Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II Review

by Enche Tjin on September 12, 2009

Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II is a BIG backpack camera. The main purpose of the camera is to store or transport your complete set of gears to one location to another. It also contain removable day pack, which you can use to store your daily items, such as clothing, books etc.

Size comparison between the bag and the pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached

Size comparison between the bag and the pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached

What special about this bag is the amount of customization and adjustments that you can do. It also has so many features that is useful. The bag has many rails in the side so you can expand it by getting compatible modular products. This bag is designed to fit your body like glove. It is especially important because you might end up carrying 20 lbs of gears or more.

Built and Design

The built quality of the material is impressive. It is made from high quality material and will withstand harsh environmental condition. The design is pretty good looking, it does not look like a camera bag, instead it looks like usual backpack for hiking. This is a good to deter a thief.

Ironically, because of the size and weight, this might not be ideal for a long walk, but if you want to carry all of your equipments, you have no choice but to use this kind of bag.

Compartments and Capacity

The main compartment is fully customizable, and deep enough for you to place your professional cameras like Canon 1D series or Nikon D3. It barely fits pro camera with battery grip like Nikon D300 or D700. The inside flap is useful to store memory cards, small notebooks and other accessories. The front compartment is quite spacy. You can put in your clothing, small notebook (14″ or smaller) or other supplies.

The bag holds plenty of gears in the main compartment

The bag holds plenty of gears in the main compartment

The bag can hold typical professional DSLR camera system. The typical load show in the picture above are:

  • 1 Advanced camera with battery grip and 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.4 teleconverter attached
  • 1 Back-up or second DSLR camera
  • Up to six medium sized lenses (wide zoom, prime lenses)
  • 2 External flashes
  • Small to medium sized tripod (can be attached in the back of in the side

What is the negatives about the bag?

The bag is heavier and bulkier than average camera backpack. I wish that I can remove some elements like waist belt for light weight travel but I can’t. The bag is not flat and square like Think Tank Photo Airport series. So it is quite cumbersome when you want to store it.

Conclusion

It is a great bag if you travel  and walk a lot with your equipments, It is a very customizable and provides optional rooms for expansion. However, you won’t able to walk comfortably when the bag fully loaded (25-30 lbs) for a long time. So keeping a balanced load when hiking / walking is essential.

Need a bag? get it from Amazon, they usually have discount and provides price comparison from many reputable vendors.

Pictures:

Shoulder harness and waist belt provides support and distribute weight

Shoulder harness and waist belt provides support and distribute weight

The built quality and attention to small details are impressive.

The built quality and attention to small details are impressive.

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