Review

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
Hiking anyone? Well that is what it looks like if you have the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW. Yes,  this bag is beautifully disguised to deceive non-photographers to think the Lowepro Flipside Sport 200L AW is merely a hiking backup but in actuality it is a means to secretly transport your invaluable camera gear during urban treks or actual hikes in the wilderness.

The Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW was a beautifully functional bag. Upon inspection, it possess all the necessary pouches and compartments to organize your gear for easy access on location.

FRONT of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • 1st zippered pouch that when unzipped will reveal a slit for your tablet and two flat zippered pouches that basically have just enough room for documents or cloths for your hike or urban trek.

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TOP of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • A handle for easy transport.

BOTTOM of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • Two loops that can be used ot help secure hiking sticks.

LEFT SIDE FROM FRONT of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • Two gear loops with flaps and enough room to fasten a tripod, a Joby gorillapod or a monopod

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RIGHT SIDE FROM FRONT of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • A pouch to store a 1.5 liter hydration reservoir

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BACK of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

  • Zippered access to the main compartment that stores your camera and multiple lenses and accessories.

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AFTER FIRST USE:
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Let’s also take into consideration, that the first time using the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW was in JAPAN during a 12 day tour. So I really put the Lowepro bag to the test in varying conditions. The weather was extremely humid and it was the wet type of humidity similar in experience as Hawaii.

The design of the bag especially the portion that persistently presses against your back allowed for a flow of air that minimized the amount of sweat buildup. The Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW was designed in such a way that made the entire shooting experience easy and free flowing.

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For the times where I had to keep up with the tour group, the camera bag functioned like an extremely comfortable hiking backpack. When I needed to take a quick photo, I simply needed to swing or “flip” the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW to the side of the opening which is the portion that presses against your back and expose the main compartment that holds your camera and gear as it’s in front of you supported by your waist.

Once i captured the image, all i need to do is flip the bag back to it’s normal backpack position and proceed with the tour. Absolutely brilliant design.

A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDE: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website)

  • Design to allow for back airflow that minimizes excessive sweating
  • Flip back to the front design for easy access to gear
  • multipurpose design (you are able to remove the main compartment and use the bag as a normal hiking bag
  • Doesn’t look like a camera bag
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods of time
  • Hydration-ready pocket offers easy-access to a 1.5 liter hydration reservoir (not included
  • Back panel zippered pocket offers storage for small accessories and personal items

I’ve detailed the specs from the Lowepro website below:

Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW
Internal Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 39.5 cm (9.84 x 5.91 x 15.55 in)

External Dimensions: 29.5 x 24 x 46.5 cm (11.61 x 9.45 x 18.31 in)

Front Compartment: 23 x 2.5 x 40 cm (9.06 x 0.98 x 15.75 in)

Weight: 1.6 kg (3.52 lbs)

FITS

  • Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 300mm f/2.8 lens
  • Extra Pro DSLR body with grip
  • Tablet or small laptop
  • 2 extra lenses and a flash
  • Battery charger, filters and other accessories
  • Tripod or monopod
  • 1.5 liter hydration reservoir
  • Trekking poles, ice axe, other personal gear

CONCLUSION:

If you are a street photographer, outdoor photographer or just something that likes to hike and bring a camera, then the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW is the camera backpack for you. The design allowed me to comfortably trek across Japan and easily capture the moment. I am indebted to Lowepro! Thanks again for an amazing functional camera bag.

Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine.

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