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Whistler BP 450 AW

Whistler BP 450 AW
Left View Front view Shown with DSLR kit ActivZone Suspension Shown with Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash system Camera chamber removed Back-entry compartment with adjustable interior Front wet gear pocket Shown in use Shown in use Top view Back-entry compartment with adjustable interior Whistler BP 450 AW Whistler BP 450 AW
Whistler BP 450 AW

A true, all-season and versatile pack, the Whistler BP 450 AW delivers amazing performance for wilderness photographers and adventurers.


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Born on the side of a mountain, our Whistler pack delivers amazing performance for wilderness photographers and adventurers who carry an equal measure of camera, video and functional outdoor gear. Inventive and technical, this alpine pack is reminiscent of our brand heritage, and the adventures that led founder Greg Lowe to create a carry solution for his passions.

  • This pack was designed and tested by professional photographers, including Whistler shooter Paul Morrison, in the extreme conditions of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
  • ActivZone™ harness system provides targeted padding and support for comfort on the move.
  • Pack includes a detachable All Weather AW Cover™ to deploy as needed and protect valuable gear from rain, snow, dust and sand.
  • Professional photographer Paul Morrison suggested we add a hinged back panel/zipper for partial or full access to gear; so we did. This hinged back is a handy feature for reaching gear in inclement weather.
  • A very roomy front pocket expands to fit alpine essentials. A waterproof barrier separates wet gear from the main compartment (drain holes at bottom).
  • The top pocket is designed with a high-visibilty orange interior. Includes a zippered pocket with built-in key leash.
  • Main camera/video gear compartment includes our exclusive MaxFit™ system of customizable dividers, designed for fine-tuning of fit and maximum capacity.
  • The main compartment /insert is removable so you can dry out the pack between adventures.
  • Attach heavy gear like skis, ice tools or a pro tripod to the sides of the pack and still have access to the main compartment; the rigid internal structure is built to support this type of gear.
  • Multiple attachment points make it easy to expand capacity and add trekking poles, a snowboard or other essentials to the front of the pack.
  • Durable, weather-reistant and resilient outdoor-tech materials and hardware include 420 denier ripstop nylon with TUP face coating, glove-friendly Nifco® side-release buckles, all-metal Duraflex® hooks and Hypalon® base.
Whistler BP 450 AW is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent bag, aside from one bug I really love this pack. However one thing though drives me crazy; the fact that there is a drainage hole in the second compartment - on the preview images to store a rope or other climbing materials. I haven't tested it yet, but the last time I checked LowPro doesn't own a patent to circumvent physics. Minus one star for the pack for a outer shell that isn't as dense as it is advertised. Don't get me wrong, it's ideal for anyone storing gear that can become wet. However for someone like me, whom intended to use this back for several days hikes, it's less comfortable, as I cannot drop it down wherever I am. I always need to pay attention that there is no puddle. Quite annoying. Though I completely understand why the drainage hole is important for some. So, I critisize more the non-showing by LowePro than the bag itself. Apart of this: it's the ideal bag for anyone who'd like to fit quite some gear, doesn't mind to carry it and wants to stay it dry. Besides, it offers much straps for additional gear like a tent or sleeping bag.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Pack I spent several months researching packs and settled on the Whistler. I am exremely pleased with how much room I have to work with. The pockets are thoughtfully laid out for all your necessities for being deep in the woods/backcountry. I was looking for a pack that could carry several lenses plus some extra gear for emgerancies among any other items. Took this badboy on hike and found it sturdy and hugged the back well. Very balanced on some pretty steep terrain. I wasn't a huge fan of the hips straps the bad put a bit more pressure on my shoulders than I am use to hiking. Overall I find this pack to be exceptional for hiking, gear organization, and weather resistant. Great job Lowepro!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fully functional, durable, and feature rich....Beast. I just go t back from a shoot with Nat Geo in New Zealand where we toured the entire South Island filming different adventure sports....bungie jumping, hiking, caving, kayaking, ect. This bag is a backcountry workhourse. I was able to carry several cameras, lenses, pistol gimble, huge amount of batts and other accessories...and wear it cmfertably and have quick access to everything I needed. Best large, fully featured, camera pack I have ever used.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To tight I bought this bag thinking I could conciliate space with protection, protection wise the bag is awesome but when we talk about space there's a lot to say. The protection case has no flexibility not letting you use lenses in both side of the bag with lens wood. Lowe Pro should provide a second rectangular case protection more flexible because not all of us will go downhill with skie's or snowboard. Some improvements for next generation: a bag 2cm larger, the dept should be as well improved, allowing a 70-200 to be stored on vertical, a net for water pot and more space on the out extendable pockets. Lowe Pro has wonderful bags which I own some of them but I don't recommend this one for landscape Photography.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great all around Adventure Bag I've been using the Whistler for just over a year now. It's gone to Africa, Mexico's highest volcanos, the Carribian, Central America and has been seriously tested in the Canadian Rockies. It holds an amazing amount of gear in it's well-protected rear panel, doubles great as an alpine bag for adventure photographers and travels well in airplanes. It's my go-to for long trips as well as weekend climbs and I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Year-Round Warrior This bag has never said no to an adventure. Initially, I selected it to keep my gear safe while shooting ski photos, but it's proven to be a worthy companion for mountain biking and fly-fishing trips as well. If you're willing to carry a few extra pounds, this bag makes it easy to get rid of all of your other excuses to not bring your camera on your next excursion. Best of all, it has always been able to fit in the overhead compartment, even on small regional jets (e.g. CRJ9) or turboprop planes (e.g. DHC-8-400). Buy this bag - your photos will thank you.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packs lots of (heavy) stuff, still gives ease of use I have the City Sling for the easy impulsive shots, anywhere, but for the planned trips the Whistler BP 450 AW is simply GREAT. I have no car, but goes by bike or by foot. Even with some 10 kg on my shoulders theres is no soreness or mismatch. In field use I really like the flap-down, for easy access to camera, and flap fully down it function as safe 'table' while exchanging lenses. I use a Nikon D750 + lenses, and my Manfrotto 055 Carbon tripod rides secure on the side. In the top part my binoculars, keys and snacks is stored for easy access.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Camera Bag! I bought this bag about 6 months ago and have been absolutely delighted by it. It fits all the gear I need. It is very comfortable for hiking and carrying big glass, and even some clothes for a one or two day trip. I recently took the bag out to the east coast of Canada to shoot some photos. It is carry-on size so it fit perfectly in the overhead compartments of any sized airplane. I can't say enough about how good a bag this is. I was always searching for that elusive perfect camera bag. And this is it!
Date published: 2017-05-31
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Question & Answer

The innerliner, is detachable, which means you can replace it or have spares for different gear setup, where can i buy those?

Asked by: Cineviewmedia
Please contact for more information.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-10-03

How much does the internal camera unit for the 450 weigh?

Asked by: muleschooler
Approx. 1 lb. 15 oz.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-05-20

Is this backpack able to transport a 17.3" laptop?

Asked by: Francisco Sousa
The outer accessory pocket (unpadded) on this model measures approx. 10.5" x 2" x 7.5". If you have a padded sleeve for protection that fits within these measurements, this might be workable.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-05-18

Does whistler accommodate together a DSLR body with 3-4 lenses, thin 15" laptop and GoPro Karma drone ?

Asked by: daddy_leo2001
The Drone would likely need to be secured to the outside of the pack.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-05-16

What's the side pocket designed for? it is so shallow. I see no way to fill this pocked with all the pockets inside. What's the intention of this pocket?

Asked by: RudiH
This side pocket is designed to hold a tripod.
Answered by: Lowepro Product Support
Date published: 2017-09-27

Whistler is one thing. Chamonix is another. Can this pack carry crampons, 2 ice axes, skins, probe & shovel, 8mm x 30m rope, down jacket, water bottle, and food? Or, is this a side country pack?

Asked by: Jumpturn
Is this bag is good for 15/16 days trek 
Answered by: Abishek
Date published: 2016-05-11

Using the waist belt can I swivel the Whistler to the front to access the camera compartment similar to how you do it on the Flipside?

Asked by: SteveeO
Yes. I have done this several times on a trip to Nepal. It obviously depends on the weight in the bag but the camera compartment is more rigid than the Flipside Sport. So, it does exactly what you are asking.
Answered by: Chris Halper
Date published: 2016-03-09

Why in the world would you design a bag like this and not include a pocket for a water reservoir? I'm in the market for a new bag for the backcountry, and this is practically a deal-breaker for me. I have a Pro Trekker 600 and need something smaller.

Asked by: BMRJS
Obviously this bag isnt for you. Keep calm and keep looking MATE.
Answered by: polop
Date published: 2017-10-12
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Dimensions & Specifications


  • Pro DSLR (such as Nikon D4S or Canon 1DX)
  • Up to 3 lenses: 58mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.4,
  • Flash (such as SB910)
  • GoPro(R) or similar form factor action video camera
  • Functional outdoor gear and personal items

Technical Specifications:

  • Internal Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.6 x 40 cm (9.53 x 6.54 x 15.75 in)
  • External Dimensions: 31 x 30.2 x 57.2 cm (12.20 x 11.89 x 22.52 in)
  • Weight: 3.31 kg (7.28 lbs)
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Performance by Design

Designed and tested by professionals, including Whistler shooter and Loweprofessional Paul Morrison, in the extreme conditions of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

Whistler BP 450 AW

Whistler BP 450 AW

Equipped for the Extreme

High-performance materials, serious attachment points and the technology to comfortably carry the gear you need into any environment.

  • ActivZone
  • MaxFit
  • AWC
  • SlipLock

Superior Strength Outside

Shooting in the back-country means bringing equipment. Attach pro tripods, skis or a snowboard and still have access to the main compartment. The internal frame and multiple attachment points make a solid platform for your gear.

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Epic Protection Inside

Whistler's premium interior adapts to whatever equipment you use on your shoots, even if that equipment is a RED Epic Dragon.

Whistler BP 450 AW

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Whistler BP 450 AW

Born on the Side of a Mountain

Learn more about the origins of the Whistler backpack and how Loweprofessional Paul Morrison helped to design this pack to meet the rigors of serious pros working in hardcore environments.

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