Review: Lowepro Viewpoint BP 250 AW

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By Rob

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Now I’ve always been a big fan of having a do-it-all kind of bag. Something that I can use as a weekend bag, take it riding, then turn up with it to work on a Monday morning. Sounds like a lot to ask from a bag doesn’t it? But let’s strip it back and ask what’s absolutely essential to make a good backpack.

Storage // Comfort // Practicality

Not too much to ask for aye? All we’re after is a bag that can fit all our shite in and won’t break our backs when we sling it on. Step forward the Viewpoint. It is part of a new collection of camera orientated bags from Lowepro, aimed to suit a new trendy market of riders and photography enthusiasts. So we know this isn’t going to be a bag made for 6-hour enduro rides, but this aims to fit the bill for the pro/amateur photographers amongst us as well as for shorter afternoon mess-around rides with pals or quick commutes to the shops – and for these kind of trips, it works a treat.

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Inside:

Delving into the innards of the Viewpoint then, what have we got? The main section of the bag is split into two, with a void in the top, ideal for storing a spare layer, the obligatory sarnie and a world of energy bars (you know, the ones we throw in every time and never eat). Along with plenty of space to chuck your stuff, there is also a range of mesh zip pockets and little slots in which you can post your multi-tool, tyre levers and keys etc.

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Moving down the bag, neatly tucked behind a secret side zip pocket, is a small camera/GoPro/equipment bag/box. Designed to securely store your smaller items, the padded box houses a number of interchangeable foam dividers, giving you the freedom to reconfigure the space in any way you choose. And, as it’s also a completely separate bag, it can be removed all together, leaving you with another whopping great space, for further storage possibilities – bulky cameras perhaps. And if you reach inside the bottom compartment, you can remove the middle separation panel completely, opening up a full enormo-void.

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Extruding the GoPro bag

Outside:

Designed to be a bit more ‘trendy’ and possible even ‘hip’, the pack can comfortably accommodate a skateboard, tripod, fancy water bottle and even your Macbook (other laptops are also available) in a sneaky slot along the back. The zip pocket on the front is a lot larger than it looks, and under this is a velcro compartment. I’ve had this bag for 2 months and I keep finding new features. It’s great! I’m sure there’s a swimming pool in here somewhere.

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Chest and waist straps keep the bag in check when riding and if the heavens decide to open above you, there is a tidy rain cover, safely tucked away in another compartment on the underside of the bag.

Overall:

A well thought out pack ready to help you out in every conceivable eventuality, modern life may throw your way. Practicality, comfort and plenty of storage space – this bag gets a serious thumbs up from me.

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Review Info

Brand:Lowepro
Product:Viewpoint BP 250 AW
From:LOWEPRO, lowepro.co.uk
Price:£96.00
Tested:by Rob for 2 months

Comments (0)

    Seems a bit light on storage to be a camera bag. Especially if you claim it to be for pros. The recently reviewed Evoc fits the bill a lot better in terms of camera space.
    This is just a bag with a small pouch inside it. You could do that with any backpack.

    Well, bags are a personal thing but this seems a bit over prescriptive to me. The box thing looks like it takes up a lot of space but likely your stuff doesn’t really fit it perfectly so you pay a big space penalty for doing things the Lowepro way.

    I can see this being a good answer for a bag that you would like to look ‘normal’ as a office/commuter bag, and a GOPRO SPECIFIC, I personally don’t see the appeal as a bike/adventure camera bag, for use with a camera bigger than a point-and-shoot or a limited number of CSC’s

    I have the Lowepro sport 200 AW, this is a bottom, side entry camera bag with about 10L top access napsack with a rain cover built in too for the muddy/rainy days. it a basic lowepro bag and the camera goes right in without the extra box for extra quick access..

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