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Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW, reviewed by airbutchie

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Overall Rating9.5
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Got What I Expected10
Build Quality10
Carrying Comfort9.5
Fast Shooting1
Durability9.5
Compartment Logic10
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Security10
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airbutchie
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Aug 10, 2015 16:58 |  #1

I have two other Lowepro backpack camera bags; Micro Trekker 200 and CompuRover AW. The CompuRover AW is relatively new to my backpack inventory (about 2 years running). I use that when I need to bring both camera gear and my Lenovo 17” Laptop (Z710 Series). It suits me well when I’m in those types of situations. I’ve had the Micro Trekker 200 for over 10 years. Used when I travel worldwide, as well as shooting locally and at sporting events. It has served me superbly throughout the years. Unfortunately, it’s now losing cushioning and support. With that, I needed a replacement backpack that can serve the same purpose, but with a bit more storage.

Although the Flipside Sport 20L AW is not as big as my CompuRover AW, it is a bit bigger than my Micro Trekker 200. I can easily transport two bodies, multiple lenses, flashes, filters, and accessories without a hiccup. Like my other Lowepro backpacks, I can configure it to my photographic needs while having enough structure, support, and cushioning to handle all that gear. There are multiple pockets in the front to store several items including my iPad Air, several memory cards, batteries, and other accessories. The left side of the packpack can house a water reservoir system for hydration, when you’re on the go. Or you can simply use that area to store other accessories, if need be. The right side of the backpack gives you the ability to hold a travel tripod, monopod, or perhaps a lightstand (more on that later). As you open the compartment, you have almost endless flexibility to configure to your photographic needs. The brochure and website state that you can transport ‘up-to’ a 300mm f/2.8 lens, I beg differently. Below is a sample image of my Canon 400 2.8L II ‘non-IS’ lens (unmounted) inside the backpack with my 1D4 (with RRS L-Bracket), Kenko Pro DGx TC’s (1.4x and 2x stacked on top of one another), and my 135L. All nicely snug and secure. I did attach my Gitzo 3530SLV tripod with RRS BH-55 ball head to the ‘tripod’ side and it held it with no problems. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that. But needless to say, it can support all that gear.

With regards to the lightstand setup I mentioned earlier. I was helping out a friend do a night photoshoot last week, but all he had were Canon Speedlites and a couple of modifiers. I told him I’ll bring more power strobe to assist him on his photoshoot. So I configured the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW to do just that. Inside the backpack was an AB1600, Vagabond Mini, PW FlexTT1, PW FlexTT5, Canon 1Ds3 + 35L (mounted), a 135L, and other photographic nick-nacks. The lightstand was safe and secure where the tripod mount should be. I held the modifier (48” Deep Octa) in my hands while the backpack was mounted on my back. I’ll post pictures of that setup soon.

I’m truly happy with the upgrade from my Micro Trekker 200. I know this backpack will give me years and years of storage, support, and comfort. Below are product pictures for your viewing pleasure. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask on this post or sent me a direct PM. I hope this helps you if you are considering purchasing this backpack. Thanks for reading my review!!!

And MODS, could you please add this to the list of reviews. Thanks in advance!!! And here's LOWEPRO's official link to this backpack: http://www.lowepro.com​/flipside-sport (external link)

FRONT OF THE BACKPACK:

IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0022_zps83255a91.jpg

FRONT COMPARTMENT & STORAGE:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0027_zps4b14a9a6.jpg

WATER RESERVOIR SIDE:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0032_zps3614edbd.jpg

TRIPOD SUPPORT SIDE:

IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0033_zps93f647c0.jpg

BACK SIDE (Compartment Entry):
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0017_zps26dabcea.jpg

DEFAULT SETUP OF INSIDE COMPARTMENT:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0014_zpsa0cb9e28.jpg

MY Canon 400mm f/2.8L II 'non-IS' SETUP:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0002_zps995e29eb.jpg

1D4 (top left compartment), Kenko Pro DGx TC's 1.4x and 2x - stacked on top of each other (middle compartment), 135L (top right compartment), and Canon 400 2.8L II 'non-IS' lens with reverse hood (bottom)... Like I mentioned before, the brochures and reviews state that a 300mm f/2.8 lens is the maximum you can fit... I BEG TO DIFFER!! Hehehhe... Although my 400 isn't mounted to my 1D4, you can still transport this big lens with this backpack!!!

:D

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airbutchie
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Aug 10, 2015 16:59 |  #2

I've mounted that setup (with the 400mm) for a few minutes... Just walked around the house and upstairs... The strap was decent enough, but I haven't tried it in a 'real world' scenario just yet... I will, though, in the very near future... I did, however, have the AB1600 strobe, mini Vagabond battery, camera, lenses, accessories, and lightstand configuration and walked around with it for a few hours... No problem with load weight (about 12-15 pounds) and/or issues with the padding on the shoulder strap... It was comfortable for me...

Only time will tell what the 'comfortable' max weight is with this backpack... So far I'm liking what I see... Stay tune for more updates!!!

Butch :)

PS. Although this bag has a few deep pockets in the front of it, I know my 17" laptop will not fit there... Maybe an iPad, tablet, or small compact laptop (10" screen or less) will... But anything above that won't fit...


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Aug 10, 2015 16:59 |  #3

As promised, here's the 'STROBIST' setup I had last weekend while helping a friend do a photoshoot at night... And I must correct myself... I didn't have my 135L in the bag... Just my 35L mounted on my camera... The image is labeled according to what's inside the backpack... Let me know if you have any questions...

IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0041-labeled_zps9df44d7c.jpg

:D

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Aug 10, 2015 17:00 |  #4

A few more configuration setups for your viewing pleasure... Every image is labeled appropriately with the items in the backpack...

Possible Sports Photography Setup:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0019-tagged_zps0045ea39.jpg

Possible Sports/Event Photography Setup:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0017b-tagged_zps66c2c0f7.jpg

Possible Event Photography Setup:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0007-tagged_zpscb4258f0.jpg

Possible Landscape Photography Setup:
IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/airbutchie/Product%20Photography/_IRB0011b-tagged_zps14ea9f9c.jpg

You can easily have two bodies in there... One with an attached lens and one without.... The sample images are one camera body configuration, since I needed the other to take pictures... As always, each scenario will differ from setup-to-setup... It's nice to know it can handle a large load of gear because of its adjustable compartment design... Anyhoo... More sample images to come...

:)

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Aug 10, 2015 17:01 |  #5

UPDATE: August 2015

After numerous photo shoots, weddings, landscapes, sporting events, and traveling, I must say this backpack has held its own... As mentioned earlier, one concern was the slim padding on the shoulder pads, which could strain the shoulders during long use... I can confirm that I was comfortable with the shoulder strap walking many miles (with ~14lbs of camera gear) during several travel excursions without an issue and/or pain on my shoulders... The water reservoir held my 24oz water bottle with ease... And the tripod support side gripped my Gitzo 3531 SLV tripod/RRS BH55 ballhead snug and tight during the outings!!!

Transporting my equipment, removing/putting back gear, and the flexibility of usage has worked like a charm... If I had one true gripe, it would be COLOR!!!... LOL... I wish it was black instead of blue.... Hehehehe... Anyhoo... More updates to come as I continue to use this wonderful backpack... It has truly been a wonderful investment!!!

:)


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Mark ­ K
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Apr 25, 2016 17:35 |  #6

I found mine a bit smaller than I need.


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Jun 29, 2016 17:35 |  #7

This is a great bag, not a heavy and versatile.




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