If you are a photographer who goes way off the beaten path for multi-day treks, Lowepro has just released the pinnacle of its PhotoSport backpack line―introducing the PhotoSport Pro 55L AW III and the larger PhotoSport Pro 70L AW III with compatible GearUp Pro II camera box inserts. Also included in the release is the RunAbout BP 18L daypack to accompany the PhotoSport gear.
PhotoSport Pro III
The existing PhotoSport line caps off with a 24L backpack for day hikes and outdoor or urban adventures. The new Pro 55L AW III and Pro 70L AW III are designed for multi-day hikes and the gear associated with those treks.
Featuring a fully adjustable load-bearing harness and accessory strap system, the packs incorporate a removable camera insert while leaving room for lots of extra gear for longer outings, including room for a 3L hydration pack, dual tripod holders, and front and rear gear access to the camera insert. Also in the feature set is a versatile set of straps for slinging your camera or internal camera cube (see next section), smartphone pouches on the shoulder strap and waist belt, ActiveLift adjustable length harness system, internal aluminum frame, load lifter straps, adjustable chest strap, and a free pivoting, adjustable waist belt.
There are two adjustable shoulder strap options for the packs—S-M and M-L. According to Lowepro, most frames will work with either strap, but those with frames on the plus or minus side of average should go with the appropriately sized straps.
Aside from size, the 55L and 70L packs have nearly identical features. One difference is that the 70L pack has 13 compression straps while the 55L pack has 11.
On the outside, the packs look great, sporting a blend of light and dark gray tones with tasteful orange strap highlights.
GearUp Pto II
The PhotoSport Pro III’s camera insert arrives in the form of the new GearUp Pro Camera Box XL II and its smaller buddy, the GearUp Pro Camera Box L II. The Box XL comes standard with the PhotoSport Pro III packs, but both are available separately, as well.
The GearUp Pro XL is designed to accommodate a full-frame professional DSLR or mirrorless camera with a large zoom (70-200mm size) attached, as well as two additional lenses and accessories. It can also house a small drone instead of a camera and lenses.
The GearUp Pro L is slightly smaller but still accommodates a pro DSLR or mirrorless camera, attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and accessories.
Both camera boxes allow for the addition of an included carry strap to transform them from camera cubes to shoulder bags if you want to head out from camp without the larger PhotoSport bag.
RunAbout BP 18L
The orange-and-black RunAbout BP 18L daypack is lightweight and packable. It is designed to ride inside the PhotoSport Pro III packs for added flexibility when heading out on hikes from your base camp. The RunAbout is compatible with the GearUp Pro camera boxes, so you can easily transfer the cubes from the full-size PhotoSport packs to the RunAbout for shorter hikes where the camera boxes alone won’t be sufficient.
Green Line Label
Sustainability isn’t new to Lowepro, but the PhotoSport Pro III’s new Green Line label is. The green bar on the embroidered label displays the percentage of recycled materials or combination recycled/virgin material that make up the bag. The bar on these new PhotoSport Pro III bags shows an inspiring 85% rating, and Lowepro’s goal for future bags is to bring the green line to the 100% mark with recycled, reused, or upcycled content.
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