The Lowepro photo hatchback is a great camera backpack for the keen photographer/adventurer. Its dual compartments, which can be combined if necessary, means there is adequate space for camera equipment, as well as everyday essentials.
As an avid hiker and photographer, I felt the Lowepro’s design suited my requirements perfectly. Despite exploring many of the ranges from other competitors, the hatchback was the only bag we found on the market with dual compartments and with supportive sturdy straps and a waist belt (great for distributing the weight on hikes.)
Whilst we initially tested the 16L, an upgrade to the 22L was required, after finding the camera compartment too small for my equipment. The 22L fits a Canon 650d perfectly along with a long lens (we tested a 70-300mm for size). The velcro dividers can be moved around the compartment and stuck into different places/configurations to fit and support a range of camera equipment. Without a long lens, I could have easily used the space for a flash and a small wide angle lens.
Whilst some camera backpacks are designed with access via the side, with the Lowepro Photo Hatchback the access is via a zip at the back. The compartment is just as easily accessible and has the benefit of added security—especially for those using it in busy towns and cities.
The top compartment is spacious and can fit a rolled up waterproof coat, a fleece and a small amount of food. It also contains a zipped compartment and mesh pockets which are useful. On the outside, there are two deep mesh pockets which are designed to hold water bottles. Another great feature is the waterproof cover. This is attached to the bottom of the bag and is secured at the top via two velcro tabs. It’s a good quality cover and kept the bag dry during weather storms while testing in Scotland.
The only downside to the bag is for those who wish to use it on longer hikes. Despite being well designed, the bag does not compare to backpacks specifically designed for hiking. In hot weather, over a long period, there is not enough ventilation space at the back to keep cool. Similarly, the waist strap could be thicker and more padded, making the bag more comfortable to carry over long distances.