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Feel the LowePro Protactic 450AW II camera backpack after a month of use: expensive but high quality


Talk about the backpack LowePro Protactic 450 AW II, maybe any cameraman / photographer desires to own it, this is really the very special camera backpack that I have the most stomach ever! Remember the first time I happened to know her, it was the 12/3/2019 period in a news post (yours Austin Nguyen) find buy on FB group "Camera market". Right from the first moments, this backpack has made a strong impression on me through the pits design with handy features, inconsequential but extremely useful & practical! The following days, I scoured Goolgle and consulted a lot of articles as well as personal user experience clips about the Protactic 450 AW II this. Strictly, the more I read, the more excited my mind was, but the more I tried to search, the more disappointed I was when some shops like Giang Duy Dat, iMax, Mayanh24h … all ended up hanging on the sea "still goods ”but when I contacted directly, I received all kinds of answers like:" I have all my goods out of stock "-"My side hasn't updated yet, he sympathizes"-"I don't know when there will be any goods, I'll contact you later"… Even, I have actively contacted the hotline number on Hoang Quan – official distributor of Hoang Long LowePro in Vietnam (party THIS) also received only a brief response that … the goods are coming (!?)

After more than a month of searching in exhaustion, April 18th is the day I officially got to market and own this unique & extremely popular backpack. LoweProIf you need to perform it, AE will understand somewhat the feeling of being excited when you get on my back! Nom actually has a lot of differences in the image of the backpack compared to what I imagine on the internet, with me merely buying it! After a short time of use, I saw the car LowePro Protactic 450 AW II quite suitable for your shooting needs: pit, convenience, very spacious storage compartment and unique features such as ActiveZone, SlipLock, AW (All weather) …

Looking from the outside, whether it is more or less, the backpack always holds a strong, firm form




Net weight of backpack is about 2.4kg



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Logo is sewn with neat and precise lines, creating accents for inherent black tones …



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The zipper is smooth, smooth, the sound is tight, it sounds very good, I can sit and sit for a minute without getting bored …



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Stamp of backpack



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At the end of the lock is attached with a wire hook to make the opening / closing of the backpack easier than ever



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The humpback on the top is quite sturdy, helping to fix the form as well as increasing the shock resistance …



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The top handle is designed close to the back, this detail seems to be nothing to say, but in certain cases it is a useful lifesaver for AE! Imagine the case of AE forgetting to pull the lock for laptop and accessories, and then the AE stands up, sits down, moves, even runs, chases after someone … at this moment the backpack will be pulled back and the item dropped. This cavity is completely possible! However, the design of this strap will minimize the drop of the item, a small but great design : D



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2 straps in the Top & Bottom section: imagine AE opening the backpack on the ground to retrieve or arrange something inside and suddenly hear someone calling or being asked to move to another place It is time to promote the effect of these two straps! All the furniture in the backpack is not degraded, even the AE does not need to pull the backpack lock, just carry 2 straps and lift the butt move. In fact, since I bought backpacks so far, I don't really use this operation, but at some point, I want to silently thank LowePro for designing this useful feature. : D



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The hip belt and the chest belt keep the backpack attached to the shoulder, the furniture will not be shuffled when moving



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In addition, hip belt is also arranged with 2 locker compartments such as change money, bank card, parking ticket …



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Even storing 2-3 smarphone cheats …



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More specifically, the hip belt can be collapsed & hidden inside



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It is even possible to disassemble if AE finds it entangled & unpleasant



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With open design from 4 different directions (left, right, front, back) AE can fully take the initiative to get flexible items without necessarily removing & lowering backpacks …



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AW (All Weather) – against all weather: in my opinion, the fabric of the 450 AW II is inherently thick and sturdy enough to withstand drizzling weather, cloudy rain, flying rain. Now supported by the raincoat at the bottom, the high ability will absolutely resist all weather in Vietnam such as thunderstorms, thunderstorms, showers … even weighing snow storms or the wind of her cold. level always : DSlipLock: with an operation mechanism that merely stuffs, installs, plugs, hangs, hooks … this is really an interesting experience when AE wants to attach something outside for easy access without wanting to open the backpack! The front and sides of the Protactic backpack are equipped with a lot of racks, these prices are designed by a fabric like parachute fabric and extremely tight backpack. Believe me: it is not easy to break, slip under normal conditions! The overall overview of the backpack is cool and much better with the dense system of SlipLock racks, which helps AE always have a certain prominence before a photographer forest! In fact, I use SlipLock to attach portable speakers, luggage tags, sometimes decorations, keychains, even bottle caps …
ActivZone is the space behind the back of the backpack, this area consists of 2 pads on the upper left & right side (I used to call 2 hills), a large piece is horizontal at the bottom! Interweaving between these buffers is a space for air to pass through (I temporarily assign a spring for easy visualization of AE) to help users to prevent fatigue, heat and backache when wearing backpacks for a long time …



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Also in this ActivZone area, a piece of hanging wire is designed by the firm to be inserted into the handle of a tow suitcase. This is not a new feature but quite necessary in long trips to bring many items, AE merely threaded the back of the backpack on the pull rod of the suitcase, it is unseen to take big burden off the shoulders …



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Accompanying LowePro backpack are some toys that the company gave to AE photographer, first with water bag, this bag is really wide: I fit 2 bottles of 500 ml Lavie



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Even a large thermos cup like Yeti, Tumbler MAGA 900ml …



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The second item is the accessory bag: wide enough for comfortable AE to hold phones, batteries, cables, chargers …



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The third item is 2 tripod strap strings: I have to admit that LowePro really takes care of the user experience when designing this feature, with 2 strap straps that are included with AE, can completely fix the tripod in The front of the backpack Not only that a small anti-drop bag (4th item) is also provided by the company, this makes AE's tripod always in a fixed state, not dropped or shuffled when moving! The AE itself who has been drying up the night, traveling alone or group picnics should find it inconvenient to always have a "hand in hand" with a tripod and now with a 450 AW II, the AE will be completely free from this nuisance …

The main compartment contains quite large items (both in width and depth), according to the company, the compartment can accommodate 2 bodies, 3-4 wools and some other accessories such as flycam, flash … I personally only use 1 body, 2 wool and 1 flash left so there is still plenty of space in this compartment …



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The 15 "laptop compartment is overcrowded with its 13.3" Macbook



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2 compartments (outside the laptop compartment) can contain many sundry items such as cable, charger, headset, memory card, HDD, filter, front cable, back cable, card reader and many other accessories …



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Key hanger: help fixed the key inside, anti-slip & misplaced, this hook is plastic but extremely sure, must use a relatively new force to open it, so the slip after installing the key The key is absolutely impossible …



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Zipper pull in the bottom section will reveal the raincoat compartment hidden by the interior to help backpacks protect against all weather, exactly like the word: AW – All Weather



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2 moisture-proof bags are attached by LowePro firm inside the backpack



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Bottom part of backpack



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Overview of the storage compartment with the original default partitions



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  1. The design is beautiful, solid, good shockproof
  2. Get flexible items from 4 different directions
  3. ActivZone helps the shoulder to be cool and helps relieve fatigue when worn for a long time
  4. SlipLock helps mount / hang / hook additional backpack
  5. AW (coping with stormy weather)
  6. Large main compartment with many small compartments containing accessories
  7. Lock (zipper) is smooth and smooth without hissing, there is a hook to thread the handle
  8. Support key chain to prevent falling or misplaced
  9. Easy to mount tripod and with strong string
  10. Can be installed on the suitcase to release the shoulders
  11. The hip belt is compact or removable
  12. Many of the toys included: water cup bag, chain strap, tripod bag, accessory bag … in addition, users can buy some other accessories from LowePro (side THIS)
  1. Expensive: normally AE takes photos or buys backpacks for a few hundred to over a million turns, the backpack in this article is really expensive, but considering it, the money is commensurate with the value & the little convenience that it brings. ! Actually AE has conditions or transitions, so it is necessary to come down to the market because the market out there has too many other backpacks for AE to choose with a more suitable price but if you decide to buy, make sure not to regret it : D
  2. Heavy: this is something I rarely see mentioning when reviewing the LowePro Protatic 450 AW II, his net weight alone has lost 2.4kg. I carry the familiar gear (including Canon 5D mark III + Canon 24-70 f2.8 + Canon Fix 85 f1.4 IS + Canon 580ex II weighs 3.7kg in total), Macbook (1.8kg) with some accessories Other items such as: memory card + card reader + cable / charger / camera battery + Tech Pouch (3 smartphones + ZMI MF885 transmitter + Pisen backup charger 20,000mAh + several USB + HDD drives backup data + other TypeC / Lightning / MicroUSB cable + Sony TX650 + phone base + speaker UE WonderBoom) + Thermo cup Tumbler 30oz MAGA … If you bring Victory 3010 tripod, then add 3.7kg more, the range: 12 -15kg! That's it, with this weight on the back all day, the feeling of being sure will be very high … It's so critical … I really don't know how to describe it so that AE is easy to imagine! Just imagine the evening of coming home, pouring a backpack with a "thousand pounds" of weight from thin shoulders, you will just want to stretch your limbs, lie flat on the bed without any move to bathe or eat or drink. half! In the past, I have tried a test session with many things, the feeling is really good! Why, I don't have the habit of forgetting tripods and laptops during shooting sessions : D
  3. Can not stand upright on the ground: yes but … not really! Simple visualization like this: if inside the camera bag, the lens … no problem but the case is empty (inside the laptop only), almost immediately the backpack of LowePro firm down on the ground Unconsciously like losing a tripod! I tried to retry many times still the same, this situation will cause a bit of inconvenience for AE who only use 1 body, 1 wool but often have to bring a laptop with me …
  4. Difficult to tripod large size: it is said that LowePro company has included 2 dedicated wires with a bag to drop but I myself find it quite inconvenient when the tripod column Victory 3010 onto the backpack! If you don't use a drop-down bag, the tripod is quite balanced, but moving all day can make the tripod drop, but if you use a bag to drop, the tripod will be raised quite high (across the head)! This generally causes a rather annoying obstacle when moving quickly or running because the tripod's BallHead part will hit the back of the neck or head hard! Suggested solution: hand or use a tripod with moderate size, or tie in one of 2 backpack flanks …



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PS: with what was shared in this article, LowePro Protactic 450 AW II Truly the most expensive backpack I've ever known: quality in form, great in quality, burning in every experience! Indeed, the company LowePro I have tried to listen, study and take care of every single detail to increase the experience of the user experience to an optimal level and complete as possible!



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