Exposure 5000 Panel Loading Backpack

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Built to Order
Backpack Platform:
Backpack Size:
3-5 Days
Backpack Size:
5-10 Days
Backpack Weight:
3-4 lbs
Zippered Main Entry
Zippered Pockets
Mesh Stuff Pocket
Water Carry:
Water Bottles
3 weeks
LT-Backpack Shoulder Harness - Tan:
3 weeks
LT-Small Hipbelt - Tan - Fits 27" - 31":
3 weeks
LT-Medium Hipbelt - Tan - Fits 29" - 34":
3 weeks
LT-Large Hipbelt - Tan - Fits 33" - 38":
3 weeks
LT-XL Hipbelt - Tan - Fits 36" - 42":
3 weeks
LT-XXL Hipbelt - Tan - Fits 42" - 48":
3 weeks
LT-Backpack Top Lid - Olive Green:
3 weeks
LT-Hipbelt Pocket - Olive Green:
3 weeks
LT-Lumbar Pad:
3 weeks
LT-2 inch Frame Extension Set:
3 weeks
LT-4 inch Frame Extension Set:
3 weeks
LT-Both 2 and 4 inch Frame Extensions - 2 Sets:
3 weeks
As a photographer, the Exposure is fantastic because it is a panel loader. You have immediate visual access to the contents to the bag and don’t have to dig around. - Ryan McSparran on his New Zealand thru hike

Designed with input from backpacking photographers this panel loader backpack features the same high performance suspension used across our backpack families and with seven pockets provides easy access to all your gear.

The rugged YKK #10 zippered main compartment is sized to fit an F-Stop case at the top for super easy access to camera gear and lenses.   The Exposure is also well suited to hunters, who want quick access to optics and strong organization, as well as backpackers and travelers who prefer a panel opening for easy organization.

Handmade in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.

 Exposure Features:

  • Integrated Platform
  • Field Adjustable Frame Height
  • Rapid Adaptable Compression System (RACS)
  • Dynamic Belt System
  • X-Pac™ Fabric
  • Fast opening panel zip with rugged #10 YKK zippers.
  • Dual side bottle pockets with shock cord closure; loosen, access and re-cinch with one hand on the go.  (Shock cord is user replaceable for long service life.)
  • Three horizontal compression straps.
  • One over-the-top "V" compression strap.
  • Two lower load shelf compression straps.
  • 7 Pockets (Main Panel, 2 interior zippered pockets, one zippered exterior, one mesh stuff it pocket, 2 dimensional bottle pockets 
  • Note - Ice Axe Loops have been replaced by a web loop and extra gatekeeper straps.  This is a more adaptable system.


  • Weight:  Expedition Olive 3 lbs 14 oz
  • 5000 ci 


  • Top Circumference - 41"  |  104 cm
  • Bottom Circumference - 41"  |  104 cm
  • Height - 28.5"  |  72 cm



  • Six side compression straps
  • One over the top compression strap
  • Two bottom compression straps
  • Field Repair Kit
  • Two one inch belt buckles
  • A 4 to 1 single belt buckle is available upon request
  • Adjustable frame, Can be used at 24"-  28" height. Optimized for 26 inch height - Which Frame Height is Right for Me?
  • Three hip belt sizes, fits 29 to 42 inch waists
  • Shoulder harness easily adjusts to fit 15" - 22" torsos.

 Rain Cover / Seam Sealing: 

  • For instructions, check out our video Seam Sealing a Backpack.
  • Main pack bag is made of X-Pac™ waterproof material.  Seam sealing the outside seams is recommended for exceptionally wet environments.  
  • Water can penetrate zippers, but usually not in a rain situation with the pack upright - the zipper flap does an excellent job of repelling rain.  
  • Waterproof stuff sacks are recommended for exceptionally rainy conditions, and drybags for submersion or severely wet conditions such as bushwacking or canyoneering.  
  • Side pockets are 500D Cordura and are not waterproof.


 Backpack Accessories:

 Bear cans:

  • All bear cans will fit horizontally at any location in the Exposure, but it's tight.


  • Suspension is 500D Cordura and some spacer mesh. Hypalon and 500D Cordura reinforcements
  • Expedition Olive (X42) is a 420 denier plain weave with a 200 psi PET laminate


RECOMMENDED USE: Backcountry Photography, Wildlife Photography, Backpack Hunting. 




Defects in manufacturing and material for the practical lifetime of the product. Damage due to wear and tear or misuse will be repaired for a reasonable charge.

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  • 4
    Almost Perfect

    Posted by Shane on 21st Feb 2019

    I recently purchased this pack so that I could go hiking/camping with my dog and new camera equipment. I usually make my own packs, but I haven't made a pack in years, and I didn't want to put in the labor involved since I'm so busy these days. This pack had almost all the features I love in a pack, so I decided to give it a try. I've only used it a couple of times so far, and I'm pretty impressed.

    I absolutely LOVE the pockets on this pack. The bottle pockets are the perfect size and shape to be able to reach back and grab your bottle without taking the pack off. The 2 main pockets on the outer panel are very big and can hold a lot of quick access items, and the interior pockets are perfect for small items like your phone, keys, etc.

    The Xpac fabric is awesome. I have a couple of homemade packs with the same fabric, and it's one of the reasons I was interested in this pack. It's durable. It holds its shape well. It's waterproof. And I love the green color of this one.

    The big zipper panel loading feature is great for accessing camera gear without having to pull everything out of the top of a top loading pack. Though, I'd prefer to be able to access my camera ICU from the bottom half of the pack rather than the top half for better weight distribution (camera gear is heavy and ideally should be located at the bottom of a pack).

    The compression straps work great, and strapping a tripod to the outside is no problem at all.

    Now on to the suspension and comfort. The hipbelt and shoulder straps can be adjusted based on your torso length and where you like the pack to ride. The hipbelt is very comfortable, and I love having 2 buckles to transfer the weight to a wider area of my hips. My only gripe with the suspension is that the shoulder straps don't sit on my shoulders at an angle like they should. They are too horizontal, and the inside edge carries much more weight than the outer edge of the strap. For this reason, and having to have my camera gear closer to the top than bottom, I have to knock off just 1 star. Otherwise, this would absolutely be a 5 star pack.

    There aren't many packs out there that are going to be as good as this one for carrying camera gear on long hikes/camping trips. It's very lightweight for its size. It can hold as little or as much gear as you want. It's features are amazing. And it's panel loading. I would recommend it for any photographer who needs the volume and wants easier access to their gear.

  • 5
    Most comfortable pack I've tried

    Posted by John W on 7th Jun 2018

    I'd been searching for a large, comfortable panel loading pack for a long time, and finally found it.

    This Seek Outside Exposure pack is the most adjustable and most comfortable I've ever tried. Frame height, torso length, hipbelt location (relative to the frame), and load lifter (where it lifts the shoulder straps) can all be adjusted to perfection. The shoulder straps are just the right width with a good mix of support and padding, same with the hipbelt. Even other popular brand name packs have never fit me this well.

    This pack fits each of my f-stop pro ICUs (large, medium and small). I have no doubt it could handle the XL pro ICU as well. The 14" tall large pro ICU takes up about half of the interior height of the pack, leaving plenty of room for layers. I almost never need to use the entire space.

    The front panel goes down about 2/3 of the way, making access to the camera gear and layers beneath very easy.

    It is well-made and tough.

    I usually carry my tripod but the gatekeeper straps do a good job of holding my large 3-series Gitzo tripod on the side if I want.

  • 5
    Great pack for photography

    Posted by Peter Nestler on 19th Jan 2018

    I have taken my pack on adventures to Egypt, Italy, Canada and throughout the US. I love to go hiking and this was my first real hiking pack. I have tried a number of other packs that friends have lent me, but they never felt like they properly positioned the weight to my hips. I was always told to get an internal frame pack since they were the best so I was a bit hesitant with the external frame style. I was misinformed. This pack is very comfortable for long hikes with 30+ pounds of gear. I use a couple knock off ICU units for my lenses and filters and the panel loader makes it easy to get to everything when I need it. I put my tripod in one of the bottle holders on the side so it's easily accessible. I've gotten caught in a few rainstorms and everything stays dry in the main compartment without my pack cover on. I bought one to use as an insurance policy and to keep all the exterior items dry, but it's not necessary for the main compartment. The mesh outside has been a great feature for odds and ends that I pick up along the way. It's often overkill for shorter hikes, but I use it anyway since it's so much more comfortable than any other pack I have. The quality and workmanship is top notch.

  • 5
    Top notch photography pack

    Posted by KHoltzen on 20th Aug 2017

    This pack is excellent out of the box and with just a couple easy adjustment it became very comfortable. The panel opening is very handy for accessing equipment and gear quickly and the water and dust proof design is excellent for hauling expensive camera gear. After 20 miles this pack has become my go to pack for photography outings .

  • 5
    Backpacking Photographers Dream Pack

    Posted by Anthony O. on 8th May 2017

    I can't really say enough about this pack so I'll keep it pretty short. First, you do not need to be a photographer to enjoy this bag. It is super comfortable, has tons of room, myriad adjustments, and all of your gear is available instantly.

    The pack is extremely well made and light when it is empty. I weighed in at 42 pounds fully loaded and took it on a 15 mile canyon hike. It performed flawlessly. I will use this pack for years and years, and then I will probably buy another one after that. Well done Seek.

    P.S. There are so many different ways to adjust this pack to get it perfect for your torso. Watch the Youtube video that Seek made on adjusting their pack. It's worth the 10 minutes.

  • 5
    Outstanding backpack for photography, backpacking with equipment, backpacking in general

    Posted by John Carroll on 15th Dec 2016

    I purchased this backpack because I wanted a panel loader to carry photo and audio equipment in the mountains/woods. It does a great job of that. The panel loading design makes it very easy to lay the pack down and open it like a suitcase. No more digging in a narrow vertical sack.

    It also is very comfortable with heavy loads and is very adjustable. I've had at least 10 different backpacks and this is by far the most comfortable with a load.

    I've also used it for ordinary backpacking and I have come to really like the panel-loading approach. I don't know if I can go back to a traditional backpack.

    Finally, the build quality of this pack is outstanding. Extremely well-made AND it is VERY light! After backpacking for 30+ years, I would say that this is the best backpack I have ever owned. Very pleased with this purchase.

  • 5
    Best Photographer Backpack

    Posted by Curtis on 19th Jan 2016

    I can't wait to get out in the mountains with this thing. It's so spacious and the weight sits perfectly.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Dec 2015

    PETE ON 4TH OCT 2015