I have too many packs now but am looking for the "perfect" pack. Oh dear. I want to carry it on snow shoes, hiking, and as a day pack. I would like to carry a camera as I write for a paper, too. I do not need a computer sleeve or hydration but do need two good pockets for water bottles. It would be nice if I could keep the contents dry. Any suggestions?
It you are looking for a pack that can do all that, I would suggest a smaller multi-day pack as opposed to a pack like the Borealis. The snowshow carrying feature is very limiting, especially if you want to put the snowshoes in the pack itself, but you could always put the snowshoes in a carrier bag and then strap that to the pack. Maybe check out something like the North Face Terra 40, the North Face Solaris 35, Gregory Z 35, or the Osprey Talon 44.
if its serous camera equipment i would look at LowePro or Crumpler both make really tough packs