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About Lowepro

Lowepro, the worldwide leading provider of protective cases and backpacks for imaging and technology products, today unveiled a camera backpack commemorating the company's 40th anniversary - the wholly-unique Primus AW. The industry's first backpack designed for the professional photographer that is made primarily from recycled materials, the Primus AW is a perfect combination of unmatched easy access points and extreme-condition protection.

Primus AW is designed to provide maximum comfort, protection and accessibility with minimal bulk, making it ideal for outdoor photography.(Funds raised by Lowepro from the sale of the Primus AW will support Polar Bears International (PBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear).

Designed unlike any bag currently on the market, Primus AW enables photographersto carry and access all the necessary components for outdoor photography while providing the highest possible comfort and extreme protection during a full day of shooting in the great outdoors.

The main camera compartment is padded and holds a digital SLR Pro body with zoom lens attached, in addition to 1-2 extra lens or flash units. The Primus AW also offers photographers quick and easy access to their equipment, without removing the bag, through expandable side zipped camera pockets.

The bag's exclusive lumbar equipment access points allow instant access to camera gear of varying sizes, while keeping equipment off the ground. An additional top daypack compartment is large enough to carry all the accessories needed for extreme outdoor photography, plus personal gear. . Primus AW also boasts a seam-sealed All-Weather CoverTM, a built-in memory card pouch, back hatch, hideaway tripod mount with ice axe loop and Glide-Lock attachment.

Additional features of the Primus AW backpack include an ergonomic, dryflow lined harness system used to distribute weight evenly and allow for breathable comfort. The 100% post consumer recycled fabric combines water and abrasion resistance with an ecologically minded design.

This pack also conforms to a variety of body types with an adjustable 8-point harness system giving the adventure photographer exceptional comfort under heavy load. Silent zipper pulls provide quiet access to equipment while leaving wildlife subjects undisturbed. Available in black and arctic blue.

With the release of the Primus AW, Lowepro is honored to present the industry's first backpack to be constructed of 51% recycled materials. The majority of thebag is made up of Cyclpet, a 100% post consumer recycled fabric, establishing the Primus AW as the industry standard for eco-friendly carrying solutions.

Each bag contains enough recycled material to equate to 22.6 soda bottles. By preventing this material from reaching a landfill, .0034 cubic yards of landfillspace is being conserved for each bag produced.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Adjustable harness (20),Strong construction (20),Comfortable (19),Easily accessible equipment (16),Roomy (8)
Cons:
Hard to access equipment (8),Heavy (4)
Best Uses:
Transporting gear (20),Protecting gear (15),Storing gear (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (13),Casual photographer (3),Pro photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Lowepro Specifications

Type
Backpack
External Dimensions
33.5 x 23.5 x 51 cm / 13.2 x 9.3 x 20.1 in
Internal Dimensions

32 x 14.5 x 18.5 cm / 12.6 x 5.7 x 7.3 in (camera compartment)
30 x 16 x 30 cm / 11.8 x 6.3 x 11.8 in (daypack compartment)
Material
51% recycled materials
Capacity
Main camera compartment holds a digital SLR Pro body with zoomlens attached, & 1-2 extra lens or flash units. Camera compartment is expandable, enabling large equipment capacity & quick equipment retrieval.
Additional top daypack compartment will carry all the accessories needed for extreme outdoor photography, plus personal gear

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 24 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great backpack, rugged and durable

This is a great backpack. It served me very well during a recent 3-week trip. It provided plenty of room for additional stuff, which is something that my earlier bag (Lowepro Slingshot) did not. Beside my photo equipment I could also fit in it clothing, powerbars, a water bottle, and other items such as sunscreen and bugspray. This increased carrying capacity when compared to the Slingshot proved invaluable on a couple of occasions. I took the backpack biking a few times as well, and it prove...

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This is a great backpack. It served me very well during a recent 3-week trip. It provided plenty of room for additional stuff, which is something that my earlier bag (Lowepro Slingshot) did not. Beside my photo equipment I could also fit in it clothing, powerbars, a water bottle, and other items such as sunscreen and bugspray. This increased carrying capacity when compared to the Slingshot proved invaluable on a couple of occasions. I took the backpack biking a few times as well, and it proved to be very comfortable. I also took it to the beach a few times, and it protected my valuable lenses from sand very nicely. The tripod carrier is a nice touch! My only complaint with this bag is that there's not a lot of room for photo equipment in there, and the existing photo compartment is not very configurable. Basically, I could not fit more than 1 DSLR + 2 lenses in there when the shorter lens was attached to the body. The only way to fit 3 lenses was to attach the longer lens to the body and place it in the main section of the photo compartment (accessible from the outside), and place the remaining 2 shorter lenses in the rest of the space. In order to do that, I had to steal and use a spacer/separator from a different bag. Overall a great product. I am giving it 5 stars because it proved invaluable and very handy in spite of its little quirks.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could use side access with nikon D80.

I wanted a bag that had an easy side access while wearing and that could carry all my main gear. (D80, F2 17-50mm and f/2 70-200mm lenses, batteries, charger, filters etc. Pros: The bag felt well padded and the harness was comfortable. Cons: I could not get my Nikon D80 in or out of the side access (D80 with Sigma f/2 17-50mm lens). they should have had the zipper go back farther so you don't have to force/fight getting the camera in/out. Would not even think of attempting to use my D80 with ...

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I wanted a bag that had an easy side access while wearing and that could carry all my main gear. (D80, F2 17-50mm and f/2 70-200mm lenses, batteries, charger, filters etc. Pros: The bag felt well padded and the harness was comfortable. Cons: I could not get my Nikon D80 in or out of the side access (D80 with Sigma f/2 17-50mm lens). they should have had the zipper go back farther so you don't have to force/fight getting the camera in/out. Would not even think of attempting to use my D80 with my Tameron f/2 70-200mm lens or use the D80 battery grip. Other: Never used or checked out any of the other features on this bag, since my D80 would not fit in the side access without forcing it. Really wanted to like this bag but the side access was a deal breaker for me. and was not happy with the camera/lens storage area.

Reviewed by 24 customers

 
1.0

Not enough bang

By

from Englewood, CO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nice backpack from outside, but useles. Equipment is hard accesssible. I purchase 2 backpack but seccond one newer opened. Based on first one experiance.

 
5.0

Lowepro Primus AW

By

from Denver, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a wonderful bag. It has lots of room for camera as well as other gear. This bag has plenty of areas for adjustments and fits my back well. It feels like its hugging my back. One problem I find is the side pocket where you can pull out my camera. The pocket is a little small and could pose some problems for a larger camera. I have the Nikon D7000 and it fits well however I have to sneak it out. This could be a problem with a bigger lens. When you take off the bag you can also open it from the back. The rear pocket opens big and lets you get to all your equipment.

 
5.0

Best Bang For The Buck!!

By

from Southeastern, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used this product on an 18 day trip to Alaska and I found it large enough to hold my essential camera equipment, lens, flash, and tripod in the lower section. I also enjoyed the large upper section that gave you plenty of room for your daily gear. Such as: fleece coat, snacks, mittens,rain gear, etc... The only problem is that at times it is hard to remove your camera through the side zipper access but it is still better than anything else I have seen.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Could use side access with nikon D80.

By

from Cucamonga , CA  -  Casual Photographer

I wanted a bag that had an easy side access while wearing and that could carry all my main gear. (D80, F2 17-50mm and f/2 70-200mm lenses, batteries, charger, filters etc. Pros: The bag felt well padded and the harness was comfortable. Cons: I could not get my Nikon D80 in or out of the side access (D80 with Sigma f/2 17-50mm lens). they should have had the zipper go back farther so you don't have to force/fight getting the camera in/out. Would not even think of attempting to use my D80 with my Tameron f/2 70-200mm lens or use the D80 battery grip. Other: Never used or checked out any of the other features on this bag, since my D80 would not fit in the side access without forcing it. Really wanted to like this bag but the side access was a deal breaker for me. and was not happy with the camera/lens storage area.

 
4.0

reliable photography backpack

By

from TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a backpack I purchase for weekend/short term outdoor photography. It is quite reliable in fabric quality and shape, I never concern about my cameras and lens in it. And the belts are pretty professional, like those hiking large volume backpack, distribute weight well. You have flexible choice to re-distribute the room of bottom, it is enough for one SRL and two lens, plus a compact DC and several other accessories. Not suitable for two big zoom lens, think of this if you have giant lens. Only one thing it need to improve is the limited upper room, no pocket to place my 13' Macbook, even one normal magazine without folding. In total, this is a perfect backpack for short term outdoor activities.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bag, but just too big for me

By

from Miami, FL  -  Pro Photographer

This was a great bag, but just too big for my body. I'm a 5'7 female and once I adjusted the straps the best I could, the bag sat too high and the straps rubbed against my neck. I was disappointed not to keep it.

 
4.0

Very Comfortable, Great day pack

By

from chico, ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

Had it for about a month. I've got a canon 60d with a 50mm prime on it most of the time. I can fit this and my 70-200mm IS 2.8 L along with the charger and a few filters in the photo part of the pack. It's a tight fit. Would have to loose the charger and filters to fit in another small lens. I can get the camera out of the side flap without too much trouble but it could be easier. The top compartment above has plently of room though, probably 20% more then the photo compartment. Enough for small jacket, food, phone, water bottle and extras for a day trip. Both these compartments are accessed from the part your back rests against, making quick acess hard. Theres a dividing unzipable flap between them which can open to make one giant compartment. Theres also tons of padding in the photo compartment, very safe. It's held down by velcro and can be taken out to make more room. The tripod strap on back is ok, but I put my tripod in the back sleeve because it sits closer to my back that way. It's a heavy tripod at about 5.5 lbs with head. This works surprisingly well for hiking and even though the pack is about 25 lbs full (tripod and day supplys included) it's still really comfortable. There's plenty of straps and padding for it to be comfortable. It really fits my long body well too. It's great for day hikes. I love the pack. It's perfect for hiking and makes handling heavy loads easy. The bad part is the size of the photo compartment. For more then a couple of lens of any sizable dimensions it doesn't really work. Also there's no external small pockets for quick access to small photo accessories. Would have been easy to make them so why not? For a comfortable day hike pack for those outdoors landscape photographers I highly recommend it.

 
4.0

Nice bag

By

from Israel  -  Photo Enthusiast

access and area for the photo gear is good The top compartment is a bit small

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera pack for day hikes

By

from Greenville, SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used this pack on a 2 week vacation in British Columbia that included many long day hikes. I was hesitant to buy it due to the complaints about accessing the camera from the side pocket. It is awkward but I don't see anything else that makes it much easier and combines this packs features. I was able to remove a 30d with a 300mm IS 4L lens from the side access for several wildlife shots that required quick action so I was very pleased with this. It even had the tripod ring attached which makes it much harder but still doable. Also carried a 10-22mm, 28-135mm, and a 1.4x converter with ease. Also lunch, point and shoot with slip link attachment, rain gear, water bladder, plus binoculars. Even some flyfishing gear and a rod one day (chest pack strapped to back of pack). This is exactly what I needed. The pack was good for a 15 mile + dayhike in very rugged territory so I think it's a winner. Very comfortable (although heavy) but if you want your gear protected it's a trade-off worth making. It's really perfect for my needs. I don't carry all my lens's on trips like this (don't think my back could take much more) so the storage is adequate. If you have tons of lens's that you need to carry then this may not be for you but it's the best of both worlds for a photography daypack and a steal at [$]. I have been backpacking for 30+ years and the construction is very good. I'll be keeping this one.

 
4.0

primus aw backpack review

By

from Chicago area, IL  -  Casual Photographer

I use the pack because my 70-200 lens won't fit in my regular bag. I like the high quality and thoughtfulness of the bag, however the velcro compartments seem limited. I had to use the dividers in a non standard way as to restrict the lens (the second one that is not on the camera) to not almost fall out while getting my camera from the side access. Aside from this missing one piece of fuzzy side velcro in the proper place, I like this comfortable back pack very much.

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