I question that I often hear is, “how can I extend the capability of the Versapack 200 AW? Outdoor shooters are looking for places to stow their water bottles and carry extra camera gear while remaining nimble on the trail. I think a great solution is to add an Inverse 100 AW to the equation. When I use the two bags together, I call them my “dynamic duo.”
I pack my extra jacket, lunch, and other personal gear in the top compartment of the Versapack. It also holds my maps and/or iPad in the front pocket that is protected by the buckle-down flap. My 70-200mm plus 1.4x lens goes in the bottom compartment. Then, in the Inverse 100 AW, I pack my DSLR with a mounted 24-105mm zoom, two water bottles (one on each side in the mesh pockets), first aid kit, army knife, and other small essentials.
The Inverse 100 AW fits snugly around my waist. I can wear it in the back, or bring it forward for even quicker access. If I need to get to my long lens in a hurry, I can access it through the side pocket of the Versapack without having to dismount either bag. Both have AW covers so I’m protected if the weather turns against me. And the total weight of both bags (empty) is only about 4 pounds. Together they make a powerful combination for light trail work.
Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.