Lowepro Whistler AW 350 Backpack Review
Updated: May 3, 2020
Backpacks, lets face it they can be a bit of a minefield at the best of times.
No one single backpack seems to accommodate all the features that I want and I have been through a fair few in my time.
What do you really need out of a backpack ? Well, that could be a whole story in itself but for me there were a few factors that needed ticking and without them it just wouldn't do.
I wanted to above all be able to carry my gear in a durable and robust backpack that was capable of protecting my hard earned equipment, couldn't be too heavy but still have a lot of room, be waterproof with its outer shell or a cover and have enough space to carry extras like waterproofs and filters.
Should be simple enough you would think ? So why did it take me so many years to find the right one ?
Most backpacks seem to have "most" of what you're looking for but them miss one important element and I didn't want to compromise on it as I knew exactly what I wanted.
For years I used bags from the Lowepro brand and I have to say I liked them and they had lasted very well and I wanted to stick with them.
There are several other excellent manufactures out there but confidence in your gear is vital and like I said they had served me well.
My last bag was the Lowepro Fastpack AW 250 which as I said had done me well but it missed certain things that I wanted. It protected the camera very well and was quick to access, but I felt it lacked enough space for me to carry waterproofs along with filters etc.... Also despite being a AW (all weather) pack I never felt that confident in it in the rain and on several occasions it would leak usually through the zips.
I also wanted to be able to carry my tripod on the side or rear of the pack to give me two hands free when climbing up rough terrain or mountains etc...
After much searching I found the Lowepro Whistler AW 350 and it seemed like it could be exactly what I was after.
Larger than my last pack, dedicated space for the camera & lens, pouch on top for filters, Tripod straps and enough room to carry waterproof trousers & jacket along with other bits.
Never one to make a quick decision on a purchase I decided to do plenty of research on the bag as it wasn't exactly cheap at £257.00 RRP (at time of writing) but after a lot of searching I found it quite a bit cheaper but that would involve buying from shops I didn't know so I paid a little extra any got it from Wex Photographic who I really trust and know they will give a no quibble money back guarantee. Great customer service is worth paying the extra for in my book and I got it for £229.00 which was still expensive I thought but if you want decent equipment sometimes you have to dust down the wallet !
After many weeks of deliberation I decided to go ahead and order it, I was very excited at the prospect of this bag and was downright fuming when I found it was out of stock ! Don't you just hate it when that happens !
The Wex information said that they would be in within two weeks so I decided it was worth waiting for and placed my order.
I was very happy to see the parcel man wandering up the path with a huge box only 4 days later.
First impressions after unpacking everything was that it was a really well made and strong piece of kit.
As you would expect with a camera bag it was full of customisable space for the came