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.
- 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.
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.
Two internal pouches for cards/batteries
Large external pouches
Lots of room inside
Shoulder strap isn't reversible
The LowePro SlingShot 300AW costs £79.99 and is available from the ePHOTOzine shop here.