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It appears that Lowepro have put a lot of thought into the Primus AW with the spacious compartments, ice pick holder, reflector pocket and a waterproof cover included.
- Dimensions: External: 13.2x9.3x20.1in Internal: 12.6x5.7x7.3in
- Capacity: Pro Digital SLR with attached lens (up to 70-200 F/2.8) or compact 3-CCD DV camcorder; 1-2 extra lenses, cords and personal outdoor accessories
- Fabric: Cyclepet Fabric 100% post consumer recycled Cyclepet exterior fabric
Lowepro Primus AW Features
Following on from the Slingshot model, the Primus AW has the side access zip to quickly take a digital SLR out of the bag without taking it off or everything falling out. The bag is split into three main compartments, the largest being for reflectors and is situated on the front. Backgrounds or outdoor stuff that Lowepro call Back country tools can be housed in here. It stretches all the way down the bag for loads of space and is only held together by four clips. The two other pockets are located on the back. The front also has Lowepro's Glide-lock harness for tripods or ice picks.
The back of the pack has the main compartment with five smaller pockets for Memory cards, spare batteries, stationery and probably a map as a strap with a clip is also provided. The bottom pocket is where the action is. It can sensibly hold an SLR with a lens fitted and two other lenses. There are two access points, the main pocket from the back and the previously mentioned side access for quick retrieval. As always, the compartments are fastened with Velcro so they can be rearranged if necessary.
The bag has a waterproof casing to help in harsh weather as the bag is only weatherproof. The cover is located in the bottom pocket on the underside of the pack and is a great idea.
Wearing the backpack is snug and comfortable. Three straps ensure you don't lose it and get the best support. The two shoulder straps allow holding it as a one strap bag on either shoulder or as a backpack is normally worn, the lower strap is to for lumbar support and helps when unloading from the larger compartments as it saves taking off the bag and the third strap is a small clip across the chest which keeps the shoulder straps in place with any heavy exertion.
Lowepro Primus AW Verdict
The Primus AW contains 51% recycled material per bag which is great news environmentally as it equals approximately 22 plastic drink bottles not getting thrown into a hole in the ground.
The mass of pockets and storage areas are very useful and their should be space for anything you may need to take although the pockets aren't always easy to open. Take this on personal opinion as it could be viewed as an annoyance when trying to quickly take a camera out or it can be a good thing because your kit won't just fall out easily. The bag is only weatherproof which is still better than some, but Lowepro have added an all weather cover for when nature gives its worst. It's a nice bag with plenty of padding to keep your gear safe.
Photographers who enjoy the extreme outdoors will gain a lot from having this bag as it offers security and comfort for your equipment and it allows a lot of equipment to be taken too.
Lowepro have also teamed up with Polar Bears International to raise awareness of global warming with the release of the Primus AW.
Lowepro Primus AW Minus points
Pockets are sometimes not easy to open
The Lowepro Primus AW costs £179 and is available from the ePHOTOzine shop here.