Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II



The designers at Lowepro seem to have approached the new Photo Sport BP 200 AW II from a hiker’s perspective. It truly is an outdoor sport pack first, with its lightweight, balanced design, all-weather features and water bladder integration. That’s not to say they lagged on the camera compartment. It’s compact and minimalist, but ergonomic and well thought out, making it the perfect pack to blend your passion for the outdoors with capturing great images. —Brian Peech


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What we like most about this pack is its balance and comfort. The low profile, narrow design allows full freedom of motion on more technical hikes. Even when fully loaded, its weight distribution makes it feel very light and balanced. We also admire the minimal “strapping”, allowing travel through thick brush without getting snagged.


The top load access is simple, efficient and weather resistant. This bag holds a surprising amount, including an internal vertical channel that runs the length of the bag, ideal for a tripod.


The placement of the camera compartment is perfect. Just swing the pack under your arm, and all your gear is accessed easily. We were able to fit a mirrorless camera with lens attached, along with an extra lens or small flash.


We also fit a DSLR with a decent sized zoom lens. There are even clever pockets designed specifically for extra memory cards. This is the perfect minimalist bag for day hikes, bike rides, travel or any outdoor adventure—especially with the option to integrate a water bladder.


From Lowepro:

Photo Sport BP 200 AW II is designed to protect your photo gear in the UltraCinch™ chamber, and all of your journey’s essentials in the open space.

  • Keep your camera gear secure and in place while you hike, bike, climb, snowboard or run. Our new UltraCinch design features a custom pull-tab to cinch and tighten photo gear space in one swift action for bounce-free protection.
  • Feel good as you move with your pack; the ActivZone™ harness is built to provide targeted comfort for active shooters.
  • Protect your gear from the elements. A built-in All Weather AW Cover™ safeguards photo and personal gear from rain, snow, dust and sand.
  • A roomy, toploading compartment is built to store a day’s worth of creature comforts.
  • Multiple attachment points allow you to secure extra gear to the pack, such as a tripod or trekking poles.
  • The front pocket accommodates a bike helmet, light jacket, gloves, etc.
  • A stabilizing waist strap includes two zippered side pockets for quick grab items.
  • Get extra comfort and a custom fit with padded waistbelt and adjustable shoulder straps and sternum strap.
  • Keep hydrated with a 2-liter Camelbak® or Platypus® reservoir (not included) placed in the dedicated hydration pocket. It includes quick-release buckles and internal routing for easy access.
  • Lightweight and resilient tech fabrics include ultra-tear-strength coating for high performance.


  • Mirrorless or DSLR with attached lens (such as Canon Rebel T5I with 18-135mm f/3-5.6, OR Sony A7II with 24-70mm attached)
  • Flash, adapter or extra lens
  • 2-liter hydration reservoir (not included)
  • Extra gear such as: bike helmet, jacket, snacks, sunglasses, compact tripod, etc.

Technical Specifications:

  • Internal Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 20.7 cm (6.30 x 3.54 x 8.15 in)
  • External Dimensions: 24.5 x 19.5 x 52 cm (9.65 x 7.68 x 20.47 in)
  • Weight: 1.2 kg (2.64 lbs)