LowPro Pro Runner 350 photo backpack review
After much searching and debate I finally found a new backpack for my gear to use when I travel. I got lots of great feedback from everyone on Twitter and thank you all who chimed in with your suggestions! For weddings I have always used a Pelican hardcase roller that fits 90% of my gear. It’s one of their bigger rollers and could fit all of my gear if I really packed it right but I always prefer to have 2 bodies, 2 lenses and a flash in a smaller bag that I can quickly get to. In the past I used a medium sized lowpro shoulder bag that I put on top of the pelican roller. That way I don’t have to open the large pelican case when I need to quickly get to my main gear. You can check out a list of the main items I use for weddings here: Wedding Photography Gear 101. Awhile back I made a quick trip out to Hawaii and wanted a new bag that could hold more than my current shoulder bag and also fit my laptop plus some extra accessories in. It took me a good solid few weeks to finally fit a bag to fit my needs and here is a quick review of the solution I ended up with.
I ended up choosing the LowPro Pro Runner 350 photo backpack. If you read their description the backpack can hold the following: A Digital SLR camera with attached lens (up to 70-200mm f/2.8) plus 3-4 lenses or flash, accessories, laptop with a widescreen up to a 15.4″, tripod or monopod and personal items. For my use I needed something that held 2 Digital SLR cameras, 3-4 lenses, 2 flashes, laptop and many little accessories and found it pretty easy to fit everything I need in this bag with some extra little spaces still left to store small items. After using this bag for one travel trip and numerous weddings now I have to say I have been very pleased with this backpack so far. It fits perfect in the overhead compartment, although a tight fit when packed full and really does hold a ton of gear. I don’t think I would want anything to wear that holds more gear, the weight might make me fall over. Here is how I have the main compartment in mine packed. It pretty much gives me room for everything I need for a quick shoot:
The construction and build of this backpack is very good, lots of padding all around and wearing it is really comfortable. All of the zippers and buckles have a good quality to them as well and I see this backpack lasting me many, many years. If you are in the market for a backpack, check it out. You can get it at amazon below.
Here are some more of the specs:
It can also hold a notebook computer with a screen up to 15.4″. It is made from weather-resistant 600 denier square rip-stop polyester with a padded interior plus removable, padded inserts and adjustable dividers. The pack has an All Weather AW Cover that protects the camera gear from the elements. It also has rain flap lids that covers the zippered closure and offers added weather protection. There is a Hideaway Tripod Mount with foldout holder that secures a compact tripod or monopod. The SlipLock attachment loops will allow the addition of optional accessories. The backpack is carried by a webbing grab handle or adjustable, thickly padded shoulder straps with 5 adjustment points.