Lightweight hiking camera backpack
Are you looking for a lightweight hiking camera backpack to carry even large lenses comfortably? The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW can be the right one for you. In this review I want to take a look at this high-performance hiking camera backpack designed for extra security, easy access and the best protection of your gear in all situations. It is one of the best camera backpacks for hiking, off-trail photo shoot and adventure photography.
Fast access to your camera – don’t miss the shot
You know the situation when you have a long walk through the forest and the trail is not always even. You will probably keep your camera stored in the backpack.
Suddenly, and this is what most wildlife photographers hope for, you spot the animal or it crosses your way.
Then you want to have your camera taken out as quickly as possible. When you leave the waist belt fastened you can slide the back around to the front on your hips and have easy access fast. In this situation the silent zipper pulls are very important.
How often have I already chased a deer or other animals away because of the noise that the zipper of my small camera pocket made?
Secure your expensive equipment
So, you are not an adventure photographer and you are not often hiking and shooting wildlife.
You are more the traveler around the globe and walk not through the forest, but in the urban jungle or crowded tourist places instead.
The Flipside 400 AW can be the right decision for you as well. The unique back-entry compartment secures your expensive equipment.
Plenty of room for camera, lenses and accessories
The Flipside 400 AW can hold a Canon 7D with 70-200 lens attached with hood, two more lenses, flash and accessory as filters, camera battery charger, remote shutter release and more smaller items.
There are three memory card pockets in the back entry and one bigger pocket for business cards or other small things. The front storage panel does not only protect your gear against moisture and abrasion, you can even have a small lunch packet or a light jacket stored away for hands free walking and shooting.
Interior dimensions: 10.6” W x 16.7” H x 5.9” D
Exterior dimensions: 11.9” W x 18.1” H x 10” D
Features and benefits
The contoured shoulder straps and the padded waist belt let you carry a fully loaded backpack comfortably. The weight is distributed evenly.
A tripod can be attached at the front. Pull out the hideaway tripod holder and secure it at the top with the straps. Two stretch mesh pockets on both sides give you the ability to carry a water bottle and personal items.
The built in rain cover keeps your backpack dry or protects it against sand and dust.
Many customers like the adjustable harness, the large capacity, the comfort and the strong construction of the Flipside 400 AW. A draw back is the way the tripod is attached with the strap. This is not tide enough so that the tripod can move a little while walking.
This is a review of Nick, a photographer from Sacramento, Ca, on Adorama who climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan:
The Flipside 400 AW has the potential to be one of the best camera backpacks for many situations like adventure sports, travelling, hiking and sightseeing.