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LoweproPro Runner 350 AW Backpack
 
4.7

(based on 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (100)

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    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (104)
  • Comfortable (101)
  • Roomy (95)
  • Adjustable harness (88)
  • Easily accessible equipment (85)

Cons

  • Heavy (21)
  • Hard to access equipment (9)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (103)
  • Protecting gear (92)
  • Storing gear (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (40), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (96), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bag, holds everything!

I am a hobby photographer and over the course of 6 years or so, have accumulated a decent pile of gear. I have been using a LowePro Nova 4 AW shoulder bag for the...Read complete review

I am a hobby photographer and over the course of 6 years or so, have accumulated a decent pile of gear. I have been using a LowePro Nova 4 AW shoulder bag for the past couple years and it has been great, but it was running short on space. I couldn't carry my speedlight in its case, I couldn't carry my monopod and I couldn't carry my Sigma 150-500. This bag carries EVERYTHING!

I was looking for a backpack style bag and since 4 of the 5 camera bags I own currently are LowePro, I wanted to stick with a winner. Based on my space needs, feature requirements and price, I settled on either the Pro Runner 300 or 350. Based on web reviews and pictures, I was unable to decide. I called a local retailer to verify both were in stock, which they were. Off to make a side by side comparison I went. In person, there were a few differences not noticeable online. The primary difference is the 350 has a laptop pouch in the back. While I don't plan on carrying a laptop, there are other differences which pushed me to the 350. The shoulder straps on the 350 are roughly double the thickness of the 300, and the top carry handle has a rubber handle instead of just the strap. I assume LowePro thinks if you are going to carry a laptop in addition to your camera gear the bag will weigh more, and made these changes with that in mind.

I saw one other review that said the 350 was too big and they went with the 300. They are basically the same exact size. I think the 350 is probably a bit thicker than the 300 because of the laptop compartment, but other than that, they are basically the same. The bags are NOT large. I would rank them with your basic school backpack.

My two biggest needs for the bag were to carry my monopod and my Sigma 150-500mm lens. I brought them both with me to store and found that the lens fits fine, even with the hood. This is a LARGE lens. The length with filter and both covers is just over 10" long and the lens body is 3.7" in diameter. The hood is almost 5" in diameter. It fits nicely in a side compartment with all the dividers removed. It doesn't bulge out the side, but it does push into the center compartment just a bit. Without the hood, it fits perfectly. The bag is designed with an integral tripod holder on the outside in the front center, but I found I can place my monopod under a compression strap and into the mesh pouch on the side of the bag, thus leaving the tripod mount available for a tripod. Of course it also fits neatly into the tripod holder. The 350 also has an additional clip strap on the top of the bag to secure a tripod while the 300 does not.

I don't plan on carrying a laptop in this bag so I can't and won't comment on that feature. The goal of this review was to point out the differences between the Pro Runner 300 and 350 BESIDES the laptop pouch on the 350. The super thick shoulder straps, the additional tripod strap and rubberized top carry handle sealed the deal for me.

The gear I carry in this bag

Center compartment - Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-200mm lens attached / Black Rapid RS5 sling
Right Compartment - Sigma 150-500mm lens / lens hood for 18-200
Left Compartment - Nikkor 35mm Prime / Micro Nikkor 60mm prime / SB700 Speedlight in case

The monopod is strapped to the outside and the battery charger, filters, manuals and various other things are stored in the multitude of pockets in this bag. Highly recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Comfortable Backpack

I am a professional photographer so I have many different backpacks, rollers,and slingshots.
What I like about the Pro Runner 350 is that its a perfect fit for my body type. ...Read complete review

I am a professional photographer so I have many different backpacks, rollers,and slingshots.
What I like about the Pro Runner 350 is that its a perfect fit for my body type. It also fits my two Canon SLR's with many of my flashes and Lenses. I also like how my 15inch laptop fits in the back.
The only thing I did not like about this was the strings on the backpack. My main zipper string fell off only a few days after I bought it. It may have been because i was trying to fit too much into the bag but I found this very disappointing and thought it should be stronger.

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5.0

Great backpack for the photographer on the move

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

This is a great product. I'm a mobile photographer that is constantly on the move. This camera bag allows me to literally carry my office with me at all times. It holds everything I need to be able to shoot on location and holds my laptop so I can work remotely anywhere in the world.

 
5.0

The perfect bag!

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

The best bag I have used to date. Fits everything I need. And super easy to change configuration when you need a different kit.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's the bag I should have purchased several years ago.

By Edmond

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

After purchasing a 100-400 lens, I needed a larger bag. B&H put this one on sale at a nice price which prompted me to pull the trigger. I can carry the camera (Canon 80D) with the lens mounted but the lens hood is a squeeze. There's also plenty of room for a smaller lens or two and pockets for the usual accessories (filters, batteries, etc) plus a spare pair of socks or something. But at that point the whole thing starts to get heavy.

It was ordered on-line, so I was a bit nervous about how it would fit. I was pleased to find it very comfortable; in my younger days I spent summers toting a backpack over the mountains every day, every summer, in my field work. None were as comfortable as this. FYI, I'm about 6 ft tall. I'll switch between this and a smaller backpack depending on my photographic objectives for the day, but this allows me flexibility.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this backpack with respect to functionality, comfort, and quality. I don't expect to replace this one.

 
5.0

Excellent quality and perfect size

By Lyghtdoc

from Delaware

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

I got this as a second pack to accompany my 450, which gets a bit heavy fully loaded. It is great quality, very well made and easily configured. It is nice to put a body and a couple of lenses plus some accessories in for an outing where you don't need all the big stuff. The laptop space is well padded and easier to get to than the 450.

 
5.0

Sturdy and holds a ton of gear

By Alessandra

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

I had my eye on this bag since it checks all the boxes of what I was looking for: Durable and sturdy, fits a lot inside, has a front pocket, and fits under most airline seats.

I can rest assured that my gear will be protected in this and there are features that are nice to have. The straps are well made and wrap around the waist well. There are additional straps around the chest, and also on the side to snap around the zipper area. In the inside pocket, there are plastic pockets as well.

I haven't tried the weatherproof cover, but I like how it doesn't even take up space and is easy to remove if needed.

The only thing that I didn't like at first was that the partition that runs the length of the bag is a bit too long. Due to this, I pulled it off and put it down further on the velcro. Now, it fits my DSLR (Canon 7D) much better instead of squeezing the grip on the camera body as it did with the default configuration.

 
5.0

Nice pro-gear backpack, especially when on sale

By Ger

from DC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

Larger than their other smaller pro runner model (which I also have). That one isn't big enough to accommodate any really big lenses - this one is! Can fit a 150-600, 300, or 400mm lens attached to a body with ease.

 
5.0

Perfect for my needs.

By Nature Photographer

from Fresno, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

Holds a Nikon D810, a Nikon 16-35mm, a Nikon 24-120mm, and a Sigma 150-600 mm Sports, and all accompanying equipment and filters. Tripod fits securely on outside. Comfortable on my back even with 20 pounds of cargo.

 
5.0

Great backpack!

By Sky_akka

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

Excellent bag to carry all you need, feels biting but that's just normal,remember your dslr and stuff will be safe... I definitely recommend this procduct !

 
5.0

Great Photography Backpack

By Mel

from Atlantic Beach, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

Great photography backpack with plenty of space. Well constructed, versatile features and a great deal on sale!!

 
5.0

Big, beautiful, and full of pockets!

By Sandi

from Humboldt, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

I absolutely love this tank of a backpack. It's not for the weak as it holds a ton of gear plus more. I have one 6d, a bunch of lenses and my chromebook in this beast - and still have room for more things. I love it - durable and nice looking as well.

 
5.0

One of the best bags I've had

By Big Joe

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

I've had three different lowepro bags and they all have been top quality. I purchased the Pro Runner 350 for the extra space for a second body and bigger glass. It has met all of my expectations and more.

 
5.0

Best Backpack for Traveling overseas

By ACE

from Fresno, Ca.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

I needed a backpack that could accommodate a 13"laptop, 2camera bodies with 4 lenses, strobe,extra batteries and dual chargers with extra SD card pouch and filters. This 350 AW did the job and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the same system as I do. Lowepro builds quality products and I couldn't be happier with this purchase from B&H.

 
5.0

Great Value-lots of space

By Bear

from Ft. Wayne, IN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

Plenty of storage space. Carried a Nikon D5300, a Nikon 200-500 lens, a 55-300 lens, and the stock lens that came with the camera and still had room for a point and shoot and compact binoculars used for wildlife watching. Would highly recommend for the amateur enthusiast like myself. Front pocket had plenty of room for a thin laptop in a case, not just a notebook.

 
5.0

GREAT BACKPACK!

By Larry

from Grand Junction, Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

This backpack is exactly what I needed to pack all of my photographic equipment in one place. I have room for my D7200 w/ a 18-300 lens and several other lenses used in a variety of situations. I always had to leave a lens or two behind because of no room. No more! I even have room to haul my 50-500 Sigma just in case I need the extra reach.
As for comfort, this pack is wonderful. The padded shoulder straps and waist belt work very well. It keeps the weight well supported and comfortable on long hikes. My Manfroto tripod fit the supplied carrier very well and gave me easy access when needed. Haven't used the supplied rainfly yet but it appears it will function very well.. I'm very pleased with my purchase.

 
4.0

Great functional backpack

By David N

from Melbourne

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

    The Mini Trekker AW has been my goto back for 7 years and starting to show some signs of wear and I started to shop for a replacement. I tried the CompuTrekker and found it too heavy, rigid and bulky because I am not a big person.

    I have been using the CompuTrekker for about 18 months now. The CompuTrekker has the laptop sleeve on the front away from the body. So unless you use a macbook air or something very light, it does feel heavy. I use mbp. This is not the case with the Pro Runner 350. Also, the padding on the computer pocket is not overly thick and is comfy with or without laptop.

    It is not as soft as the Mini Trekker. Like many would say, Mini Trekker can fit a lot more than one would think because of its softness. Pro Runner 350 can easily take two pro bodies, 70-200mm, 24-70mm mounted, 17-35mm, two flashes, batteries, cables, laptop, pass, etc. I often squeeze one more lens in. ;)

    The strap is more substantial than the Mini Trekker and feels comfortable. They haven't collapsed like the CompuTrekker ones which were really plush but loses its plushness or foam volume pretty quick. I love the laptop pocket being close to the body. It makes the bag "feel" lighter than if it were on the front.

    My only rant about it include: (1) the top handle is rubberised. From experience, it will crack and can be painful when it does and catches your skin in the crack. (2) the clips on the front of the bag can easily catch something and loosen up.

    These are very minor rant. I love this bag and it is my go to bag nowadays because it can carry more than the Mini Trekker and it takes the laptop as well. Must say I don't usually carry it on my back all day like I used to with Mini Trekker though.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great bag all in all

    By Joel

    from Ottawa, Ontario

    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

    Even though it's now discontinued, I thought I'd review this bag after owning it for 4 years. I use it mostly for weddings every weekend and for other various jobs. It's very well put together with excellent stitching and durable nylon that has stood the test of time with little to no fraying. The zippers rarely catch and are also quite robust. Well padded and holds my gear securely too. The cons I have may include: weak Velcro on the interior that deteriorates if you change the configuration too often, which I do. Also, the pulls on the zippers disintegrated after 3 years. I'm now using zip ties to pull them open and closed. The padding is comfortable on my back but some ventilation would be appreciated. Great bag all in all.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love this!

    By C5Roller

    from Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

    I absolutely love this backpack. It's a little heavy, but offers a tremendous amount of protection for my gear. It's a little bigger than I thought, but that is fine because I can fit more into it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bag for your $$$

    By Jason

    from Buffalo, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

      This bag has great storage. Easily accessible and well worth the money. Great product

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very comfortable

      By Sweetkachen

      from Germany

      Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

      I love this bag, because of the very comfortable wearing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Canon bag purchase

      By Sam the Airbrusher

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great Padding
        • Protecting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack:

        Great size of compartments. Just found out that there is a rain proof cover that comes with it inside.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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