Lowepro has unveiled a new Rover Pro AW series, which currently comprises two lightweight, technical backpacks designed for photographers who carry heavy loads of equipment over long and varied terrain.


Lowepro’s new Rover Pro AW are designed for active outdoor professional and enthusiasts photographers. (Source: Lowepro.)

Both packs feature a trampoline-style suspension system with breathable mesh to provide an optimal load transfer and superior ventilation. Adjustable shoulder straps allow a custom fit that accommodates 40 to 48 centimetre torso lengths as measured from the C4 vertebrae to the top of the iliac crest. The top loading design offers two-way access to camera and other gear””from the top or the front-hatch opening.

Modular cases (1 camera case and 1 lens case in 45L model; 1 camera case in 35L model) are placed under the front hatch.Fully padded and adjustable, they may be removed to convert the bags to fully functional backpacks. A hydration-readyside pocket can hold an optional two litre reservoir, while on the opposite side of the pack is a tripod attachment system with flaps and compression straps to secure gear.

Lowepro’s weather-protective cover has been redesigned to provide a moisture barrier with reflector functionality for enhanced visibility and safety. Additional outdoor-friendly details include: ice axe/trekking pole attachment points; attached top lid with zippered storage pocket; stretchy front stash pocket; sleeping pad/small tent straps at bottom of pack; adjustable waist belt with built-in zippered pockets; compression straps to stabilize gear within pack and streamline the overall profile; plus, a dedicated laptop compartment in 45L model.

The Rover Pro 45L AW (RRP AU$379) fits a Pro DSLR with grip plus attached 24-70mm zoom lens, 3-4 extra lenses, a tripod or monopod, a 15-inch laptop, sleeping pad, small tent and personal gear. The Rover Pro 35L AW (RRP AU$349)  fits a Pro DSLR with attached 24-70mm zoom lens, one extra lens or flash, a tripod or monopod, sleeping pad, small tent and personal gear.

Full details of both packs are available for downloading at: http://www.maxwell.com.au/news/2012/lowepro_roverproaw_2012-09-19.pdf