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LowePro SlingShot 300AW Review

LowePro SlingShot 300AW Review - Duncan Evans pulls on a new backpack, designed to make accessing your camera even easy than ever before.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Lowepro SlingShot 300AW
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Camera goodies stuffed inside

The problem with most backpacks is that if the zip is pulled, everything falls out, or it's all wedged in the wrong place, and careful positioning of the pack on the floor is required to avoid unpleasant accidents. The LowePro Slingshot 300AW aims to fix all these problems in one go with a design that allows the backpack to be swivelled around and the camera removed without tipping the contents onto the floor. To make this happen, the zip runs sideways across the bag - when viewed upright, but when moved around, the camera pouch is easily accessible and the other velco-fixed compartments are in no danger of disgorging lenses, unless the entire front is unzipped.

Specifications

  • Quick pull handle, slingshot mode
  • Dimensions: 13 x 9.1 x 17.3in. (external), 11.8 x 6.5 x 11.8in. (internal)
  • Silent zipper pulls
  • Mesh back pad
  • Back straps
  • Memory card pouch
  • Two accessory pockets
  • All weather cover - protects against rain, sand and dust

At the entrance to the bag - when unzipped, are webbed and sealed pouches for batteries and memory cards, so that it isn't necessary to struggle looking for them. There's even a soft cloth attached near the entrance to caress the camera LCD and prevent nasty scratches. Meanwhile, the interior velco dividers can be removed and fixed wherever you want, but the initial layout works perfectly, enabling a camera with a decent size zoom lens to snuggle safely inside.

The covering for the bag is all-weather, so it should keep the rain out, and the ability to just unzip it exactly where the camera is, will help keep rain out. There are also two other, large pouches, on the front, and on the top - when viewed vertically - of the bag for storing small peripherals. There are also a couple of attachments on the outside for hanging things off - pheasants, duck, whatever takes your fancy.

Around the rear of the bag are adjustable back straps to help distribute the weight and these have a generous padded flap to cover the sides of your back, while the main shoulder strap is a single, wide belt, curving from right to left. This is fixed in position and can't be swapped to the other side so if you don't like it, then that's tough.

Verdict
The interior is big enough to contain a decent sized DSLR like a D200 with a telephoto lens, without it getting cramped, the slingshot action is a work of inspiration, and the usual LowePro quality means that the bag will keep your photo goodies nice and dry. It also looks modern and stylish so other lensman won't be laughing as you plod over Rannoch Moor with it on your back.

Plus points:
Slingshot action
Weatherproof cover
Two internal pouches for cards/batteries
Large external pouches
Lots of room inside
Well designed
Comfy backstraps

Minus points:
Shoulder strap isn't reversible

RATING:

The LowePro SlingShot 300AW costs £79.99 and is available from the ePHOTOzine shop here.

 

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Comments


16 May 2007 5:54PM
I do like the idea of being to take the camera out without having to put the bag down, but if you wanted to change lenses then I guess you would still need to?

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Duncan_E 8 201 3 United Kingdom
18 May 2007 10:27AM
Not necessarily. The camera sits at the top of the bag when it is swivelled around. The other compartments are velcro fitted so you could rearrange a couple at the top to face upwards, enabling you to get the camera and a couple of lenses out without putting the bag down.
18 May 2007 3:05PM
Thanks for the update on that, as ever it's great to read a review from someone who has used the kit rather than the usual press blurb.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
18 May 2007 5:16PM
Agree with Duncan; I have the '200' version and can highly recommend the product suite. The concept works well IMHO.
conrad 10 10.9k 116
27 May 2008 8:36PM
Same here. I have the 200 and love it. I might at some point go for something bigger, but for now there's no need - it easily takes my 20D and five lenses, accessories, etc. And this 300 model is even bigger.
dcash29 9 2.0k England
8 Oct 2008 5:39PM
Cant fault the idea. Although Ive had the 300 for sometime now but when ive worn it for a full day my back is in pain for two days afterwards. It must be YOU i hear you say, yes MAYBE but i know of two other people with the same problem and are getting rid. Ive carried more weight in a rucksack and never had any problems.

You cant compare a 200 to a 300 as its a completely different size/weight.

Great idea but not for me. A fastpack would be better in my opinion although no AW cover.

Dave
yellowduke 6 303 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 12:23PM
Not the best for carrying heavy kit all day as the weight is on one shoulder the whole time. That said it is a very good bag that offers good access to camera and kit without taking it off. I used mine at a motorbike race most recently and tended to take it off when I was in my viewing spot so didn't suffer any back pain the next day.
Jim

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