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ProTactic 450 AW

ProTactic 450 AW
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ProTactic 450 AW

A professional camera backpack that delivers mission-critical access for two cameras and features multiple accessory attachment points.

Now available in Pixel Camo for a limited time while supplies last!


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The ProTactic 450 AW delivers high performance to pro photographers who need an urban-inspired pack that delivers on all fronts: accessibility, versatility, comfort and organization.

  • Never miss a critical mission thanks four access points: the molded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry for set-up and security
  • Create limitless set-ups with a robust, SlipLock™ compatible strap system
  • Get versatile with five modular accessories – water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps – all SlipLock-compatible and included with pack
  • ProTactic features ActivZone System™ technology to deliver targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move
  • Remove waistbelt to reduce profile for packing or travel; wear it for extra support and storage – two zippered hip pockets offer space for quick-grab items
  • Pack the maximum amount of gear and micro-adjust for a snug and secure fit with the patent-pending MaxFit System™ of padded and adjustable dividers
  • Store your laptop in the CradleFit pocket that suspends and protects your device within the pack
  • Keep accessories neat, organized and easy to access with multiple interior and exterior pockets
  • Safeguard valuable gear with the patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ that protects pack from the elements
  • Add a tripod or monopod with cinch straps and tripod cup accessories (included)
ProTactic 450 AW is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 91.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds Everything! I acquired this backpack about 2 months ago. I was looking for a backpack that could hold everything I typically use, which is 2 camera bodies, 2-3 lenses, a speedlight and accessories. Everynow and then I also need to pack a 15" laptop and/or tablet. This backpack can hold all of this and more. Including a 24-70mm, 70-200mm lens attached to the camera. There are lots of pockets which are easily accessible when removing one shoulder strap and swinging the backpack over to the side. Can also hold a tripod, smartphone - and is so durable and rugged. If you're looking for a backpack that can hold a lot of gear and protect it, this is a great fit.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite Bag I've been wanting this bag since I saw the features, design, etc. I received it yesterday, and I must say that it is very nice. I love the hard outer and upper shell. It really feels like it is going to hold up well. The zippers, in my opinion, are amazing. They glide easily, and feel very strong. While I haven't used it a lot, the weight feel ok with a 5D III with 70-200mm f2.8L attached, 50mm f1.2L, Sigma 24-105 art, and a few other accessories in the bag. It seems to sit well on my hips. I really like that you included several attachments, especially the water bottle holder. The maxfit system worried my in the beginning, but it honestly makes it really easy to modify the bag, and we'll see how it holds up over time. I'm excited to take this on some trips!
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect balance I bought this bag for "upgrading" my fastpack 350, and "merge" it with my pro runner 450 aw. It so does the job I hesitate selling my other backpacks. The only weaknesses are the zippers on the sides who hesitate in the turns, and the top handle that disturbs when closing the top of the bag. It contains easily 5d3, 4 lenses, filters, batteries, 450d, gopro stuff, and there is still room for lunch and snorkeling gear (w/ straps, out of the bag) My setup is now - messenger bag from pro roller x50 attaché when in exclusive urban environment - protactic elsewhere / when backache, knowing there is no problem going with protactic in crows.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Medium Format Bag When I was younger, I carried a 6X9 beast in a LowePro backpack. Now that I'm pushing 79, I moved to a smaller medium format and a LowePro ProTactic 450 AW. Best move I ever made! I fit a medium format camera, extra lenses, a 35 mm camera with 2 extra lenses, a set of filters and adapters, along with cable releases, film, cleaning supplies, and a snack. in the 450 AW. A tripod and water bottle go on the outside and the whole assembly is comfortable to carry for hours at a time. The bag is comfortable in town as well as on a trail. The handle on top lets me easily carry it when I'm not wearing it. Thanks, LowePro, this backpack is a winner.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack Definitely a well-made and well-thought-out product. Fits all my gear without any problems. Padding is adequately tough. Although rather large, I had no problems bringing it as a carry-on and stowing the bag in the overhead luggage bin. Love the easy side access ports. The adjustable sliding chest strap is a nice addition as well. Wish it had a bit more padding on the straps and on the back, though. Placing a laptop inside the pouch can make the back portion a bit stiff.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is the first lowepro backpack that I've bought and I knew I wanted a big one to fit all my lenses and to be comfortable so I can carry it on my trails. It can get quite heavy with all the gear but it's still comfortable and easy to carry around. It fits a Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII Nikon micro 105mm f2.8 Sigma art 24 mm f1.4 Nikon SD 910 Nikon TC-20 EIII and the monopod fits perfectly in the outside straps. The weather cover it's really nice to have, didn't have any problems with the backpack getting wet even after a 2h hike in heavy rain. I like the quality of it and the padding really makes you feel secure that it's won't damage your gear.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nicely custom-able, but.... This bag is almost perfect for me. It is 'roomy enough', it has many access to the gear, it has good paddings inside to divide the 'room' and protect every gear inside, and also has the best strap for my shoulder. The minus point for me is the main divider for the upper compartment and the under compartment. That divider ONLY has velcro in 3 sides (instead of four), so if you put some stuff, the 'un-velcro side' is start to inclined downwards. It will be much more greater if at the laptop compartment could add one lined 'hairy area' to stick the velcro, so the main divider could be solid stick at all sides. Have a great day!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Street/travel Photographers dream pack I have been looking for a travel/street photography pack which could take two Canon 5D MkIIIs with lenses ..ideally my Canon lenses wide 16-35 f2.8 & 70-200 f2.8 all armed fitted and ready plus my must have Lee filters and polarising filters plus cleaners and extras like cable release ...This pack is it!!! I have had it and tested this pack and it fits ...its blessing ..apart from taking two DSLR cameras with lenes is I can attach small packs which contain my accessories. Buy it never look back!!! Let Lowepro Management grow this pack with accessories ..cant wait!!!
Date published: 2015-05-06
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Question & Answer

 Can I buy dividers For my ProTactic 450 AW

Asked by: Tobler
Please contact us at for more information.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-09-27

Can this bag completes Airlines norms to carry in cabin?

Asked by: MS6745
I've had no problems on Jet Blue, Alaska, and Southwest. It also slides underneath the seat with no problem. ( i had no external attachments on the bag at the time.) you're good.
Answered by: Jovanni
Date published: 2017-09-18

Can I put my Pentax K3 with sigma 70-200mm, Pentax K1 with pentax 28-105mm and separate pentax 15-450mm, pentax 31mm?

Asked by: Zdene
Yes I believe your gear would fit.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-09-07

Can the bag fit my laptop? 15.6" Dimensions are - 10" * 14.9" * 0.9"

Asked by: Sandy59
No. Your laptop is slightly too long to fit.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-08-16

Hello, can this hold my tripod? it weights 3.5kg is it too heavy?

Asked by: Gotmethinking
I believe if both cinch straps and the tripod pouch are utilized it would support your tripod.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-08-16

Do you sell any long vertical dividers on its own that I can use to fit a 200-500mm lens in this bag? I saw other bags like Pro Runner have that long vertical divider, but I already owned a Protactic 450 and I would like to continue using this instead.

Asked by: WaReMoN
I'm afraid that we do not make a divider for the purpose you describe.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-07-31

Can i put a 15 inch laptop? Is it waterproof? Thank you

Asked by: egemens
ProTactic 450 AW can accommodate a notebook up to 11" x .75" x 14.5". This pack is water-resistant.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-07-27

How do you attach the tripod pocket base to the center of outter bag? The center loop going all the way is smaller than rest of loops and the clip is too wide to fit, seems silly design flaw when you are trying to distribute weight evenly?

Asked by: photohiker1279
you can utilize one of the cinch straps if you need to mount a tripod in the exact center of this model.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-09-17
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Dimensions & Specifications


  • 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached
  • 8 lenses/speedlights
  • 15" laptop
  • Tripod
  • Accessories

Technical Specifications:

Internal Dimensions: 31.8 x 19.8 x 44 cm (12.52 x 7.80 x 17.32 in)

External Dimensions: 34.8 x 27 x 48.8 cm (13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in)

Weight: 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs)




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Always Ready

Customize your kit for the way you shoot. This pack offers limitless set-ups with four ways to access.

ProTactic Backpack offers quick access

Access 4 Ways

ProTactic Backpack quick access pocket
ProTactic Backpack quick access pocket
ProTactic Backpack quick access pocket
ProTactic Backpack quick access pocket

Create Limitless Set-ups

The robust SlipLock™ compatible strap system allows you to attach extra gear when you need it.

ProTactic Backpack with SlipLock™ compatible strap system
ProTactic Backpack technology

Stay Cool & Comfortable

ActivZone™ harness provides ventilation and targeted comfort for support on the move.

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