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Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review by brian

Brian Tilley (briantilley)


Keywords: lowepro, roller, x200, bag, non_nikon

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Moving on (finally, I hear you say...) to the interior of the bag. On the inside of the main door are two clear pockets for thin things like cables or papers – I like the way their zippers have little triangular pockets to cover the metal pulls when closed, to lessen the chance of scratching your equipment; a thoughtful touch. Above these pockets are three little compartments sized for Compact Flash cards. Each of these has a neat flip-over flap arrangement to indicate whether the card is full or empty, as can be seen in FIGURE 8 – the one nearest the hinge side is showing “empty”. Behind these compartments is a slim open pocket, and this part of the bag is completed by a flap concealing another card holder and several slots for pens or similar (FIGURE 9).

FIGURE 8

FIGURE 9

FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9

The single main compartment measures 19.5in by 12.2in by 6.3in (49.5cm by 31cm by 16cm) internally. That makes it a touch smaller in height and depth than Lowepro’s official figures, but it’s still capable of holding a “pro” body like the D3 series. Some wheeled cases struggle in this area because of the depth lost to the pull handle housing, but not the Pro Roller x200. The interior has substantial padding, which is covered entirely in the “loop” half of the expected hook loop material. This lining and the extensive selection of moveable dividers supplied are finished in fetching shades of “Lowepro Grey”; these can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit different combinations of equipment.

FIGURE 10

FIGURE 10

FIGURE 11 Annotated

FIGURE 12 Annotated

FIGURE 11 FIGURE 12

I’ve put the bag to use on two types of outing so far. FIGURES 10 and 11 show the bag configured for a trip to an outdoor sporting event, with two pro bodies and a range of lenses from a 16-35mm to a 300mm with 1.4x TC. FIGURE 12 shows the same basic configuration but with some of the smaller dividers re-arranged to hold a smaller set of lenses together with four Speedlights and accessories, for a portrait shoot. I still had a few dividers left over, together with a nice U-shaped piece of padding which would be useful to surround a smaller lens in the central area and stop it moving around. Also shown is the supplied stash pouch, which can take all those little essentials like spare batteries, caps, Nikonians microfibre cloth and so forth.

 

 

When fully loaded, I’ll warn you that the bag is pretty heavy – with the sports kit shown, it tips the scales at 15.4kg (34 pounds). It’s a good job I can wheel it around all day and don’t have to carry it! In fact, the bag itself is no lightweight, being about 6.4kg (14 pounds) when empty of equipment. I guess that’s what would be expected for such a solid item, especially given the “surprise feature”...

Oh, did I not mention the surprise? Sorry about that!

A zipper running around the front edges of the bag looks as though it might allow the front to expand by an inch or so, much like some expandable luggage. A good idea, I thought – but no. Undo this zipper and the whole of the interior compartment and its front door lifts out of the bag’s outer shell. Turn this insert over, and tucked away – as shown in FIGURES 13 & 14 – is a basic but functional backpack harness.

FIGURE 13

FIGURE 14

FIGURE 13 FIGURE 14

It has to be said that this harness is only lightly padded, not very ergonomically-shaped, and lacks a waist belt or sternum strap, so I wouldn’t want to wear it for a long hike, but for short distances it is reasonably comfortable – you can see it in use in FIGURE 15.

FIGURE 15

FIGURE 15

But that’s not all - when the insert is removed, a thin flap is revealed which can then be used to close off the front of the outer shell, allowing that to be filled with other gear, as can be seen in FIGURE 16. I imagine this would be great for a trip by air, where the shell could be packed with clothing and personal items and checked in, while your photo gear goes in the insert as carry-on* Then once you’ve reached your destination, the clothing can be removed and the two parts of the bag are reunited.

* Regarding carry-on dimensions, please check with your airline/airport before travelling

FIGURE 16

FIGURE 16
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Originally written on May 4, 2011

Last updated on April 22, 2016

Brian Tilley Brian Tilley (briantilley)

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