This is gonna be a bit of an untraditional review, so let me explain how it's gonna work.
Sunday i'm leaving to Uganda for 14 days of traveling around the country. Of course i wouldnt go a place like that without my camera, and to bring that I needed something to carry it in. Feeling that my old Lowepro shoulderbag wasnt enough, I decided to get a bagpack instead. The choice ended up on the Lowepro Primus AW
(AW standing for All Weather I assume) and in this review I'm gonna tell why, and later on if I made the right decision. This is part 1 which is my first impression, part 2 is gonna be ready in about 3 weeks, once I'm back from Uganda.
I hope you enjoy it!
The Lowepro Primus AW is Lowepro's 40 years "aniversary" bag. It's supposed to be made for the bagbacking country, according to Lowepro. Also it's partially made from recycled materials, in an attempt to do something for the enviorment.
Here it is, the Lowepro Primus AW
Deffinitly the major reason that i chose this one over the Slingshot or Fastpack, was the comfort. I tried all 3 bags in the store, but nothing felt nearly as good as this one. It's well padded and the shoulderstraps and waist belt feels really good. Hopefully it will be the same after 14 days in the jungle
Suprisingly it actually seems that there's less room for the camera than in the Slingshot which i compared it too. As this might seem a little odd, it might actually make quite good sense. The Slingshot was very "boxy" which made it quite roomy, but this was also what made it rather uncomfortable. Unfortuntly this is two things that just wont fit. And since i would like to be able to walk for a long period with it, i chose comfort over room. Also the accesories room in the top seems bigger on the Primus than on the slingshot.
To the left is the top accesories compartment, to the right the camera compartment.
Like all of Lowepro's newest bagpacks, it has a fast access hatch on the side. But unlike the Fastpack and Slingshot this hatch isnt connected to the main acces hatch. It's also slightly smaller, which makes it a little hard to get out my EOS 400D with battery grib. Certainly not as easy as it looks in the movie. However it's not impossible, so it's not that much of a pulldown in the final score.
The main acces is from the the side of the bag facing the wearers back. This makes security a little better since noone can enter the back when it's worn, except from the side hatch.
The problem with the side hatch illustrated
Besides the basics, the bag also has straps for a tripod, which can be tucked away when not used. On the side there's also a pocket for a bottles of water or something with dimensions like that.
It also has a waterproof cover to put over, if the rain should get really bad. I'm most likely gonna need that in the rainforrest
The bag seems like it might not be the best choice, if a lot of room is what you're after. Also it has some other flaws, like the side hatch which is too small. But when it comes to comfort it seems like an excelent choice. I haven't worn it that much yet, but i have tried it a little, and it feels great on the bag. So for hicking it seems like a great choice. I will let you know when I'm back again...
...more to come