Lowepro’s answer to the Peak Design Everyday Backpack
- Weather-resistant material.
- Abrasion-resistant material
- Lightweight material.
- Weather-resistant YKK zippers.
- Low-profile design.
- Removable camera compartment.
- All-weather Rain Cover
- Comfortable shoulder straps.
- Comfortable padding (ActivZone) on the back.
- Dual side access to camera compartment This can also be seen as a negative in some circumstances. See ‘Negative’
- Two side expandable bottle pouches which both can take a one-litre Camelbak Chute.
- New buckle system made of anodised aluminium. Which allows for complete strap removal.
- The straps on the front of the pack can be moved to secure items on the side of the pack.
- Internal compartments have a very strong hoop and loop system (Velcro).
- Bottom of the pack has two foam strips which can stop water entering pack when placed on the ground.
- The side straps can be used to secure pockets against theft.
- It looks very nice, in my opinion.
- Front straps are difficult to remove.
- Zip-pulls need to be made bigger and glove-friendly. Currently, only three of the zip-pulls are looped. Every zip-pull needs to be looped.
- Only two horizontal dividers are supplied. Four are needed in my opinion.
- Outside material marks easily. But this does not mean the pack has been compromised in any way. It’s a cosmetic as the material is tough.
- Although dual side access can be seen as positive. It also adds another point of failure, and the potential to lose equipment.
Lowepro or Peak Design
It was a toss-up between the Peak Design Everyday Backpack and the Lowepro Freeline. The Freeline won because I believe it is less likely to let in water.
I’m am a sixty-one-year-old landscape photographer. So why did I need a pack which has been aimed at the urban photographer considerably younger than
Firstly it was the low profile design and the muted presence.
Then it was the weather-resistant material and YKK weather-proof zippers
My Lowepro Whistler 350 was too large and too conspicuous. I rarely need to carry a tripod so the Whistler was getting used less and less. The Whistler is a much tougher, more comfortable beast for those who mainly move in the mountains, which I don’t.
I live on the coast and 700 foot above sea-level is the highest I normally go. So, I have no problems using this as a day landscape photography pack.
I will let my photographs tell the rest of the story. But before I go, there’s one major thing I should point out. Dual side access to the camera compartment led to my lenses falling out of the pack.
What went wrong for me
I forgot to zip up the side compartment fully. My fault I know.
I then removed one shoulder strap to access the side compartment again, but from the opposite side to the half-open side compartment.
My lenses fell out. Luckily they dropped on to a carpet and they were in soft padded pouches.
In light of this, I ask: “Do we really need dual side access?”
Lowepro Freeline, or Peak Design Everyday – Freeline for me.