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Lowepro Whistler Backpack 450 AW II (Gray)

BH #LOWBP450AWII • MFR #LP37227
Key Features
  • Holds DSLR and 10 Lenses
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Dedicated, Padded 15" Laptop Pocket
  • Padded Inserts for Drone Kits
The gray Whistler Backpack 450 AW II from Lowepro is a heavy-duty bag designed to comfortably and securely carry your large mobile photo studio. The spacious main compartment features an adjustable partition system that can hold a large DSLR with an attached 70-200mm lens, eight additional lenses, and a shoe mount flash or additional lens. Users of mirrorless camera systems can fit up to ten lenses along with a camera, a flash or additional lens, as well as a backup camera, and for protection of foldable drones and their flight controllers, two padded inserts feature enhanced cushioning.
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Lowepro 450 AW II Overview

The gray Whistler Backpack 450 AW II from Lowepro is a heavy-duty bag designed to comfortably and securely carry your large mobile photo studio. The spacious main compartment features an adjustable partition system that can hold a large DSLR with an attached 70-200mm lens, eight additional lenses, and a shoe mount flash or additional lens. Users of mirrorless camera systems can fit up to ten lenses along with a camera, a flash or additional lens, as well as a backup camera, and for protection of foldable drones and their flight controllers, two padded inserts feature enhanced cushioning.

Access to the main compartment is provided by a rear-facing zippered panel with a 180° downward opening. Along the inside of that zippered panel is a memory card pocket and two zippered organizer pockets for hard drives, portable batteries, camera filters, or small electronics. Separated from the main compartment by a waterproof barrier, an expandable front pocket with a bottom drain hole allows wet outdoors equipment such as a climbing helmet, shovel, or ice pick to dry even when carried inside the Whistler Backpack 450 AW II. Integrated between the main compartment and the waterproofed front pocket is a dedicated sleeve that can accommodate a 15" laptop. The laptop sleeve can be reached through a zippered top opening with capacity for books, notepads, snow goggles, or packable clothing. Along the inside the top opening is an accessory pocket for items that need to be secured, yet accessed quickly and conveniently, such as a pair of sunglasses, snacks, or headphones.

The Whistler Backpack 450 AW II can be carried via the built-in top handle, or by the adjustable, padded shoulder straps. For heavy loads, this backpack's waist belt transfers weight to the hips for additional comfort, while the sternum strap further limits unintentional shifting around the wearer. Along each side and on the front are two side-compression straps that can each hold and secure a tripod, monopod, or trekking pole. Connected to the surface of the bag with hooks that support up to 220 lb, the compression straps are suitable for skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment which can be harnessed and carried.

Featuring durable nylon construction, the Whistler Backpack 450 AW II is built to be weather resistant, and includes a seam-sealed cover for use under heavy rain.

Capacity

  • Camera compartment holds a DSLR and attached 70-200mm lens, eight additional lenses, and a shoe mount flash or another lens
  • Camera compartment holds up to two mirrorless cameras, ten lenses, and a flash or additional lens
  • Padded, touch-fastening, removable dividers allow the camera compartment's space to be configured for the specific equipment being carried within it
  • Padded inserts that feature enhanced cushioning for folding drone and flight controller
  • Access to the main compartment is provided by a front-facing zippered panel with a 180° downward opening
  • On the inside of the main compartment's zippered panel is a memory card pocket and two zippered organizer pockets for holding hard drives, portable batteries, camera filters, or small electronics
  • Expandable front pocket with waterproof lining and drain hole allows wet outdoors equipment such as a climbing helmet, shovel, or ice pick to dry when carried
  • Integrated between the main compartment and the waterproofed front pocket is a dedicated sleeve that can accommodate a 15" laptop
  • Laptop sleeve can be reached through a zippered top opening with capacity for books, notepads, snow goggles, or packable clothing
  • Top opening accessory pocket for items that need to be secured, yet accessed quickly and conveniently, such as a pair of sunglasses, snacks, or headphones

Handling and Fit

  • Can be carried using the built-in top handle, or by the adjustable, padded shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap and padded waist belt with accessory pocket can evenly distribute the weight 
  • Padded back panel provides lumbar support
  • Compression straps on the front and along each side can hold and secure a tripod, monopod, or trekking pole
  • Secured by hooks that support up to 220 lb, the compression straps are suitable for skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment
  • Durable, weather-resistant nylon construction
  • Seam-sealed cover for use under heavy rain
UPC: 056035372278

Lowepro 450 AW II Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
ColorGray
Type of ClosureZipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 15" Laptop (15 x 10.6 x 0.8" / 38 x 27 x 2 cm)
Interior TypeAdjustable Dividers (Hook & Loop)
FeaturesAccessory Loops
Environmental
Water ResistanceRain Cover, Water Resistant (Material)
General
Maximum Volume1522.08 fl oz / 45 L
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
Interior: Nylon
DimensionsExterior
23.62 x 12.99 x 10.04" / 60 x 33 x 25.5 cm
Interior
16.5 x 11.4 x 7.1" / 42 x 29 x 18 cm (Camera Compartment)
10.6 x 5.9 x 3.9" / 27 x 15 x 10 cm (Top Compartment)
Accessory Pocket
19.7 x 13.4 x 3.1" / 50 x 34 x 8 cm (Front Pocket)
Weight6.83 lb / 3.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23 x 13.5 x 10"

Lowepro 450 AW II Reviews

Excelente backpack, solamente una cosa por mejorar

By Juan B
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-27

Recib este backpack como un regalo, estoy muy contento y satisfecho pues hay espacio suficiente para todo lo que llevo: D750 con grip, tamron 70-200, tamron 150-600, sigma 24-70, flash SB700, Mavic 2 Air fly more combo, Better beamer flash extender, 2 bateras de repuesto para la cmara. Adicionalmente, el compartimento exterior (para prendas hmedas) es muy til, espacioso y de fcil acceso. All llevo 2 ponchos para lluvia y 1 chaqueta rompevientos. El compartimento superior tambin ofrece una buena opcin para llevar elementos pequeos como unas gafas de sol, algo de comer para pasar un da en el campo. Es en este sitio en donde est la cosa por mejorar: el panel que separa este espacio del compartimento principal (donde va el equipo fotogrfico) est adherido con VELCRO; debera ser con cremallera en la franja que coincide con las cargaderas del morral, ya que por el peso que se lleva, el VELCRO de desprende y algunos de los artculos que lleves en el compartimento superior, terminen junto con tu equipo. Mido 6'2 (1,88 m) y me parece que es muy cmodo para cargar. El apoyo lumbar funciona muy bien para mi y es cuestin de ajustar las correas de las cargaderas para lograr la mayor comodidad posible. Se me olvidaba, tambin cargo un trpode (as como el que se muestra en las imgenes del producto) y un porttil Macbook Air (tambin cabra un Pro de 15). Lo recomiendo y ojal el fabricante tenga en cuenta la mejora en el panel divisiorio.

Awesome Camera Backpack!!

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-06

Great quality construction and enough room to comfortably hold a full size pro dSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 attached. I have tried several backpack over the past 20+ years and full size bodies have always been too tall for the backpack or the backpack was very uncomfortable to wear. The whistler 450AW II not only has enough room but some to spare even with a laptop, other lenses, speedlight and more. This is a great backpack.

Excellent Backpack

By Angel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-02

Strong, affordable, great construction and materials I used for my Panasonic S1 and s5, Thanks BH for great products

Very close to being perfect, has its limitations.

By Tomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-16

Having just hiked a Fourteener in the winter with this pack, I feel ready to review it thoroughly. Firstly, let me say that I highly recommend this backpack, but it has its drawbacks and that might influence decision to buy it. Starting with the pros: This backpack is incredibly well padded and the internal organization has endless options. The internal dividers are very well thought out, and unlike previous Lowepro backpacks, come in several varieties that fold a little differently and have slightly different uses, meaning you can arrange them in countless ways. That being said, that makes finding the best way a little challenging. It goes without saying that the materials are very high quality. This pack held up in winter-storm conditions and 50+ mph winds, was not torn when chaffed against jagged rocks, and completely repelled snow thus keeping my camera equipment safe and dry inside--all that without using the backpack's rain cover. Another pro is the multitude of straps available on the outside of the pack. I am counting six (there are two other movable ones that tighten but do not clip, I'll discuss these in the cons). These straps and their clips are easy to put on and undo, even with two pairs of gloves on and large fingers. They can also support a great deal of weight. The last pro I will touch on is the subdivision of the pack. Unlike previous Lowepro packs I have owned, this pack divides the top compartment, the laptop compartment, the main compartment, and a waterproof and completely separate front compartment. This is brilliant for the purpose of this pack. It allows me to hold all of my equipment separately for me to remove when needed, while being able to quickly access whatever I need at the top. The front pocket is also more spacious than it looks and quite durable, meaning whatever snow-covered or rain-soaked object you put in it, will be completely isolated from sensitive gear. Lastly, I will add that this pack sits and stands on its own when placed upright. That might sound like an odd thing to put as a pro, but compared to previous pack's I own, it makes it incredibly convenient to use both hands to search through it while it sits by itself instead of having to hold it upright. Moving on to the cons: First and foremost is the weight. This is a heavy backpack. Having hiked the fourteener and despite being both in great shape and young, I felt this quite acutely. That being said, given the protection and padding inside, it's lighter than I would expect. Lighter than it's predecessor as someone pointed out. Nevertheless, if you're looking for something ultralight, this probably isn't it, but it is definitely light enough for backcountry skiing, backpacking, and hiking (within reason). Next, (which some might consider a pro, I do, but I included it here to highlight it) is that the only way to access the main pocket is by removing the pack and going through the back zipper, unlike side pockets in other models. This is to keep your gear both safer and drier. Meaning that the pack is sturdier and more weather resistant, albeit less accessible. Regarding comfort, it is not uncomfortable. In fact, it is more comfortable than other packs of theirs that I have owned, but with increased weight, it does tend to sit lower on your hips and not where it should, making it less comfortable for longer trips. Depending on your body type, this may make it uncomfortable to wear. I am rather thin in the waist so I had no problems with getting it to sit well. Regarding an external and easily accessible place to put a water bottle, there is a side zipper that fits an entire 32oz nalgene and then some. It is a tight squeeze; however, that seems to be its purpose. The zipper makes it secure, but not a quick way to access water. I personally don't mind this at all, but it is something to consider. Lastly, there are two additional straps not pictured in the preview photos. While this is a minor complaint given they are not really necessary for the pack's functioning, they are useless. I planned to use them to hold trekking poles and ice axes however I wanted to on the exterior of my pack; however, these straps come undone on their own and do not tighten securely. This might be a minor inconvenience for some, but this pack as little to customize on the exterior as far as fasteners go, so I would have appreciated their functioning. In conclusion, the pack has drawbacks that will define whether or not it is what you need; however, for its intended function, it performs impeccably and it precisely what I needed for backcountry skiing and hiking.

Best backpack

By Jeannie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-13

Love this backpack! It’s tough, has plenty of room and feels light on my back fully loaded with my gripped D850 and 500mm pf attached,D500 gripped and 300mm pf (not attached), and room for extra batteries, flash, filters, cleaning accessories etc. The wet compartment and top compartment offer even more storage. I was afraid this would be too big for me seeing as I am a petite lady (5’1), but it’s fine and totally manageable. I would highly recommend!

Excelent backpack

By Juan Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-20

It is better than I expected

A No Brainer

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-04

I was looking for something a little bigger than my Whistler 350 and this fit the bill perfectly. It's well designed, comfortable with enough pockets and nooks. A nice piece of equipment that's reasonably priced.

Great pack, but too short for taller people

By Tava
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-22

This is a fantastically built camera backpack. No question there. The amount of storage is massive and you could literally fit cinema cameras in here (actually so big that my Sony A7SIII w/ Sigma 24-70 was flopping around totally loose in there) However, the pack is much too short in length. I am 6' tall, not short but not super tall. The pack strap on the bottom goes around my stomach, which is incredibly uncomfortable. All the weight ends up on your shoulders/stomach, and since this backpack can hold a ton, it's very uncomfortable. The back padding also isn't great, and I found the depth of the bag to be a bit too deep (the weight hangs off behind your body). So depending on how much gear storage you need and your height, this pack could be right for you, just take caution. I'm switching to the Powder 500AW.

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