7 great backpacks for hauling GoPro cameras and accessories

best go pro backpacks gopro seeker 2
GoPro
GoPro cameras are built to handle the elements — from rain to snow, and from high in the sky to the depths of the ocean. They don’t work on their own, however. The sheer amount of support gear that is often needed for an action camera can be daunting, whether talking extra batteries, mounts, housing, or drones. That’s why, when it comes to transporting GoPros and other action cams, having a capable backpack is a must. Below are seven of our favorite packs, each of which is well-suited for stowing your GoPro and an arsenal of accessories.

Tenba Shootout Actionpack 14L ($199)

Built to carry up to four GoPro Hero (or similar) cameras, Tenba’s Shootout Actionpack has plenty of room for mounts and additional accessories. The intuitive pack has separate, removable compartments labeled for cameras, backs, mounts, and cables. It also includes a memory card wallet, battery wallet, rain cover, and microfiber cleaning cloth. It has dedicated pockets for a smartphone and an iPad Mini, or a similar tablet.

Perhaps most importantly, however, is that Tenba claims the Actionpack is the first backpack that’s designed to accommodate multiple action cameras while remaining light and agile enough to be worn while skiing or snowboarding. It even includes a pouch for a 100-ounce Camelbak-style water reservoir. and clips to secure a helmet on the back.

Amazon B&H Adorama

Thule Legend GoPro Backpack ($163+)

Matthias Giraud, Super Frenchie, Central Oregon

For hiking, mountain biking, or any other activity where you’re likely to take on dirt and debris, the Thule Legend is a wise choice. The Legend’s trick is a removable, die-cut foam pad that’s both lightweight and easy to clean. It resides within a crush-proof compartment and holds up to three GoPro Hero or Session cameras with extra room for an LCD BacPac, a remote control, spare batteries, and various mounts. The top of the bag features pockets for additional accessories and a smartphone, and the main interior compartment can store larger items such as a jacket. It also has a dedicated space for a water reservoir.

The backpack’s padded waist strap also has a small pocket that’s useful for stowing energy bars, allowing for easy access while on the move. The strap can also be folded inside the pack or removed when not in use. The most unique feature of this bag, however, are the built-in GoPro mounts, one on the back and the other that spans the shoulder straps and acts as a chest strap.

Amazon B&H eBags Moosejaw

Incase Action Camera Pro Pack ($128+)

The Incase Action Camera Pro Pack is the only bag on this list that’s designed to carry both an action camera and a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The bag’s top compartment provides room for a midsize DLSR with one lens, while the main body offers both side and rear access to your action camera gear. Like the Tenba Shootout Actionpack, accessories are organized into discrete, removable “cartridges” that can be labeled for identification purposes. The pack also includes a rain cover, and side traps that can secure a tripod or monopod.

By default, the bag officially holds two GoPro Hero cameras, but more can easily be added depending on which accessory cartridges you choose. The pack also has a GoPro mount built into the left shoulder strap, somewhat like the Thule Legend, although the former doesn’t feature a rear-facing mount.

Amazon B&H eBags

GoPro Seeker ($149+)

Who better to make a GoPro backpack than the company that makes the action cams? The Seeker is GoPro’s newest bag and features a top, quick-access compartment that’s fabric-lined to protect up to five cameras. But the streamlined backpack isn’t just about storage. Taking the best features from the aforementioned bags, the Seeker features a built-in chest mount between the shoulder straps, along with an adjustable one that’s attached to the left shoulder strap, meaning you can use it regardless of your activity you’re engaging in. For capturing over-the-shoulder shots from behind you or above, you can strap an optional GoPro 3-Way on the side, and the bag can also house a 2-liter water bladder for longer treks.

We’ve been using the Seeker for a couple weeks and find it comfortable to haul. The built-in mounts are handy for, say, a bike ride, since they allow you to record without having to add extra mounts to your bike. The backpack is also weather-resistant, so it’ll keep your gear dry. The main compartment can hold up to 16 liters, but we found it a bit cramped if you try to stuff it with bulky items. For accessories and a light jacket, however, the main compartment does the job. After all, you do want to keep it as light as possible.

Amazon GoPro

Lowepro DroneGuard CS 400 ($100+)

Lowepro’s DroneGuard series is the perfect solution for the aerial photographer looking to keep his or her drone in the air. Designed by drone enthusiasts, the CS 400 is built to securely carry a DJI Phantom or 3DR Solo, along with replacement props. Naturally, there’s also room for a GoPro camera and a host of accompanying accessories. The pack is made out of a strong but lightweight composite-shell material, which is designed to provide protection, whether the pack is sliding around in the trunk of your car or strapped to your back. Two interior pockets also provide additional storage for action cameras, batteries, cables, and the like.

Amazon Best Buy

Nanuk 910 GoPro ($80+)

81a7Ow5PGlL._SL1500_

Okay, you’re right, this one isn’t a traditional rucksack. However, if you’re looking for the most secure way to transport multiple GoPro cameras, then the Nanuk 910 GoPro hard case has you covered. The waterproof case is built on Nanuk’s classic 910 platform, and such being the case, it offers a PowerClaw latching mechanism and buoyancy for up to 17 pounds. The feature unique to the GoPro version is the custom foam insert, which has room for four GoPro cameras and various accessories — including, um, a place where you can store a GoPro sticker. It’s also available in eight colors. Oh, and with the optional shoulder strap, it becomes almost backpack-like (sort of).

Amazon Newegg

Lowepro ViewPoint BP250 ($130)

best go pro backpacks lowepro gopro backpack

The Lowepro ViewPoint is one of the most compact backpacks on the market for GoPro enthusiasts. The bottom of the bag is equipped with a removable case that easily slides in and out for convenient stowing while shuffling between locations. This insert also has a series of adjustable dividers and straps to keep all of your mounts, cables, batteries, and other accessories organized on the go. The top of the bag even has a separate compartment with zippers and mesh pockets, which is ideal for stowing gear and personal items. Additionally, the ViewPoint features an ergonomic sternum buckle, and pads along the shoulder straps and back panel for added comfort.

Amazon Lowepro

Photography

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…
Photography

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.
Photography

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…
Photography

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world will take your breath away

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Photography

Photography news: Careful, self-driving cars can ruin your camera sensor

In this week's photography news, learn how self-driving cars destroyed a digital camera via lasers. Find out how many patents Canon filed for in 2018. Read about what Tamron lenses are available for the Nikon Z6.
Photography

Here are 8 GoPro tips to get the most out of your action cam

There's more to your GoPro camera than just mounting it to your skateboard. Whether it's finding the best accessories or understanding the settings more thoroughly, learn to shoot video like a pro with these simple GoPro tips and tricks.
Deals

REI drops prices on the GoPro Hero 7 action camera by $50

GoPros have been around for years, and they are still one of the best action cams on the market — though they are usually quite expensive without a discount. Right now, you can save up to $50 on the Hero 7 from REI.
Mobile

Here are the best selfie cameras on the market, according to DxOMark

DxOMark, the company known for testing cameras, is now extending its smartphone analysis to include the front-facing camera. The Selfie ranking will be kept separate from the overall mobile score.
Mobile

Get your photos on billboards with Apple’s 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ program

Like previous years, Apple has once again launched its Shot on iPhone program, which encourages users to submit the best photos they've taken with their iPhone. Ultimately, the winners will get their photos featured on billboards.
Computing

Ditch the backdrop from your photos with these handy tools

Need to know how to remove the background from an image? Here's how, whether you prefer to use a premium program like Photoshop or one of the many web-based alternatives currently in existence.