The problem with trying to pony camera gear up a mountain is that you usually have to go one of two ways. Either you stuff your expensive kit haphazardly into a technical outdoor pack; or you slot everything neatly into an uncomfortable camera backpack that’s designed for wedding photographers. Fortunately, Lowepro has this gap in the market nailed with their line of outdoor camera packs. At 15 litres, this version of the PhotoSport Outdoor Backpack is the lightest in the range, built for nimble day hikes where you want to protect your gear without carrying tons of extra weight. A side zip gives you access to a removeable padded camera pouch that’ll fit a smaller mirrorless camera and a few lenses, but this is also fundamentally a fully-featured outdoor pack with gear loops, stash pockets and a weatherproof cover. You’ve got contoured shoulder-straps and a padded waist-belt for all-day comfort, and an adaptable strap system gives you loads of different ways to keep your camera within reach
|Internal Dimensions||20 x 12 x 42 cm|
|External Dimensions||23 x 18 x 44 cm|
|Total Volume||15 L|
|Device Volume||2 L|
|Camera Compartment||14 x 8 x 18 cm|
|GearBox Exterior||16 x 10 x 20 cm|
|Top Compartment||20 x 12 x 21 cm|
|Gearbox Interior||14 x 8 x 18 cm|
In a world where some gear companies feel like they have to make everything, Lowepro have just picked a single thing and done it really well. Since mountaineer and adventure photographer Greg Lowe knocked up his first backpack in a Colorado shed in 1967, they’ve become the world leader in camera bags for outdoor photographers.
Lowepro were the first to introduce innovations like soft-sided foam-lined camera bags, ergonomic shoulder straps and lightweight buckles, and their products have averted many a camera catastrophe over the last 50 years. These days the bags are designed just outside San Francisco, and their focus is still firmly zoomed in on adventure photography in the great outdoors. Unlike so many other camera bags and backpacks, theirs are built to be rugged, comfortable and weatherproof – and every new bag or innovation gets properly put through its paces in the mountains before it finds its way onto your back.
What’s more, they’ve recently been putting a lot of work into their use of more sustainable materials, and some of their products are now made from up to 85% recycled fabric. So as you capture the world through your lens, you’re also doing your bit for it with your gear choices.