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Lowepro Powder Backpack 500 AW (Midnight and Horizon Blue)

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Lowepro Powder Backpack 500 AW (Midnight and Horizon Blue)
Key Features
  • Dual-Configuration, Multiuse Backpack
  • Accommodates Photo & Winter Sport Gear
  • Heavy-Duty Side and Front Straps
  • Straps Hold Skis/Snowboard/Hiking Poles
The midnight and horizon blue Powder Backpack 500 AW from Lowepro is designed to serve the combined interests of the adventure photographer and winter sports enthusiast. Along the front and sides of this backpack, multiple heavy-duty compression straps allow skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment such as hiking poles to be conveniently harnessed and carried. Inside, the spacious main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section to accommodate an included camera equipment pouch. When the partition system is enabled, the space created above the equipment pouch can be dedicated to a variety of items such as batteries, memory cards, or packable clothing that need to be reached quickly and conveniently through the backpack's top opening.
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Lowepro Powder 500 AW Overview

The midnight and horizon blue Powder Backpack 500 AW from Lowepro is designed to serve the combined interests of the adventure photographer and winter sports enthusiast. Along the front and sides of this backpack, multiple heavy-duty compression straps allow skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment such as hiking poles to be conveniently harnessed and carried. Inside, the spacious main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section to accommodate an included camera equipment pouch. When the partition system is enabled, the space created above the equipment pouch can be dedicated to a variety of items such as batteries, memory cards, or packable clothing that need to be reached quickly and conveniently through the backpack's top opening.

Access to the camera equipment pouch while using the partition system is provided by a rear-facing zippered panel with a 180° downward opening. The equipment pouch and its nine padded, touch-tab dividers can hold a two-DSLR camera kit with a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm, and a 70-200mm lens, or a mirrorless camera kit with three to five lenses. Alternatively, two existing lenses can be exchanged from the equipment pouch to comfortably store a 300mm f/2.8 lens. When placing the equipment pouch itself within the backpack, four toggle buttons allow it to become a securely mounted compartment. The equipment pouch is then prevented from shifting and can be made to have its own zippered opening align with the backpack's rear-facing zippered panel for seamless accessibility to the cameras and lenses inside.

Separated from the main compartment by a water-resistant barrier, a zippered front pocket with a bottom drain hole allows wet outdoors equipment such as a collapsible snow shovel to dry even when carried inside the Powder Backpack 500 AW. Integrated within the main compartment and behind the front pocket is a dedicated sleeve that accommodates a 15" laptop within a separately available, protective case. The laptop can be reached through the backpack's top opening, while the front pocket includes a secondary pocket along its inner wall which can be used to hold a snow probe or other smaller collapsible items. When opened, the front pocket's outer flap also reveals a zippered organizational pocket for extra storage capacity.

Under the compression straps, essential carrying features are also built into both sides of the Powder Backpack 500 AW. A zippered hydration pack pocket above an open side pocket contains an exit for a sip tube along the right of the wearer, while a pocket opposite the open side pocket unzips to reveal a fold-out cup to support the base of a tripod or monopod strapped along the left side of the backpack.

During storage or transport, the top opening is closed using a drawstring and is capped by a top lid that buckles into four adjustable straps along the backpack's front and rear panels for a secure fit. The top lid features a zippered pocket that faces the back of the wearer, which allows its contents to be reached without having to remove the Powder Backpack 500 AW. Similarly, zippered pockets along both sides of the backpack's waist belt provide secure on-the-go storage, while a zippered slash pocket along the bottom of the front panel can hold photo accessories that are intended for use whenever the Powder Backpack 500 AW is set down.

The Powder Backpack 500 AW can be lifted via its built-in haul handle, and carried by its 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. Featuring durable nylon construction, the Powder Backpack 500 AW is built to be weather resistant and includes a seam-sealed cover for use under heavy rain.

Capacity

  • Versatile, multiuse backpack that can serve the combined interests of the adventure photographer and winter sports enthusiast
  • Multiple, heavy-duty compression straps along each side and on the front of the backpack allow skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment such as hiking poles to be conveniently harnessed and carried
  • Partition system within spacious main compartment forms an optional bottom section that accommodates an included camera equipment pouch
  • Equipment pouch can hold a two-DSLR camera kit with a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm, and a 70-200mm lens, or a mirrorless camera kit with three to five lenses
  • Two existing lenses can be exchanged from the equipment pouch to comfortably store a 300mm f/2.8 lens
  • Access to the main compartment is provided by a front-facing zippered panel with a 180° downward opening
  • Four toggle buttons allow the equipment pouch to become a securely mounted compartment with its own zippered opening aligned with the backpack's rear-facing zippered panel for seamless accessibility to the cameras and lenses inside
  • Front pocket with water-resistant lining and drain hole allows wet outdoors equipment such as a collapsible snow shovel to dry when carried
  • A secondary pocket along the front pocket's inner wall can be used to hold a snow probe or other smaller collapsible items
  • When opened, the front pocket's outer flap reveals a zippered organizational pocket for extra storage capacity
  • Integrated within the main compartment and behind the water-resistant front pocket, is a dedicated sleeve that can accommodate a 15" laptop within a separately available, protective case
  • Laptop sleeve can be reached through the backpack's top opening which can be closed using a drawstring and is capped by a top lid that buckles into four adjustable straps along the backpack's front and rear panels for a secure fit
  • Top lid features a zippered pocket that faces the back of the wearer, which allows its contents to be reached without having to remove the backpack
  • Zippered pockets along both sides of the  waist belt provide secure on-the-go storage, while a zippered slash pocket along the bottom of the front panel can hold additional photo accessories
  • Right-side hydration pack pocket with zipper above an open side pocket contains an exit for a sip tube
  • Left-side zippered pocket opens to reveal a fold-out cup to support the base of a tripod or monopod strapped along the side of the backpack

Handling and Fit

  • Can be lifted using its haul handle, and carried by its adjustable, padded shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap and padded waist belt help evenly distribute weight
  • Padded back panel provides lumbar support
  • Durable, weather-resistant nylon construction
  • Seam-sealed cover for use under heavy rain
UPC: 056035372315

Lowepro Powder 500 AW Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
ColorBlue
Type of ClosureZipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 15" Laptop
Interior TypeAdjustable Dividers (Hook & Loop)
Monopod/Tripod HolderYes
FeaturesAccessory Loops, Hydration Bladder Compatible
Environmental
Water ResistanceRain Cover, Water Resistant (Material)
General
Maximum Volume1860.32 fl oz / 55 L
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
Interior: Nylon
DimensionsExterior
25.59 x 12.2 x 10.24" / 65 x 30.99 x 26.01 cm
Interior
24.41 x 11.81 x 7.87" / 62 x 30 x 19.99 cm
Weight5.51 lb / 2.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.5 x 23.5 x 13.25"

Lowepro Powder 500 AW Reviews

Lowepro Backpack: Powder 500 AW

By Matthew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-03

So far so good! Holds what I need it to... 2 pro bodies with grips, 4 lenses, a macro tube set, a speedlight, my iPad, a hydration bladder, a full size tripod, and the accessories needed for a day hike - food, stove, fuel, extra layers, and some photo accessories. The zippers are easy to manipulate with gloves and all of the synch points work as expected. It is quite comfortable (although I have not yet had a long hike with it, I am looking forward to my first one shortly). There is ample room for everything needed and all is easy to access. Lowepro has a winner with this one. The only con I have found is that the lid does not fit snugly over the body when the top section is not full, it is secure but can flop around a little bit which may be an issue in the rain. It is a minor gripe, but hopefully Lowepro will address that in the next gen of the bag

Good backpack, with some caveats

By Brian
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-12

There are some great features of this backpack, which have been clearly espoused in other reviews, so I'll stick to pointing out a few of my gripes that I think are significant to know before you buy this one. First, and importantly for many adventure-oriented photogs who this is marketed to, be aware that if you are kitted out with Peak Design products, this probably is not the pack for you. The capture clip will not fit around the wide straps on this, and I have not found any acceptable way to carry the PD travel tripod on this pack. The extra flap for carrying a tripod really doesn't make any sense to me. I'm stoked LowePro is recognizing that we need to carry a tripod securely and working towards figuring that out, but for my uses (backcountry skiing, hiking, climbing, etc) this definitely falls short in that realm. Also, note the big angled zipper on the front of the pack? Zipping closed is UP, which means when that big handy zipper pull grabs a twig or brush while you're adventuring, it is pulling the zipper open and you chance losing your things. Super importantly, the material is smooth and soft -- definitely nice to touch, but in my 6+ months of use so far, I am extremely frustrated by slipping shoulder straps -- the buckles don't see to hold the smooth material well, so I'm constantly tightening my shoulder straps which loosen on their own. I've talked with a LowePro rep about these things -- he said he'll pass it on to the design team, and noted that they had already discussed the zipper pull issue and actively decided to zip up closed because the other way around leaves the pocket open if unzipped a bit. Well, maybe reposition the pocket a bit?? He noted there were other complaints about strap slippage, but not enough to make it a warranty issue. In short, he didn't find any problems with the design. Understandably, the perfect pack for every situation imaginable doesn't exist -- I thought this was close, until I started using it. (Oh one more issue also reviewed elsewhere -- the back panel doesn't open far enough to fully expose the camera storage cube. So far that has led to loss of a couple eyecups that get knocked off due to the wonky fit). Hope this helps someone on the fence!

Outstanding

By Seymour
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-31

Very happy because this backpack can finally hold my gear securely and easily accessible, while allowing many compartments to put my clothes, snacks and other.

Great bag

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-30

Used it for multiple winter mountain trips and it held everything I needed it to! Some mountain house food, crampons, jetboil, extra layers, radio, first aid and trauma kit along with all my camera gear. So comfortable bag to carry and I love that I don’t have to use a small travel tripod, I can carry my full-size tripod which is perfect for photography ontop of windy snow covered mountains. All in all I would definitely recommend to a friend. Can’t wait to put even more miles through it

Perfect!!!

By Juan Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-14

Have a good space and it's possible personalize the organization inside the camera's compartment, and have enough space for climbing stuffs, i love it. The purchase and delivery service to Peru was perfect and super fast, thankyou B&H.

Very convenient

By Ernesto
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-08

My wife got this for me last year for my birthday and we finally had a chance to use it hiking some steep trails at Mt. Diablo in Cali. The tripod holder is great and the pockets are plentiful and conveniently located. I only carried two lenses and a camera body but there was plenty room for more and the top pocket was perfect for our water bottles, lunch, and layers once it warmed up. It felt super comfortable and my wife was even willing to strap it in her back because she found it so comfortable! Highly recommend it!

Great Backpack Except...

By Richard
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-22

Its an outstanding photo backpack for 3 days and 2 nights. There is ample space for photo gear and ultralight camping gear. The major drawback is the water carrying capabilities. You either carry the tripod on the side or only a single nalgene bottle. There are few other alternatives to carrying them inside the pack with your camera gear.

Outstanding Pack That Holds More Than a Camera Kit

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-13

I finally found a pack that can do more than just carry my camera gear. Its a minimalist / ultralight pack. Let me explain. I do a huge amount of backcountry photography. With that said I needed a pack that was half camera pack and personal gear backpack. This is the perfect hybrid. The only improvement I could make would be a stronger, tougher material for the pack's bottom.

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