Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Camera Bag Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW, a camera backpack designed for the active outdoors photographer.

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Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW   Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

The Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW is a lightweight camera bag designed for active outdoor photographers with protective space for camera and personal gear, as well as 1 litre hydration reservoir. It is available in orange and blue for £129.00. There is also a smaller version, the 10L AW, available for £109.00.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Features

  • Pro DSLR with grip, with 300mm f/2.8 lens attached
  • 1-3 extra lenses or flashes
  • Tripod or monopod
  • 1 litre hydration reservoir
  • Cables, memory, manual and extra accessories
Other features
  • Body-side access for extra security
  • Removable customisable compartment lifts out and converts bag to a daypack
  • Pocket for a 1 litre hydration reservoir (not included)
  • Tripod attachment on the side
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Handling and Performance

Access to the main section of the bag is via the back of the bag, making it difficult for anyone to unknowingly access your kit when it is on your back. There are two zips with large loops, making it easy to open, even when wearing gloves. The opening flap has a zipped pocket where you could keep some accessories or a small tablet. It's not big enough to carry an iPad, in fact, there isn't any dedicated space for larger tablets or netbooks.

Opening the back reveals the internal section for your kit. This is held in by velcro in three places and is completely removable so the bag can be used as a daypack if you don't need your camera equipment with you. Your kit can remain in the padded internal section making sure it is well protected. The internal section, which has two handles, also has two draw strings so it can be closed, offering further protection from the elements. The inserts are removable / adjustable so you can tailor the inside to fit your kit perfectly.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

The bag is comfortable to wear, even when running, with padded areas on the back and on the straps. They have holes in to allow air to move round, which keeps the heat down, they are also covered in mesh to protect them from any damage. The straps each have a plastic clip and elastic loops to clip items on to. There are a couple of straps to go around your chest and waist to hold it firmly in place, these can be tucked away if you'd prefer not to use them (I have my own built-in padding and they didn't feel comfortable). By leaving the strap around your waist attached, it is possible to take the bag off your back, rotate it and access your kit without putting the bag down.

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On the bottom of the bag is a pocket which keeps the all-weather (rain) cover. This covers the whole of the front and sides of the bag and is permanently attached so that it can't be lost. Tripods / monopods are held in place by two straps on the side, with two flaps covering it up, which are clipped in place, making it a secure attachment. The front of the bag has two adjustable rubber bands which could hold items such as a trekking pole.

On the opposite side of the bag there is a pocket for the hydration pack which also has a mesh pocket to hold accessories. This pocket zips up and there is another clip. On the top of the pocket is a hole for a straw from the hydration pack. You could alternatively use this pocket for an MP3 player, using the hole for the headphones. The hole does mean it is possible that water may get into the pocket, but this is only likely to happen in torrential rain.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW   Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

Value for money

The Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW is available in orange and blue for £129.00. The 10L AW is available for £109.00. There doesn't appear to be many bags that are designed for sports, Lowepro also have the Photo Sport 200 AW for £159.95 Have a look at our complete guide to camera bags for more ideas of what's available.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Verdict

The Flipside Sport 15L AW is a fantastic bag from Lowepro and is great for the active photographer. It is lightweight and extremely comfortable, offering a whole host of features. There are plenty of great things to say about the bag, we couldn't find much we didn't like, even the bright orange colour looks great, but if it's too bright for you, it is available in a darker blue as well.

The Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW offers the active photographer an ideal way to carry their DSLR when out and about.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Pros

Lightweight and comfortable
Kit is well protected
Room for hydration reservoir
Can be converted into a daypack
Holds a tripod
Access to main area is secure
Straps are breathable
Can access gear without putting the bag on the floor

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Cons

Just one pocket for accessories
Pocket for hydration pack may let in rain water


Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Specifications

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marcap 5 Portugal
4 Jan 2014 2:21AM
I bought the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW, in blue, and i have owned it since August 2013. It is everything I was looking for. I can fit all the gear I usually take with me: my D7000 with my 80-200 f2.8 attached, and my 50mm f1.8, my SB-28 and triggers, a couple of filters and my hi-tech filter holder and my iPad (first model)
And I still have a little room left, for instance I can also carry my Kenko teleconverter. I posted a picture of the bag with the gear on my website (http://mpimpao.com) in case someone wants to confirm on how the iPad fits.
If I can mention something I wish it could be different it is the side pocket (where a water bladder is meant to be installed) that I use to stow my mobile and documents. This review is short yet very informative. You only forgot to mention that the hydration external pocket could be just a little more spacious because although it is quite deep, it is a bit too tight. But this is not a problem for me, since I can carry all I usually want inside and I already knew it was a bit tight when I bought the backpack.

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marcap 5 Portugal
4 Apr 2017 12:06AM
I have updated my post (http://windowsforthesoul-photography.com) on this backpack with different gear inside I can say that, after approx. 4 years using it, I still think it is a great backpack. In fact, I like it so much that I ended up buying the 20L version a couple of years ago. The 20L version holds a LOT of stuff in it. For instance, right now I have inside mine the following gear: D3S, D800, Nikon AF-S 300mm f4, TC-14, Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8G, AF-s 50mm f1.8G, AF-S 16-35 f4G, Micro AF-S 105mm f2.8G, Rocket blower, hoodman loupe, and a few bits and bobs. It's bloody heavy, stuffed like an egg, but it is very practical.

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