Ihad the opportunity to review Lowepro’s Flipside 400 AW backpack last year. That backpack survived some intense hikes, including Angel's Landing and the Narrows in Zion National Park. To this day, The Flipside bag still remains one my favorite.
Multi-day treks with camping gear in tow mingling in the same cargo space as expensive camera gear create numerous concerns. The added weight could compromise stability on rugged trails. Conventional backpacks aren't set up to secure delicate lenses and cameras. Good thing Lowepro specializes in just that.
The idea is to carry as much photography gear needed to capture the landscape but still have room for other essentials such as clothing layers, food, water, and first aid and accessories.
Multiple-day excursions that include camping overnight need a combination camera backpack and multi-day backpack with the same suspension and load-bearing sensitivities but with specialized compartments to keep expensive camera gear and lenses safe. The ability to carry photographic gear securely while sharing the same space with a tent and tripod, plus a few days worth of essentials is a dream come true. Lowepro has a brilliant solution.
Two modular padded and removable camera cases include adjustable padded dividers, removable accessory pouch, interior zippered pockets, outer mesh pockets, and webbing grab handles. This accommodates my Canon 5D Mark IV, 70-200mm lens, 16-35mm lens, 24-105mm lens, Singh-Ray filters, Lee filters, batteries, cleaning kit, and all my accessories comfortably in the modular units. I was pleasantly surprised at how many zippered and meshed compartments were available in the camera storage area. I didn't have to leave anything behind.
The modular camera units will take up a large part of the bag capacity, but I was able to still carry 3 sets of clothing (cold weather layers) food for 3 days, Jet stove, fuel, and accessories. The bag has a top-loading design like my conventional backpack but has a front access panel as well.
The side of the pack has a unique and secure tripod holder. For me, this is an area that can drive me nuts. If I feel my tripod moving or swinging at all when I'm hiking, I'll obsess over it. With this system, it doesn't dare move. The legs slide securely in two fixed straps and then a left and right nylon panel covers up the tripod legs and is then buckled and cinched in snugly. The other side of the bag has a zippered hydration system for a 2-liter bag.
The overall look of the bag is rather stylish. It's nicely designed, has ample pockets and zippered storage areas and doesn't scream "Look I'm carrying thousands of dollars' worth of camera gear inside" Attached top lid provides a zippered pocket to keep essentials handy; built-in key clip included for those who need to remember where their keys are.
Zippered storage areas in the waist belt, enough to carry accessible snacks, GPS, cell phone and chap-stick.
The bottom of the Rover Pro holds its 3-in-1 AW (All Weather) cover which doubles as a photographic reflector, and diffuser with an adjustable ring. It fits snugly over the backpack like a shower cap.
Removable Camera Compartment Interior: 14.5 x 15.5 x 31.5 cm (5.71 x 6.10 x 12.40 in)
External Dimensions: 33.7 x 29.2 x 57.2 cm (13.27 x 11.50 x 22.52 in)
Fits: Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 24-70mm lens 3-4 extra lenses or flashes Tripod or monopod 2-liter hydration reservoirs Up to a 15" laptop Sleeping pad, small tent, ice axes/trekking poles, and other personal items
Weighs just barely 6 lbs.
If you’re a backpacking, long trekking, mountain exploring kind of outdoor photographer, and need enough room for both camera gear and technical/overnight gear, this could be the pack that you’re looking for.
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