Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW

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MatthiasK
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Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW
Apr 16, 2013

Hi everybody,

I am looking for a new backpack for short hikes. I am 190cm (6.2 feet) tall and so far I used a Lowepro Slingshot 100 or a normal 30l hiking backpack equiped with a camera inlet. Now I would like to have something in between for some projects where I am in the nature for some hours where the slingshot is to small while the normal backpack is too heavy and bulky.

The backpack should have a good transport mechanism for a small tripod, should be lightweight and carry a DSLR with 3 Lenses, some accessories (batteries, cables, filters), something to drink (1-1.5l) and a small amount of food. During my search I found the Flipside Sport series from Lowepro and I really like their concept.

On the internet it looks like the 15l version should be big enough for all my equipment and some space in the camera bag could be used to store some food. Unfortunately I did not find the backpack in any shop to have a look at it in reality. Does anybody here use this backpack for the same purpose and could tell me how it is working for this purpose? Or should I go with the 20l version to get some more space? Of course other options are also very welcome!

Thank you!

Best,
Matthias

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Re: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW
In reply to MatthiasK, Apr 16, 2013

MatthiasK wrote:

Hi everybody,

I am looking for a new backpack for short hikes. I am 190cm (6.2 feet) tall and so far I used a Lowepro Slingshot 100 or a normal 30l hiking backpack equiped with a camera inlet. Now I would like to have something in between for some projects where I am in the nature for some hours where the slingshot is to small while the normal backpack is too heavy and bulky.

The backpack should have a good transport mechanism for a small tripod, should be lightweight and carry a DSLR with 3 Lenses, some accessories (batteries, cables, filters), something to drink (1-1.5l) and a small amount of food. During my search I found the Flipside Sport series from Lowepro and I really like their concept.

On the internet it looks like the 15l version should be big enough for all my equipment and some space in the camera bag could be used to store some food. Unfortunately I did not find the backpack in any shop to have a look at it in reality. Does anybody here use this backpack for the same purpose and could tell me how it is working for this purpose? Or should I go with the 20l version to get some more space? Of course other options are also very welcome!

Thank you!

Best,
Matthias

These are pretty much dedicated photo bags, with one big space to put all of your kit in.  The 20L is quite big (and deep - it fits pro bodies).  Very nice suspension and hipbelt, contemporary design (not overpadded). It's a bit short, particularly if you're 6' 2", so keep the camera weight close to your back - which you can't do with a design like this...it's goes against the outside of the bag by design.   I'm 6' and find most photo bags, including the supposed "hikers" bags, frustratingly short.  If you're thinking of using this as a quick mission bag it should do well, but I would advise keeping with the 20L bag if you want to use it to carry some fraction of the ten essentials for changing conditions AND all your kit.  You've probably got 10-12L of photo equipment, when organized.

As a point of reference, the Photo Sport 200AW can get a bit tight if you stow more than a sweater, and it's a 22L bag with almost 14L of personal storage.

That being said, it's a better suspended bag than the 200AW and people like Dan Bailey like the 15L, so there's something to be said for it, but it didn't wind my watch.

You could also consider the new Photo Sport Pro 30L - sort of the big brother of the 200AW - which has a large side-access camera compartment that is a lot more practical for grab-and-shoot than the Flipsides are.  Unfortunately you already have a 30L bag.

If you're a stop, select lens, compose, shoot sort of photographer the wide-open access of the Flipside may work better for you, but most of the time you will simply take off the pack and lay it down on the ground rather than try to rotate it around your waist.  So that dramatic picture of the adventure photog isn't seen in real life unless the ground is really muddy.

Played with it, but it doesn't fit my style.

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Re: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW
In reply to mosswings, Apr 17, 2013

mosswings wrote:

These are pretty much dedicated photo bags, with one big space to put all of your kit in.  The 20L is quite big (and deep - it fits pro bodies).  Very nice suspension and hipbelt, contemporary design (not overpadded). It's a bit short, particularly if you're 6' 2", so keep the camera weight close to your back - which you can't do with a design like this...it's goes against the outside of the bag by design.   I'm 6' and find most photo bags, including the supposed "hikers" bags, frustratingly short.  If you're thinking of using this as a quick mission bag it should do well, but I would advise keeping with the 20L bag if you want to use it to carry some fraction of the ten essentials for changing conditions AND all your kit.  You've probably got 10-12L of photo equipment, when organized.

As a point of reference, the Photo Sport 200AW can get a bit tight if you stow more than a sweater, and it's a 22L bag with almost 14L of personal storage.

That being said, it's a better suspended bag than the 200AW and people like Dan Bailey like the 15L, so there's something to be said for it, but it didn't wind my watch.

You could also consider the new Photo Sport Pro 30L - sort of the big brother of the 200AW - which has a large side-access camera compartment that is a lot more practical for grab-and-shoot than the Flipsides are.  Unfortunately you already have a 30L bag.

If you're a stop, select lens, compose, shoot sort of photographer the wide-open access of the Flipside may work better for you, but most of the time you will simply take off the pack and lay it down on the ground rather than try to rotate it around your waist.  So that dramatic picture of the adventure photog isn't seen in real life unless the ground is really muddy.

Played with it, but it doesn't fit my style.

Hi mosswings,

Thank you very much for your informative reply. I guess I am really looking for a quick mission bag. This means something for short hikes (~5h) where I only want to carry my camera gear, some snacks and drinks. For longer hikes where I need to carry more stuff I use my 30l backback.

The Slingshot 100 I have is not very comfortable with this amount of wheight and does not offer a tripod holder or any space for drinks and food. I hoped that the Flipside Sport 15l or 20l would offer me the tripod holder and the extra space I need without being too bulky. The body side access is not an important feature for me but I like the tripod holder of the Flipside sport series because it holds the tripod close to the back.

I did also look at the other "hikers" backpacks like the Photo Sport 200AW but either the camera compartment is too small, or I don't like the way the tripod is mounted.

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In reply to MatthiasK, Apr 17, 2013

Mattias, here's a couple of links from some pro photogs on the Flipside bags that might give you a more balanced opinion than mine:

http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2012/08/31/lowepro-flipside-sport-aw-review/

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/lowepro-flipside-sport-15l-aw-camera-bag-review-19776

http://www.robinblackphotography.com/2013/03/introducing-the-new-lowepro-flipside-sport-20l/

Dan Carr is especially thorough in his reviews as he uses his equipment for some fairly serious day and longer missions.

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Re: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW
In reply to mosswings, Apr 19, 2013

Thank you very much! I think I will wait for the Flipside Sport 20l because of the better waist belt and the extra pockets.

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Re: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15l AW or 20l AW
In reply to MatthiasK, 9 months ago

I bought the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW, in blue, and i have owned it since August 2013. It is everything I was looking for. I can fit all the gear I usually take with me: my D7000 with my 80-200 f2.8 attached, and my 50mm f1.8, my SB-28 and triggers, a couple of filters and my hi-tech filter holder and my iPad (first model)
And I still have a little room left, for instance I can also carry my Kenko teleconverter. I posted a picture of the bag with the gear on my website (http://mpimpao.com) in case someone wants to confirm on how the iPad fits.
If I can mention something I wish it could be different it is the side pocket (where a water bladder is meant to be installed) that I use to stow my mobile and documents. If I have one complaint is the fact that the hydration external pocket could be just a little more spacious because although it is quite deep, it is a bit too tight. But this is not a problem for me, since I can carry all I usually want inside and I already knew it was a bit tight when I bought the backpack.

In a nutshell:

- It is great to use frequently and over rather long periods on my back;
- It is great for cycling and hiking;
- It is waterproof

- It fitsmy D7000 with my 80-200 f2.8 attached, and my 50mm f1.8, my SB-28 and triggers, a couple of filters and my hi-tech filter holder, a Kenko teleconverter and my iPad (first model)

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