Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II Backpack Review

The Lowepro Whistler 350 AW II backpack is designed as a split camera/daypack, but the camera section is large enough to hold a large DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, as well as up to eight other lenses and a flash. Particularly well suited for winter adventures, it is designed to easily attach skis or a snowboard, a trekking pole and other mountain equipment. A larger 450 AW II edition is also available.

Features

External dimensions (WxDxH): 29 x 24 x 53cm
Main camera compartment (WxDxH): 26x15x39cm
Size options in the range: 350, 450
Type of backpack: Split photo/backpack
Access to the camera: Front
Laptop Compartment: 13 inches
Tripod mount: Yes
Chest/waist strap: Yes / Yes (removable)
Luggage trolley strap: Yes
Rain cover: Included
Lester: 2.65kg

Main characteristics

This backpack is deeper and higher than its brother Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II, which is a complete camera backpack. Although the Whistler is a split photo/day backpack, the main camera compartment is only a centimeter shorter but is actually 2.5cm deeper at 15cm. And if it’s still not deep enough, you can make it a little bigger by undoing a rising zipper, similar to the one found in many suitcases. As is often the case, you can also remove the divider between the photo and the backpack, if you want to store a camera with a very long lens attached.

Lowepro Whistler 350 AW II Backpack

Access to the main camera compartment is from the back, which stays clean and dry if you lay the bag on the front. (Image credit: Lowepro)

Designed for the great outdoors in all weathers, the Whistler has sturdy exterior attachment points for skis or a snowboard, which can also be used to attach the bag to a luggage trolley. An extra large compartment in the front offers plenty of space for more winter accessories, like a snow shovel, or other essentials for different seasons of the year.

Well suited for winter activities, the bag is designed so that skis or a snowboard can be attached, and there is an additional full-length internal compartment with a waterproof divider at the camera section. (Image credit: Lowepro)

Thanks to a waterproof divider, you can store the wet kit in the front part without worrying about leaks to the camera compartment. The usual set of Velcro dividers let you adapt the main camera compartment to take large photo and video gear or drone gear instead.

Performance

Access to the main camera compartment is via a full-length zipper that wraps around the back. This has the advantages of greater security and being able to lay the bag on its front on wet ground to grab your camera kit, rather than on the back surface which rests against your back. Without the photo/backpack divider in place, you can also access your camera through the top zipper.

Verdict

Designed for adventurers, it’s an ideal backpack for everything from summer trekking to winter sports photography. It is particularly resistant and offers many options for attaching an additional kit on the outside. Indeed, with winter in mind, it’s designed so you can attach a pair of skis outside and stow a snow shovel. It’s as hard as old boots but rather more beautiful and rather expensive.

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