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
FRONT OF THE BACKPACK:
FRONT COMPARTMENT & STORAGE:
WATER RESERVOIR SIDE:
TRIPOD SUPPORT SIDE:
BACK SIDE (Compartment Entry):
DEFAULT SETUP OF INSIDE COMPARTMENT:
MY Canon 400mm f/2.8L II 'non-IS' SETUP:
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!!!