Michael Topham tests a Lowepro backpack to find out if it’s one of the best for travel photographers.
At a glance
- Dedicated space for a laptop, tablet and graphics tablet
- Removable accessory case
- Built-in all-weather cover
- Mesh padding for maximum comfort
- Padded easy-access pocket to hold 13in laptop and tablet.
Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II – Key features
Built-in weather cover
The built-in all-weather cover is pulled out from the bottom of the bag and is permanently attached, so it’s never at risk of getting lost.
The bag features a pair of front pockets that are ideal for storing keys, a remote release or a small notepad.
There are two carry handles: one on the top and one at the side. Both feature thick mesh padding to offer comfort in the hand when the bag is carried in this way.
The BP 350 AW II is the lightest bag in the Lowepro Pro Runner series and a compact alternative to the Pro Runner RL x450 AW II. Unlike its big brother, the BP 350 AW II doesn’t feature rolling wheels or an extending grab handle to pull it along, but in all other respects it’s rather similar. There are contoured straps, excellent padding to cushion the bag against your back and a removable waist belt. The front compartment easily stores a 13in laptop and 10in tablet, with space for filters and other accessories. The substantial YKK zippers on the front and interior compartments allow you to secure the bag with small padlocks, while inside there’s enough space to accommodate an enthusiast or semi-pro DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached. There’s also enough room either side for four or five extra lenses and a flashgun. Plenty of internal dividers are supplied to help you customise your kit, and the removable accessory case is useful for small portable hard drives, cables and chargers.
Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II – Verdict
The Pro Runner BP 350 AW II impresses in all the criteria a great travel backpack should. It’s very comfortable when fully loaded and is built to survive the rigours of day-to-day use. If you don’t require rolling wheels, but want one of the finest carry-on camera backpacks you can buy for under £200, look no further.
Score: 5 out of 5
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