In this review, I want to give you some information about the Lowepro Dryzone 40 L Backpack – one of the best waterproof camera bags.
Guaranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
My Overall Rating: 8.5 of 10
Who could use the bag?
Whether you are planning to travel to tropical areas or to go on an outdoor trip that involves water like canoeing, water skiing, white water rafting or fishing, you want to protect your camera against water. Lowepro offers this with its DryZone Series.
How waterproof is the bag?
The waterproof 40L is a lightweight and durable backpack made of a yellow waterproof fabric with an IPX-6 rating. It is tested against high-pressure water stream with 100 L per minute at a pressure of 100kN/m2 for 3 minutes. That means it is quite waterproof but not meant to be for a longer time totally under water. No company will promise total waterproof.
The backpack is sealed by a roll top. This is the best way to keep the inside dry. The top is zip locked, then folded 3-5 times and secured with clips to avoid a rolling up. The downside of this system compared to waterproof zippers is that you don’t have quick access to your camera when the sudden chance occurs. On the other side, it keeps your gear better dry than the zippers do.
How to seal the bag?
What fits in the bag?
The insert of the bag is a padded bag that is closed and can be taken out and carried with the handle. So you could use the exterior bag for keeping dry anything and take the insert separately for example to the camp side while the exterior stays on the boot. Removing the inner bag can be a little difficult because of the rubberized material of the outer bag.
The size of the interior is 11 ½ x 6 ½ x 9 ¼ inches. With the padded dividers, you can organize the space in the way you need. There is enough room to fit a camera body and one or two additional lenses in it, but there are no accessory pockets to keep your smaller items organized.
How comfortably can the bag be carried?
Padded and perforated shoulder straps and back pad provide lightweight and breathable comfort. You need to adjust the strap position for an ideal fit at your torso. The tool loops and lash points can be used to attach tracking poles and/or tripod, but you will need some additional straps for this. Use the non-padded waist belt to keep the bag in position. With the tripod attached, the bag is not well balanced.
Overall, the bag is great for activities where you have to keep your gear protected from rain and water splash. You need to be prepared that accessing the camera will take not only a few seconds and the shot probably remains untaken.
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about the LowePro DryZone 40L Camera Backpack or would like to give your own review, leave a comment below.