Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack, Waterproof Camera Bag, Yellow / Black.

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About Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack

Yet another Lowepro® innovation, the revolutionary new DryZone 200 is the first soft-sided camera backpack that's completely waterproof. The DryZone 200 holds a variety of systems and if it falls into the water (with the zipper closed, of course) this unique backpack floats -- even fully loaded.

The Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack is commonly used for Protecting gear, Transporting gear and more.The Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack: Comfortable, Strong construction and Well padded

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (6),Well padded (6),Comfortable (4)
Cons:
Hard to access equipment (3)
Best Uses:
Protecting gear (5),Transporting gear (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack Features

  • waterproof case with a hi-tech TIZIP zipper for water-tight protection
  • inner zip and top clip for easy access while away from water
  • heavy-duty camera compartment, completely customizable for a variety of systems
  • ergonomic, fully adjustable backpack harness includes an adjustable padded waistbelt, CollarCut shoulder straps, lumbar support, DryFlo mesh-covered padding and load adjustment straps
  • tuck-away tripod holder designed for optimum balance
  • self-draining outer mesh pockets and generous inner mesh pockets
  • attachment loops for optional SlipLock add-ons
  • includes rubber handle

Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack Specifications

External Dimensions
14.5W x 11.5D x 25H in. (37 x 29 x 63.5 cm)
Internal Dimensions
12W x 6D x 17H in. (30.5 x 15 x 43 cm)
Material
waterproof plastic-coated nylon
Capacity
large 35mm or digital pro SLR; 4 - 5 lenses (up to a 300mm f/2.8, with hood reversed), flash and accessories; or compact medium format system (like the Mamiya® 645); or small field camera system; or professional video system
Colors Available
Black/yellow, Black/Gray,

Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.2

(based on 9 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extreme Travel Pack

I bought this bag for various reasons but specifically for a big trip to the South Pacific where I was expecting to spend a lot of time on boats, canoes, rain, rain, high humidity and rain. If you are not concerned with your camera equipment in EXTREME conditions, look for something else. There are some great LowePro bags that are water resistant that are really cool designs. I was able to fit the following camera equipment in the bag with ease: * Canon EOS 5D Mk II body + Battery Grip * Cano...

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I bought this bag for various reasons but specifically for a big trip to the South Pacific where I was expecting to spend a lot of time on boats, canoes, rain, rain, high humidity and rain. If you are not concerned with your camera equipment in EXTREME conditions, look for something else. There are some great LowePro bags that are water resistant that are really cool designs. I was able to fit the following camera equipment in the bag with ease: * Canon EOS 5D Mk II body + Battery Grip * Canon 24-70 2.8L lens * Canon 70-200 2.8L IS lens * Canon 100 2.8 macro lens * Canon 16-35 2.8L lens * Canon 2x extender * Canon 580EX II flash * Various other small accessories, including CF cards, phones, wallets, passports, etc. The bag is easy to travel with (fits in overhead compartment in planes), extremely comfortable to carry around (when adjusted properly) and has solid chest and waist straps to distribute the load. Most innovative is the back harness system which can be easily adjusted up or down based on your height. Of course, the best feature of the bag is the dry-suit zip. For all the complaints, the zipper is really a non-issue. You need to properly lubricate it with silicone grease (go to A Scuba shop and get the good stuff). The zipper is heavy duty for a reason. It will require an effort to open and close it. While I was a little nervous jumping into the ocean with all my gear, along with the sharks and snakes, it worked perfectly. The bag floated high in the water and not a drop of water penetrated the bag. I probably logged a few miles swimming in the open ocean. The self-draining pockets on the outside also worked really well. And yes, the security of keeping your camera equipment safe in EXTREMES, will be a trade off for ease of getting your camera in and out of the bag. Note: the exterior compartment is not waterproof, so if you plan to go for a swim, you'll need to remember to remove everything from that compartment that you don't want getting wet. Overall, this is an excellent bag by Lowepro. The dry-suit compartment really works superbly. Some of the design features - particularly the height adjustable harness and waist/chest straps - are superior to those on more conventional models. I would have no hesitation recommending this bag to anyone planning to take lots of gear into extreme climates, be it snow, water or sand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Zipper is too much trouble.

The zipper is a major problem. It must be greased after every use or it does not work. After limited use, I am almost through the tube of grease they provided. You want a bag that zips up quick and reliable when weather changes. This is not that bag.

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
1.0

Don't trust this bag to keep gear safe!

By

from Kihei, HI  -  Pro Photographer

I'm sure the other reviews cover the positive aspects of this bag. It's adjustable, it holds a lot, etc. Here's my story: I used this bag a few times with no issues. At first, I put everything inside into their own gallon sized ziplocs for extra insurance, but after a few trips with no issues I stopped with the extra layer of protection. 2 weekends ago, the bag failed catastrophically with my Canon 6d, 7d, Tokina 10-17, Canon 17-40 and 24-70 inside, as well as my phone and some small misc. All of it was ruined. Almost all of my large equipment...gone just like that. It was not in a situation beyond what you'd expect the bag to be able to handle, in fact it was very similar to the product video that Lowepro uses for this bag. My suggestion is to get a Pelican and deal with the drawbacks (bulk, weight, etc). Cram a pelican into a traditional backpack. Don't make the mistake of trusting this bag to keep your gear safe. Also, the straps slip out at the shoulders, pretty obnoxious.

 
4.0

Nice bag

By

from Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

This bag seems very sturdy, and for how boxy it is, it is quite comfortable. Haven't gotten it totally wet yet, but I'm pretty sure it'll keep my stuff dry. The zipper isn't that hard to open, but if you go into and out of your bag a lot, this probably isn't for you. But this bag is going to give me a lot of peace of mind when I'm hiking or on a boat and it gets wet.

 
4.0

Excellent drybag

By

from NW Montana  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a serious dry-bag, with a serious waterproof zipper to match. Excellent padding and protection for camera and/or electronic equipment, and just as importantly, the dry-bag itself is (mostly) protected from abrasions and punctures that would compromise its waterproof integrity, I would like to see full coverage around the inner dry-bag, though. Great for any activity in and around water where high-value equipment absolutely has to be kept dry. I use it for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and camping over on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, and for transporting gear in the back of pickups and boats. Very adjustable and comfortable suspension system. I am 5' 11" and have a long torso and there is plenty of adjustability to get the fit and ride just right with the bulk of the weight on my hips and not my shoulders. No water bladder storage, but the two outer mesh pockets serve to hold water bottles quite well, and LowePro's modular accessory bags can easily be attached for more/handy storage. I'd have preferred a larger dry storage area for camera equipment (but that would probably just encourage me to carry more). Plenty of room for two cameras with shorter lenses attached, or one body with long telephoto and another with a short prime, as well as multiple extra lenses, flash, batteries, charger and accessories.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Waterproof Bag

By

from Fort Lauderdale FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this product for a week long rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. It kept my camera equipment totally dry and I didn't have to worry going through the rapids! The zipper to get the watertight seal is not easy to operate and works best with a bit of silicone applied each time otherwise the links miss and the seal is broken but it's not hard to fix just pull zipper back and then attempt the seal again. The pack itself is kinda heavy but allows for ample storage of my gear- I had a compact camera with housing, two slr's a 100-400 telephoto lens, wide angle lens, macro lens, 17-85 lens, photo viewer and plenty of backup batteries. They all fit easily into the pack, excellent product for peace of mind!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extreme Travel Pack

By

from Yorba Linda  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this bag for various reasons but specifically for a big trip to the South Pacific where I was expecting to spend a lot of time on boats, canoes, rain, rain, high humidity and rain. If you are not concerned with your camera equipment in EXTREME conditions, look for something else. There are some great LowePro bags that are water resistant that are really cool designs. I was able to fit the following camera equipment in the bag with ease: * Canon EOS 5D Mk II body + Battery Grip * Canon 24-70 2.8L lens * Canon 70-200 2.8L IS lens * Canon 100 2.8 macro lens * Canon 16-35 2.8L lens * Canon 2x extender * Canon 580EX II flash * Various other small accessories, including CF cards, phones, wallets, passports, etc. The bag is easy to travel with (fits in overhead compartment in planes), extremely comfortable to carry around (when adjusted properly) and has solid chest and waist straps to distribute the load. Most innovative is the back harness system which can be easily adjusted up or down based on your height. Of course, the best feature of the bag is the dry-suit zip. For all the complaints, the zipper is really a non-issue. You need to properly lubricate it with silicone grease (go to A Scuba shop and get the good stuff). The zipper is heavy duty for a reason. It will require an effort to open and close it. While I was a little nervous jumping into the ocean with all my gear, along with the sharks and snakes, it worked perfectly. The bag floated high in the water and not a drop of water penetrated the bag. I probably logged a few miles swimming in the open ocean. The self-draining pockets on the outside also worked really well. And yes, the security of keeping your camera equipment safe in EXTREMES, will be a trade off for ease of getting your camera in and out of the bag. Note: the exterior compartment is not waterproof, so if you plan to go for a swim, you'll need to remember to remove everything from that compartment that you don't want getting wet. Overall, this is an excellent bag by Lowepro. The dry-suit compartment really works superbly. Some of the design features - particularly the height adjustable harness and waist/chest straps - are superior to those on more conventional models. I would have no hesitation recommending this bag to anyone planning to take lots of gear into extreme climates, be it snow, water or sand.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A comfortable backpack thats waterproof!

By

from Maryland  -  Photo Enthusiast

The bag is not the easiest to get into granted I can agree somewhat with previous reviewers gripes but you do not need to fully waterproof your gear everytime you use it. If you are not going to be around the water don't close the interior waterproof shell....just close the external shell/plastic buckle and turn your equipment access into 2 seconds instead of the 10 or 15 seconds it might take if the waterproof shell is closed. I have not found a soft bag which is also a very comfortable, adjustable backpack that floats with my SB800, 2Nikon Bodies, 4 batteries, various accessories and 3 lenses inside. Again Waterproof, not just water resistant. If you are not someone who goes rafting, kayaking or would be around the water much than this bag is probably overkill and I would recommend you look for something else. But, if you want something which does what it was designed to do (keep your very expensive photo equipment dry) then give this backpack your consideration if you really have the need.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Zipper is too much trouble.

By

from Port Angeles  -  Photo Enthusiast

The zipper is a major problem. It must be greased after every use or it does not work. After limited use, I am almost through the tube of grease they provided. You want a bag that zips up quick and reliable when weather changes. This is not that bag.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

faulty zipper

By

from Wasilla Alaska  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Uses a SCUBA type dry suit zipper that is undoubtably 100% waterproof. However, zipper jams and is very difficult to close, even after waxing. Called Lowepro and they were very accomodating and sent me a new waterproof inset. Same problem, every time I ever needed it for a wet outdoor trip it took forever to close it up. I was so afraid to take it out I never used the waterproof zipper and closed it with the conventional zipper. I am going to contact Lowepro and see if they will credit it for another backpack.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality, Comfort and WATERPROOF!

By

from Worcester, Mass  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This Dry Zone pack will fit a Canon 40D with a WFT or Battery grip + 10-22, 24-105, 70-200 lenses + 2x and 1.4x extenders along with spare batteries, lens hoods, filters and a 580 Speedlight. Then there is still enough room for a 180mm Macro along with a Macro twin light and the support brackets, extenders and mounts. Now it is full and weighs about 35lbs. A tripod can be mounted on the exterior using the built in pouch and 3 adjustable snaps. The exterior pack has an additional 7 or 8 pockets for all the other stuff that is allowed to get wet. The distance from the waist belt to the shoulder straps can be adjusted using the supplied velcro separator. A very neat trick. All the other strap adjustments are normal except for the sternum strap. A feature I had not appreciated until now. Being from New England and spending most of my vacations in Scotland, Canada and the wetter parts of the USA I know the damage water can do to photographic equipment. The main reason to buy this backpack was its claim to be WATERPROOF. It is. I put it in the shower for an hour, hot, cold, spray and full stream. Filled the bath and dropped it in. It floated. I held it under. It did not leak and I believe it will not leak on the trail. The internal foam dividers are substantial enough to give you the confidence that a porter could manhandle the bag in a normal way or it would survive a trip around the Heathrow Airport baggage conveyor. This is not an Economy Class International carry on bag. For a start it weighs about 50% of the weight allowance (32lbs) and if packed as described above it would be refused by the Airline (>50lbs) as being hazardous to both the employees and the conveyor system! However if you are reasonably fit and travel on the surface by boat or car/bus this is ideal. It will protect your gear from mechanical damage and be very comfortable to wear and you can use your hands for other things. Although it does come with a regular carrying handle in the right place for a porter.

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Shopper  Is there enough room to pack extra warm clothes and some food? just enough for a day trip + extras in case of an emergency?
PETER P  Personally, I don't consider this a particularly roomy bag. I have carried two EOS camera bodies, a strobe, 3-4 lenses (including a long one), along with sunshades and multiple filters for each, as well as extra batteries, and have strapped a tripod on the back along with a couple of small water bottles. This bag has proven itself to indeed be waterproof, having survived numerous zodiac landings and a couple of dunkings in the sea (floating) while protecting my equipment. That's why I purchased it; and hence I am very ppleased and satisfied with it. However, I use another bag when I need to carry a lot of stuff.
Shopper  does this come in the grey/black still?
PETER P  I have no idea about colors. Mine is yellow. I found the pack difficult to zip up if you wanted it to actually be waterproof. However, am glad I purchased it. It kept my Cannon cameras, lenses, batteries, and chips completely dry during numerous zodiac landings on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and actually floated in the zodiac when it was inundated by cold waves up north. Those experiences made the effort to zip it up well worth it. Not a bag you can quickly pull items out of while shooting if you want it to be waterproof, but great to protect your equipment when required, and that was the reason I purchased it in the first place. I use a different bag for dry excursions.
Shopper  Is it truly waterproof, or just water resistance. If we through the bag into river/lake/ocean, it will float, but for how long before the water enters the bag, or not at all? Can't believe it. TIA for any answers.
KENNETH P. Z  it's truly waterproof. have carried it for two years through monsoon weather in southeast asia, heavy fall rains here in alaska, etc. i've never thrown it in a lake to test the theory that it floats, but i've trusted it for two years to keep $15,000 worth of camera gear dry, and i've never been disappointed.

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