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Pro Runner AW line gets six new models

By Adorama News Writer

February 4, 2010

LowePro has just announced six new Pro Runner AW Backpacks for photograhpers, as well as a new Passport Sling DSLR camera bag and the new Exchange Messenger camera bag.


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Lowepro delivers a compact, feature-filled and travel-friendly carrying solution designed to fit the needs of photojournalists, professional photographers and serious enthusiasts.

(Sebastopol, CA, January 4, 2010) – Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, announces the launch of the Pro Runner AW series of backpacks and convertible rollers. This six-model series is streamlined, protective and travel-ready and features Lowepro's classic comfort and organization design details.

"Our Pro Runner AW series embodies what busy photojournalists and location photographers are looking for in a camera backpack," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro product manager. "They need their carrying solutions to be agile in urban settings and built for hassle-free travel—those qualities define Pro Runner AW," he added.

Each of the backpacks features a lightweight, compact and streamlined shape that's designed to move nimbly through busy airports, metro stations and crowded sidewalks. The four larger models feature padded laptop compartments—the two largest feature a checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve—so there's no need to remove the laptop from sleeve at the security checkpoint.

Protective features keep these camera backpacks safeguarded from the elements. Lowepro's patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ protects backpack contents from rain, sand and dust storms and tucks away when not in use. Rainflap lids cover all the zippered closures and offer added protection for gear. Side compression straps with quick-release buckles (all models except 200 AW) provide extra security on the main camera compartment and compress the pack when a photographer needs to downsize.

The Pro Runner x350 and x450 deliver a convertible solution for globetrotting photographers. The spring-loaded trolley handle and premium, replaceable wheels let the pro move smoothly through busy airports. The inventive harness system quickly converts the roller to a backpack with two easy attachments.

Along with its protective and travel-wise details, Pro Runner AW backpacks are constructed to provide long-wearing comfort and support. A padded mesh backpad offers superior lumbar support and helps wick away moisture. The adjustable, padded shoulder straps provide the wearer with a customized fit and keep weight evenly balanced while moving from location to location. And the tuck-away waiststrap/waitbelt offers stability and helps minimize movement.

Lowepro's legendary organization is purpose built into every corner of the packs. The fully padded and completely customizable main compartments easily adjust for a variety of gear arrangements. A discreet front pocket offers quick access to and organization for personal items like a light jacket, cell phone, or MP3 player. A zippered document pocket (all models except 200 AW and 300 AW) provides a handy place to stash boarding passes or a passport. The Hideaway Tripod Mount™ system secures a compact tripod or monopod to the pack with the top cam lock buckle and strap folding into a storage pocket when not needed.

The six models accommodate a wide range of capacities and ways to pack a variety of camera gear, accessories and lenses sized up to 300mm—from a DSLR with attached lens, plus two or three lenses and accessories in the smallest 200 AW model, to a pro DSLR with attached 300mm lens, three to four extra lenses or accessories and a 17" widescreen laptop in the largest x450 model.

Pro Runner 200 AW and 300 AW are available in Black and Pine Green/Black; Pro Runner 350 AW, 450 AW, x350 AW and x450 AW are available in Black only.

Design Highlights

    * Streamlined shape with a travel-friendly profile designed to move nimbly through busy airports and crowded cities.
    * Lowepro's patented All Weather AW Cover™ protects entire bag from elements and tucks away when not in use.
    * Hideaway Tripod Mount™ system secures a compact tripod or monopod to pack.
    * Smooth-operating, premium wheels set in custom housings are removable with an Allen wrench (x350 AW and x450 AW models).
    * Convertible harness system quickly changes roller to backpack on the x350 AW and x450 AW.
    * Fully padded and customizable interior accommodates a complete camera kit, extra accessories, tripod, personal items, plus a laptop in the four largest models.

Click here for more information on the Pro Runner™ AW series


9.8W x 4.5D x 11.8H in.
25 x 11.5 x 30 cm
11.8W x 6.7D x 14H in.
30 x 17 x 35.5 cm

11.2W x 4.5D x 15.2H in.
28.5 x 11.5 x 47 cm
13W x 7.5D x 17.3H in.
33 x 19 x 44 cm

11.2W x 4.5D x 15.2H in.
28.5 x 11.5 x 38.5 cm
13W x 10.4D x 17.8H in.
33 x 26.5 x 45.5 cm

12.2W x 6.7D x 18.5H in.
31 x 17 x 47 cm
13.4W x 11.4D x 19.9H in.
34 x 29 x 50.5 cm

11.8W x 5.1D x 15.6H in.
30 x 13 x 39.5 cm
13W x 11.2D x 18.3H in.
33 x 28.5 x 46.5 cm

12.8W x 6.3D x 17.5H in.
32.5 x 16 x 44.5 cm
14W x 12.6D x 20.3H in.
35.5 x 32 x 51.5 cm

Lowepro unveils a unique and unexpected kind of camera sling bag that offers freedom of movement, protection for a DSLR kit and lots of space for personal gear: the Passport Sling.

(Sebastopol, CA, January 4, 2010) – Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, announces the launch of the Passport Sling. This inventive bag includes protected space for a DSLR and a flexible compartment that unzips to reveal approximately 30% more space for extra accessories and personal items.

"We designed the Passport Sling for today's photo enthusiasts who want to carry an equal amount of camera and personal gear as they sightsee, travel or go for a walk with their DSLRs," said Tracy Daly, Lowepro product manager. "The comfortable, ergonomic design and expandable compartment make it an appealing option that doesn't look like a typical camera bag.

The Passport Sling is designed to conform to the body and easily move with the wearer. It may be worn across the chest, high and close or low and loose, depending on the activity. The shoulder strap features a cam lock buckle that easily adjusts for an ideal fit, plus a removable, sliding shoulder pad with a non-slip patch that offers cushioned comfort when needed.

Inside, a padded camera box—with a built-in memory card pocket—protects a DSLR while the sling is worn. The box is collapsible and may be removed when packing the Passport Sling into a larger bag for travel. Additional features include: two interior pockets; two exterior slash pockets; water bottle pocket.

The Passport Sling is available in Black, Sky Blue and Mica.

Design Highlights

    * Unique and inventive design with the look of a modern sling and the protective features of a Lowepro camera bag.
    * Expandable compartment for increases carrying capacity of accessories and personal items by approximately 30%.
    * Adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle offers a comfortable way to wear sling across body—high or low.

Dimensions & Fit

4.1W x 7.5D x 7.5H in.
10.5 x 19 x 19 cm
FULLY EXPANDED INTERIOR (excluding camera compartment):
5.1W x 6.3D x 15H in.
13 x 16 x 38 cm
DSLR with attached zoom lens; one extra lens or flash; memory card; personal items

Lowepro combines a classic bike courier profile with protective and practical features in its newest carrying solution for today's youthful and style-minded DSLR user.

(Sebastopol, CA, January 4, 2010) – Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, unveils its Exchange Messenger™ camera bag. This new, messenger bag style design offers a modern look, super-light weight and soft-sided protection for a standard DSLR kit, plus generous space for personal gear.

"Our Exchange Messenger design speaks to the consumer's desire to carry his or her DSLR, a couple of key accessories and plenty of non-camera essentials in a bag that's modern and stylish," said Tracy Daly, Lowepro product manager.

On the exterior, Exchange Messenger features tonal crisscrossing panels and a wide, integrated shoulder strap—reminiscent of a classic bike courier look. Inside, the main compartment is lined in contrasting fabric to easily see gear and sized to fit today's most popular DSLR models (placed horizontally), an extra lens or flash and personal items. Two adjustable, padded dividers allow for easy customization of the bag.

Additional features include: three spacious pockets under the flap (one with a zipper) to store anything from wallet, keys and cell phone to maps, boarding passes and sunglasses; and a two-buckle closure for fast access to gear, plus security when on the move.

The Exchange Messenger is available in Black, Grey and Arctic Blue.

Design Highlights

    * Modern, messenger-bag styling conceals camera gear from passersby.
    * Roomy main compartment includes adjustable, padded dividers to customize space for kit, plus personal items.
    * Contrasting interior lining provides high visibility to gear.

Dimensions & Fit

11.8W x 4.7D x 8.1H in.
30 x 12 x 20.5 cm
13W x 5.7D x 9.4H in.
33 x 14.5 x 24 cm
Standard DSLR kit with one extra lens or flash; extra accessories; personal items


The above are unedited press releases provided by Lowepro.


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