Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW DSLR Backpack (Black)
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- Fits a Pro DSLR with attached lens (up to 300mm f/2/8), 4-5 extra lenses or flashes and accessories, up to a 15.4" laptop, tripod or monopod and personal items
- Fully padded and adjustable camera compartment is highly customizable
- Dedicated laptop compartment helps protect computer from impac
- Discreet front pocket and zippered document pocket offer low-profile storage for business and personal items
- Thickly padded backpad, shoulder straps, and waistbelt offers comfort, support and stability; shoulder straps have 5 adjustment points; waistbelt tucks away when not in use
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The Pro Runner 350 AW and 450 AW DSLR backpacks delivers a compact, streamlined and urban-inspired solution for pro photographers and photojournalists who carry their gear through crowded airports and busy city streets. This feature-filled design fits a DSLR with attached lens up to a pro-sized body with grip and attached lens (450 AW), laptop, tripod and multiple accessories, plus a few personal items, in a highly organized pack. From its fully padded interior to it’s patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover, the Pro Runner AW thoroughly safeguards valuable gear. Each pack includes: a Hideaway Tripod Mount system; rainflap lids; SlipLock attachment loops; multiple storage pockets; memory card pockets; and more.
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The dimensions are about 20” high, 11” wide, and 13” deep. The interior compartment has removable dividers, and is custom configurable to suit your gear. This is nothing new, as most of the better SLR bags have a similar set up. This bag is sized to comply with the requirements of most airlines for carry-on luggage. The outer walls are reinforced, which is critical if you ever have to check this bag for a flight. While there are larger capacity bags, the x450 AW can still hold a decent amount of gear, like two SLR bodies, several lenses, a flash unit, and various accessories.
The design is interesting, as the backpack shoulder straps retract into a zippered compartment. Located against the back panel, where it will be most protected, is a sleeve for a laptop. The roller wheels are tough and durable, and the extendable handle seems fairly sturdy.
I own several Lowepro bags and was already familiar with the high quality of their products. The x450 AW does not disappoint, as this multifunctional equipment carrier is targeted at those who travel, and is even more sturdy and well-constructed than the average Lowepro bag.
The x450 AW has been replaced by the smoother and more rounded which has some new features. Prices for large capacity camera bags, SLR backpacks, and photo roller cases have risen dramatically in the last few years. While neither the x450 AW and the x450 AW II are inexpensive, when compared to similar photo backpacks, the prices are quite competitive.
I wanted a bag that I could carry most of my main gear on the train, but because of back issues, I decided carrying my gear as a backpack wouldn't work anymore. I've been looking at this LowePro X450 and the X350 for better part of a year, but because of some upcoming travels, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. The price has come down on the LowePro Backpacks so the price was right also, and with my Prime account the bag was here in only a few days.
Again this is a huge bag, and like others have said, it's spacious but bulky. The bulky part comes from trying to design a bag to hold the maximum amount of gear. I can hold my Canon 5d Mk III with a Canon 300 2.8L attached with Hood(flipped around), my Canon 7D, a Canon 70-200mm 2.8L and a Canon 24-70 2.8L and 2 flashes with room to spare, so when we all say spacious we mean it. This bag also comes with pockets lining the upper flap of the bag, and a single accessory pocket on the front left side of the big. Not a HUGE number of accessory pockets, at least not for a bag this size, but still has plenty of room for filters, batteries, and other camera needs. Plenty of buckles tighten up the bag, and hang things like your tripod or monopod. Because this version of the bag is the X450 it comes with roller wheels, so you can roll the big instead of having the need to carry it. The bag is also a backpack and comes with a 5 point adjustable pad, so you can carry it with some comfort. I can't see anyone hiking with this massive bag, but is perfect for carrying it on and off a train.
The wheels appear to be of high grade, though I did find that because of the small size(of the wheels), the underside of the bag can rub against the floor or carpet, if the bag is full. The nicely crafted push button trolley handle is spring loaded, and extends out more than enough for any normal size user. I'm 6'2" and I have no issues with the length the trolley handle extends out.
The bag is a LowePro deluxe bag, so it also comes with a excellent all-weather cover that can cover the attire bag for rainy days. You can find that feature at the lower part of the bag, just pull back the flap and pull the rain cover out.
One other neat feature it comes with is a excellent padded laptop sleeve that will fit any laptop up to 15.4" neatly in a slot in the top of the bag. I personally pulled that out and use that area to store my cables and camera rain gear, but it is an excellent feature and the sleeve is a nice touch.
One con of this bag, and could be a big one is the fact the zippers, though of high quality, don't have security options so you can lock the big flap where the camera gear is stored. There is no option there. I've attached heavy key rings to each of the main zippers so I can use some form of security lock with it, but not a perfect solution. With a bag of this stature, it should have come with something to lock the main part of the bag.
I'm sure I could talk about many more neat features, but I think you get the gist of this bag; to recap:
Huge, spacious, room
It's a roller, so this big bag can move!
Well designed, everything tucks away nicely
Shoulder pads, nice padded shoulder pads that can tuck away also
May be too big for some
Really can't be used for comfortable backpacking
Smallish but well-designed wheels
No security option
Original Review: I am preparing for a September trip to Wyoming for a week long photography class and wanted a backpack that I could use to transport my camera equipment, including my tripod. At a friend's recommendation, I ordered this backpack. It is phenomenal. By using the ability to remove/move around velcro dividers, I was able to make space for two Nikon camera bodies (D300 and D800E) with attached lens, along with a speed flash, battery charger, several additional lenses. My Manfrotto tripod fit in the tripod pocket. There's also storage for memory cards, batteries and other miscellaneous items. A 15" laptop would fit in the section of the backpack that is desiganed to hold cards, pens, your phone (or mp3 player). Good support for the back. This is PERFECT for taking expensive camera equipment through the airport. (I'll pack the tripod, however.) It should be similarly perfect for hiking during photography school.