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Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW review

James Pisarz (James23p)

Keywords: lowepro, runner, x450, bag, non_nikon

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The only minor weakness I can find in regards to how this bag holds gear is the specifications say it can hold a 15.4” widescreen laptop. Now this bag does not have a padded laptop compartment, instead a padded laptop sleeve is provided that then fits in a compartment in the front of the bag.  When I tried to zip the padded laptop sleeve with my 15.4” Toshiba laptop in it I could not. The padded laptop sleeve does have its own strap so it can function as a laptop carrier without the bag itself.



laptop bag with a 15" Toshiba laptop bag

I did manage to get the sleeve in its intended spot in the front, but then I had a lot of trouble zipping the front compartment. The front compartment was so tight with my laptop in it I could not store my charging cables or mouse in the front of the bag.

If I needed to store them they would have to have been in the camera gear compartment.

I came to the conclusion if you have a 15” laptop you may need to try it first as not all laptops with a 15” screen will fit in this bag.  This did cause me to use another Lowepro  computer backpack to carry my laptop and associated computer gear.  Other than that this bag holds a ton of gear in a very secure way. It even has a tripod holder that can be removed when not in use. But if you have a large 3-section tripod it will stick up above the bag and at times can be a bit tricky to get it seated.

This bag’s capacity for holding camera gear is very versatile and the added Lowepro SlipLock loops only add to its versatility bringing in a host of Lowepro accessories that can be used on the bag for example a water bottle holder or small/med and large lens cases.


tripod attached



Comfort and Function:


During my trip to Dallas TX I found that the hybrid design of the Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW was so versatile that there wasn’t a situation I ran across that it was not comfortable yet fully functional. The rolling function of the bag was as good crossing the train station waiting room as it was going up the escalators and across the carpeted floor of the hotel lobby.



Testing the rolling function  during my trip to Dallas

The top and side handles provided made getting the bag into and out of cars, SUVs and vans easy. With some bags it seems the handle is always in the wrong place not with this bag no matter how you load it there is a handle there for you to grab onto.  The backpack portion of this bags acts like a photo backpack with all the comfort of my Lowepro Vertex 300 AW.  During my trip to Dallas we planned a photo shoot at Dealey Plaza and took the hotel shuttle. We had an emergency and instead of waiting for the hotel shuttle we took the DART mass transit train back to the hotel. This bag converted to a backpack in minutes and when using the waist belt it was so comfortable that even this fully loaded large bag was easy to move around with. We had to walk a half mile to the station and then a mile from the station to our hotel. During this time the Lowepro Pro Runner lived up to its name it was defiantly a Pro level bag and a Runner since I could have walked 10 miles with this bag. The straps and gear stayed secure and did not move around on my back. The padded shoulder straps and chest strap along with the waist belt distributed the weight evenly and without pain. Having used many backpacks this was every bit as good as a dedicated backpack!


For using it as a backpack

One word of caution as with many backpacks you should always open this bag lying flat, if you open it standing up your gear could fall out.

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Originally written on March 30, 2011

Last updated on April 22, 2016


James Pisarz (James23p) on April 6, 2011

Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography

Not sure if fully loaded it will fit under an airline seat. The smaller x350 most likely fit but the x450 fully loaded with a laptop does bulk up some. In first class and Business class I think it would fit but in coach and smaller no frills airlines it maybe a struggle to get under. I do think it would fit in the overhead of most airlines if you board first. Let me see if I can some how find a way to test this for you. I do have a friend at FedEx who's a pilot maybe he can try it our for you they do have seats on FedEx planes. Jim

James Pisarz (James23p) on April 6, 2011

Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography

My wife had no trouble and neither did I. But my wife is the one picture she is 5'6" and I'm 5'8" and a retired Navy corpsman who has spent many a day with over 75lbs on my back so this felt light fully loaded. With the waist belt and chest strap it really distributes the weight well. But everyone has different weight tolerances if you can handle 25lbs on your back that is distributed well I think this bag will work for you, but I do recommend your try one out first if you can. Jim

Marie Sorell (MSorell) on April 4, 2011

I have an older trekker and it is just too heavy for me to use as a backpack (I'm 5'1" and 100 lbs) but it is great for wheeling around when you want to take a lot of equipment to a shoot. How is the weight on this for backpack use?

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on April 3, 2011

Nikonians Resources Writer. Recognized for his outstanding reviews on printers and printing articles. Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, including Landscape Photography Awarded for his extraordinary accomplishments in Landscape Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian. Winner of the Best of Nikonians Images 2018 Annual Photo Contest

Great review Jim. It looks like you really got a chance to test this bag in real world conditions. So many bags are said to be designed for air travel yet when put in use on a flight the end up short.

User on April 2, 2011

I think the Pro Trekker would have been a better fit for all the gear. Will it fit under an airplane seat would be most important to me because I also travel with my roller board suitcase in overhead bin.