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Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW (Grey) . Professional Grade Outdoor Adventure Camera Backpack
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- WHISTLER BP 350 AW. Born on the side of a mountain, our Whistler pack delivers amazing performance for wilderness photographers and adventurers who carry an equal measure of camera, video and functional outdoor gear.
- WHAT IT HOLDS. This adventure pack holds Pro DSLR (such as Canon 5D Mark iii), up to 4 lenses: 24-70mm, 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm, 50mm, GoPro or similar form factor action video camera, functional outdoor gear, and personal items.
- EQUIPPED FOR THE EXTREME. This pack is made of high-performance materials, offers extreme organization, and the technology to comfortably carry the gear you need into any environment. It includes ActivZone, Max Fit, and SlipLock technologies.
- ATTACH WITH CONFIDENCE. Multiple heavy-duty attachment points secure all types of heavy gear (such as skis, snowboard, tripods, or other hard-to-carry essentials) without blocking access to the divided camera compartment.
- ALL WEATHER PROTECTION. Large expandable wet-gear pocket has a waterproof barrier and drain holes to separate outdoor gear(rope, crampons etc.) from digital gear. Use the detachable All Weather AW Cover for a second level of protection from rain, snow, and debris.
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Whistler - The all-season extreme performance outdoor backpack
Performance by Design
Designed and tested by professionals, including Whistler shooter and Loweprofesional Paul Morrison, in the extreme conditions of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
Equipped for the Extreme
High-performance materials, serious attachment points and the technology to comfortably carry the gear you need into any environment.
Superior Strength Outside
Shooting in the back-country means bringing equipment. Attach pro tripods, skis or a snowboard and still have access to the main compartment. The internal frame and multiple attachment points make a solid platform for your gear.
|Whister BP 350 AW||Whistler BP 450 AW|
|What hardware fits in this bag?||Fits a Pro DSLR (such as Canon 5D Mark iii), up to 4 lenses: 24-70mm, 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm, 50mm GoPro or similar form factor action video camera||Fits a Pro DSLR (such as Nikon D4S or Canon 1DX), up to 3 lenses: 58mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.4, flash (such as SB910), GoPro or similar form factor action video camera|
|External bag dimensions||11.61 x 11.81 x 20.87 in||12.20 x 11.89 x 22.52 in|
|Internal bag dimensions||9.13 x 6.30 x 13.90 in||9.53 x 6.54 x 15.75 in|
|Weight of bag||2.97 kg (6.53 lbs)||3.31 kg (7.28 lbs)|
|All weather AW cover?||✓||✓|
|Removable camera box?||✓||✓|
|Can wet gear be stored separately?||Yes, the large expandable wet-gear pocket includes a waterproof barrier and drain holes so you can separate outdoor equipment (such as rope, shovel, avalanche probes , crampons etc.) from delicate camera gear||Yes, the large expandable wet-gear pocket includes a waterproof barrier and drain holes so you can separate outdoor equipment (such as rope, shovel, avalanche probes , crampons etc.) from delicate camera gear|
|What materials is this bag made of?||Durable, weather-reistant and resilient outdoor-tech materials and hardware include 420 denier ripstop nylon with TUP face coating, glove-friendly Nifco side-release buckles, all-metal Duraflex hooks and Hypalon base||Durable, weather-reistant and resilient outdoor-tech materials and hardware include 420 denier ripstop nylon with TUP face coating, glove-friendly Nifco side-release buckles, all-metal Duraflex hooks and Hypalon base|
|Item Dimensions||20.87 x 11.81 x 11.61 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3 Kilograms|
|Shipping Weight||6.15 pounds|
|Style Name||Whistler BP 350 AW|
Greg Lowe, founder of Lowepro, created the first internal-frame backpack in his garage in Colorado. This breakthrough design innovation helped packs fit close to the back and minimize load shifting – so gear-wearing adventurers can climb, bike, ski and scramble with more ease. They’re using the same innovative mindset today.
WHAT IT HOLDS
The Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW Backpack offers top of the line rugged durability for professional outdoor adventure photographers. Loweprofessional Paul Morrison helped to design this pack in the extreme conditions of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. It’s made to meet the rigors of serious pros working in hardcore environments. Here’s what it has to offer.
Pro DSLR (such as Canon 5D Mark iii)
Up to 4 lenses: 24-70mm, 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm, 50mm
GoPro or similar form factor action video camera
Functional outdoor gear and personal items
Internal Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 35.3 cm (9.13 x 6.30 x 13.90 in)
External Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 x 53 cm (11.61 x 11.81 x 20.87 in)
Weight: 2.97 kg (6.53 lbs)
LowePro’s premium MaxFit organization system employs a laminated construction to fine-tune the fitting of dividers and make it easy to maximize the volume of gear. Get the maximum gear capacity to increase workflow and optimize organization.
ACTIVZONE SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY
Balance your system and your gear. Packs with this icon feature our ActivZone System technology. This harness delivers targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move.
The SlipLock attachment system of compatible loops and tabs makes it easy to add pouches and cases to larger bags. This modular attachment systems allows you to be ready for anything and bring along water bottles, lenses, memory cards, etc.
Top customer reviews
There are two downsides, though, that I'd love Lowepro to consider on a later model: 1) the hip-belt is sized for, dare I say, men? I'm a size 4-6 in women's, and I need a big rugged bag, but the belt is almost too big. If I lose any weight, all the weight will be on my shoulders. My partner and I were considering seran-wrapping extra padding to the belt before I figured out that I could move the small elastic organizing straps out of the way and gain an extra inch of compression. 2) There is no real space for a waterbottle. I can jam one in the front pocket, but an external pocket of set of elastic straps would make hydration easier. That's it though! While it was an expensive purchase, I think the design and functionality are 100% worth the additional cost in comparison to other camera backpacks.
Cons: weight, no water bottle pocket (I clipped mine on), pocket won't fit much more than that reservoir, top handle is small.
Tl;Dr the ideal outdoor camera bag is kind of a golden goose, and most of them just pay lip service to hikers, with not much compatabilty with outdoor gear. This bag comes close, with it's biggest weakness being weight. Some of the marketing on this bag showed climbing gear, and I can't imagine a stupider use. Filling this bag with camera gear and going climbing could easily add 20 or 30 pounds to your pack. This bag excels in shorter trips, before your reservoir runs out, and where you can justify having 6 lenses with you. The only real competition to this bag is the f-stop brand of bags, though they are prohibitively expensive, and have all sorts of shipping delays last time I checked.
Build quality of this bag is top notch, with a metal frame, separatable camera compartment, and waterproof pocket that I used for my water reservoir. With that build quality comes a heavy weight, something like 7 pounds when empty, which is absolutely insane. (more on that later). most of the surfaces aren't just water resistant nylon, but rather thick rubberized fabric, the zippers are all high quality, most with loops to work with gloves. I have only three gripes with the external bag. For one, the top handle is small, and folds down with a lip of the top pocket, so it's difficult to grab. Secondly, after trying the protactic 350, it feels like there's less points to anchor. The points that are there are significantly more trustworthy and inspiring, but some places I want a horizontal anchor there's only a vertical and vice versa. There's no water bottle holder, so the natural solution is to get a molle water bottle pocket to put on to the vertical straps on the back. But, all the molle's I've found are meant to work with a horizontal strap. Finally, the hip belt doesn't tighten enough for my needs. I'm very scrawny, at 6 foot tall and 150 lbs, but in order to get the weight off my shoulders, I had to lower the backpack a little more than my natural tightening. Once I awkwardly found a fit, the weight was really allocated to my hips, like a real hiking bag, something I hadnt found in a camera bag previously. The larger variation (Whistler 450) would be longer, and maybe balance better, but it may also have an even larger hip belt.
I got the bag right before a trip to Yosemite, and the first time I really used it was during a summer hike up half dome. Since it was marketed as a hardcore outdoor bag, I wanted to use it as such. Half dome may not be hardcore for everyone, but it was pushing my limits, which is probably more important for a review. I found I was using only a tiny part of the camera compartment, bringing my camera, a canon 200mm 2.8 ii, 16-35 f4 is, and Canon 40mm 2.8. On the other hand, I had to strap my water bottle onto the back along with my food, as I simply didn't have the space to pack everything I needed as far as calories for the day. The secondary pocket was nearly full with a 3 liter reservoir, though I could probably fit another water bottle in there. In the end, while the bag didn't do anything wrong, it wasn't a great fit for something like half dome, since it simply has too much space for camera gear, and too little for food and water. It was also very heavy on my shoulders (since the hip belt wasn't tight enough, and I hadn't figured out the fit yet). I would never take this backpacking, and I'd never want to bring enough camera gear to fill the backpack on a backpacking trip. I'd say it replaces a small day bag, as a much heavier alternative that can bring a literal arsenal of camera gear.
And it doesn't look like a 'hey, rob me!' camera bag which is important!
If you're legitimately looking for a bag that can hold a lot of camera gear AND a lot of hiking/personal gear, this is not it. Once you fill up every camera gear area, there is not much room left for anything else.
Lastly, if you're a wildlife photographer the orange can be a bit bright and noticable - it won't go great in a "no bright colors" environment.
There are two minor downsides (not a big deal) for me;
1- It doesn't have any mesh pockets on sides. A mesh pocket would be useful for carrying a water bottle that you can access easily.
2- The ICU is extremely well made. That's why, it is somehow difficult to put lenses with hoods attached on 3 vertical sections at the same time.
Besides these, in my opinion, this bag is very close to the ultimate outdoor bag. Perfect.
The only downside to this bag is the lack of storage space for anything else. No dedicated water park holder but you can strap a Nalgene onto the bag somewhere. The top compartment can barely fit a sandwich and sunglasses but thats okay.
Overall if you need a tough, rugged bag that can last you on a day trip tops, this is your bag.
Most recent customer reviews
Very uncomfortable to carry. It's more like suitcase not a backpack. Would not recommend it for hikes or outdoor trips.