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Lowepro Powder Backpack | Review

Looking after your expensive camera gear outdoors has never been easier

Why We Chose The Lowepro Powder Backpack: Professional, protective, and incredibly versatile.

Carrying about expensive camera equipment in the backcountry can be a stressful experience. While you’re up on the hill, doing your thing, there’s always that nagging voice at the back of your head which keeps popping up and saying “I really, really, really, hope my very expensive video / photography kit is alright back there.”

Of course, as is so often the case with mountain photography, the juice is worth the squeeze. But what if there was a way you could capture all that epic outdoorsy content with greater piece of mind? You’d jump at the chance, wouldn’t you? Step forward: the Lowepro Powder Backpack.

The Powder Backpack from Lowepro offers up a dreamy balance of lightweight performance with secure, reassuring, camera carry; all wrapped up in the body of an alpine backpack. It’ll take your pro-level DSLR, with attached grip, plus two-four lenses. It’s also capable of carrying full size tripod and safety gear, with a shock cord holder for ski poles, ice axe or probe.

“A dreamy balance of lightweight performance with secure, reassuring, camera carry”

50% of interior space here, and it really is spacious inside (55L of spacious, to be exact), is dedicated to non-camera storage. Roomy enough to hold enough gear for an overnight stay in the backcountry in summer, the Powder Backpack from Lowepro also provides an area to store a 15-inch laptop. Because, you know, why not take all your most valuable possessions into the mountains.

The meat and potatoes of this thing, of course, is the camera storage and how safe it keeps your kit. Sitting deep within the belly of this pack, the internal (and removable) camera compartment is genuinely excellent. We obviously wouldn’t recommend you attack the pack with a shovel but so sturdy is it where it needs to be that you get the impression you could give it one hell of a beating and still not put a scratch on your photography equipment buried inside. The incredibly well-padded back area is not only an ideal external impact shield, it’s also extremely comfortable on the spine – with the deep ridges in it aiding breathability nicely.

As well as the supreme weight-to-padding balance, the secure / hidden access to the camera compartment, and the versatile space it provides, it’s also well worth mentioning that the Powder Backpack from Lowepro comes with a cover that will effectively protect your gear from rain, snow, dust and sand.

Carrying about expensive camera equipment has never been so stress-free. Photo: Chris Johnson
The camera kit storage compartment sits deep within the belly of the pack. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Lowepro Powder manages to be incredibly tough without being heavy. Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Grant Hyatt, Outdoor photographer

“I’d previously seen this online and hadn’t been interested but now I’ve seen it in the flesh I’m really impressed. I’ve always struggled to find the right photography pack but I think this could be the one.

“With camera gear all stowed in the protective compartment at the base any weight is distributed well. It’s been easy to adjust the fit on the go as well, and I like the fact that there’s a little bit of scope for some personalisation with the compartments.

“I haven’t been able to try it yet, but I think I could get all of my summer camping kit in this alongside my camera kit.”

The deep ridges on the back area are well-padded and aid breathability. Photo: Chris Johnson

Trade Secrets

Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro

“Our brand was built on the intersection of adventure and imaging. In designing Powder, we wanted to provide extreme sports enthusiasts, like skiers and snowboarders, a lightweight, ultra-protective carry solution for their camera gear. We can’t wait for this one to hit the slopes!”

Lowepro Powder Backpack

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