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Lowepro Flipside 500 AW, reviewed by Lester Wareham

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Dec 02, 2014 13:44 |  #1

I use this bag when I need to carry more kit than I can accommodate in my flipside 400. Downside is it is quite bulky.
Very useful features of these bags are:

a) Place on the ground and go through the back for the main compartment so your cloths remain clean and dry.
b) Two straps on top for securing additional clothing layers.
c) Large pouch on the opposite side from the main compartment for odds and ends and small items like hats, gloves, reflectors, batteries.


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nordlysBW
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Jan 28, 2015 12:14 |  #2

A great bag in many respects.

I am disappointed by the weakish elastic mesh pouches on both sides. They easliy get distended and offer little support for bulky items.
I would welcome the tripod strap at a higher position to really avoid any tilting of the tripod on rough terrain. I loop another strap through the sturdy upper carrying handle of the Flipside 500AW to avoid that sort of problem.




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Jan 28, 2015 12:33 |  #3

it's my main bag for travel, fits a ton of stuff. The mesh bags on the sides are junk, I never liked mesh bags unless they're for a wet swimsuit or something like that. I just don't use them. But other than that it's a great bag, very comfortable to carry even fully packed, mine scales in at over 30lb when full. I've carried it around for entire days with no problem, I don't ever leave my gear in the car.

To go smaller but still fit my Tammy 150-600 I just got the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW, also a great bag, fitted for a camelback bladder. I love the flipside idea (other brands offer this back access too) since it's much safer in a crowd. Nobody can get at your essential gear.


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Jan 28, 2015 13:20 |  #4

On the mesh pouches, I mostly use one for a 1ltr water bottle and the other for a kneeling pad (folded up bit of thick material ~1x1 metre from a gardening store).

I have not had any trouble with the pouches for this use yet, but clearly they are only intended for lighter items.

On the tripod mount; A perennial problem for me is I don't like the position on the rear. I have a bad back and I find attaching a 'pod to this point makes the CoG too far back and gives me problems. A side mount would be preferable for me (like Karta bags?), but in the end I just carry the pod or use a 'pod strap.


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Jan 29, 2015 10:35 as a reply to Lester Wareham's post |  #5

True, that combination in case of back problems is plain murder, but as I need two free hands when hiking amidst rocks and on very uneven and slippery ground I have found no alternative for the tripod especially when I have the gimbal mounted.

I also use a one liter bottle with a convenient loop in the screw top that enables me to secure it with a long velcro strap looped through the lateral sliplock fixture. That saves it from dangling around. On the other side I often attach collapsible hiking sticks but miss a strap where the mesh pouch hangs. Perhaps I will end up sewing one on the bag as I did with my old Flipside 400 AW

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Comfortable to a point though. When the bag is fully loaded in warm weather you come to miss the type of ventilation found in Deuter backpacks, but then again these are not really suited for photo gear unless you customize them with inserts and such things. You can't have it all it seems, but I think we are close to it with the Flipside. 500 AW ;-)a




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Jul 19, 2016 20:55 |  #6

I have the 400 and looking for to upgrade to 500 version. Thanks for the review.




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Oct 07, 2016 14:07 |  #7

nordlysBW wrote in post #17404257 (external link)
I would welcome the tripod strap at a higher position to really avoid any tilting of the tripod on rough terrain. I loop another strap through the sturdy upper carrying handle of the Flipside 500AW to avoid that sort of problem.

The two straps on either side can be clipped together giving your tripod support at a higher position than the single intended tripod strap. When both of these are used it holds the tripod quite nicely. I agree though about the position of the intended tripod strap.


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Oct 07, 2016 14:43 |  #8

Mesmer wrote in post #18150964 (external link)
The two straps on either side can be clipped together giving your tripod support at a higher position than the single intended tripod strap. When both of these are used it holds the tripod quite nicely. I agree though about the position of the intended tripod strap.

I have tried this, but even a small tripod sits high, a full size 'pod would be very high.

Each to his own but it didn't work for me.

To carry a pod I use a 'pod strap on my sholder (head low) and keep it in place using the pack chest strap, this keeps the centre of gravity low.


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rolly
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Oct 21, 2016 15:49 |  #9

I really like this pack. It holds a lot of equipment and I have a tendency to try to carry to much. I have to agree, carrying a tripod on this is not ideal.




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