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Atlas Packs Athlete
Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.
After mucking around with a few other bags (Ona Bowery, Ona Bond Street and Domke F-803) I ended up taking a chance on the Wotancraft Pilot 7L and it's exactly what I need: Small, lightweight, collapsible, conforms to my body, but has enough pockets to tackle any day that requires more than just a couple of the f/2 primes.
Atlas Packs Athlete
I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.
It has access from both sides so I can reach in for another lens or even tuck in a pair of shoes or a spare top if I'm going on a hike. Tripod storage is great for those that have one small enough to tuck tidily away in the side pocket, and this is what I've traditionally done with bigger camera bags in the past. However, it feels as if the modular aspect should come into play a little more here, with an extra clip and band to hold the tripod onto the front of the bag to keep the center of gravity and the bag balanced and not lopsided. A smaller, lighter travel tripod would be fine, though
There’s a front zippered patch pocket (with mesh organizer pockets inside), a rear zippered pocket, and two open, elasticated pockets on the ends, which can be used for a slim water bottle. Behind the front pocket sits another pocket, accessible from the sides.
I had (well, have -- I'm just not using it right now) this exact bag for my X-T3 + a couple of the f/2 primes and a few other random things. It worked great, but I actually needed something just a \*little\* larger so it could be a true EDC as a dad (need to carry snacks for the kiddo).