The Test: Mountain's editors used the Flipside on inbounds ski days, mingling with festival crowds, and short hikes close to home.
The Verdict: The versatile Flipside stows everything you need for a day's shooting excursion—if you don't need to haul a lot of extra layers and food. We personalized the interior space with the removable compartments secured by Velcro tabs for our Canon EOS 7D body, a 70-200mm telephoto lens, a 35mm lens, and sundry accessories. It's tight, but you can still slide a few personal items into the back panel stash pocket. On one flank, compression straps buckle in your tripod, secured by two gear loops and protected by rip-stop nylon. A small hydration bladder or slim water bottle fits into a zip pocket on the other side. When you're on the move, mesh-covered padding dotted with air channels keeps you from becoming sweat-drenched. Spot a shot you want? Unhook the chest buckle and rotate the bag to your front. Back panel access and user-friendly zipper pulls make it easy to grab your camera on the go. Our take? For quick outings this small Flipside lets you ditch your uncomfortable, awkward camera bag. $125; lowepro.com —Olivia Dwyer