I love this BackPack
This is by far and away the best Backpack I’ve owned, and I’ve owned at least 30 over my lifetime.
The pack oozes quality, which is reflected in the cost roughly £250 UK pounds, and $350 US dollars.
The material is 400 Denier Ripstop Nylon with a TPU coating (wrongly called TUP on the Lowepro site.) The coating does not cover the whole pack, just where it’s vulnerable to getting wet, i.e. on the top and around the sides. This pack is rugged, and good looking, and extremely comfortable – even with heavy loads.
Lowepro Whistler BP 350 BP AW – Front View
Lowepro Whistler BP 350 BP AW – Side View
The bottom of the pack has a Hypalon® base. Which is a rubberised semi-rigid material which is very tough, and waterproof, which allows the back to be stood upright.
The carrying options with this pack are numerous. You’ll be able to carry Ski’s, Ice Axe, tripod, and Crampons, with ease. The front orange straps are removable, and therefore easily lost, so make sure you have the straps tight.
Ice Axe straps.
The side straps are strong, with bottom straps being doubled up with a strong strap to the front, with thinner strap to the rear.
There are Walking Pole carry straps on the front.
There are literally loops everywhere. Here’s just a few:
There are two loops top and bottom on both shoulder straps. These are double straps, with the outer strap being elasticated, and the rear strap being normal nylon.
There are attachment straps everywhere.
This left hand belt pocket compartment is ideal for batteries. there is only one pocket, which is on the left hand waist belt.
The camera compartment is very configurable, I’ve removed four Velcro inserts for my configuration.
The camera compartment has some innovative features. There are two Velcro inserts that that have internal pockets, which are ideal for a GoPro Camera, or batteries. Or, anything small, that might easily fall out of your back. There are two of these inserts per pack.
The camera compartment has a zip up protective cover, which is ideal for keeping spindrift out. Most of the time you can store it rolled down at tucked away at the bottom of the pack. It can also – via the semi rigid top portion at the top, be tucked away at the top of the pack. This top section has a velcro attachement for extra protection for your camera kit.
The real innovation is the outer cover that meets your back, can be zipped down a third of the way, where it’s hinged, which will allow easy and quick access to the top part of the compartment in bad weather.
You can store memory cards on the inside of this cover.
The top compartment can take a rain jacket, gloves, hat, headtorch quite comfortably, at a push you can add waterproof trousers.
The All Weather (AW) cover is kept here.
The front compartment has a rear waterproof wall, which will allow you to put wet equipment, without the chance of your camera equipment becoming wet.
There is an orange sleeve, on the left, which might have a specific purpose. Lowepro have not said why it’s there. I’m sure it would come in handy for something, that is pole shaped.
There’s a pocket on side of the pack with two internal compartments, which I use for items I don’t use very often.
That’s it folks……….a great pack.