This high-performance, large-capacity backpack is purpose built for the outdoor pro photographer or serious enthusiast looking for extra security, body-side access and all-weather protection.
- Contoured shoulder straps and padded waistbelt help evenly distribute weight and provide extra comfort
- Body-side access for added security and quick access to gear while wearing
- Adjustable and padded camera compartment for easy customization of gear
- Front storage panel for extra accessories and small personal items
- Built-in All Weather AW Cover™ protects gear from the elements
- Hideaway Tripod Mount™ secures a tripod to the pack
- Silent zipper pulls provide quiet access around film crews or wildlife
- SlipLock™ attachment loops expand carrying capacity
Flipside 400 AW is rated out of 5 by 29.Rated 5 out of 5 by lageir from Comfortable, excellent protection, accessible I bought my bag about one year ago. The bag is great. When I bought my equipment I wanted to get a sling bag explaining to the salesperson that I wanted quick access to my camera and didn't want a backpack because it was too awkward to take off/on nor a shoulder bag because it was too difficult to carry. The salesperson suggested the Flipside ... hey, wait! I just said I didn't want a backpack! But once I took time to listen, I discovered how well suite is the bag. It's worn like a back pack, but unzips from the inside, against your back. This is great security, making it difficult for someone to break into the bag while you're wearing it. But it also allows great entry; with the hip belt on, you just take the bag off your shoulders and swing it around to the front, unzip, take the camera out and fire away. Just about as fast as a sling bag. The advantage with the backpack style is that you can carry a lot more equipment. It has one large interior pocket with a bunch of padded dividers that can be confirgured pretty much anyway you want. There's a small interior pocket at the top of the bag (I've put an extra batter in there) and on the interior of the portion that zips away there's small pockets for flash memory cards. On the portion of the bag facing outwards there's a zippered pocket to store asundries (usb cable, pen/pencil, lens cleaner, etc.) There's a strap for a tripod with a foldout pocket at the bottom to put the foot of the tripod in. Finally, there's two small netted pockets on either side to put a water bottle, sunscreen or whatever. What am I carrying? Sony Alpha SLT-A77, Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4, Sony 16-50mm 2.8, Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, Sigma Macro 70mm 2.8, Sony HVL-F43AM flash, miscellaneous bits and pieces. All this fits well with room left over. With all that it is 7.6 kg. Using the bag there are three things to be aware of plus one issue: 1) If you have something stored at the bottom of the bag (like I have with the flash) when you swing the bag around to access your gear it can be a little difficult getting it out of the bottom because the bag opening is somewhat blocked at the bottom. 2) With the bag swung around when you completely unzip both zippers the bag feels as though it's going to fall away from you, dumping your gear. It won't or at least it hasn't so far, but just feels like it will. 3) The bag does stick out from your back a bit. So if you turn sideways even a bit to go through a doorway or something, the bag will hit the doorway entrance. And careful going into shop, especially those that say, "You broke it, You own it", because you can knock stuff if you insist keeping your backpack on in shops and you don't mind it's size. (Yea, I knocked a display, but fortunately my wife was there to catch the item telling me at the same time to take the darn camera bag off and don't you have any common sense? Well I do, but sometimes I just choose to ignore it I guess.) The issue: The chest strap is clamped on either end around a plastic rod wrapped inside material on the edge of the shoulder straps. The rods don't come all the way to the bottom, there's a gap. The chest strap can slide down and come off; it happened to me a couple of times. I fixed it with needle and thread by sewing around the bottom of the rod to create a barrier that the clamp can't fit over. Lowepro should look at that. If you're not aware it's too easy for both ends of the chest strap to come undone then you've lost an important part of the bag's suspension system, because the chest strap makes a big difference in how comfortable the bag is to wear. But all else couldn't be better. So far I've used the bag outdoors photographing landscapes, wildlife; in urban areas doing street photography; and socially during lunches, birthdays, that sort of thing. Each of these, of course, presenting very different environments and uses. Outdoors climbing over rocks, walking distances, setting up / taking down a lot. Urban working in crowds, trying to be unobtrusive as possible. Socially working in tight spaces, not taking up people's time getting your gear ready. Climbing around with the waist belt and chest strap on and the shoulder straps properly adjusted the bag is well balanced and doesn't make it difficult reaching up and climbing. And when you come up suddenly on an animal you'd like to photograph, because the bag allows for a mounted telephoto it's pretty quick to swing the bag around take out your camera and get the shot. And when you have more time to take the bag off and lay it down, when you unzip it, it opens up like a suitcase with all your gear easily accessible. Just remember to take the tripod off first because it attaches to the front of the bag with a strap an pocket. And if you're hiking, walking some distance, when all the straps are properly adjusted, you won't feel especially fatigued or have areas that are sore. The bag is very well balanced and comfortable. (I carry about 7+ kilos of equipment and am 60 years old and can do so for hours with this bag ... well of course until the next morning when I question why I insist on carrying 7+ kilos of equipment where ever I go!) In urban areas because the bag doesn't look like a camera bag per se you don't necessarily stick out. Also, because it was quick to swing the bag around take out the camera get the shot, I didn't feel the need to walk around with my camera around my neck all the time. It was nice not to have that kind of exposure. Also, as I said earlier, because the bag's access is from the inside, not much chance someone can just reach into your bag. Also, when the day gets warm because the bag is solid padding, you will sweat a bit with it against your back. What I do is loosen the shoulder straps which drops the bag away from my back and allows air to circulate - problem solved! Even in social settings the bag works well. It's easy to take out whatever you want to use, zip the bag back up and set it in the corner because it's balanced enough that it stands up, taking little room. And when everyone is tired of you being Mr/Ms Event Photographer and taking happy-snaps of everything like some sort of papparzzi you can put away all your equipment and store it unobtrusively. The bag also has a built in rainfly at the bottom of the bag. What's nice about that is because the bag opens from the inside, the rainfly doesn't have to be taken off/on to get to the equipment, but still protects it. I also used the rainfly when flipping it around the other way to store all the straps, especially convenient for putting in the overhead in an airplane. Also, by using the rainfly this way you aren't hitting people in the face and causing a scene with all those loose straps flailing around like some wild caught octopus. Maybe Lowepro could look at some sort of storage mechanism for the straps ... would probably suit better than using the rainfly. Protection. I was working what is called a FIFO (fly in fly out) to a remote work site. Every 21 days I was making two connecting flights to my home and back again 7 days later taking all my gear with me in the bag in the cabin (overhead bin) each time. Could not ask for better protection ... not even a hint that my equipment was affected. And this was not a 'polite' flight either: the people making these flights lived in camps in the remote Australian outback. So lots of ramming and cramming gear into the overhead bins. Even the flight crew were, how shall I say, 'forceful' with the cabin baggage. Overall this is a great bag. Comfortable to wear, I very much recommend this bag.Date published: 2013-09-22Rated 3 out of 5 by maxonline from It damaged my gear This is a known issue, as I wrote to Lowepro in Italy (which actually is an authorized dealer of Lowepro: Nital). I had my 1d markIV inside with canon 300 f 2.8 attached. I didn't walk or run, just made a trip by car and flew to England. When I arrived my camera was scratched. Nital told that it was not their problem and that i should have forgotten to close the zip that's inside the backpack.. Be careful!! (see pictures) - Sorry for my bad english. MassimoDate published: 2013-09-16Rated 5 out of 5 by mart40 from This product has to be the best al lround backpack The Flipside 400 AW has to be the best all round backpack on the market. I can fit my Nikon D3100, Sigma 150-500mm, Sigma 105mm Macro, Nikon 50mm and Nikon 70-300mm within it as well as a monopod / tripod, spare batteries / memory cards etc.... and a water bottle and breakfast bars. It is so comfortable to wear, you hardly realise it is on your back. I recently took this backpack as hand luggage on holiday to Portugal and I managed to fit in my camera and 70-300mm lens, battery, memory card, charger and all of my holiday essentials. I thoroughly recommend this backpack to all potential users.Date published: 2013-09-30Rated 5 out of 5 by Matthijs01 from Excellent travel camera bag + Perfect camera bag for traveling (see picture, i take it everywhere) + Perfect comfort on your back (15kg off gear? you don't notice) + 13" Macbook fits in this bag (on top of your gear, secret tip) + Fit's a lot of gear (2 body's 5 lenses, and accessories) + Comes with a build in rain cover (AW) - Front pouch is to small - Sternum strap falls easily off - Rain cover can't be detaches from the bag (Makes drying not easy) Conclusion: This is the second 400aw i own, the first one got stolen from me. This was the second thing i bought after buying a new camera, because i like this bag so much. i Take this bag around the world, and it becomes dirty, but never breaks down. So do you need a new camera bag, for traveling? with perfect back comfort? This is the bag for you! Need to take more gear? buy the 500AWDate published: 2013-09-15Rated 5 out of 5 by ovimo from Excelent overall Tough construction and able to carry my immediate needed gear, DSRL with 2 lenses plus a 70-200, flash and other short hike gear, water and snacks. Used it in combination with the Pro Roller, took it all over the world, never took it easy on this bag and was very impressed to see how tough the bag is and how well it took a beating. Still looks almost like new, except for the side water pockets which I partially tore while roughing it through some slot canyons in Utah a couple of years ago... Highly recommended.Date published: 2013-09-16Rated 5 out of 5 by pauld from The perfect bag for hiking or travel I've been using Lowepro bags for a few years now and this bag is by far the best one I have owned. For the size of the bag it holds a ton of gear. I'm able to fit my camera body with grip, 7 lenses and a flash all into the back compartment easily. the front pocket is really deep with lots of pockets to hold all your gadgets. If there is 2 things that keeps me from giving this a perfect score it's that the bag will not stand upright when fully loaded, it tends to want to fall forward. Secondly, and I've read this from other owners as well, is the back compartments zipper which doesn't go fully to the bottom of the bag and you really have to push/pull lenses out if you have them stored in the bottom. Other than those 2 things this bag is great. It's super comfortable to wear all day, it's light and easily fits into airline overhead compartments.Date published: 2013-09-16Rated 5 out of 5 by Shurik from Excellent with just a small drawback I truly love this backpack - the only drawback for me is that the back side of the backpack cannot be fully opened, since the zip does not go to the bottom of the backpack.Date published: 2013-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt40D from Spacious, comfortable to use, well-built. Very well-built and spacious backpack. Can really carry a dslr or pro dslr, one telephoto lens, four or five more lenses and a flash and, significant, a tripod. The "flip" mechanism is very comfortable to change lenses; when you flip the backpack it's like having a portable mini-table where you can lay lenses and change these staying upright. Anti weather protection is extremely useful and not bulky. Shoulder straps could be more comfortable if wider, to prevent shoulders pain in long trips. In short: very good quality backpack, recommended!Date published: 2013-09-15
- Question & Answer
Is the waist belt removable?No the waistbelt on the Flipside 400 AW is not removable.Date published: 2015-07-20
How does the AW cover fit with a tripod attached ?We do not recommend using the AW cover with a tripod attached to the Flipside 400 AW.Date published: 2015-04-07
Will this back hold a canon 7d along with the new Tamron 150-600mm zoom lensecertainly can, I have a Canon 650D, 150-600 Tamron; Canon lens 55-250; 18-55; 28-80; nifty 50; hoods and still room for another body. Very impressed with this bag and despite what it carries it's still small enough for carry on luggage for flights.Date published: 2015-08-22
For the 6D with 24-70 f/4 IS + hood and 550D with 18-55 + hood, 70-200 f/4 + hood, 50 f/1.4 + hood, 35 f/1.4 + hood, speedlite 600 ex-rt, a pair of trigger and other accessories (extra batteries, chargers..) do I need the Flipside 400aw or the 500 aw?Hello, For the gear you have listed we would recommend the Flipside 500 AW to assure you have enough room: http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-500-awDate published: 2014-09-18
I know this bag is not specifically for video, but I wonder if I can fit a sony pmw in this backpack?Hello, The interior dimensions of the Flipside 400 are: 27 x 15 x 42.5 cm (10.63 x 5.91 x 16.73 in) As long as your gear is smaller than these dimensions, your gear will fit.Date published: 2015-02-04
Hallo, The bag is water resistant o water proof without using the cover? I mean if it is raining do I have to use the cover always. Thank you in advanceHello, Yes, this bag uses materials that are water resistant. If it is raining, we do recommend using the All Weather Cover to assure your bag stays as dry as possible.Date published: 2015-03-24
What is the recommended maximum weight of the tripod that the 400 aw can carry. I have a Manfrotto 290 tripod weighing just over 2kgHello, This bag was designed to carry the weight of any tripod on the market. It can definitely handle the weight of your tripod.Date published: 2015-03-24
I am looking to buy a tripod and need to know what is the maximum "folded" length will fit onto this bag.( I have ordered this bag but not yet received it) ThankyouHello Lexie, Congrats on the new purchase, we are sure you're going to love the bag. In a tripod, any closed length around 30" will fit great on this bag.Date published: 2014-07-22
- Dimensions & Specifications
- Pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 300mm f/2.8)
- Extra camera body
- 4-6 extra lenses
- Accessories and small personal items
Internal Dimensions: 27 x 15 x 42.5 cm (10.63 x 5.91 x 16.73 in)
External Dimensions: 30.3 x 25.3 x 46 cm (11.93 x 9.96 x 18.11 in)
Weight: 1.6 kg (3.52 lbs)
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