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Lowepro CompuRover AW Camera Bag (Black)
List Price: $189.95

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Product Description

Versatility and then some! This three compartment backpack carries a digital pro SLR with lens attached, 2-4 additional lenses (up to 80-200 mm), a 17" notebook computer, digital accessories and personal gear. But capacity alone is not what makes the CompuRover AW so amazing. It's packed with features that every digital Adventure photographer will appreciate: a drop-down tripod holder, cable management bag, removable waist belt, built-in memory card pouch and the patented All Weather Cover. It's more than enough to impress any photographer.PRODUCT FEATURES:Triple compartment design;Padded notebook computer compartment with side access;All Weather Cover;YKK water resistant zipper;Detachable waistbelt;Contoured shoulder harness;SlipLock attachment loops;Built-in memory card pouch;See-through pockets;Batwing compression straps;Removable accessory pouches;Built-in Trekker Tripod Mount;Silent zipper pulls.

Features:
  • CompuRover AW Capacity: Up to 17 notebook computer. Large Digital or 35mm Pro SLR with lens attached, 2-4 additional lenses up to 80-200mm f/2.8 and accessories.
  • Bottom camera compartment is fully customizable for your SLR or Camcorder system, and is removable so it can be used as a full backpack, or for easy cleaning.
  • Includes Cable-management system, built-in Digital memory organizer, and built-in tripod holder, as well as SlipLock attachment tabs to add-on other Lowepro pouches and accessories.
  • Lowepro's patented All Weather cover to protect bag and contents from extreme weather, sand, dirt, etc.
  • Comfortable and durable contoured shoulder harness and removable waistbelt

Customer Reviews:

  • Everything I wanted.
    I started looking for a new camera bag when I decided I didn't like my camera floating around in my backpack, or have it in a bag inside a backpack. While I was at it, I figured it would be nice to have a place for my laptop as well, to round off a nice travel bag. My camera isn't quite as large as a normal DSLR (I have a Fuji s5200), but it's still large, and I plan on getting an SLR one of these days anyway.

    Hmm...where to start...First off, the construction is awesome. I noticed this as soon as I took it out of the packaging. You can tell just from the materials and seams that it's going to be a sturdy bag. The waist belt is very nice and comfortable, and the fact that it is removable is awesome when you're not hiking (a little tip...slide a piece of paper in on one side between the velcro to make removal so much easier). It has a sternum strap on the harness, which is nice for hiking, but kind of annoying when you don't want to use it. Would be nice if it was removable. It's ok though, it's easy to hold it out of the way with a paper clip, or just let it dangle.

    The laptop compartment does what it's supposed to, and the side-access is very nice when you're at the airport (everybody hates trying to dig a laptop out of a stuffed backpack). I don't think there's much more to say really.

    The extra storage space on top is adequate, and it's nice that it's there. It's not a huge amount of space, so it won't fit a change of clothes (maybe a t-shirt), But it works for snacks or whatever else you need to bring.

    The camera compartment is big, way bigger than I personally need right now, and has a lot of flexibility with the adjustable compartments. Now that I have all this room, I'm going to need to buy extra gear to fill it up :) A nice feature is if for some reason you are heading out without the camera, you can take everything out of the bottom compartment, remove the divider between the top and bottom, and have a nice large backpack to use. The only downside to the compartment is the zipper access. The zippers like to stick when opening and closing because of the sqarish shape. If you're not getting in and out of the compartment all the time it's no big deal, and if you are, you can skip the zippers and just use the clip to close it up.

    The tripod holder works well, but obstructs access to the camera compartment, so I don't use it. You can use the compression straps on the sides of the bag to hold a tripod as well (though not as securely) so it's not a big deal.

    All in all, it's a great bag and well worth the money, especially since it is so versatile, you don't need to spend money on more than one bag....more info
  • But for a couple of things this would be 5 stars
    In general, very pleased with the bag. Quite sturdy, straps are heavy duty and comfortable when carrying a lot of weight. The bag is somewhat short; and given I have a long torso, cinching up the waist belt would result in the belt riding well above my hips. Plenty of room for camera equipment; place for an SLR with medium zoom, external flash, 2nd medium zoom and accessories. I could probably fit a tele-photo zoom in as well, although I haven't tried it yet. Nice compartment for the laptop as well.

    My gripes are that this is somewhat limited in using it as a combo business-laptop-camera bag. Other than the laptop area, there's no place to stash a spiral-bound notebook. Also, the upper compartment is pretty limited in size; fitting a couple of computer accessories (small graphics tablet and headset) along with noise canceling headphones, a paperback book (forget about hard-cover) and airline carry-on essentials pushes it to the limit.

    Would I buy it again? Yes. Hence the 4 stars....more info
  • EXCELLENT Quality Bag!
    We bought this for our son for Christmas. He wanted a high quality bag to carry his laptop and his digital SLR camera together at college. The bag arrived quickly and after opening and inspecting, we were very happy with the apparent high quality of the materials and the construction. It is large and roomy and had plenty of room left for carrying other things he needed without over crowding. Very pleased with this purchase!...more info
  • Awesome Bag - one minor issue
    We owned the predecessor to this bag and loved it. When I found out that they now had one with a built in laptop compartment I was really excited to get one. In the past we had used the older version of this case as a carry-on for airline travel and getting the laptop in and out was terrible as it really was not built for that. This new case has the perfect compartment with easy access for the laptop. It kept all of the storage space of the old bag (which was a lot to start with). We use a digital SLR with two lenses and a large flash along with all of the remotes and gear that go with it(including a tripod). There is even a storage are on top of the camera section for stuff(lunches, light jackets, snacks, etc). We have no problem getting it all in the backpack. You can even store the camera with either lense attached and still close the case. The backpack protects everything well as we did have a person fall on it once and nothing was broken. The only drawback that we can find to this is the zippers that gives you access to the camera. They are very well constructed just like the old bag but because of where they are located they are somewhat difficult to move at times. We hope that as time goes by they will break in and work more freely. For a casual photographer with the same basic equipment we have you cannot go wrong. ...more info
  • Great bag, but it may be more than you need.
    Pros:
    -Ample storage space
    -Tripod holder stores tripod very securely
    -Can carry larger laptops
    -Comfortable to wear for extended periods of time
    -All weather cover

    Cons:
    -Cumbersome shoelace design for tripod carrier
    -Can't carry tripod and utilize all-weather cover

    I've owned this bag for just over 2 years now and just sold it. The bag is very well made and while I didn't put it through much abuse, I am pretty certain it would hold up quite well. My main concern when choosing a bag was that it could carry my laptop, it's a bit large - about 15" x 10" x 1.5" - and the CompuRover carried it with plenty of room to spare. The bag is very comfortable even when loaded up pretty well. In a day-long trek around Chicago with my bag loaded pretty well and a tripod strapped on, I only began to feel it after several hours. Admittedly, I don't have much gear - 350D, 70-200 f4L, Tamron 18-50, plus a few small accessories - so if you have a lot of glass to haul around, it may take its toll on your back a bit quicker. One thing to consider with this bag is that it leaves quite a foot print when strapped on; more so if you're carrying a tripod. I had a difficult time negotiating my way on and off the El train to avoid hitting passengers. If you'll be in crowds then avoid carrying this bag with you - common sense, I know, with a bag this big.

    The bag's storage was a big selling point as I intended to use it as a day pack as well as a camera bag. It has plenty of room for snacks, light jacket, etc. I used it many a time as a diaper bag for trips to the zoo or park with my daughter.

    One of my favorite features is also one that annoyed me a bit: the tripod carrier. It was great to carry it hands-free but the carrier itself utilizes a shoelace-like cord that tied down the tripod nicely, very secure, but when trying to put in or take out the tripod the clamps on the legs and the feet on the tripod would get a bit tangled with the cord. I don't really need to get out the tripod in a hurry but it was still a bit frustrating. The way the tripod carrier is attached also still allows access to your camera gear, just make sure to keep the zippers off to one side. Another downside to the tripod carrier is that you can't utilize it with the all-weather cover; it would've been nice to have additional velcro straps on the bottom to strap in the tripod so you could still carry it with the cover in place.

    Another issue I had, and don't blame this on the bag, is I couldn't arrange the dividers in the bottom compartment in a fashion that allows me to carry my camera with the 70-200 attached and still have the dividers be sturdy enough to carry my other lens and gear securely. It may have been my lack of creativity with rearranging them, but the lack of rigidity in the dividers played a part I think. Again, not knocking the bag for this as it may have just been a lack of trying on my part.

    I actually just sold the bag in favor of something smaller/lighter. I realized I don't really carry my laptop and tripod with me, but did want a bag that can carry my body + 70-200 attached and will allow quicker access. I'm giving the Slingshot 300 a try. Lowepro also has the FastPack 350 which has the quicker access and laptop storage but it gives up the tripod carrier and all-weather cover. The tripod carrier I don't need, but I can't give up the all-weather cover and the FastPack is only *slightly* smaller than the CompuRover.

    Overall, I was very satisfied with my CompuRover experience, but ultimately I think I over estimated my needs so it just wasn't exactly the right bag for me but it worked out great when I could utilize it properly....more info
  • This is a decent BIG bag, but...
    Yes, this is a decent big bag, but in use it's just awkward. The lower portion, when fully loaded with my equipment, is difficult to open, close and just plain operate. As I am now searching for another bag, I realize I need to see the bag in person before purchasing it....more info
  • nice all around back pack for camera and laptop
    After resently purchasing my first laptop I needed to find a way to carry it and my camera equipment. The CompuRover AW is an excellent solution to my needs. It does get heavy when everything is packed into it, but it offers great protection. With the laptop removed it also works well as a photo backpack. The camera protection is removeable so the bag is covertable and can be used a a day pack. It fits nicely, has a waist belt that is removable and the upper compartment has plenty of storage for snacks/lunch and a sweatshirt or jacket. ...more info
  • Great product for a good price
    I used to own the Lowepro CompuDaypack and suffer from its lack of lumbar support and chest strap every time I went hiking or just walking in the city with all my gear. This is why I look around and found this other Lowepro product. So far, it really respond to my expectation. It has great support and the back fit nicely letting some air getting in between the bag and my back with is great for hot humid days... And you can attach lens pockets to the belt strap which is great if you don't want to have to remove your bag all the time just to change between them. Also, the computer pocket is very nice with its water resistant zip and my 15 inches MacBookPro (even in its own sleeve) fit perfectly in it without any uncomfortable bump in the back. I am sure you can also fit the 17 inches model. Finally, I tested the All Weather cover that is located under the bag and it resisted a July Florida shower perfectly... I was totally wet but all my gears were fine!

    The only mix feeling I have is about its size. It is really bigger than the compuday which is nice if you have a lot of gears, but I would have personally prefer something in between. But, otherwise, it it worth the money (at least Amazon price)....more info
  • Lowepro CompuRover AW Backpack
    I bought this bag after looking at the KATA, Tenbo, Tamrac, and Crumpler back packs. I like this bag because it holds my laptop, files(landscape), cords, Zune, DVDs, Canon 350D, 430 EX flash, and 4 lenses without issue. I REALLY like the bag becasue it will fit (fully loaded) under the seat of the CRJ jets. I've had no issues with US airport security. It is a good solid bag and I like it. I'm 6'1" so the fully loaded weight (35 lbs) doesn't bother me, but it might bother some. I plan on taking this bag to Europe in the next few weeks. I would buy it again and recomend it.
    ...more info
  • Compurover Review
    This is a very well built backback. The camera equipment goes into the lower third of the pack and folds out to store the equipment in. It is a little awkward to get used to, but once you do it works fine. The space is decent for a Nikon D300 with a 17-55mm lens, a telephoto lens, a flash, and extra batteries, filters, cords, recharger etc. The top third of the pack is open. It is good for storing a book and toiletries, but not much else. You cannot pack a weekend's worth of clothing in it unless you bring less camera equipment. The outside back of the pack can store a tripod very nicely. I have a traveller tripod so it stores fairly small, with the ballhead included. I took the pack on a recent airline flight and it stowed quite nicely in the overhead compartment of a 737. ...more info
  • Great product for a good price
    I used to own the Lowepro CompuDaypack and suffer from its lack of lumbar support and chest strap every time I went hiking or just walking in the city with all my gear. This is why I look around and found this other Lowepro product. So far, it really respond to my expectation. It has great support and the back fit nicely letting some air getting in between the bag and my back with is great for hot humid days... And you can attach lens pockets to the belt strap which is great if you don't want to have to remove your bag all the time just to change between them. Also, the computer pocket is very nice with its water resistant zip and my 15 inches MacBookPro (even in its own sleeve) fit perfectly in it without any uncomfortable bump in the back. I am sure you can also fit the 17 inches model. Finally, I tested the All Weather cover that is located under the bag and it resisted a July Florida shower perfectly... I was totally wet but all my gears were fine!

    The only mix feeling I have is about its size. It is really bigger than the compuday which is nice if you have a lot of gears, but I would have personally prefer something in between. But, otherwise, it it worth the money (at least Amazon price)....more info
  • Lowepro CompuRover AW Backpack
    I bought this bag after looking at the KATA, Tenbo, Tamrac, and Crumpler back packs. I like this bag because it holds my laptop, files(landscape), cords, Zune, DVDs, Canon 350D, 430 EX flash, and 4 lenses without issue. I REALLY like the bag becasue it will fit (fully loaded) under the seat of the CRJ jets. I've had no issues with US airport security. It is a good solid bag and I like it. I'm 6'1" so the fully loaded weight (35 lbs) doesn't bother me, but it might bother some. I plan on taking this bag to Europe in the next few weeks. I would buy it again and recomend it.
    ...more info