• […] took my rather large Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW photo backpack, but this proved too bulky and really too awkward for use in the zodiacs. Eventually I gave up and […]

    October 28, 2013
  • Li Ming

    I am looking for a 300 or 400. I think I can’t carry 600 on airline, and 600 is way too heavy.

    February 08, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Interesting read, thank you, would you still recommend this bag after a year using it?


    July 26, 2011
    • Yes it’s still going strong and still the best backpack out there at present. I always look at any new bag that hits the market but so far there’s nothing quite liken this one. I did suffer a small split in one of the seams of the strap (the harness) which was due to poor stiching, but luckily it was still under warranty and Lowpro replaced the whole harness. Nonsuch problems with the replacement which has now seen much more use.

      November 08, 2011
  • Anonymous

    I just received my Lowepro Protrekker 400AW. Really amazing.

    Your very good review helped me a lot to choose.

    The laptop sleeve fits exactly a Macbook Pro 15". I didn't find other laptops that fits.

    Thanks. Philippe.

    July 02, 2011
  • Brendan Davis

    It looks like lowepro may have designed the laptop sleeve for the true HD format (16:9) screens. These are generally a little wider but not at as high as a standard format 15.4". My VAIO (FW series) is one of these and has a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen (superb resolution at 135ppi)specified at 16.4". I had been wondering if this would fit the 400 and from your photos it looks like it would fit better than a standard format 15.4" screen.
    I think Lowepro's biggest mistake is not making a model between the 400 and 600. They need one the same internal size as the Vertex 300. The 600 has twice the gross internal volume of the 400 (38 litres versus 21 litres) but some of this comes from the 19cm depth. My biggest lens is just 10cm diameter and would rattle around in a 19cm deep bag! I really like a lot of the design features of these bags but the 400 is too small for me and the 600 is too big so I am reluctantly looking at other brands. A pity because, apart from an ancient Billingham, all my bags have been Lowepro.

    Brendan Davis, county Tipperary, Ireland.

    March 27, 2011
    • The sleeve is designed for a 15-inch MacBook pro which fits perfectly. I didnt have a Macbook at the time of the original review but domhave one now. I guess Lowepro’s thought was that most pro photographers have Mac’s.

      November 08, 2011
  • - Our trip to New Zealand

    Finally got my pro trekker 300 backpack and my first thoughts are that it is a tight squeeze for the equipment I have. From the looks of it, comparing photos of the 400 against the actual 300 it looks like the 400 is only marginally larger in length. I am happy with the pack and can't wait to get it outside for some shoots. Unfortunately it is -40 with the windchill right now! Cheers!

    March 02, 2011
  • Anonymous

    John, thanks for this great and helpful review. After searching for hours information about different photo backpacks I finally made the decision to order the Pro Trekker 400. Important for me are following facts:
    comfortable harness system / cabin baggage / easy tripod mount / enough space and the possibility to use my hydration pack.
    Hopefully somehow my Notebook 17" will fit, according given dimensions it should. Anyway the need to store the Notebook I only have for flights and not for hiking.

    February 12, 2011

    Great review and photos of the bag. I am going to slip down to the 300, just think it is a more practical size for the amount of gear I have. With this great review as a guideline, I will try to get one of the 300 up on my blog when I get the bag and try it out on the our trip to New Zealand. Cheers!

    January 31, 2011
  • Anonymous

    I'm looking at purchasing this bag and reading your review has gone a long way to giving me the necessary information. This has been a very informative article.
    Thank you John
    Arthur Xanthopoulos

    December 17, 2010
  • Anonymous

    A very nice review – and more important, a very nice bag 😉

    My 15.4" laptop fits fine in the cover!
    But I agree, the outside pocket for it, is very very tight, a stupid mistake on an almost perfect camera bag..

    September 22, 2010
  • Anonymous

    Nice review, thanks.

    I wanted to buy the photo trekker bag, but that was out of stock, so went with the Pro trekker 300 AW. Which looks really great. This review really makes me confident that I have bought the right bag although being quite expensive.
    I love hiking and carrying photo equipment together with lunch and drinks etc. The mini trekker I have as well is not so convenient for this kind of use.


    September 04, 2010
  • Anthony

    Great review. I was looking for more info on this pack before buying, but now I'm sold. Thanks.

    July 30, 2010

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