Lowepro Versapack 200 AW camera pack Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Versapack 200 AW camera pack Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Features to Note:
- Interior camera compartment: 11 x 6.3 x 7.5 in., 28 x 16 x 19 cm
- Interior upper compartment: 9.8 x 4.7 x 8.3 in., 25 x 12 x 21 cm
- Exterior size: 12.4 x 8.7 x 19.3 in., 31.5 x 22 x 49 cm
DSLR (without grip) with attached lens (most standard zoom), plus 2-3 lenses or flash when loaded vertically; accessories and personal items;
or DSLR (without grip) with attached zoom lens (up to 80-200mm f/2.8) when loaded horizontally; accessories and personal items.
- Outer Fabric: AZ Dobby PU, P600D 74T PU, Nylon taffetta
- Inner Fabric:210D Nylon, Brushed Tricot, Polyester Mesh
- Made in China
Lowepro's Versapack is a combination daypack/camera carrier. The upper compartment is just about big enough for lunch, water bottle and lightweight jacket. There is also a good size zipped mesh pocket for items such as keys, small first aid kit, torch, phone etc. At the front of the upper compartment on the outside, there are a number of small pockets for keeping cables, memory cards, batteries and other camera accessories. Two of these are also just about big enough to stow a GPS. There is also a document pocket that will take an OS map or an iPad.
The lower compartment is where the camera and lenses go. It has padded dividers attached by velcro for maximum flexibility. There is room for a DSLR Camera body with a small lens attached and up to 3 other standard lenses and a flash. Larger lenses can be accommodated by altering the arrangement of the padded dividers which can be arranged in lots of different ways.
The Versapack comes 'configured' to be accessed from the top. However, with some adjustment of the dividers, it is possible to access your photography equipment from the side. This is definitely the best because it allows you to easily get at your camera and lenses without taking the pack off completely. You simply remove one arm from the shoulder strap and swing the pack around to your front.
There are two straps on the base of the pack for stowing a tripod.
Once on the Versapack is close fitting but feels stable and really comfortable; there's a reasonable amount of padding on the shoulder straps but none on the waist strap.
The fabric is water resistant rather than water proof and the pack comes with an all weather rain cover. However, we found moisture did penetrate the inside of the pack during persistent and heavy rain so stowing your more valuable gear inside waterproof plastic bags is still a wise precaution.
It is possible to remove the main divider between the two compartments which enables the Versapack to be used as a more conventional day pack ... or to stow it inside other luggage.
My only angst so far with it is that there's no way of carrying a water bottle other than inside the top compartment. I'd definitely prefer there to be one on the outside and well away from my photography gear.
Lowepro's Versapack is all about carrying your precious camera ... and as such if you're walker who is also a very keen photographer then certainly check this out. Obviously there's a compromise to be made between safe transport of your camera and carrying very much in the way of walking gear. But if you can stick to the bare minimum, then it's just about manageable.
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