I love this BackPack

This is by far and away the best Backpack I have ever 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 350 BP AW, front view

Lowepro Whistler 350 BP AW, front view

Lowe Pro Whistler 350 BP AW, side view

Lowe Pro Whistler 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.

Hypalon semi-rigid bottom

The bottom section is waterproof and chemical resistant. It also 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.

Front removable orange straps

Front removable orange straps.

Ice Axe straps.

Ice axe attachment.

Ice axe attachment.

The side straps are strong, with bottom straps being doubled up with a strong strap to the front, with thinner strap to the rear.

The side straps

The bottom side straps

Top Side Straps

Top Side Straps

There are Walking Pole carry straps on the front.

Front Walking Pole straps

Front Walking Pole straps

There are literally loops everywhere. Here’s just a few:

Adjustable straps on the shoulder straps

Adjustable straps on the shoulder straps

There are two loops top and bottom on both shoulder straps. They are double straps, with the outer strap being elasticated, and the rear strap being normal nylon.

Double straps on the shoulder straps, one being normal nylon, the other undereath being elasticated.

Shoulder strap attachment points.

There are attachment straps everywhere.

Sliplock® straps on one belt, allowing to either add Lowepro lens pouches, or your own equipment.

Sliplock® straps on the right belt, allowing you to either add Lowepro lens pouches/Bags, or your own equipment.

This left hand belt pocket compartment is ideal for batteries. there is only one pocket, which is on the left hand waist belt.

A convenient zipped compartment on the belt.

A convenient zipped compartment on the left hand belt.

The camera compartment is very configurable, I’ve removed four Velcro inserts for my configuration.

The camera compartment.

The camera compartment.

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.

Velcro inserts that double up as storage.

Velcro inserts that double up as storage.

Designed for a GoPro, but ideal for other small items

Designed for a GoPro, but ideal for other small items

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.

Designed for a GoPro, but ideal for other small items

Camera storage area protective cover.

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.

Hinged rear compartment

Hinged rear compartment

You can store memory cards on the inside of this cover.

Memory card holder

Memory card holder

The top compartment can take a rain jacket, gloves, hat, headtorch quite comfortably, at a push you can add waterproof trousers.

Top Compartment

Top Compartment. The zipped area at the rear is only to allow access to the rigid plastic insert that keeps the pack stiff. It’s not really for storage.

The All Weather (AW) cover is kept here.

Top compartment pocket.

Top compartment pocket.

All Weather Cover

All Weather Cover

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.

Front compartment

Front compartment

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.

Orange SleeveOrange Sleeve

Orange Sleeve, might come in handy.

There’s a pocket on side of the pack with two internal compartments, which I use for items I don’t use very often.

Side compartment with two internal compartment.

Side compartment with two internal compartment.

 

That’s it folks……….a great pack.