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Lowepro CompuTrekker AW

CompuTrekker
Review Date: Apr 13, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: protects equipment very well, fully customizable
Cons:
poor zippers, useless waist belt, sits very high on your back, bulky, uncomfortable

I bought this, put all my gear in it (15" powerbook, 350D and several lenses), walked around for awhile and sent it back a couple hours later.

I have to give this bag some credit because Lowepro does know how to protect your equipment very well. This bag carried everything I had(photo and computer gear), great for a carry on while flying. I know my gear is safe. The only problem is that it's a camera bag first and a backpack second.

In other words, it's very functional but I didn't find it very comfortable. By the time you get the arm straps in the proper position the bag sits so high on your back that the so called waste belt ends up around your stomach. The whole point of a waste belt is to take weight off your shoulders and put it onto your hips. Becuase you can't use them properly, you end up with these huge 2 inch straps dangling all over the place.

The tripod thingy? There are much easier ways to carry a tripod on a backpack. This thing is another big hassle. I can't access my gear without taking that stupid thing off.

The zippers were small and getting caught on the fabric, I can't see that lasting.

I don't understand the waterproof cover. Why don't they just make the fabric waterproof with sealed zippers? Then you wouldn't have to bother with that thing.

Like I said, it's an ok pack for your gear but this bag just wasn't well thought out. I want something comfortable that I can wear all day, I don't regret sending it back.