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LoweproVertex 200 AW Backpack (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (61)
  • Comfortable (59)
  • Adjustable harness (54)
  • Roomy (49)
  • Easily accessible equipment (42)

Cons

  • Heavy (26)
  • Hard to access equipment (6)
  • Cumbersome (5)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (61)
  • Protecting gear (58)
  • Storing gear (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (15), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent, all-purpose backpack

I've been using this backpack for over a year and I've used it on many hikes and trips. It has replaced my Lowepro Rover AWII as my main backpack.

I usually...Read complete review

I've been using this backpack for over a year and I've used it on many hikes and trips. It has replaced my Lowepro Rover AWII as my main backpack.

I usually carry my D300, 18-200mm, 70-200mm f/2.8, 3 other lenses, as well as a flash. Even then, I still have room left over for my pano equipment and other neat accessories that I can't seem to be without. For the equipment I typically carry, the Vertex 200 is just the right size.

Interior: As mentioned by a previous poster, there are a lot of pockets and storage areas. All the interior zippers and pockets are constructed so that they won't scratch or damage your equipment. If you've owned other Lowepro backpacks, you will be familiar with the padded dividers that allow a multitude of storage options. Even with my gear, I still have some dividers and pads left over.

Exterior: The harness system is easy to adjust and allows you to distribute the weight of the backpack. The waist belt is very comfortable, and if the pack is adjusted correctly, a lot of the weight is transferred to your hips, instead of having it all be on your shoulders or back. After a long day of walking, I haven't felt discomfort I felt with other backpacks, like my Rover. The various slip-lock loops on the waist belt and sides of the pack allow for many carrying options.

For hiking, the laptop sleeve/area can easily accommodate a water bladder, making your Vertex even more useful.

Now the bad stuff: Like a previous reviewer mentioned, the weight distribution with a laptop, is not very good. The center of mass should be closer to you, which helps with comfort and mobility. If you're also carrying a tripod, the center of mass is even further away, and I often get the sense that I'm being pulled down from the back. I would be concerned if the pack is loaded in that way, and I'm climbing over objects or walking/hiking up an incline. As mentioned in the previous post, having the laptop sleeve be closer to your back like the CompuTrek line of bags, would be an improvement.

Other cons: The high-density padding on the backside of the pack is comfortable, but doesn't allow as much air circulation as I would like. On a long hike, my back would be sweatier than I would like. Also, there are no D-rings on the straps, which I find a little annoying.

One other note: When fully loaded (with laptop), the bag is pretty close to the limit, dimension-wise, for carry ons on most major airlines. If you plan on flying regional or smaller aircraft, this bag might be too big. On my last trip, I carried my laptop in a different bag, to keep my backpack slimmer. I didn't get hassled about it, but it never hurts to be prepared.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great bag but....

Had this bag for a while and used it for a couple of location shoots. This is what I found:

Good:
- It is very strong and heavily paddedRead complete review

Had this bag for a while and used it for a couple of location shoots. This is what I found:

Good:
- It is very strong and heavily padded
- The material is excellent
- There are plenty of compartments and pockets

Not so good:
- The padding start to lose volume pretty quickly
- The bag is pretty heavy even when empty
- The waist strap doesn't fold flat if not used because it is so heavily padded
- The computer pocket is away from the back hence can feel heavy compared to if it were close to your back

Please note that I am a relatively small person so some of the challenges I had because of its weight won't be an issue for larger people.

I ended up switching to the classic mini trekker and that is my main bag for all my shoot. I am still amazed at what it can swallow up and how comfortable it is given the lesser padding it has.

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5.0

Bought it for a second time

By Raghu

from Saratoga,CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • NONE YET

Best Uses

  • Protecting Gear

Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

This is a superb bag. These guys are excellent. Expedited shipping is a blessing. I bought this bag a couple of years back also from b&h.

I own a Nikon D3 with an L-bracket (width is 7 inches) which limits my bag options tremendously. The depth of this bag is 6.5 inches, but can accommodate my D3 very well. I love the comfort of it - highly adjustable. Took it over the weekend for a photo shoot in a park for a couple of hours, didn't feel a thing. The padding offers excellent protection.

Very happy - again - with this purchase.

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5.0

Great Pack

By BrianG

from Eau Claire WI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Protecting Gear
  • Storing Gear
  • Transporting Gear

Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

I was able to take this pack with me as a carry on with no issues to Hawaii on American Airlines. We took this pack on multiple day trips and some hikes. We are very pleased with this pack. I would recomend this to anyone looking for a good midsize bag you can carry. The only downside is the weight but with the extra padding it is worth it.

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5.0

Outstanding Value and Quality

By Jack

from Trussville, AL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

    Fine quality and efficient utilization of space make this a capable system for comfortably hauling your gear both for travel and backcountry. Handles the Nikon trinity easily with ample room left over for speed lights and other equipment.

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    4.0

    Roomy and functional

    By Karen

    from Nevada

    Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

    We can fit two camera bodies and two lenses plus gear.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Karola

    from Durango

    Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

    I have tried multiple camera packs but this is the best. It is a little heavier than I anticipated but sits well on hips and shoulders. My camera and lenses are well protected with all of the padding. Laptop fits easily and is easy to remove.

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    5.0

    Love this backpack

    By Brad

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

    Has a ton of compartmets and you can configure it to your personal style and needs. With external tipod holster and separate laptop compartment, this bag is in a league of its own!

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    5.0

    Vertex 200 AW Backpack- A real workhorse

    By HuntingKy

    from Kentucky

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Cumbersome
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

    This case is very well built and thought out accessory. The inside is very configurable and has plenty of room in the laptop sleeve. The filter and memory slots are plentiful. The zippers are well sealed against splashes.
    The only downside is that it is BIG. It is great for going out on a shoot with everything you might need but is definitely bulky and over kill for casual work.

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    5.0

    Excellent and Versatile

    By Glenn1013

    from Westminster, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

      I bought this bag to replace a Lowepro bag that I had outgrown. With the purchase of a new "Supertelephoto lens" (15 - 500mm), I needed a larger bag. This bag has definitely met my needs. I can carry my camera (Canon 70D), the kit lens, a 300mm zoom, the new 150 - 500mm zoom, my laptop, and all of my ancillary gear without a problem. Although the bag also allows the transport of a tripod, I have not yet tried that. It is comfortable to carry, and fits under the seat on a plane. It appears to be rugged and well-made. If it holds up like my other Lowepro, I will be completely satisfied.

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      5.0

      Very Thoughtful Design, Lots of Details

      By CJL

      from Manchester, NH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Straps A Little Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

      Lots of small pockets, different shapes and sizes, clearly designed by photographers. Easy access to pouches for memory cars, filters, batteries, etc. Main compartment very well protected, strong padding, adjustable to fit pretty much anything you have, and also designed like a real backpack, with all of the adjustments necessary to make a long trek comfortable. Outstanding piece of equipment if you are going to do any hiking.

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      5.0

      Great!

      By Ivan Castro

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

        Definitely lowerpro is great in them products!

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        4.0

        This is a huge bag!

        By Jill

        from Chicago

        Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

        Just got this last week, will be taking it on flights. I have it packed full of all my equipment to test it out. First of all, it fits everything! I love that about it. However, the bag is very heavy with everything in it. Seems pretty sturdy and has lots of hidden pockets and zippers that I haven't filled up yet.

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        5.0

        Better Than I Had Hoped

        By Bill

        from Dublin, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

        I really did my research on backpacks. I reviewed most of the big companies (Tamrac etc.) I bought a couple and either kept or returned them and none were as good as the Vertex 200. I really struggled with the choice between the 200 and the 300. I wanted a lot of space but I didn't want to look like I was going for a space walk. The Vertex 200 has fit my needs nicely. I can fit two bodies (7D & 5DMk3) plus my lenses (16-35, 24-70, 70-200) and flash with plenty of room for extra toys and accessories. I have walked all over San Francisco with this pack and it is comfortable and durable. It is a little heavy empty but worth the weight considering what I'm carrying around.

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        5.0

        Perfect backpack

        By Photographer

        from San Francisco

        Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

        Very well made, ample space for camera body or two and multiple lenses. Not too big or too small for average size adult male. Tripod holder works very well even with a full size 7 lb tripod... Kind of a pain to get into the bag if you have the tripod on the rear holder, but there are holders on each side as well. It is a very comfortable when loaded and has good weight distribution; went 4 miles, up and down rugged terrain without any discomfort.I will never buy another brand of backpack. BandH was very quick to deal with a price adjustment issue, I give them my praises.

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        5.0

        I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN

        By PHIL

        from PORT CHARLOTTE,FL.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

          BOUGHT THIS BAG TO STORE MY GEAR AS I WAS RUNNING OUT OF ROOM WITH MY PREVIOUS BAG WHICH APPARENTLY WAS MADE TO HOLD A LIGHTER DSLR AND LENSES AND WAS CAVEING IN UNDER MY D7000 AND TAMMY SP 70-300 PLUS ADDITIONAL LENSES. AT 62 I DO NOT DO EXTENSIVE HIKING BUT I DO LIKE THE LARGE STORAGE CAPACITY AND BUILD QUALITY OF THIS BAG. AS ALWAYS THE SERVICE AT B&H WAS FAST AND RELIABLE, DELIVERY WAS AS SCHEDULED. GREAT BAG GREAT COMPANY. YOU JUST CANNOT GO WRONG AT B&H.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Just pics

          from Ky, USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

          I use this to ensure I have have the kit I need but that it is safe and secure when I travel. It fits this need nicely.

          I was trying to balance three features and price. laptop compartment, tripod storage, and side entry. In the end I sacrificed the side entry but don't regret it.

          The tripod can be stored on either side or the back. I've moved it to the side because it was sticking way out in the back.

          I didn't think much about the rain cover until I needed it. Works super and because it is attached it's always there when you need it.

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          4.0

          Very pleased with this bag

          By Jack

          from Lowell, Ma

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

          I use this as my hiking bag for shooting on the trail. The bag is a bit heavy, but the weight distributes well when the front straps are engaged.
          The bag is intelligently configured, with numerous useful and well placed pockets both inside and out.
          Overall rugged construction, including heavy duty water proof zippers ensure long life.
          I would not hesitate to recommend this bag to a friend.

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          5.0

          A perfect backpack, if you need it.

          By Ruirui

          from New York, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

            You don't need such a huge thing on your back if you only have one camera and two lenses to carry, but it's a great option if you want some proper protection and easy transportation for a lot of gears.

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            5.0

            Quality Build and great capacity

            By Rixpix

            from Novi, Michigan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

              Was able to carry two large FX SLR digital bodies with grips along with a huge selection of lenses and filters and my 13" laptop. It was the max size to fit in the overhead on my recent trip to France. It is well laid out and even with all my equipment I was able to move to various locations in Paris traveling on the Metro. The included rain cover hidden away in a pouch is a nice addition that could come in handy if trapped in rain on a long trek. The only downside is the cumbersome straps when trying to carry it with the handle, maybe a later version could come with some sort of attached pouch for those.

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              5.0

              LOVE THIS BAG

              By bill

              from neptune nj

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

              i really love this bag every part of this bag is extreamly well made it holds tons of gear and its verry comftorable

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              5.0

              lots of room

              By Mat guerin photo

              from montreal

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack (Black):

              I use the bag to carry all my gear to shoot!Very confortable even if its heavy when it s full.There is lots of usefull pockets!

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