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Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray)

B&H # LOPM160SG MFR # LP36406
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Price: $174.95
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Product Highlights
  • Holds Pro DSLR, Grip, 2-3 Lenses, Flash
  • Soft-Sided, Canvas-Like Fabric
  • Built to Fit Pro-Sized Gear
  • Quiet, Quick FlexFlap Design
  • Interior Zippered Pocket
  • SlipLock Attachment Loop on Each Side
  • Thickly Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Built-in All-Weather Cover
  • Dual Pocket Can Serves as Trolley Sleeve
  • Padded, Adjustable Interior Dividers

The slate gray Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW from Lowepro is a shooters bag. This is a slightly different style of bag than a traditional shoulder bag since it features Lowepro's exclusive FlexFlap that opens and closes without buckles or snaps. The touch fastened closure opens and closes with ease - the way you want a bag to open when you need your gear at the drop of a hat. When the shot comes along, you'll be ready with gear in hand. The interior is divided in half with main compartment and a zippered storage pocket. Hence, the bag is made to hold a pro DSLR with grip and attached zoom lens, plus one extra lens and a flash in main compartment or a pro DSLR with grip (body only) in the front pocket, plus three lenses and a flash in the zippered compartment.

It's made from a tough exterior canvas-like material that is made to take a beating and meets Lowepro's usual high standards. The shoulder strap is wide, adjustable and padded since Lowerpro knows you'll be outside much of the day and need to be comfortable. However, if the weather turns against you, they've included a neat All-Weather cover that can be rapidly deployed for complete protection from the elements.

The interior is filled with adjustable dividers that permit you to configure the bag to suit your equipment needs. There's also a zippered interior pocket that can hold additional gear. A SlipLock Attachment Loop is included on each side for those small quick grab items that you don't want to waste time searching for in your bag such as a pouch, keys, flashlight or cleaning cloth.  As a final touch, there's a Dual Purpose Pocket in the rear that can be opened and used as a trolley sleeve.

Backed by Lowepro's lifetime warranty, this bag will get you up, out and shooting - in all kinds of weather and with the gear you need in a bag that doesn't weigh you down and is easy to use.

Innovative FlexFlap Design folds in half for quiet and quick access
Interior zippered pocket
SlipLock attachment loop on each side
Thickly padded shoulder strap for long-wearing comfort
Custom-milled performance fabric with the look and feel of canvas
Built-in All Weather AW Cover
Dual-Purpose Pocket unzips to reveal a handy trolley sleeve
Fully padded and adjustable interior is highly configurable
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 31.9" (81.0 cm)
Material Canvas-like milled fabric
Type of Closure FlexFlap
Exterior Dimensions 12.6 x 7.5 x 11.8" (32.0 x 19.1 x 30 cm)
Interior Dimensions 10.6 x 6.3 x 9.4" (27.0 x 16.0 x 24.0 cm)
Tripod Holder Not Applicable
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder strap
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray)
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    LoweproPro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray)
     
    4.7

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (21)
    • Good protection (21)
    • Comfortable strap (20)
    • Compact (7)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily transport (16)
      • Travel (10)
      • Daily usage (3)
      • Storage (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (25)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Strong and Comfortable

      Buying a bag is tricky business, and if you're anything like me, it becomes a process akin to the one you went through to FINALLY decide on a camera. It's a highly personal...Read complete review

      Buying a bag is tricky business, and if you're anything like me, it becomes a process akin to the one you went through to FINALLY decide on a camera. It's a highly personal choice, and often-times, one that is not made with any satisfaction without actually seeing, feeling and playing with the bag and strap before hand (I returned 2 bags before I got wise).

      WHAT I LIKE:
      -smallish (a good, all-day bag)
      -tough, durable
      -soft, inside and out
      -ample padding all around
      -great handle (runs the length of bag and is adjustable).
      -inside walls are, top-to-bottom, velcro-friendly. No limits to where you apply the velcro dividers.
      -more space than you may think, once you start loading it up (I own a Canon 60D, 2 lenses & flash, plus accessories)
      -Comfortable on the hip
      -velcro silencers are super-easy to use
      -magnetic closer helps

      STRAP & PADDING: My initial impressions were not great. The strap itself is perfectly fine, may even be enough without the shoulder pad. But it's the pad I initially had issues with: it's bulky and, though it has a set curve to the shoulder, is pretty stiff. (I looked to see if you could remove it: you cannot, and in a brief moment of desperation, I even thought of taking a knife to it). HOWEVER--and this is a big "however"--I have come to like the padding quite a bit. You truly appreciate it once you're out shooting for half the day. Though you know you have a bag over your shoulder, it never feels cumbersome. As a matter-of-fact, I was impressed; this is one very comfortable bag. It's not perfect--and I've heard it said that no bag is--but this is pretty much exactly what I wanted for all my needs.

      WHAT I DO NOT LIKE: The price. I paid it, because of everything I stated above, and because I intend to keep this bag as my one-and-only for life (hopefully it ages well), but Lowepro is charging a premium for a debut model. I get they are trying to compete with the likes of Think Tank here, but perhaps they should have come in a bit lower than said competition. Generate some buzz in a bad economy. Win over the public (Am I just being naive?). How else would you explain VERY few customer reviews of this line, and virtually NO Youtube video reviews. Drop the price some, Lowepro.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Looks good, could be more comfortable

      I bought this bag because I needed something smaller (and less conspicuous) than the huge black Lowepro backpack I own.
      What I like the most about it is the fact, that it...Read complete review

      I bought this bag because I needed something smaller (and less conspicuous) than the huge black Lowepro backpack I own.
      What I like the most about it is the fact, that it does not look like the typical photo bag. It could easily be taken for a normal bag (you don't usually want to call attention onto your equipment, right?). And it is quite beautiful in itself.
      It is comfortable when it comes to accessing equipment, and it will fit a couple of long lenses and a flash plus a pro body with no lens attached to it; or a pro body with a 24-70 mm lens, a 70-200 on one side and either another lens or a flash on the other, plus another body in the front pocket if you don't mind looking like a postman before Xmas.
      In other words: you can put inside three 70-200 lenses (should you wish to do so) plus a pro body in the front pocket.
      It looks resilient and good-quality too, although I need more time to tell if that is really the case.
      It is light compared to my backpack, but of course it is not as well padded.
      The biggest cons are: the strap can be uncomfortable when worn for a long time when the bag is fully loaded (it needs redesigning IMO). It might be prone to dirt. There are no snap locks or zippers, just velcro, which makes it easily accessible... also for thieves.
      It is a beautiful bag and I would not mind all these cons if it were cheaper. But for its price it should at least be more comfortable to wear (that strap!). I haven't seen a better option though, that's why I would still recommend it and do not regret having bought it.
      I hope my English is understantable :-)

      Reviewed by 31 customers

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      5.0

      Terrific sturdy camera bag

      By Guiseppe

      from Bethesda, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Protection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

        I use it for my Canon 70D with either the lens attached or not. It has plenty of space for other items like extra batteries and a small external shotgun mic.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It's a really nice shoulder bag

        By Eder Photo

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Durable
        • Lots of storage space

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

          This is a really nice bag. I am really impressed with the feel of it. I bought the 200 AW model before this one, but I thought that it was too big and bulky for everyday use so I bought this one for when I don't need that much gear. It's the perfect size for a camera body and a few lenses for when going out and doing head shots or event coverage. I really like the top handle and how you can pick up the bag without the flap coming open. The magnet really keeps the bag closed, but you always have the velcro option for extra security. I've owned a Lowepro AW Backpack for 7 years and it worked great and was comfortable until now. After many years of heavy use the zipper finally broke so I updated my bags. But I have always been impressed with the quality of professional grade bags made by Lowepro.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Well Designed Bag

          By Larry

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Durable
          • Good Protection

          Cons

          • Weight

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

          This bag has a lot of room and is very well constructed. A bit bigger than I need for a shooter's bag, but it's very user friendly. Swallows a long zoom or a 300mm f/4 with room to spare. Very configurable. Lighter would be better, but still comfortable to carry.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great bag!

          By Stephen C

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

          After a little research for a more practical day bag, I settled on the lowepro. I already have the stealth reporter which is my work horse bag but it is impractical for every day carry. I always carry my Fuji xpro1 and a few extra items . The bag I was using was a great size but offered no protection for my camera. This bag fills that roll perfect. Actually it is the most comfortable bag I own. I highly recommend !

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          5.0

          Great travel bag

          By Joe

          from Michigan, USA

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

          I have spent 2 weeks in Italy taking pictures of the many cities. This bag is very durable and comfortable on the shoulder when fully loaded. There is plenty of space for 4 prime lenses, 1 body and a flash. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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          5.0

          Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW

          By Bill from Thuis Photography

          from Annapolis, MD

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Durable
          • Good Protection

          Cons

          • A bit heavy

          Best Uses

          • Active Use During Session
          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

          My wife uses this while I use the 180 AW. We both love these bags. They hold an amazing amount of equipment and are designed to allow for easy access for virtually everything. Has lots of smaller storage pockets though a couple of them are difficult to access. Bag has a lot of padding to protect your gear-- this was important to us. But this does add to overall weight of the bag, which is a bit heavy already when it's empty.

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          • No

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          5.0

          great bag

          By inac

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Compact
          • Good Protection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Transport

            Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

            It doesn't look like a camera bag. The bag holds Canon 5D III with a 70-200mm f4 attached (hood reversed). If you wanna store a camera with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens mounted vertically, it is a little tight.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Nice Quality Bag

            By Ryan

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                  Great bag for walking around the city.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  OK-looking functional camera bag

                  By Dright Ho

                  from Cary, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Durable
                  • Good Protection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                    I bought this bag because my camera bag is a little big too small for my essential equipment. I always bring 5D3, 35L, 24 TS-E and a flash gun. Depending on the situation, I'll also bring a 85L, 135L or 70-200 f/4. That's one camera, three lenses and a flash gun. Plus some small accessories. The shoulder pad on the strap is comfortable but a little bit too stiff. The FlexFlap is very well designed. Generally everything is very functional.

                    The bag looks ok. It does not have a fashionable appearance but it's not a fashion item.

                    One thing I don't like about the bag is that the weather protection wrap is not removable. The bag is stored in the front, making the bag a little bulgy and tilted to the front.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great bag.

                    By F 2.8

                    from Monroe, WA

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                    Great bag for walk around. Well made.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Bargin price for a great product

                    By Nayan

                    from United Kingdom

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                    I'd been doing research to find a good travel bag for my 6d with grip. I work as a long haul flight attendant and I take my camera all over the world. I wanted a bag that blended in to the street environment. This bag was the one for me , great build and great design . I own three lowepro products this bag is the latest addition to the family. Looks retro style and i love the pockets with amples of space. If you are lookin for a quality bag with style this is it. Buy it now

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                    5.0

                    excellent shoulder bag!

                    By Martín

                    from Montevideo, Uruguay

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Transport

                      Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                      Useful in urban walks because goes unnoticed as a normal shoulder bag. Protects from light rain and pickpocket. Suitable for carrying a small DSLR with grip and 18-200mm + 35mm lens + speedlight + light meter + batteries + small accessories. Fast and silent access to the camera when used with magnetic closure. Velcro closure for walking or traveling. Convenient front pocket with compartments for personal items such as keys, cell phone, documents. Back pocket useful for small tablets or smart phones. External and internal side pockets for small items.Well padded central compartment, with option to be customized according to the camera or lens.

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great bag; returned it.

                      By Dave from Larchmont

                      from Larchmont, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                            I bought this bag and the Event Messenger 250. I returned this and kept the Event Messenger.

                            This is the more featured bag and has greater volume but the more structured construction of the Event Messenger made it easier to work out of.

                            (See my review of it on its page).

                            Otherwise typical Lowepro quality.

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Messenger bag

                            By Tom the archer

                            from Charlotte NC.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Strap
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Good Protection
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Too Small

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Transport
                            • Storage
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                            The bag is great, but I wish that it was larger. That problem is on me, should of checked dement ions. The bag is very well made, very strong and provides excellent protection for my photo gear. I would recommend it to a friend. Thank you.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A lot to like about this bag

                            By sfinchler

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Strap
                            • Durable
                            • Flexible Configurations
                            • Good Protection
                            • Well Made

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Day Trips
                              • Street Photography

                              Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                              I'm like a woman and her pocketbooks when it comes to camera bags. I have several because I like to use the right one depending on where I'm going and what kit I'm bringing. This bag is great for taking a pro DSLR, a flash and/or a long telephoto with some accessories. I've put my 7D with grip, 580EX, and 70-200 L with some small accessories in it and it was fine. I don't like to load it up too much - I have a different bag for that.

                              The bag is very well made and the strap and balance of it is great. No matter how you look at it the kit can get heavy but I had the bag on my shoulder all day and had no problem. Padding is great. It's also really easy to take the camera in and out of the bag.

                              The dual mode flap is a cool idea and I actually found myself using it both ways during the course of the day. If I was actively shooting I kept it tucked under. When I was putting it away for longer stretches (lunch break, subway) I secured it with the velcro.

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                              5.0

                              Pro Messenger 160 = Great Bag!!

                              By aquabone

                              from Oregon

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Strap
                              • Durable
                              • Good Protection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                                  Lovin' this bag! simple , quality and function. Most often it is loaded w/ my 6D, 17-40, 24-105, and 70-200 + misc such... and I really dig the understated old-school look!
                                  Lowepro- Pro Messenger 160 = Great Bag!!

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                                  5.0

                                  The best bag I've owned

                                  By Doug

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Strap
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Protection

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily Transport
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                                    I love everything about this bag. The materials, functionality and size is perfect. I debated between this and the next size up the 180 AW. I thought the 180 was just too big to carry around for hours at a time, while this one fit the bill. It carries everything you need and not everything you own. A full frame with 70-200 2.8ii attached fits with a few other lenses as well. And then you have pockets for the small stuff, I'll put my 600 flash in the zippered front pocket. I compared this to the equivalent Think Tank and I chose this, no regrets what so ever.

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                                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Dissapointing in so many ways...

                                    By czipodrive

                                    from Phillipsburg, NJ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Protection
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Enough Pocket Room
                                    • Uncomfortable Strap

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                                      I like the bags looks great, and it seems very protecting. But for my needs it's too tall and narrow. the Ipad pocked has a zipper and it's not big enough. The should pad is uncomfortable and bulky. The foam seperation walls inside are tall and poorly designed. Thin too. I like teh storage pockets on the side but I can see why this bag was $80.00 off. I'm just dissapointed overall and should have speant my money on a another bag.

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                                      5.0

                                      Love it.

                                      By Bikeguy

                                      from New York City

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable Strap
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Protection

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Daily Transport

                                        Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                                        It's rugged with a nice, wide strap. Fits 5D Mark II with 24-70 f/2.8, a flash and room for more. Feels like it will last forever...

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Very good bag, well done and strong

                                        By David R.

                                        from Miami

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Comfortable Strap
                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Good Protection

                                        Cons

                                        • No Zip On Side Pocket

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Short Distance Transport

                                        Comments about Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray):

                                        I was looking for a relative small bag but big enough to put my D800+Grip+24-70F2.8 all together and it does it perfectly. I have even a bit spare place to put another lens such as 105F2.8 or similar.

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                                        • Yes

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