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LoweproPro Runner 450 AW Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (87)
  • Comfortable (73)
  • Strong construction (72)
  • Easily accessible equipment (57)
  • Adjustable harness (54)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)
  • Cumbersome (11)
  • Hard to access equipment (8)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (76)
  • Protecting gear (63)
  • Storing gear (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Durable backpack w/ huge amount of space

I've only used this backpack for a few days, but I can already tell I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.

There are a few different reasons...Read complete review

I've only used this backpack for a few days, but I can already tell I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.

There are a few different reasons I needed a bag like this. First, I work as a Camera Assistant on TV/video shoots, and this bag has more than enough room for any camera accessories I would need, including: batteries, spare lenses, tapes, monitors, etc. It even fits my DVX100 with no problem.

My secondary use for this backpack is carrying around a DSLR kit with extra lenses and a laptop, all of which fits with more than enough room to spare. I can even add in an external hard-drive amongst other things.

It's pretty much at the upper limit of airline specified sizes for carry-on luggage, so it shouldn't be a problem for air travel, although I haven't tried this yet. Also, the first day I worked with it we were stuck out in the rain, but the pull-out rain cover kept this bag dry with no problem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not strong for long travel

I have purchased this backpack for my Canon 5D mark III camera and lens so I can carry all my babies in one location when I travel. Size of the backpack is really great...Read complete review

I have purchased this backpack for my Canon 5D mark III camera and lens so I can carry all my babies in one location when I travel. Size of the backpack is really great and good to carry things around but dividers are not strong/firm enough for travelling.

It could have been better backpack it the dividers are stronger.

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5.0

A Serious Bag

By PK Eisenhard

from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

This is a serious bag for a serious photographer. Plenty of room for two camera bodies, many lenses as well as speed lights and other odds and ends.

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5.0

Great buy

By Eddie

from New York, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

    It fits all 5 of my lenses perfectly, my laptop and camera. It has tons of small pockets and even a front pocket for my IPad :-)

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    • No

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    5.0

    Nice Pack!

    By Embee 2110

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

        Nice large zippers and plenty of storage options for this bag. 4 canon "L" lenses and 2 bodies fit nicely..

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great large bag

        By RichH

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

          Able to hold two Nikon bodies, one with an 80-400mm lens attached. Plenty of room for 3 additional lenses and an SB900. MacBook pro fits nicely into sleeve. One word of caution - when fully loaded, the weight of your gear add up quickly. However, even when fully loaded, very comfortable.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Well designed backpack

          By Whiskey

          from Missouri

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

            Large enough to carry everything you need for a weekend or a week of shooting. Well organized. Solidly constructed, smooth zippers.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Absolutely awesome

            By bbunn

            from Matthews, NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

              This backpack is fantastic. At first I thought it was bigger than what I needed. After comparing a smaller bag with my gear included, I quickly noticed that I'll need the extra room.

              It's very comfortable and extremely well built. Plus I feel like I still have room for more gear!

              I love this backpack!!!

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              5.0

              Crossed the world, all my gear safe

              By tonsfocus

              from Chiang Mai, Thailand

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor Zipper For Security

              Best Uses

              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

              Having all my gear stashed tidily in one single beautiful bag just fills me with a feeling of excitement and makes me want to dash out of the door on a spur-of-the-moment video-making adventure. I'm now very glad that I didn't go for a much cheaper option, but bought something that provides a reliable and high-quality base for my entire gear kit.

              Here's my big list of pros for this bag, with one niggling con at the end.

              The padded interior is totally customizable, so you can re-velcro each compartment to fit each piece of gear, which is fantastic. For example, you can have three similarly spaced compartments for your lenses, two large and wide ones for camera bodies, and two thin ones for your light meter and digital audio recorder.

              The interior is a bright gray, making it easy to see everything (since gear is mostly black).

              It does its primary job of protecting the gear with its ample padding plus the bag's rigidity. It's not water-proof, but the attached rain cover could not be more convenient - no fussing to deploy it, and then when dry, just stuff it back in its designated pouch.

              Comfort. I trekked around Hong Kong for two days with this thing fully loaded, and it was bliss - no chintzy straps to cut into your shoulders, and the waist and sternum straps enhance the carrying support.

              Check-in compatible. This was the big nail-biter for me… As soon as it arrived in the mail and I finally confirmed what all the other reviewers were saying - this thing is a monster! It really is as huge as everyone says - Santa would fit right in with this slung over his back. I was fretting for two weeks that this bag was over the size limits and wouldn't make it onboard, but it did! I flew a Boeing 737 (LAX to SFO) and it fit in the overhead with no problem. International flights were also no problem whatsoever. Unless you're flying within Europe where the limitations are far more stringent, you should be alright.

              My one annoyance with this bag is that you cannot lock the zippers. They use a zipper head that is simply too small to run a lock through, and the pull tabs are pieces of string. I was quite irritated, since it is one of the very few bags I own without metal zipper pulls. It did need to be gate-checked once (that was expected: on a regional Bombardier CRJ200 plane run by United) and I felt quite vulnerable to theft. Considering it cannot be anything but an oversight and not a cost-saver, it seems like a no-brainer that Lowe needs to fix ASAP. I've found a kludgey fix (attaching a few metal key rings and locking those together) that will slow a potential thief down by about two minutes, but it's not ideal.

              That said, I still give this bag full marks.

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              5.0

              Fits my gear

              By NAF

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Fits Big Lenses
              • Laptop space
              • Not Very Heavy
              • Roomy

              Cons

              • Hard To Access Equipment
              • Laptop Space Tight

              Best Uses

              • Good For Travel
              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

              I spent a lot of time searching for the right backpack for my camera gear for travel abroad, and this was the best find! It's not too bulky or heavy yet can store several camera gear including a big telephoto lens attached to the DSLR (5D) body.

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              • No

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              5.0

              One Big Travel Bag

              By Chewy

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Hard To Access Equipment

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

              If you are looking for a travel bag to take on an airplane, then this is the one! I was traveling down to Florida for sports photography of college softball games. I needed to bring all my gear with me in a bag I could take on an airplane.

              The bag easily fit my camera, three additional lenses, a 17" MacBook, iPad, and all of the various accessories to go along with everything. I won't go into specifics, but things like batteries, cords, chargers, and much more. However, once everything is packed it is not easy to access the equipment.

              I like this bag because it does not scream "Hey I am a camera bag, come steal me". For the most part it looks like a hicking backpack. The only thing that gives its contents away is a small (very small) patch under the top hangle with an orange picture of a camera on a tripod. To fix this, I just colored the orange icon in with a black sharpie. Problem solved.

              When I first used the bag I was worried that it would be too big for an airplane. The bag meets the requirements for a carry on item, I checked before buying. However, I was still nervous. Luckily the bag fit through security scanners with plenty of room to spare, and just fits into an overhead compartment without any struggle (just make sure the front buckles don't get caught).

              All the straps help a great deal with weight distrubution and comfort. The waist straps can also be tucked away, which is nice when on a plane or when taking the bag on and off your back.

              BE WARNED:
              This is a big bag! You cannot and should not use it as an every day bag. Fully packed, mine weighed 32 pounds! This bag is great for travelling, but bring an extra day bag. Your shoulders and spine will thank you later.

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              • No

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              4.0

              I could park in here...

              By GarrettEvans

              from Fort Collins, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Roomy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                This bag is huge on the inside. Tons of room, great layout options, very secure, thoughtful compartments.

                Buy this bag. Seriously.

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                5.0

                Very solid, comfortable case

                By ho_co

                from Houston, TX

                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 Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  I find this backpack to be effectively much larger than its dimensions imply. Many similar backpacks lack the depth to take medium size lenses in a stick-up position: you have to lay the lenses into the bag parallel to the longest dimension of the case. But with the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW, lenses like a 24-120 or a 16-35 slide in comfortably parallel to the case's shortest dimension. That means that lenses that have to lie flat in the other backpacks can now stand up, freeing up space for other equipment.The Pro Runner 450 AW's sides and dividers have thick padding to protect your gear. The waist belt can be folded into a compartment on the back of the case. Both it and the shoulder straps are very comfortably padded as well.The backpack has one carry handle on top and another on the side, each with a rubber grip, making it convenient to carry like a small suitcase. It's a very comfortable, well thought out design.The only part that's a bit fiddly is the strap about a third of the way down from the top of the case. Its snap-type fittings are easy enough to use, but they get in the way of the zipper closure for the main compartment. They can be used to quickly secure the case when you haven't time to use the zipper, but then they have to be unsnapped again to close the case with the zipper. Looks to me as if these side straps are there mainly for appearance.But that's a small gripe. Overall, the Pro Runner 450 AW backpack holds more stuff than I expected, is solidly made and is comfortable to boot.

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                  5.0

                  Love It But Be Aware, It's Big

                  By Golfore

                  from Harrisburg, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Could Get Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  Love this bag. It holds all of my gear, but is very big (which I knew before purchasing). I almost wish I had bought the version with rollers, but couldn't afford the extra cost. Very well constructed and the padding and strapping designs seem like they'll prevent any discomfort when wearing the bag. I'd recommend you get out a measuring tape and compare the dimension of this bag with your current bag to see the difference. I did and was aware of how big the bag would be when it arrived. The laptop compartment is an extra bonus.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Not strong for long travel

                  By Imz

                  from Montebello, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                  • Poor construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  I have purchased this backpack for my Canon 5D mark III camera and lens so I can carry all my babies in one location when I travel. Size of the backpack is really great and good to carry things around but dividers are not strong/firm enough for travelling.

                  It could have been better backpack it the dividers are stronger.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I will recomend yhis mproduct to friend

                  By kk

                  from portland ,oregon

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  very big and well build pack bag for camera ,I love it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love This Bag!!

                  By KP the Shooter

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  This bag does it ALL. Definitely love the fact that it holds so much of my equipment and is so easy to carry due to the breathable padding. Recommended if you have a lot of equipment that you wouldn't mind carrying around. Keeps everything secure, sectioned off and organized. Don't expect to be able to get in and out quickly. Use this primarily as transport and storage, take out what you need and keep it moving :)

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just what I was looking for!

                  By Diveboss

                  from Miami, FL

                  Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                  The camera bag/backpack easily handles my D4s, 3 f/2.8 zoom lenses, 1 macro lens, charges, spare batteries, and other accessories I like to have available. I have another smaller backpack that I used for my F4 when I had it. I needed something bigger this time to accomodate the newer lenes I added.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect!

                  By Kim

                  from New Hampshire

                  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 Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                    Very versatile - the compartment sizes can be changed to fit all of my equipment and the velcro is extremely strong. Great bag.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love this backpack

                    By Avetis

                    from Los angeles

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                    Great backpack for photographers and a must have. A little big but fits all my equipment with no problem

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                    5.0

                    Love this backpack

                    By Avetis

                    from Los Angeles

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                    Great camera bag. It's a little big but everything fits

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                    4.0

                    appropriate back pack

                    By sean

                    from Cresskill,NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Travelling

                    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack:

                    I am a scenic photographer. Have to keep two cameras always ready to avoid losing opportunity. The size of the back is good enough for me.I bought this from B N H. It comes quick and meet my impression on line shopping.

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