Brought my f-stop Tilopa to Endau-Rompin tropical rainforest via Peta in Kahang, Johor. I stuffed my Nikon D3, Nikon D300s, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR & Nikkor 105mm f2.8 VR. I also packed Nikon SB-800 flashlite and a Feisol carbon fibre tripod attached with Markins M20 ballhead. Apart from camera gears, I also brought few pairs of dry cloths, a Coleman weather-lite two-man tent, sleeping mat & another Deuter daypack for my water bladder & some food.
Everything was over 25kg!
Tilopa did not perform well. It was not ergonomic enough to carry all the load. Again I blame on its poor waist support & shoulder straps. The load was not resting on my waist but instead on my shoulders…..and it was indeed painful. I can carry all those load for about 2-3 hours. Then every step became too painful to bear. The straps to hold sleeping mats, tripod & tent were also not strong enough & I have to tighten them once a while.
I don’t think I’ll use Tilopa again unless for a short simple outing that requires me to bring the same setup but not that tough.
A proper outdoor bag like Deuter is better for such trip. And I may just use its internal compartment unit together with my Deuter Quantum 55+10L.