(From company literature) Lowepro Photo Trekker Classic. Our original lightweight photo backpack, enhanced with suggestions from photographers. The tuckaway ergonomic harness has CollarCut™ straps, a sternum strap, padded waistbelt and foam backpad on the lumbar support. There’s a customizable interior, multiple pockets, detachable shoulder strap, handgrip and bottom straps for a jacket or light tripod.
Available Colors: Forest Green/Black
Outer Fabric: Water-resistant 600D TXP
Type of Closure: Zippers, quick release buckles
Capacity: Pro SLR and 5–7 lenses (including a 400mm f/2.8 lens)
Interior Dimensions (W x D x H): 33 x 15 x 45.5 cm / 13 x 6 x 18 in.
Exterior Dimensions (W x D x H): 35.5 x 33 x 51 cm / 14 x 13 x 20 in.
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: $200.00| Rating: 5
Hmmm, the questionnaire wants me to rate a lens instead of a bag... please ignore the ratings.
I've had the LowePro PhotoTrekker Classic (6" deep inside) for close to 10 years, and have a previous thinner version (4" deep inside) as well, probably for close to 20 years. Oh that sounds scary. But both bags have held up well, I have no complaints of material or build quality.
What I like:
Excellent padding, the gear is as safe as anything can get.
Plenty of space, room for growth as it were. I can keep my 100-400 mounted on the camera with a hood in the ready position extended to 400mm running down the center of the bag, and it is a loose fit. I believe I could carry a mounted 500mm f/4 as well. And it still has room for shorter lenses along both sides. I can carry a flash, normal zoom, 100mm macro, another long lens such as a 70-200, batteries, charger, remote release, flash wireless controller, filters, memory all in the main compartment, and there is still room for more.
Clips on the sides help in case of a zipper failure.
Extra pocket on the outside for additional items like sunscreen, bug repellent, and a small amount of snacks.
I also like some of the little touches like covers for the zippers inside the main compartment, so they can't scratch your gear.
After nearly 10 years, the zippers still work great.
What I don't like:
The harness isn't comfortable for more than a couple of miles. You can fill this bag with so much gear that the weight just hurts your shoulders. The padding of the waistbelt is too thin to take weight off your shoulders. For reference, I'm 5'8". Also, both of my bags creak when hiking, which is very annoying. I deliberately keep my load light to avoid shoulder pain. The harness has limited my desire to go on longer walks with this bag.
Also, it is a little too thick to fit under an airline seat, and needs to go in the overhead bin.
Over time, I've come to want to trade camera gear space for extra item space such as a water bottle mesh pocket, room for more food, room for a jacket, etc.
I plan to replace this bag for hiking with something that has a nicer harness, but will probably keep it for shorter outings or working out of a car.
Shortcomings aside, it is obviously a very good bag since I've had it so long. If it had a great harness, I would not be looking for a new bag.
This bag is no longer made. I'm only putting this review up for folks who might happen to buy one used.
It has straps on the bottom to hold a tripod sideways. This makes the tripod stick out on either side of you, which is a bit rude on a crowded trail. I prefer to carry my tripod in hand.
There is no padded laptop slot, which is fine with me since I don't have one (in fact, it is hard to find a bag without a laptop slot, which is just wasted space for some of us).