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Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Review

Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Review - The all-weather, all-action bag from Lowepro tries out the shoulder of gasping lard-bucket, Duncan Evans.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Lowepro Vertex 100 AW
Price : £99
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Lowepro Vertex 100 AWLowepro make more bags than there are grains of sand on the beach, or so it seems. Whatever your requirements, they’ve pretty much got a bag for it. You can file this one under all-weather and digital SLR user about town. You could use a film SLR camera I supposed – a flashing light doesn’t come on with an automated voice commanding you to step away from the bag, but it is branded as being designed for digital. In reality that means that there’s room for one big DSLR with lens attached, and perhaps 6 lenses, though that all depends on what they are, plus a smallish laptop. Anyone bringing their large telephoto lenses to the party will have room for two and that’s it. Of course, the interior is constructed using Velcro zip compartments so it can all be rebuilt however you choose to the effect that you could get a medium format camera in there as well.

Lowepro Vertex 100 AW specifications:

  • Interior Dimensions: 11x5.9x15.4in (WxDxH) or 28x15x39cm
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11.8x9.8x6.5in (WxDxH) or 30x25x42cm
  • Notebook Compartment: 11x2x13.8in (WxDxH) or 28x5x35cm
  • Fits most 14in. widescreen notebook computers
  • Capacity: 1-2 Pro digital SLRs, large 35mm or medium format system, 3-5 lenses (up to a 200mm f/2.8), tripod or monopod, flash and digital accessories.

 

Lowepro Vertex 100 AWThe overall shape of the Vertex 100 AW is quite squat, it comes with two shoulder straps so lefties and righties can sling it over a shoulder and look nonchalant. For that snug-fit for carrying, the shoulder straps fit easily and have a tension adjuster on each one that is easy to tighten up. The waist strap is padded and wide at the sides, but narrows to an unpadded clasp in the middle. There’s enough strapping for a moderately fat bloke to get it over the gut, but with a thin strap I wouldn’t want to leave it on for an extended period of time. There’s also a secondary clasp that runs across the top of the chest which seems to be entirely superfluous. It really doesn’t add anything and just gets in the way. Personally, I’d be tempted to cut it off. Finally on the carrying front, the back of the bag has padding and also lumbar support, all of which makes it quite comfortable to wear.

There’s a carry handle on the top and an all-weather pouch on the bottom. This unveils a waterproof covering that unfurls to keep the entire bag dry in a thunderstorm. In just ordinary rain you might not want to bother because the two main compartment have water-sealed plastic zip coverings. These are neat and cover the usual zip fastening as you zip it up, though they can be a little harder to use. The end result is a fairly effective covering, though there’s a slight gap where the two zips meet, especially as this is on the side, rather than underneath. There are also two more traditional zips on front mounted pockets which mount either side of a tripod slot. The front pockets contain a small pouch and a further zipped compartment.

Lowepro Vertex 100 AWInside the bag there’s a brace of zippered compartments, with see-through webbing so the contents can be instantly identified and then there’s the world of Velcro that forms the internal compartments. Initially, this is set up to contain a camera with long lens, four small compartments down either side and a space for a long lens on the bottom. Practically, those side compartments could house two lens each. The design is such that the bag should be placed flat on the ground for opening, although there is restraining strap that attaches to the zipped front panel to prevent it from springing open all the way if you fancy trying to get your camera out on the move. Really, you’d still want to tilt the bag a bit while getting the camera out to avoid lenses tumbling out, but at least the camera position is such that you could, if feeling brave, get it out with the bag still upright.

Lowepro Vertext 100 AW Verdict:
Well made as usual with Lowepro, I feel the design of this one is more compact and aimed at the photography enthusiast fearlessly plodding through dismal conditions, rather than the photojournalist in Sudan. It won’t store a huge amount, but then it means you don’t have to carry a huge amount either. Personally speaking, this is an ideal combination of size and capacity. It’s comfortable to wear, has its own weatherproof mac and if is opened while on the flat, will keep your gear both safe and dry.

Lowepro Vertext 100 AW plus points:

Pos Rating Sealed zips
Pos RatingWaterproof mac covering
Pos RatingFlexibile interior
Pos RatingTwin-straps can be used on their own
Pos RatingWaist belt fits all but the fattest
Pos RatingComfortable lumbar support
Pos RatingGood size for the enthusiast


Lowepro Vertext 100 AW minus points:

Neg rating Sealed zips can be sticky
Neg rating Strap across stomach a little thin
Neg rating Neck strap superfluous

 


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The Lowepro Vertex 100 AW costs around £100. Check out the Lowepro website at www.lowepro.co.uk for more details.

 

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LeMoco New Member
12 Jul 2014 4:25PM
The Vertex 100 AW secures the tripod at three points: The foot-cup at the bottom, the strap at the glide-lock, and the strap the review calls "superfluous" at the top. Don't cut these straps off because they are not superfluous. Having the tripod secured in three places rather than two really makes a big difference.

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