was exactly the kind of shot that I wanted to get and this bag made it possible.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/_SMY9058.jpg
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Great shots Andy but sadly just oversize for Pixalo, so I've broken the links. Can you resize, please?
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That'll do, so long as the links work...
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That's 2nd's not a bad shot for a snowboarder!

Actually, it's to my regret that I've never tried snowboarding - especially after meeting THE Jake Burton and touring his factory, which had lovely little areas with log fires and armchairs, you could bring your dog into work and they gave extra holidaying a year....... to go snowboarding!
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Re: SLR snowboarding

Andy

We're off next month to do some old fart SKIING . Could you post a pic / link up of that slingshot in use? I'm wondering whether it's worth adding (yet) another bag to the collection?

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Hi,

i've not tried it yet but i just bought a Crumpler Jimmy Bo 400.
Crumpler Jimmy Bo 400 (JBO400-001) - Dull Black/Light Green Grey - fotoSENSE
As its a crumpler it looks less "dad" like than the average holster mounted bags.
I'm thinking that having it on the side of my leg will be safer than in a bag on my back as you cant really fall on the side of your leg when boarding.
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I have a slingshot 100 thats not doing anything!!! Its great for smaller dslrs but wont take the D3 i have now. If anyones interested, im thinking of putting iton ebay.
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