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LoweproFastpack 250 Backpack (Red/Black)
 
4.6

(based on 348 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (213)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (249)
  • Easily accessible equipment (247)
  • Strong construction (236)
  • Adjustable harness (175)
  • Roomy (161)

Cons

  • Heavy (17)
  • Hard to access equipment (11)
  • Too small (11)
  • Cumbersome (10)
  • No tripod holder (5)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (256)
  • Protecting gear (202)
  • Storing gear (140)
  • Digital photography (13)
  • Travel (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (154), Semi-pro photographer (59), Casual photographer (34), Enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (144), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost just right...

Still looking for the perfect bag...this one comes very close. I own a Lowepro Compurover AW and a Tamrac Adventure 9 bag. The Compurover is too heavy and you have to crack...Read complete review

Still looking for the perfect bag...this one comes very close. I own a Lowepro Compurover AW and a Tamrac Adventure 9 bag. The Compurover is too heavy and you have to crack it open like an egg to get to the Camera compartment. The Tamrac is the perfect size, but you have to take the bag off and lay it on the ground or your lap to open the camera compartment, otherwise you risk spilling out all of your gear! Not good.

This Fastpack 250 intrigued me because the side access pocket allows access to your camera quickly without taking the backpack off. Guess what? it works. You really can get your camera out quickly while still wearing the bag.

I bought this as strictly a travel bag. I'm a pilot so I needed a medium sized bag that I could fit in the cockpit while carrying my 40D and 3 L lenses. I also need the top compartment of the bag to carry a few snacks, water and other supplies.

Okay here's the breakdown.

Pros:
1. Slim design, fits in cockpit and on top of my roller suitcase with ease. Also fits very nicely in the space underneath your seat in an airliner.
2. Side camera access in a serious advantage. I considered the sling packs, but I like the comfort and security of having a full backpack. The sling packs are uncomfortable after a while and hard to position to get your camera out without twisting up your clothes or coat.
3. It's lightweight and comfortable to wear. Significantly lighter than my other two bags.
4. Not as pricey as my two other backpacks.
5. Side pocket fits a good sized Nalgene water bottle.
6. Medium size and all black color doesn't shout "Camera Bag!" while wearing it.

Cons:
1. No all weather cover flap. A major oversight if you ask me. I took the one off of my Tamrac to use with the Fastpack.
2. No chest strap. I think it needs one.
3. It's almost a little small. I wouldn't go any smaller than this bag because you'll be leaving something home that you'll want later.
4. It needs a side or bottom strap that you can attach a monopod to. I'm thinking of having one sewn on. For now I've attached a carabiner to the top handle and strap on my monopod there.
5. Outside pockets are really worthless. They are sewn in flat and don't have room to expand. You can get a few filters and a flash card wallet in them but that's about it.

Like I said it's not perfect, but I'm giving it four out of five mainly because I like the overall size and design of the bag as well as the convenience of the side access camera pocket.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BEWARE of SIDE-ZIPS!

I'm a pro-photographer, obsessed with finding the perfect backpack, and I've tried A LOT. I like this backpack. I really do. I've taken it around the country and on some intense hikes...Read complete review

I'm a pro-photographer, obsessed with finding the perfect backpack, and I've tried A LOT. I like this backpack. I really do. I've taken it around the country and on some intense hikes with a lot of gear. The storage space is the main gear area is great, and I love both front pouches. The waist straps are kind of bulky and annoying when you don't need them, but when you do (hiking long distances or running through airports with lots of other luggage),they are a life (and back) saver. HOWEVER, the side zip compartments for the laptop and camera gear are a fatal flaw in design, which have now cost me over a $[$] in gear repairs. I know it sounds like I must just be careless, but please know I'm about as type-A with my gear as they come. In both instances, I had my backpack up on an elevated surface and securely laying/standing in the CORRECT position to remove items .1. the trunk of my car and 2. a dining table. One time I unzipped the laptop compartment to get something else out and my MacBook pro literally slid out the side and onto a concrete parking lot. Granted, MacBooks do have a very smooth surface, but it happened so fast, there was no stopping it. Fortunately the MacBook still works, but suffered horrible aesthetic dents and scratches. Incident 2: Last week I opened the side pouch to retrieve something and my brand new 24-70 lens literally tumbled out the side and onto the floor. I now have a $700 repair bill. Please know the bag was laying FLAT on it's back on the table. But once you open the side zip pocket, there is no "edge" or anything to stop gear from rolling out that side. The same was true for the laptop. In BOTH cases, had there been TOP access points, the damages could have been avoided. I've had gear fall/tumble out before on the ground, but it was in-concequencial since there was no major impact. So, I'd recommend either accessing it on the floor in a kneeling position, or being EXTREMELY cautious (not good if you're in a hurry) when opening compartments from an elevated surface. Just trying to save someone else the same agony I have suffered with this pack.

Reviewed by 348 customers

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4.0

Great Product!

By Jessica

from NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

The backpack holds a lot, but the second to last zipper from the back the pocket is smaller then in looks in the picture.

 
5.0

Fastpack 250

By NA

from NA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Received in new condition. Would definitely recommend to anyone

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By Dwa

from Dunlap, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I've purchased several items from B & H over the years and have yet to be disappointed.

 
5.0

Well made

By Gift giver

from New York State

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Bought for a Christmas gift. Well constructed. Person was impressed with versatility and ease of use.

 
4.0

An excellent choice for travel

By Moxie Man

from Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Just as described. Holds lots of gear and has spaces designed for accessories. Nice solid feel and well padded. A great value. The only flaw is that a Velcro grip for one of the pockets that are for holding memory cards ripped. The pocket's gripper should be double stitched. So, the pocket does not secure properly.

 
5.0

Would order again!

By Gloria

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Awesome, fast shipping!

 
5.0

I would buy again.

By Jeff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Bag is terrific. Big enough for a camera and 1-3 lenses , a laptop, plus a compartment above camera for extra filters, snacks, rain jacket! Will hold a small tripod. A good light day hiker pack.

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3.0

Plenty of room, but clumsy to use

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

This bag has plenty of room for equipment, laptop, and general travel stuff (jacket and toothbrush). But it is clumsy to use, meaning that you have to drop the strap off of one shoulder and then whip the bag around to gain access to the camera tucked into the quick-access compartment. And you must be certain that you turn it the correct orientation, otherwise the contents of the quick-acess compartment can spill out. I will probably send this bag back and get a shoulder bag instead.

 
5.0

Would recommend

By Carla

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Nice size pack for my Olympus camera

 
4.0

I would recommend this backpack.

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

This is a great backpack, it fits most of my gear. A camera with a 24-70 lens and room for a 70-200 and a flash. I gave it 4 stars, if it had a way to cary my tripod, I would give it 5 stars.

 
5.0

I like it!

By Jan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I like the layout. It is quite different from my previous pack. Very well made and comfortable.

 
4.0

Traveler's Choice

By Tiffany

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

It is a pretty good size compared to the 150. I would recommend for someone who travels a lot. It can be used as a camera and regular backpack which is the main reason I purchased it. The laptop compartment is a bonus and it has a lot of pockets. The only thing I'm bit concerned about is it not fitting under an airline seat but there is the option of putting it in the overhead compartment. It is definitely worth it but wait until bhphoto has it on sale so you don't ay as much.

 
5.0

Very nice bag, great durability and size

By Erik

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Excellent backpack, quality is very nice and durable and holds all my gear nicely and securely. I use this bag for long hikes and it has plenty of storage for camera equipment, laptop and other gear.

 
4.0

Well designed light backpack

By Martin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I needed a light backpack for day hikes, where I need a separate compartment for water and clothing layers (it often starts cold and gets hot on a desert hike). This pack is well designed for photography. Although it lacks the extra straps and clips for poles and tripod, I have tested putting one tripod leg in the computer compartment and it should work fine.

 
5.0

Great for a laptop and small selection of camera gear

By Andrew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I needed a camera-equipment backpack that would also carry my laptop since I won't take two different cases as carry-ons when I travel. Just getting started in photography, I didn't need a huge amount of space for lenses and two bodies, so this Fastpack 250 fit the bill perfectly -- especially on sale. From the product photos I was concerned it would be very very deep and take up a ton of space but it fits my equipment very well and doesn't have unnecessary bulk.

 
5.0

Fits Everything!

By Margarita

from Key West, Fl

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

This bag fits my camera body, 2 lenses, flash, extra batteries, filters and has room for more!

 
4.0

Not perfect, but Close

By SteveHo

from Salt Lake City

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Like most photographers, I have more bags than cameras. Always on the hunt for something better I figured I give this one a try. Not perfect, but close. There is plenty of room for several lenses and a body in the lower portion and enough space above to carry lunch, a coat, and/or other gear. There are several other zippered pockets to carry whatever. I haven't used the computer compartment but it does work to carry hiking sticks, but not wide enough for a tripod. Maybe a monopod. What's not to like? The water bottle pouch on the right side is pretty much worthless. It's netting held in shape by a drawstring. It's ok when the pack is upright but if you put the pack down to get something from the lower pouch the bottle rolls away. Bad design. My only other criticism is that there is no way to attach a tripod or anything else to the pack.

 
4.0

Good value almost perfect

By Sideline Shots

from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

Plus - it holds my Canon DSLR, 18-135 and 70-300 lenses and flash perfectly. Comfortable to wear and good construction.
Minus - wish the waist straps were removable.

 
4.0

Really Big Bag

By Max's Videos

from Maine

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I use this to carry my 15.5 inch laptop, its charger, external hard drive, wireless mouse, headphones, and some more things on top of my DSLR with kit lens (there's plenty of room for a bigger lens), external sound recorder, intervalometer, small 50mm prime and lens lots of accessories. I can even carry my Roxant stabilizer in the top compartment. This is a really big bag and you can carry everything you need. However, it's so big that I'm considering getting a something small to hold just the DSLR. 4 stars because there is no tripod strap on the side.

 
5.0

Extremely well made and very versitle.

By Mr. Mac

from Scottsdale, Arizona

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black):

I have been looking for some time for a backpack to replace the day pack that has slowly being falling apart. I wanted a pack that allowed for quick side access, and storage for a raincoat or jacket.This bag fits the bill to a tee. It is a great bag for day use and short weekend trips. Has just enough room for a DSLR with short to mid range zoom attached and an additional lens and more. Great construction and great fit. If I was to add anything to this bag it would be a chest strap as I sometime want the added sense of security.

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