Toting around an über-expensive camera and loads requisite gear can be stressful — rain cares about your $7,000 DSLR about as much as it cares that you didn’t pack an umbrella. Hope is not lost. Chrome’s Niko Camera Pack ($180) is made of weatherproof nylon and is a multi-tasking, multi-pocketed beast. The zip-around main compartment can be custom configured on the fly to fit cameras, flashes and lenses; a second, padded laptop pocket can fit a MacBook Pro 15-incher. Additional pockets abound, ready to be stuffed with batteries and light meters. Military-grade truck tarpaulin liner is a stout final defense against any moisture nature throws at you.
The Niko is made to travel — front straps can attach a skateboard (or, more pertinently, a tripod), and a U-Lock holster is built right into the side should you take to the streets on your set of wheels. A removable back panel eases comfort, ergonomic shoulder straps keep the whole assembly connected to your torso and a sternum strap maintains proper weight balance. In all, the 23-liter Niko is 3.4 pounds of heavy-duty, adventure-ready gear haulin’ done right.