F-Stop Lotus Camera Bag
Words & Photos by Samson “Rides with Wind” Hatae
Finding the perfect backpack for all occasions is tough, especially since each trip requires different gear. When looking for a bag for our recent Bikes on Bikes trip, I had a few requirements. I would be strapping everything to my motorcycle so size was a factor. We would also be leaving the motorcycles and hopping on mountain bikes to ride backcountry and bike park. This meant hydration, gear security and comfort were also important features. I also wanted something discrete that didn’t scream “camera bag” since it would be out in the open on my motorcycle. F-stop is known for producing some of the best camera bags on the market, so when I saw their subdued, drab-colored Lotus, I pulled the trigger.
The F-stop Lotus looks more like a small backpacking bag then a camera bag and it checked all the boxes. I also liked the drab green color as it doesn’t stand out when left unattended on my motorcycle while I’m buying root beers. It also has a large waist strap to keep the pack secure when riding on a mountain bike. Aside from stability, the strap helps alleviate weight from your shoulders. The inside can be configured with a number of different Internal Camera Units (ICU), so you can choose what best fits your personal gear. It’s compatible with many hydration bladder systems, which is a great added benefit when shooting riding photos. The outside is constructed of weather-resistant Ripstop nylon. The ruggedness helps provide peace of mind when laying the bag down on the side of the mountain. I also appreciate the metal frame as it helps keep the bag’s shape while also protecting valuable gear inside.