Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Backpack

Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Backpack - for Photo Gear and 15" Notebook Computer

Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Backpack - for Photo Gear and 15" Notebook Computer

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The Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Backpack is a combination camera bag and notebook computer case. The backpack's reinforced construction, shock-absorbing closed-cell foam padding and tough, water-resistant outer fabric protects contents from moisture and sudden impact. The main compartment has adjustable padded dividers. The padded notebook compartment is secured with both zipper and quick-release buckle. A quick-access hide-away tripod holder, SlipLock attachment loops and a number of laminated and zippered organizer pockets provide photographers with fast, easy access to equipment.

Water resistant backpack with shock absorbing foam made to carry camera equipment and a 15" laptop computer.
On Board
Meets current requirements for carry-on bags 1
Compartments
  • Main compartment for photo gear with adjustable padded dividers
  • Notebook computer compartment for 15" laptop computer
An All Weather Cover is included to provide protection for your gear in extreme conditions.
Uses attachment loops for optional SlipLock add-on accessories.
Quick access hide-away tripod holder
Pockets
  • Hidden front pocket
  • Two interior mesh pockets
In the Box
Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Backpack - for Photo Gear and 15" Notebook Computer
  • 8 x Dividers
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Lowepro LP34030-PEF specs

    Material Exterior: Water resistant 600 denier TXP and 600 denier ripstop nylon
    Interior: Shock absorbing closed cell foam padding
    Type of Closure Zippers
    Q.R. Buckle
    Exterior Dimensions 13.4 x 9.1 x 17.7" (34 x 23 x 45 cm) (WxDxH)
    Interior Dimensions Main Compartment: 11 x 5 x 15" (28 x 12.5 x 38 cm) (WxDxH)
    Notebook Compartment: 12 x 1.5 x 15" (30.5 x 4 x 38 cm) (WxDxH)
    Tripod Holder Yes
    Waist Belt Yes
    Accommodates 1-2 SLR camera bodies with 4-6 lenses including a 80-200mm f/2.8) and accessories plus a 15" notebook computer
    Compact Medium Format system with accessories and 15" notebook
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack straps
    Carrying handle
    Weight 4.39 lb (1.99 kg)

    Lowepro LP34030-PEF reviews

    CompuTrekker AW Backpack is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Bulky Lowepro backpacks are extremely well made, and this one is no exception. The only thing I find is that it is too bulky because of the laptop compartment. Plus, when the laptop is in it and you lay it down, all the weight of your equipment is against the laptop, which could be a problem with pushing the screen into the keys. Not the best idea. So, I returned it. I have decided that I'm not going to put the laptop in the same case, so will be picking up another bag without the laptop compartment. I have the mini trekker classic already, but need something to hold a tripod. Perhaps I will upgrade to the AW version and sell my classic.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I use my backpack daily. I holds my laptop, DSLR, 5 lenses (tele, tele-zoom, zoom, macro, and 50mm prime), flash, filters and other accessories. I like the idea of the tripod holder - haven't used it yet. The quality of the bag is great. Would highly recommend.
    Date published: 2009-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect size for nearly full-kit action I am an amature using the following gear: Nikon D300, Nikon lenses - 18-200, 50mm 1.8, Tokina 11-16, and wanting to get the Sigma 150-500. This bag fits all the above plus: Nikon SB-600 flash, chargers for camera and flash, Gorilla Pod SLR, and still has room in it for the above mentioned 150-500 (verified using a loaner), and a whole lot of other stuff. It is very comfortable, great stability and weight distribution, and great protection for the gear. I don't carry a laptop, but that compartment is perfect for some stuff like windbreaker, grey card, flash bounce cards and more. After everything is in, there is still the extra space in the front pocket for lunch and other misc. I highly recommend this bag - I also bought a Kata R-106 for the same purpose, but the 106 is simply too cumbersome for everyday use. Only thing is - I didn't try to attach my Manfrotto 055Prob with 808RC4 - I cannot say if the provided attachment kit will hold this heavy combination or not - but I consider the 106 to be the one I will use when carrying EVERYTHING including the tripod. The 4 star rating is because the AW lacks camera strap attachment hooks on the shoulder pads - which the 106 has, and I find to be a must have. The AW does have two nylon loops around the shoulder straps which I improvised attaching my camera straps to by wrapping the straps around the loops. This is OK, but hardly as convenient (no quick release like with the 106) and I am not sure these loops are strong enough to hold the weight.
    Date published: 2009-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well designed, carries a lot This backpack carries a lot of gear with generally convenient access. I have it packed with my dslr, two zoom lenses, a backup superzoom camera, and a substantial variety of filters, cables, manuals, cleaning supplies, batteries and charger, etc. There is still room for more gear including a laptop sleeve and an external tripod holder. With all my camera gear (not counting laptop and tripod which have their own cases) it weighs 10 lbs. It slips on smoothly and when strapped down with the waist and chest belts it feels balanced and comfortable. I have taken this load on short hikes with ease. It has a quality feel to it with good padding, quality zippers, and durable material. Side benefits for me are the ability to store almost all my gear in it, attach a good sized tripod when necessary, and the availability of a variety of accessories to attach such as a water bottle holder, filter wallet, etc. One limitation is that there is one large entrance and you need to take the backpack off to gain entrance. A design that carries this much gear but still has side access to the camera for a quick shot might be better for some purposes. I have purchased a smaller bag with this facility, but, of course, that unit will not carry all the gear. I am pleased with the purchase. I expect it will serve me well for most uses for a long time.
    Date published: 2009-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right for the purpose The fabrics and workmanship are Lowepro's standard, which means there is nothing to complain about, good job! The second impression is that it doesn't look that bulky on your back as it may seem from looking at some photos over the net. It seems to be just the right size. There's nothing to worry about if you're afraid of those extra centimeters compared to the MiniTrekker (and the extra laptop compartment may come in handy). The laptop compartment... A few millimeters more in depth would be nice but I can still fit in my widescreen Acer Aspire 3690. It generally seems a very, very close fit in all dimensions, but I suppose that the compartment will stretch a bit if used more often (for me it's just a backup feature, so it's not a big issue). The shoulder straps are very well padded and quite stiff, which not only makes a very solid impression but is also comfortable when the bacpack is loadded. I bought a backpack mostly because I've had enough of carrying both my shoulder bag and my tripod on longer hikes (which mostly resulted in the tripod staying home). Fixing the tripod was therefore very importatnt to me. At first I thought that the Lowepro's elastic strings would be unable to do the job (MF 190PRO + MF RC141 3kg) and I prepared two classic straps with buckles to replace them, but when I got the backpack I realised that Lowepro did think it over right - the tripod is well fixed and doesn't wobble even when shaking the backack front down. The elastic strings and the small buckles are much easier to fasten tightly and minimize the risk of scratching the tripod. We'll see how it stands the time test, I'm staying with the Lowepro's solution. A small complain and two remarks for Lowepro - the inner dividers (the small ones) are a bit too narrow which is easily seen when you try to put them in the central shaft. They work fine, but it just doesn't feel right. Also, if Lowepro had made the AW cover a bit larger it could be easily used with the tripod attached which is unfrotunately not the case :/ I'm very pleased with the CompuTrekker AW's performance. If the small issues mentioned above don't bother you (just as they don't bother me) I would definitely recommend this backpack.
    Date published: 2008-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than ever I'm a photographer. I realize that I need to carry less equipment for my good health and certainly the bag make this job.
    Date published: 2008-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Size I've had this backpack for almost two years now. I store my equipment in this bag and haul it wherever I go. I have my Canon 5D, 24-70/f2.8, 70-200/f2.8, 17-40/f4, 180/3.5 macro, Gary Fong, 2X extender, battery charger, cleaning kit, and my AA battery cassette for my camera grip all in the main compartment of this bag. Then in the top compartment I have my 580 flash, external flash battery pack, with various cords and accessories. This still gives me room to put my laptop in the laptop compartment. After loading this thing down like I have it, I'm frankly surprised the shoulder straps have held up as good as they have. I've owned about five bags from Lowepro over the past maybe fifteen years and have never had any failure of any kind. I still have all five bags. No problems with stitching or zippers in any of the bags. Just last week I had to use the rain cover built into the bottom of the bag. Very simple but effective design. All my equipment stayed completely dry. Let me tell you I've used sealed types of zippers and the stiff action is a pain to deal with day in and day out. I like how you don't have to fight with opening and closing the zippers on Lowepro bags. Hey, if it rains just use the rain cover. One complaint is that the shoulder padding does not stray in complete alignment with the shoulder strap. Not a huge issue and I'm sure it's partly because I have this thing weighted down so much.
    Date published: 2009-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large enough to hold 5d mk2 + 2 zooms - Large enough to hold Canon 5D Mark 2, 70-200 f4, 24-105 f4, 17-40 f4, plus bunch of Singh-Ray filters, Cokin adapters. - Large enough to hold a CameBak water container - Hold MacBook pro (15) - Comfortable to carry. - Hold Gitzo 2531 tripod with Acratech ballhead, very comfortably.
    Date published: 2009-09-25
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