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Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack (Black)

by Lowepro
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List Price: $209.99
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  • Evenly distributes weight and provides exceptional comfort
  • Offers easy access to gear, added security while wearing and provides quick access to cables, adaptors, water bottles
  • Provide quiet access around film crews or wildlife
  • Add SlipLock compatible products to customize your pack
  • Built-In All Weather Cover offers maximum protection against rain, dust and sand
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Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack (Black) + Professional Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony) - Includes: Lens Cleaning Pen System + High Quality Lens Brush + Air Blower Cleaner + 50 Sheets Lens Tissue Paper + Handy Empty Spray Bottle + 3 Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
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Technical Details

  • weatherproof

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.9 x 18.1 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001APJZ50
  • Item model number: Flipside 400 AW (Black)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Flipside 400 AW

Manufacturer Description:
Flipside 400 AW is a high-performance backpack designed for extra security, easy access and all-weather protection. Its unique back-entry compartment provides easy access to camera gear when setting up (keeping harness off the ground and clean), plus extra security when on the move. Main compartment secures a professional DSLR, attached zoom lens, plus multiple accessories. The premium set of features includes: Hideaway Tripod Holder, Hypalon SlipLock attachment loops, memory card pockets, and built-in All Weather Cover. Perfect for the traveling photographer who needs to keep expensive gear securely tucked away, yet close at hand to capture the shot in a moment.

Hardware Capacity:
Up to a Pro DSLR with attached 300mm f/2.8 (most makes), additional body and 4-6 additional lenses, charger and cords, filters, flash unit and 3 memory cards.

 

Flipside 400 AW Highlights:

1. Contoured Shoulder Strap with Padded Waist Belt
Evenly distributes weight and provides exceptional comfort

2. Unique Back Compartment Entry
Offers easy access to gear and added security while wearing

3. All Weather Cover
Offers maximum protection against rain, dust and sand

4. Hideaway Tripod Holder
Secure a tripod to the pack

5. Memory Card Pockets
Quickly find memory cards in the same place every time

6. Silent Zipper Pulls
Provide quiet access around film crews or wildlife

7. Stretch Mesh Side Pockets
Keep water bottles and other personal items within easy reach

8. Front Storage Panel
Provides quick access to cables, adaptors, small accessories or personal items

9. SlipLock Attachment Loops
Add SlipLock compatible products to customize your pack

 

Product Description

This high-performance backpack is ideal for the serious enthusiast and professional photographer looking for all weather protection, superior comfort and extra security. The Flipside 400 AW uniquely offers a premium feature set including Lowepro’s patented All Weather Cover, Hide Away Tripod holder and Contoured Shoulder Strap with Padded waist belt. The Flipside 400 AW back compartment entry offers easy access to gear and added security while wearing, perfect for the trav

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It fit easily under the seat of the plane and overhead.
Garner
Yes, that's right, you can keep the protective covering on the bag and still get to your gear without taking the cover off!
Seth R Finck
This is a very good and very well made bag that could have been virtually perfect (at least for me) with a few tweaks.
Paul Sergel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Pat the enthusiast on October 30, 2008
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The Good:

*plenty of storage volume. I could fit a Nikon D80 plus 12-24 f/4, 24-70/2.8, 70-300VR, 18-200VR, SB-600 flash without problem. I can see one fitting a mounted 70-200 f/2.8VR or 300 f/4 without problem. I've also used the bag with a hood-on 24-70/2.8 mounted on a D700, plus a 70-300VR hood-on with room for another hood-on big lens.

*The two straps on the top side of the bag can hold a small jacket in place, the two side mesh pockets can fit sizable waterbottles, plus a tripod holder at the back : how much more do you wanna carry?

*All weather cover for adverse weather conditions.

*As a bonus, one CAN sqeeze a laptop in (I could fit a 14.1" wide screen thinkpad T61 with extended battery pack) after some valco re-configuration effort, while carrying a non-gripped body plus 4 lenses. You don't want to do it often but for air travel alone it is doable (not very comfortable for your back however).

*You can really tighen the waist strap on your body, flip the bag to your front side, and access the content without additional support for the bag. provides a secure platform for lens changes while on the go.

*the flipside design (camera compartment can only be opened from your back's side) is very secure. no by-stander can open your bag without going through you.

*the size is okay for air travel.

The bad?

*it is a bit too big/bulky for daily use. And on heavier loadings (10 pound total weight or more) the bag isn't all that comfortable when i first got it. it was a bit stiff all around. 2 months later and now it gets slightly better. but not at the comfort level of compurover that i tried.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By CD on January 25, 2011
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I like this pack a lot and for reasons others don't seem to mention.

What I like:
I can set the bag down in the dirt, wet grass etc and use it as a workspace and keep my gear clean and organized while the back and straps stay clean. (watch out for ticks though)

There is only one way in and out of this bag. This way you can't accidentally leave the other side open as you roll it over or pick it up. Even if you leave the main zipper half done, the flap really would rather be closed and the act of putting it on your back will keep your stuff from falling out. So it makes it faster than the "sling" type bag I was using if I just whip it off my back and reach in the top.

It will hold more gear then I want to carry all day.

Like that it has water bottle holders.

What I don't like:
The hip strap is too high for my average length torso so I have to spool the shoulder straps out quite far to get this bag to sit on my hips and then the shoulders are not as comfortable. This was about the only thing that Clik Elite did right on their probody sport bag.

I would have liked a rubberized outer skin (like Caselogic is doing these days) so it would be easier to clean when I set it down in said grass.

The tripod holder could be way better (although this issue is not limited to this bag), here's why: If you use the tripod holder, the tripod will protrude out the bottom of the pack (all tripods will do this regardless of size). Acting like an extra long leg, the bag will want to tip over and land on the strap side (the part I would rather keep clean). Also, in order to get that useful workspace I talked about above, the tripod needs to be removed first or the bag will want to lay on one side or the other.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DVAB on November 11, 2010
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I went through 4 different backpacks before I ended up here. Thankfully, Amazon is great about returns! Here is why it was so hard for me:
* I am 6'4" and with a 49" chest so I needed a bag that would actually fit
* I have a 7D, 4 lenses, two flashes and the usual other stuff and it all needed to fit
* I needed a good tripod holder on the rear, not off to one side or the other
* and ultimately, I decided I really liked the front loading feature which allows you to pull the pack around in front of you, tip it forward and change lenses all without needing to set it down.

Add it all up and this bag was the perfect solution. Lots of room, ample pockets on the outside, large enough for a tall man, good tripod holder, dual water bottle holders and a place for all my stuff. Only complaint is that the shoulder straps should be a bit wider to better distribute the load across my shoulders. That said, I have gone out on several hikes with it for several hours and it never became uncomfortable.

Great backpack!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gear Junky on January 11, 2010
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Got this for a 2-week trip overseas after doing a lot of research online and I gotta say I love it.

It holds a lot of equipment (Canon 20D body no grip, 10-22mm EFS, 24-70mm 2.8 L, 70-200mm 2.8 L, 420EX flash, 2 soft boxes (folded), 2 battery chargers, blower, lens cleaning fluid, video cable, USB cable, MacBook 13.3 in neoprene sleeve, Mac power adapter) and I still had a compartment left for another small lens. I could even get the 20D with 70-200mm 2.8L lens on with its hood facing out into the center compartment if I took out the dividers.

And yes, the MacBook is not a typo. You can actually fit a 13.3" MacBook in a neoprene sleeve inside the flap over all the equipment. This was a big worry of mine since I carry a laptop wherever I go pretty much and it didn't have a dedicated slot for that which would have been it's only negative.

The equipment was easy to access but as someone else stated, the bottom compartments take a bit to get at so smaller items are best for those areas which is exactly what I did.

The bag carries a lot but still feels compact on your back and is not bulky like the AW Rover that bangs every seat down an airplane aisle even when you've cinched up the waist belt and maneuver around to avoid banging into seats. This one is compact enough that it stays in the aisle even when wearing it on one shoulder.

The waist belt and harness are very comfortable for not having cinch straps at the top and it pulls the bag to your back nice and tight when you have the chest strap on. Btw, they use a rail that the chest strap slides up and down for adjustment instead of gliding on the shoulder strap. This may be good or bad.
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