Excerpt: I like to keep things simple when I travel -- cutting back on gear and seldom carrying more than one or two bags. For the past year or so I've been doing most of my travel shooting with a pocket-sized digicam, leaving the DSLR kit at home. But on a recent trip to the Midwest, I carried all my gear in a Tamrac Adventure 9 backpack ($125 street), filling every compartment of the bag to capacity to test weight and usability.
Summary: Great for day hikes or vacationers who can't leave the SLR at home, the Adventure 9 combines a serious camera backpack on bottom with a small daypack compartment in the top.
Pros: Solid, yet lightweight construction, Plenty of padding, Comfortable, easy-to-adjust harness, Water-resistant zipper on laptop compartment, Big enough for pro lenses, Accommodates up to 17-inch laptops
Cons: Textured grip on handle is slightly uncomfortable when loaded with heavy gear, No convenient place for a mobile phone