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Lowepro - Orion Trekker II review

 
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Apr 21, 2006 10:35 |  #1

I've had a Lowepro Orion Trekker II for a while now and I'm really happy with it.

I wanted a backpack so I could take my gear with me everywhere I go and I also wanted a bag with general storage space so I wouldn't have to carry another bag with me.

The bag has 2 main compartments. A top one for general storage and another one for the camera and lenses.

Interior Dimensions (Main): 11W x 6.5D x 6.3H / 28 x 16.5 x 16 cm

Interior Dimensions (Top): 11.8W x 6.9D x 10.4H in / 30 x 17.5 x 26.5 cm


On the outside, there are 2 pockets with zippers to put all kind of things you need fast access to. I wouldn't put valuable things there, though, since they would be way too easy to access...

IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion1.jpg

The backpack has 2 straps to support the weight while hiking: a small strap to go around your chest and bigger one that goes around your waist. Both are adjustable and removable in case you don't like too many straps dangling from your backpack.

The backpack is very comfortable even in long hikes.

IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion4.jpg
The top compartment has 2 small pockets for memory cards. They're made from a transparent nylon material covered with netting so dust or liquid can't get in. Plus, there is a big storage place (It goes all the way behind the two memory card pockets) with a zipper for an MP3 player and a headphone cable port so you could listen to music even when the bag is closed and on your back.

IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion2.jpg


Behind those 3 pockets, there is a big netted pocket where you could put things you don't want to move too much in the main compartment.

However, I wish Lowepro made the main compartment just a little bit bigger so an A4-sized magazine would fit inside (It barely does.) The bag could fit a thick book with ease, since I used to carry a one thousand-paged book in it. It just couldn't fit anything bigger than legal paper.


IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion3.jpg

Here is all my gear inside including my 350D with grip and EF 28-135 IS USM attached:

IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion5.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion6.jpg

Empty:
IMAGE: http://www.ofirgur.com/images/orion/orion7.jpg


The lower compartment has a removable insert. I guess that's good when you want to clean your backpack since it comes out as one unit.

One of the things i like about the bottom compartment is that you can actually leave the zippers open while carrying it on your back without the lenses falling out of the bag. So if you need to change lenses fast, you can do that without having to take the bag off your back and without having to mess with the zippers.


(Pictures taken with Canon powershot S200. Sorry for the poor quality, I was rather lazy to take proper shots! I hope this isn't too painful for your eyes :)

Canon 350D + OPTEKA BGRXT grip
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Apr 21, 2006 12:32 |  #2

I've got the previous version, the Orion Trekker and its really useful.

I've just got a Mini Trekker as I outgrew the Trekker, but I'll keep it as its useful for hiking and sightseeing, when you want to carry some personal belongings in a lightweight rucksack.

I kept in mine:

Sigma 70-300 with hood (reversed)
Canon 50mm f1.8 mounted on set of extension tubes
Sigma 10-20 with hood (reversed)
350D with kit lens and battery grip.

filters / cards / shutter cord in the zip up pouch.


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Apr 21, 2006 16:09 as a reply to  @ andrewc's post |  #3

Nice review!!

Have you had any issues with water getting in the pack. I know this backpack is not an AW one. I'm torn between getting the Trekker II and the Rover II AW.




  
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Apr 21, 2006 16:15 |  #4

So far i didn't have any problem with water, but i never really spent lots of time with it in the rain.

Lowepro website says : Outer fabric: "water-resistant 600D TXP™ and 600D TXP™ ripstop"
(I wonder what "ripstop" means)

I am going to spend a month in Thailand in the rainy season so i guess i will know better after that :)
I thought of putting a nylon bag in between the lower compartment insert and the outer fabric to improve its water resistant although this is probably not necessary.


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Apr 21, 2006 16:31 |  #5

I have one too - still gets used despite the recent acquisition of a KATA 103 - but you get far more stuff in yours than I get in mine! Standard 'fit' for mine is 30D with 24-70 attached, 12-24, battery, cards and P2000


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Apr 23, 2006 10:36 |  #6

My girlfriend gave me one as a gift the other day, it seems pretty nice! :)

I've been using a shoulder bag and have yet to use the backpack, but maybe I'll get out with it today and see how I really like it.



  
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May 11, 2007 02:30 |  #7

It's a nice bag - it's not as easy to get into as a shoulder bag, but I found it to be much more practical overall as you have both hands free :).


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Jun 05, 2007 09:42 |  #8

Would you say in the top compartment I could fit some lunch in there and water bottle?
What about getting a lightweight raintcoat or hoody in the top?


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Jun 05, 2007 09:51 |  #9

Lunch, bottle and raincoat all possible if you squash ;) but it depends how greedy you are (ie how big your lunch is!)


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Jun 05, 2007 10:00 |  #10

Haha, That's brilliant ;)

Well.. I can find them on ebay for about £40... I think that's probably about the right price?


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Jun 05, 2007 10:04 |  #11

Check out Aspen of Hereford on ebay, they are usually best price.


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Jun 05, 2007 10:11 |  #12

In my Orion Trekker (which is essentially the same), in the bottom, I can get my EOS 20D+ 24-105, 85mm f/1.8, Metz 54 MZ-3 (about same size as 580EX), charger, and a couple of odds and sods. In the front pocket, I keep a card reader and cable (space for more though), and in the main section there's easily space for lunch, water bottle, and fold down mac (if not a bit more too).


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Jun 05, 2007 10:20 |  #13

That's brilliant. Hereford isn't too far from me. I'll check them out.


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Jun 05, 2007 11:59 |  #14

Bought it, sold it. Doesn't fit 70-200 f/2.8 properly.

But it's a really nice backpack if you have lenses smaller than that.


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Jun 05, 2007 12:58 as a reply to  @ DocFrankenstein's post |  #15

What about a 70-200 F4? Or was it the length of the 70-200 2.8 that made it not fit?


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