Please also read my updated weather resistant post .
My first review. I have read and watched so many reviews of so many things and many of them leave me wanting more. The “more” is how the item is used, not just what it looks like or how many pockets it has. Here I will try to show you how I use the pack and what I like and dislike. Hopefully the review will give you a better idea of the packs potential and its limitations.
Its new, Christmas Present (to myself) and instead of keeping you in suspense I will tell you up front that I give this pack a big YES, Four Paw prints. Note; If for some reason during the process of using this pack I find some problem or additional information of interest I will update this page.
It is billed as, and is, a day pack so anyone needing more than that should look elsewhere. It is however bigger than it looks and can carry items on the outside if you need to. I purchased this pack because I wanted something smaller. I have a habit of carrying a bunch of lenses and other gear that are rarely used and though I’m getting older I hate to leave the house without the pack filled. A day pack forces me to think about my DAY trip and pick what I need, vs what I want. Hence the love of all the straps on the outside, my way of cheating a little.
I do find myself conflicted about buying a new pack for my camera gear. Though I did generate a perfectly good and reasonable reason for getting a new pack, (all you older people feel free to use this excuse if you need it) camera bags and backpacks to photographers are like purses to those who like purses. You just cannot have too many and you need that new one that just came out.
I hope you enjoy the review.
Left side of pack, or is it the right, not sure. Side pocket good for a 500ml bottle, not so much for a 750ml. I use an old Lowepro bottle holder and attach it to the back for extra water.
Other side holds my tripod. Walking stick strapped to the back.
Harness is good, chest strap adjustable up and down. This pack fits very nice to the back, no shifting around when you are moving. Weight is well distributed and it feels much heavier picking it up than on your back.
Hip belt well padded. One note they do not have any loops to add accessories but instead have two pockets about 5.5L x 3h x 1 inch deep.
Against the body side. Lots of information on the Lowepro site about the technology here but I have only used it in the winter so all I can tell you is, it is comfortable.
Big four paws for the zipper pulls on the camera compartment access cover. Big downer that this is the only place they are used. Can you say Cheap-Cheap like a bird?
OK, let’s get to the only three pictures anyone really wants to see. What it will carry. #1. Canon 60D, 24-70 F4, Sigma 100mm F2.8 macro, Canon 17-40 F4. Plus handy junk.
#2. Canon 60D, 24-70 F4, Canon 70-200 F4, Canon 1.4 adaptor. I like handy junk in with the camera instead of having to flip the bag over and get something. You can see here the bag is wider at the opening.
#3. Maxed out. Canon 60D, 24-70 F4, Sigma 100mm F2.8 macro, Canon 17-40 F4, Canon 70-200 F4. I usually use #1 or #2.
Lowepro provides more dividers shaped for the pack than you will ever need (7 plus centre). Two have Velcro opening for filters etc.
Back side has two openings, one top, one back.
Top opening about 10w x 8h x 6 inches deep. Good for essentials like dog snacks, first aid kit and lunch for two.
Back pocket has two separate pockets. The outer most one extends right to the bottom. Not very large but you can stuff an article of clothing or two in it.
The inner pocket extends about 8 inches down and I can slide a 10 inch I-pad into it. Note to better half; I would ever take your I-pad Honey bun.
Love the back straps. You can run the strap through the sleeve for a snugger fit (my walking sticks) or outside and strap a coat or other larger article to the pack.
Lastly the bag comes with a custom rain cover that is stored in its own zippered compartment.