REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
LoweproVersapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray)
 
4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (30)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Easily accessible equipment (26)
  • Adjustable harness (22)
  • Roomy (15)

Cons

  • Hard to access equipment (7)
  • Too small (7)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (21)
  • Protecting gear (15)
  • Storing gear (7)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for amateur photographer mom

I needed a bag to carry my DSLR, zoom lens & video camera, plus wallet, H2O bottles, sunglasses, etc. around Orlando theme parks. This back pack bag was perfect. ...Read complete review

I needed a bag to carry my DSLR, zoom lens & video camera, plus wallet, H2O bottles, sunglasses, etc. around Orlando theme parks. This back pack bag was perfect. All of my camera & video equipment fit neatly in the bottom compartment designed to protect this equipment. The top compartment fit everything I would have put in a medium-sized purse, including wallet, keys, sunglasses, eye glasses, a micro folding umbrella, water bottle & even my baseball cap. Although I didn't use it on this trip, I love the built-in rain cover and would have used it had we gone on any water rides. Only one negative - I didn't need the waist and chest straps & found them to be somewhat of a nuisance and had to buckle them to keep them out of the way. I would like to see side pockets added to the pack for my water bottle & sunglasses. All in all, an excellent bag for travel and camera protection.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good, but not perfect.

I really like this backpack and used it for a year or so as my photo/life-in-general bag, but I've since moved on from it due to a few niggles. There's a lot of...Read complete review

I really like this backpack and used it for a year or so as my photo/life-in-general bag, but I've since moved on from it due to a few niggles. There's a lot of good, but a few bad things that eventually led me to look elsewhere for a jack-of-all-trades photo bag.

PROS:
Split compartmentalization of this bag for camera gear on bottom, personal effects on top is very nice for when you're not JUST shooting but want to bring your camera along.

Side compartment is big enough to fit a midsize DSLR with a 70-200mm f2.8 attached, plus another lens.

Tripod straps on the bag work really well.

Build of the bag is good. Straps are relatively thin but appropriate for the weight you can fit in the bag. Sternum strap was a good move, too.

It's possible to fit a tablet or even an 11" Macbook Air in the front "map" pocket of the bag (just under the weather flap). It's not super secure when the weather flap isn't buckled, but it's still POSSIBLE to carry a computing device.

CONS:
As many people have complained, the zipper on the main compartment of this bag is "fiddly". Sometimes it takes two hands to get in and out of the bag due to the zipper's U-shape. This can be fairly annoying and is the primary drawback of using this bag over time. It will continue to annoy you.

Foam dividers aren't ideal for the way most people will want to set this bag up, but it's possible to work around this. Consider using foam dividers from your other bags (or buying other inserts) to customize appropriately. Problem solved.

The space in the main compartment really doesn't have a lot of organization - there's one small zipper pocket, but otherwise it's raw space. This can be good, but can be a drawback if you're digging in the bag for something specific.

There's no water bottle sleeve on this bag. There needs to be one. Why isn't there one?

CONCLUSION:
I can't say DON'T pick this bag up, because it's pretty good - but it's still just not quite right for its intended use. Maybe try before you buy.

ALTERNATIVE:
Take a look at the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack instead.

Reviewed by 37 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
3.0

Pretty good, but not perfect.

By Traveling Matt

from St Louis, Missouri, USA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

  • Hard To Access Equipment

Best Uses

    Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

    I really like this backpack and used it for a year or so as my photo/life-in-general bag, but I've since moved on from it due to a few niggles. There's a lot of good, but a few bad things that eventually led me to look elsewhere for a jack-of-all-trades photo bag.

    PROS:
    Split compartmentalization of this bag for camera gear on bottom, personal effects on top is very nice for when you're not JUST shooting but want to bring your camera along.

    Side compartment is big enough to fit a midsize DSLR with a 70-200mm f2.8 attached, plus another lens.

    Tripod straps on the bag work really well.

    Build of the bag is good. Straps are relatively thin but appropriate for the weight you can fit in the bag. Sternum strap was a good move, too.

    It's possible to fit a tablet or even an 11" Macbook Air in the front "map" pocket of the bag (just under the weather flap). It's not super secure when the weather flap isn't buckled, but it's still POSSIBLE to carry a computing device.

    CONS:
    As many people have complained, the zipper on the main compartment of this bag is "fiddly". Sometimes it takes two hands to get in and out of the bag due to the zipper's U-shape. This can be fairly annoying and is the primary drawback of using this bag over time. It will continue to annoy you.

    Foam dividers aren't ideal for the way most people will want to set this bag up, but it's possible to work around this. Consider using foam dividers from your other bags (or buying other inserts) to customize appropriately. Problem solved.

    The space in the main compartment really doesn't have a lot of organization - there's one small zipper pocket, but otherwise it's raw space. This can be good, but can be a drawback if you're digging in the bag for something specific.

    There's no water bottle sleeve on this bag. There needs to be one. Why isn't there one?

    CONCLUSION:
    I can't say DON'T pick this bag up, because it's pretty good - but it's still just not quite right for its intended use. Maybe try before you buy.

    ALTERNATIVE:
    Take a look at the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack instead.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    4.0

    Worked well for Europe/Asia trip

    By Diana

    from NY, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lacks Bottle Carrier
    • Thin Straps

    Best Uses

    • Day Travel
    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

    This is more like a 3.5 star bag. I bought this bag for a 2 month trip through Europe. And although I looked like a total American tourist with a backpack, I liked that it didn't look like a camera bag and was pretty slim, important for me as a petite female.Pros:Plenty of space for my camera, lenses, and daily personal itemsEasy access slip pocket on the front (which isn't visible) is great for papers, passport, etc.Zip compartment on top was great for keeping things secureDual-sided access to camera. Finally, a bag that addresses righties and lefties!Raincover came in handy several times. Really like how it's attached/hidden awayTripod set-up also a great bonus that I got use out of2 buckle clips at the bottom was good for carrying a compact umbrellaValueCons:Padding that the bag comes with works well for packing camera/lenses vertically, but not if you want to configure side-access. Padding is not long enough, and too wide for that. Call LowePro and they will send you more padding inserts to make this work.Backpack straps need more padding. For a bag meant to carry so much, the straps need to be able to support it. Mine are worn thin after 3 months of daily use.No separate laptop pocket. While I didn't carry my laptop around during the days while sightseeing, I did pack my laptop in this bag on travel days. My 13" mac book pro fit in its neoprene sleeve in the bag. But it was a huge hassle to get it in and out of the pack (for security) when my camera/lens was also packed because I would have to undo all the velcro holding the mid-section, which would then disrupt my neatly packed lens dividers. A simple zipped section for the laptop would easily solve this.No exterior water bottle carrier. B/c personal section of bag is zipped and difficult to get to while moving, the bag needs another easily accessible pocket large enough for things like a drink.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro

    By Chris780IM

    from Boulder, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Accessible Equipment

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear

      Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

      Great deal! [*]

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      very nice bag

      By Meg

      from VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

        My sony alpha with a 18-55mm and a 50mm lens fits very well in this bag. The upper part can hold my wallet, keys and other small items. Very comfortable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        4.0

        compact and efficient

        By Tim

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

              I use this backpack for my Nikon D3200 and camcorder Canon HF-M50.

              Like:
              compartment on the top, waistbelt, side zipper for quick access.

              Dislike:
              it does not sit properly on the its bottom.
              hard to open the top compartment from the top zipper.

              Overall, I like its quality, compact size and design.

              Share this review

               
              4.0

              Really great... Almost perfect

              By Ezskankin

              from Berkeley

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Too Small

              Best Uses

              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

              This is a fAntastic bag. I have two small gripes. 1) not enough organization in the top section 2) no waterbottle holder

              Otherwise this thing is perfect!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Excellent for hiking

              By Tresell

              from Marin County, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                I've always been afriad to bring my camera on a hike, or found it too awkward with an over-the-shoulder bag, but am loving this new backpack. Perfectly organized for the lenses and accessories and a bit of space left over for a protein bar!

                The top zip takes a bit of getting used to, great other than that!

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                Great Value Photography Bag

                By SunnySideDown

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                • Hard To Access Equipment

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                I can fit my 6D + Grip + 17-40mm F4L in here with no problem. The bag is light but durable enough to withstand movements of the daily bag. It doesn't get very hot on your back like other bags I own. I enjoy the size of this bag compared to my other BIG backpacks. It doesn't look bulky either.The flaps aren't that conveient at times.Good bag overall for the value.[*]

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Snug Fit, but well padded and discrete

                By Paulo

                from MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Discrete
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Hard To Access Equipment
                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Short trips

                Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                I was looking for a smaller bag, something easier to carry then my current DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW.

                For my current setup, D7000 with extra battery grip and 50-200mm lenses, the fit its snug.
                It's well padded, but quite snug. Not much space left for extra lenses or flash.
                For quick trips that do not require lots of hardware works just fine .

                Its very discrete, doesn't really stick out as a camera bag and due its smaller size blends in quite well when next to common backpacks.

                Could have a better zipper layout.
                But its design and snug fit, sometimes I wish it would open wider to fit larger pieces of equipment.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Great One

                By Vijay

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                  Best part is, I can carry some snack and water bottles in the upper compartment.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  it is a good camera bag

                  By Yang Lu

                  from houston,TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear

                    Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                    very good for my two cameras

                    Share this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Not Perfect, But Good

                    By Bubba B

                    from Auburn, AL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                    This pack is big enough to get a couple lenses in and a body -including a longer lens, but you would have to reconfigure the compartment divider. Probably a perfect pack to bop around the city, since it includes a strap to hold a tripod on.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    3.0

                    Good bag but the zipper was the let down

                    By CR

                    from Alabama

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                      Good construction but not much padding. It's a bit smaller than I expect and its zipper was the let down. It's good but not easy to open it. If you want to access your camera in the hurry, forget it. It's not great, but not bad enough to send it back.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      great!

                      By John

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                            It is a good designed pack for my camera (Canon 40D, tow lens). Furthermore, I can carry some small things for my little boy.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent camera backpack

                            By H K P

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable Harness
                            • Comfortable
                            • Roomy
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Hiking

                              Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                              Got it few weeks back and not absolutely love it, good for hiking, where you can carry your gear and some food/water along with a tripod, camera compartment is not a huge but serves the purpose well. comfortable and strong, there is a rain cover hidden at the bottom which I almost missed. Love it.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Floppy top

                              By JB3

                              from Utica, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Roomy
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Hard To Access Equipment

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                                Bottom half great. It fit Sony a57 with 28-75mm f2.8, extra lens, external flash, & other camera stuff. The top has a lot of room, but had it had no form & was impossible to open with one hand while slung on your shoulder.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great for Hiking

                                By Jason

                                from Missouri

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Roomy
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Top Compartment Ease

                                Best Uses

                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                                I took this backpack on a few hikes in Colorado. It worked very will and I was able to carry my camera, a tripod and some extras. There was plenty of room for my Canon 60d with and attached lens. I was able to get the camera out fairly quickly also. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a similar use at a fair price. The only draw back I found was the top compartment did not seem t be to easy to get into. There was plenty of room I just didn't care for the ease of the zipper in the top compartment.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great

                                By Traveller

                                from Germany

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Tripod Attachment
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Protecting Gear
                                  • Transporting Gear

                                  Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                                  It is the Backpack I was looking for. Ok the upper compartment could be a little bigger for an ipad, but the backpack is very versatile. You can load the camera from top or bottom compartment or for easy acces from the side. I haven't quite figured out how to pack it optimal for the divieders give only limited possibilities. That would one other thing that could be improved. But all in all it is great. And I feel save in the city since you can pack it so not anyone can have easy access. I was looking for a nice little daypack wich ataches the tripod. nd that is exactly what it is.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  some tjung i looked for long time

                                  By the photografer Grand Pa

                                  from ISRAEL

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Too Small

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Transporting Gear

                                  Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                                  As one who use to travel and takes pictures I looked for a bag in which i shall be able to carry my dSLR another lens and some food, water and even sweater.Now I fouond and even the flash is in.
                                  It little bit smaller than i was impressed in the net but still very comfortable and flexible .

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Comfortable roomy lowepro bag

                                  By Shoot, Shoot, Shoot

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable Harness
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • Roomy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Protecting Gear
                                    • Transporting Gear

                                    Comments about Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Backpack (Black and Gray):

                                    I owned an older Lowepro bag, and while that was good, it had a lot of space for additional lenses but I never had that many or will have that many, and had insufficient space for additional personal items. I upgraded to the Versapack 200 and loved it, it was great during a recent trip I took. The most important, it was very comfortable, had enough space for me, protected my camera and lenses, and could also carry my tripod.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                    Displaying reviews 1-20

                                    Back to top

                                    Previous | Next »