The new Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L outside view with full-sized tripod attached.
Who doesn’t love great gear? I’ll be the first to admit – I’m a gearhead always on the lookout for something better, innovative, sharper, stronger, lighter… you get the idea. I just added the new Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L pack to my burgeoning collection of photo packs and I’m really happy with the purchase. I’ve been using a Lowepro Orion clamshell-syle pack for day hiking (which is a very good pack) and was looking for a backcountry-ready pack with back panel access that would carry a body, 3 lenses, full-sized tripod, water, snacks, jacket, and filters without breaking my back. With the Flipside Sport 15L, I found the right pack for the job.
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L open view with full backcountry kit.
This pack is built rock solid; with padded, ventilated straps and back panel to prevent over-heating, waist and sternum straps, a burly tripod sleeve, hydration sleeve, and built-in rain cover. My first hike with the pack was the Howard Eaton Trail in Yellowstone – fully loaded, I hiked for three hours or so with three lenses and photographed a badger in the backcountry. I really like the flexibility and have carried super lighweight DX gear up to kitchen sink FX, pushing the limits of carrying capacity. The 15L is streamlined, and while I don’t jam in too much, I know I’ll have great coverage with a wide angle zoom (or two), macro, and one of my heavier telephoto lenses – a 80-200mm, 70-300mm, or 80-400mm. The pack sits nicely in the middle of my back and doesn’t swing from side to side. It rides well for a minimalist.
A closer look inside the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L
Lowepro calls the 15L a “minimalist and technical carrying option” so there aren’t a bunch of outside pockets to add weight and bulk to this pack. In Yellowstone, with skies threatening, I easily lashed my shell to the outside of the pack and stuffed a snack in with the full water bladder. The 15L is a great tool that I highly recommend for backcountry travel.