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LowePro VS Think Tank

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Mar 24, 2012 11:28 |  #1

Between LowePro and Think Tank,who makes better backpacks?Which are more spacious and durable?

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Mar 24, 2012 11:39 |  #2

i used Lowepro for many many years. and now I am using ThinkTank. I still have one lowepro shoulder bag personally i think its really depends on you. you have to put it on your back and see how it feels on you.....

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Mar 24, 2012 12:10 |  #3

They are both good brands, I have a Lowepro pro runner 350AW. It's enough room for me. Up to you what you prefer.

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Mar 24, 2012 12:14 |  #4

I love my thinktank streetwalker hard drive!!

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Mar 25, 2012 10:13 as a reply to  @ Brendo666's post |  #5

Both make good gear, at home here we have 3 lowepro bags, 2 think tanks and 5 crumplers

From here on out I will be buying Thinktank gear, I feel it's built better than comparable lowepro stuff, but either are a good choice.

Crumpler also make good solid gear, my laptop bag has been carried every day for the past 3 years and if washed would look reasonably new

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Mar 25, 2012 10:23 |  #6

Think Tank all the way, not only are they good bags you can not beat the customer service.

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Mar 25, 2012 10:29 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #7

I have a LowePro Flipside 300 and Think Tank Streetwalker Pro. The Streetwalker has much more room & pockets. I've literally lost things in that bag because it has so many little compartments. Very good construction too....better than the Flipside 300. I'm not saying the Flipside 300 is flimsy though. It's just when you compare the two bags side by side, you can tell right away that there is more quality in the TT.

But I rarely use my Think Tank backpack because it's very bulky compared to the Flipside 300. I basically just use it for storing extra bodies & lenses that don't fit into my TT Retrospective 20 shoulder bag, which I consider to be the best camera bag ever made.

I'd love to use the Flipside 300 more often, but it really it's a very tight fit for the amount of gear I usually travel with. I'd get the Filipside 400 but I hate that huge waist strap on it.

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Mar 25, 2012 10:41 |  #8

I used to use Lowepro bags, that was until I discovered ThinkTank. I switched all my bags over to ThinkTank and never looked back!

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Mar 26, 2012 09:47 as a reply to  @ 328iGuy's post |  #9

I use both brands but I think the build quality of ThinkTank is a notch up from Lowepro. I have never had any issues with any of my Lowepro bags though. As someone above said, the customer service with ThinkTank is outstanding and because of that I will be purchasing all of my bags from them in the future.

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Mar 26, 2012 11:31 |  #10

I think the only TT on par with Lowepro is the Rotation 360. I think Lowepro in general makes better constructed backpacks.

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Mar 26, 2012 11:51 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #11

I have not had a LowePro in a long long time. I have two TT, both are excellent.

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Apr 02, 2012 09:25 |  #12

tvphotog wrote in post #14155958 (external link)
I think the only TT on par with Lowepro is the Rotation 360. I think Lowepro in general makes better constructed backpacks.

I cannot agree with this at ALL, Ive had about 15 camera bags now, several from lowpro, and I can say with full confidence that thinktank is a better built product with better materials, lowepro zippers split on me, the bags are stiff and hard to use as well as look like camera bags. I find that TT's bags are softer, more useable - come with better inserts, don't look like camera bags and are not labeled/branded like a frat boy.

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Apr 02, 2012 09:33 |  #13

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Apr 02, 2012 09:48 |  #14

they're both pretty good.... and expensive...
durable? The way people around here go through gear (and from personal experience) it will gets sold and replaced for something bigger in a short amount of time...

when I bought my Loewpro x450, my wife said that once I filled that bag - I didn't need any more gear, and didn't need to replace the bag.... unfortunately for me, it was filled the day I ripped the tags off... unfortunately for her, gear shopping/cycling is still in full swing ;-)a

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Apr 07, 2012 10:55 as a reply to  @ SMP_Homer's post |  #15

I have both brands as well but I end up buying more lowepro bags than think tank. What's weird is that I like the think tank bags better but lowepro ends up making bags that work better for me in size so I end up with more lowepro bags.

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