The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW is a high-performance camera backpack designed with a large capacity, premium security, all-day comfort, plus protection from the elements. Its unique back-entry compartment provides easy access to camera gear when setting up (keeping the harness off the ground and clean of debris), plus extra security when on the move.
Adjustable dividers allow custom organization inside the roomy main compartment. Other features include; a mesh-covered, padded waistbelt, back pad and contoured straps for added comfort and wicking away moisture; a hideaway tripod holder to secure a tripod or monopod to backpack; built-in memory card pockets on inside panel; front storage panels and mesh pockets for storing additional gear; Hypalon SlipLock attachment loops for SlipLock compatible products; a built-in All Weather Cover; and silent zipper pulls.
Perfect for the traveling photographer or enthusiast who needs to keep expensive gear securely tucked away, yet close at hand to capture the shot in a moment.
The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack is commonly used for Protecting gear, Storing gear, Transporting gear and more.The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack: Adjustable harness, Comfortable, Easily accessible equipment, Roomy and Strong construction
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Don't buy this bag if you are over 5'8
All-in-all this constructed perfectly, but is functionally useless. Unfortunately, I am too tall (5'11") and the designers of almost all Lowepro bags seem to be teeny tiny people. I don't know why Lowepro biases itself in this way -- maybe its not marketing to tall people. I don't know. But the fact is that the 400AW was Lowepros best and brightest hope for a good bag for tall people and once again, they failed. If you are 5'11" (like me), then you need to adjust the bag wwaaaaaay down such t...View full Review
All-in-all this constructed perfectly, but is functionally useless. Unfortunately, I am too tall (5'11") and the designers of almost all Lowepro bags seem to be teeny tiny people. I don't know why Lowepro biases itself in this way -- maybe its not marketing to tall people. I don't know. But the fact is that the 400AW was Lowepros best and brightest hope for a good bag for tall people and once again, they failed. If you are 5'11" (like me), then you need to adjust the bag wwaaaaaay down such that the "chest-strap" thing is choking your throat (it becomes a throat slicer). Also most of these backpacks have "wings" on the sides. Big, ugly flaps that are not comfortable if you have love-handles. I am not fat -- but the utter thickness of these sideflaps (which rest against your lovehandles) make you look twice as fat and are so awkward and weird looking, youll be embarrassed to see yourself in the mirror in this thing. If you are a skinny little danty thing, fine. But otherwise you are uncomfortable, because this bag does not fit. And thats unfortunate, because it fits better than any other Lowepro in its class. Buy this bag if you are shorter than 5'8". Period. Its incredibly comfortable padding is truly an advanced technology. Its weatherproof and indestructable. However, it is not for taller people. And its not for anyone with a beer belly. Additionally, think twice about this bag -- it is NOT easy to access your gear, because those "sidewings" (FAT belt flaps) prevent the bag from opening easily. A huge design flaw. The only benefit of this bag is if you are traveling in a place where you think people or children might unzip your bag. 99.99% of the time thats not going to be the case. Please, please don't get this bag or any model under it, if you are tall. I struggle to rate it poorly however, due to the very fantastic quality of material and how beautiful it is. The functionality, however, makes it useless.
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I previously owned the Flipside 300, which is a fantastic backpack. I loved the fact that you can travel in crowded places without the worry of anyone opening your pack unnoticed. I recently upgraded my camera and added a battery grip to it. I found it difficult to carry the camera upright in the bag. Laying the camera down meant that I could not take along as many lenses as I could previously. I upgraded to the Flipside 400 and now I can fit all of my equipment easily in the bag. The Flipside series of bags are the best that I have come across! I also love the fact that I can change lenses without removing the bag from my waist (just flip the bag from your back to the front and open the bag while on your waist). Don't hesitate, it's the best bag you can purchase!!
I am heading out on some extended travels that will call for varied kits in urban and wilderness settings. This bag is large enough to carry 2 bodies and 4 lenses, including, when necessary, my 100-400mm and related paraphernalia. For its spaciousness, it is compact and light while retaining decent padding. It is well constructed of durable materials and includes an attached rain cover. It has two minor failings which caused me to drop a star: it is short in the body so that the well padded belt does not sit on the hips unless you relax the shoulder straps (I am 6'1") and while including a foot pocket and cinch to attach a tripod, there are no other external devices on the pack to provide flexibility in attaching other equipment or a spare bit of clothing. I also use the flipside 300; this series of packs provides the best mix of features and qualities for my needs.
I purchased this backpack on sale at Adorama. I have used it both on day long hikes in the forest, and several shoots in the urban jungle of Phoenix. So far it has been great. It's very comfortable and fits my 5' 8" frame well. I like the back loading design and extra security where you have to take the pack off to get to the contents. This is no big deal and if you leave the waist belt fastened. You just slide the pack around to the front on your hips and use it almost like a desk. This has been really helpful during some recent night shoots where I needed to change lenese etc. and I didn't have to take the pack off. I find it has plenty of room for several lenses/flashes, my gripped Nikon D7000, and accessories like filters, straps, trail snacks etc. If you shoot with a large telephoto like a Nikon 300mm 2.8, you may want a bigger pack to hold that size of lens. The extra little features like the built in tripod holder, water bottle sleeves on the sides, and rain cover are great. Overall the build quality is great..typical Lowepro quality. If you need something bigger than a sling style pack, but not as big as say an expedition type bag for overnight stays, this will fit the bill just fine. For the money, I am very happy!
This is great for those days I want or may want more of my gear with me. I had a Lowepro Sling before and it was great for minimal gear. Being able to swing this on my waist without removing it is cool. I carry a Canon D7, 70-300L lenst (I can leave the hood on extended), two more lens, better beamer, and flash ... with room to spare. Nice outer pocket for light jacket/lunch. Also very comfortable.
Accomodates all of my equipment and room for more.
In this pack I carry my Nikon D800, 24-70 & 70-200 zooms, a 50mm prime, an SB-910 flash, a light meter, filters, cleaning materials and various accessories. I attach my RRS tripod to the outside. I have taken this thing all over the world and never had problems carrying it on an airplane. I recently climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan with the pack fully loaded and my tripod attached and found it very comfortable and manageable throughout the climb. This is a great all-around bag. As for toughness and protecting your gear: at Narita Airport I foolishly placed my camera bag on top of the baggage cart, and when I started going down an escalator the bag fell off of the cart and tumbled all the way to the bottom of the escalator. I almost had a heart attack. Amazingly, none of my gear was damaged in the slightest! This bag is very robust. One thing I do not like: the tripod strap is fed through the fabric of the outer pocket and not anchored to the structure of the bag. This causes a pendulum effect when walking with the tripod attached due to the instability. The way I get around this is by using a small bungee cord to anchor the tripod to the top handle. This is my only issue with the design and performance of this bag. Bottom Line: A great value and solid performer.
A typical, well-constructed Lowepro AW backpack. I bought it used and it was in near-perfect condition, except for one missing velcro pad. I love the storage capability of the bag. I was skeptical at first at rotating the bag, via waist belt to open it, but it works great. The only thing I wish this bag had was something to restrain or tuck away the waist belt when not in use. I'm able to fit my D700 w/ grip, 70-200mm 2.8; 17-70mm; 8mm fisheye; 28-70mm 2.8; SB800 flash; 50mm 1.8; 35mm 1.8 and accessories, so it's quite the workhorse for me.
I bought this to be able to hold 4 lenses (50,24-105,17-35,70-200w/2x), 430ex11 flash, and 2 pocket wizards. The problem is that when the lenses have the hood on them it becomes to crowded in the compartment and hard to zip up. I should have bought the Flipside 500. Anyone want to trade?
The initial design of the product is very smart. Access your gear from a hidden bag make it easy to accesss to user but hard to access to any thief. However, there is major defect. When you turn all back to your front, as advised, all the weight of the bag + photogear (can be 20+ lbs) is added the the waist strap. And the buckle connecting the strap is made of plastic and not strong enough support that weight. Mine was out of shape after the first use.
I'm 5'11" and the only downside to this bag is that the waist strap sits a bit higher than I'd like when the shoulder straps are adjusted comfortably but it isn't that big a deal. The bag is very well built and easily holds my D90 body along with a 50 1.4, 18-50 2.8, 50-150 2.8 and 70-300 VRII with room for more. The inside pockets are well organized for easy access to additional items such as storage, cables, cords, filters or whatever you need. The bag and straps are well padded for extra security and comfort.