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(From company literature) Lowepro Topload Zoom AW. This great traveler - our original Topload Zoom - has attachment loops for optional SlipLock add-ons and a high-tech fabric, as well as an All Weather Cover; reverse-open lid; large front pocket; belt slot; padded, contoured shoulder strap; and handgrip.



Specifications:

  • Type: Holster Bag, All Weather
  • Available Colors: Black/Gray
  • Outer Fabric: Water-resistant 600D TXP™ and 600D TXP™ ripstop
  • Type of Closure: Zippers
  • Capacity: SLR with 80-200mm f/2.8 lens (most makes) attached
  • Interior Dimensions (W x D x H): 18 x 12.5 x 30 cm / 7 x 5 x 11.75 in.
  • Exterior Dimensions (W x D x H): Unspecified
  • Weight: 499 g / 1.1 lb
  • Notes: Use the Topload Zoom Chest Harness for rock-solid stability, even in extreme conditions and demanding sports; Slide your own belt or an optional Belt & Buckle through the belt slot; The reverse-open lid provides easy access in rugged conditions. Thick padding and DryFloâ„¢ mesh keep you comfortable; The All Weather Cover: extra protection against snow, rain, dust, and sand

Keywords: Lowepro Holster-Bag AW


tommy

Registered: January 2007
Posts: 5
Lowepro Topload Zoom AW review by tommy
Review Date: 1/10/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: tough, well designed
Cons: can't see your feet when it's on chest harness

I've owned and abused one of these for many years and it's still going strong. It is regularly dragged up and down mountains, through hedgerows and across bogs. If I did ever manage to kill it, I'd go straight out and buy another. Great design, very well made.


Mine currently carries a dSLR big old 80-200mm f2.8 and a 24-85mm, plus filters, hoods and other detritus that tends to accumulate in camera bags.


The chest harness is a neat idea and the only sensible solution I've found to keeping a camera handy while wearing a rucksack. The only down side is that you can't see your feet when you're on rough and unstable ground. Fine for hiking on paths, but a really bad idea on loose rock or bogs (trust me on this). When I'm scrambling or mountaineering the shape of this pack means it slides into the top of a rucksack (anything over 35 litres). Which also happens to be a very comfortable and well-balanced place for it, and makes it easy to grab the camera when you take your pack off.


Living in one of the wettest and windiest places in the UK, I've put the 'All Weather' claims made by the cover to the test on *many* occasions; it hasn't let me down yet.
thomiz

Registered: January 2007
Posts: 16
Lowepro Topload Zoom AW review by thomiz
Review Date: 1/10/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Quite big toploader with AW cover
Cons: The AW cover is not waterproof

I bough this pack after owning a TLZ 1 which became to small for my D1 camera. The provided chest harness is really nice, I use it all the time while hiking or backcounty skiing here in Norway. I can squeeze in The Canon 20D with grip, 200mmL (in front puch without the hood) and 17-40 on the camera. With the 50 1.4 in the bottom. But that is a tight fit and I only do it when I have to. Also space for extra cards, battery and filters. This is a must have in the backcountry and the camera is really accessible with the chest harness.


The biggest disapointment was experienced one day it rained and I discovered that the provided AW cover is useless aigainst rain. I currently have a plastic bag under the AW cover to discard the water and the AW cover to keep it in place, this is however not so versatile as the AW cover on its own.
vNe

Registered: January 2007
Posts: 7
Lowepro Topload Zoom AW review by vNe
Review Date: 1/9/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: versitile carrying options, rugged construction, rain cover
Cons: cover not optimal with additional compartments

I bought this bag for its raincover and verstile carying options. With the chest harness, I use the bag when heading out into the backcountry. This keeps your camera easily accessible, protected from bumps and the rain, and saves you trouble from fumbling with your pack. With the shoulder strap, it is a great light weight carrying option. You can also get the optional waist belt if you need to go light and fast. Lowepro's modular system allows you to add compartments to the outside of the bag if you need to extend it's carrying options. With one side lens case, I usually carry my slr, three lenses, filters, manual, and misc items. Only downside is that the raincover is only large enough to cover the bag and not the additional modular cases on the side.


 






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