I just got this cool new Tamrac backpack

And you could win one too! The Evolution 8 is the newest travel photo backpack from Tamrac, who's products I just love. What I like about this pack in particular is the thought that went in to it as a complete system for traveling photographers. The shoulder straps are convertible from traditional style to criss-cross style so that it is slung across one shoulder. This enables you to swing the pack in front of you quickly, without removing the pack, and grab a camera or lens from the perfectly placed side access zipper door. It's a very quick way to keep your gear protected, but quickly accessible. 

I am also excited about the waistbelt! Many people underestimate the value of a waistbelt to really relieve stress on your shoulders. You definitely notice the difference if you spend any amount of time actually traveling with your backpack. Placing part or most of the weight on your hips is key to comfortable backpack wear. Even a thin or lightly padded belt (as in this model) makes a significant difference.

Of course, it has a laptop pocket in the back, and the top compartment is un-divided so you can throw in a jacket or other personal doodads. The lower part also opens normally for access to all the photo gear. It's lightweight and comfortable and one of the most thought-out and functional packs I've seen anywhere. 

Tamrac has generously donated a black one just like this for my Twitter and blog readers to win! Get full details and specs on this pack on Tamrac's site here.

To win, simply twitter this out by 8/17/10 at 6PM PDT:

I read the Kubota Blog and I might win a wicked backpack by Tamrac! http://bit.ly/cDwfRW

All Twitterers will automatically be entered and notified via Twitter Direct Message (DM) Good luck everyone!